Publications (since 2017)


Santini, G., Abolaffio, M., Ossi, F., Franzetti, B., Cagnacci, F., Focardi, S. Population assessment without individual identification using camera-traps: A comparison of four methods (2022) Basic and Applied Ecology, 61, pp. 68-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2022.03.007

Di Nuzzo, L., Masoni, A., Frizzi, F., Bianchi, E., Castellani, M.B., Balzani, P., Morandi, F., Sozzi, Y., Vallese, C., Santini, G., Benesperi, R. Red wood ants shape epiphytic lichen assemblages in montane silver fir forests (2022) IForest, 15 (1), pp. 71-76. DOI: 10.3832/ifor3897-014

Frizzi, F., Masoni, A., Santedicola, M., Servini, M., Simoncini, N., Palmieri, J., Santini, G. Intraspecific Relationships and Nest Mound Shape Are Affected by Habitat Features in Introduced Populations of the Red Wood Ant Formica paralugubris (2022) Insects, 13 (2), art. no.198, DOI: 10.3390/insects13020198

Balzani, P., Masoni, A., Venturi, S., Frizzi, F., Bambi, M., Fani, R., Nisi, B., Tassi, F., Vaselli, O., Zaccaroni, M., Santini, G. CO2 biogeochemical investigation and microbial characterization of red wood ant mounds in a Southern Europe montane forest (2022) Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 166, art. no. 108536. DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2021.108536

Mori, E., Fedele, E., Greco, I., Giampaoli Rustichelli, M., Massolo, A., Miniati, S., Puppo, F., Santini, G., Zaccaroni, M. Spatiotemporal activity of the pine marten Martes martes: Insights from an island population (2022) Ecological Research, 37 (1), pp. 102-114.  DOI: 10.1111/1440-1703.12269


Mugnai, M., Wendt, C.F., Balzani, P., Ferretti, G., Cin, M.D., Masoni, A., Frizzi, F., Santini, G., Viciani, D., Foggi, B., Lazzaro, L. Small-scale drivers on plant and ant diversity in a grassland habitat through a multifaceted approach (2021) PeerJ, 9, art. no. e12517, .  DOI: 10.7717/peerj.12517

Wenceslau, J.F.C., Rusli, M.U., Akhir, M.F., Santini, G., Joseph, J. Recruitment and El Niño-Southern Oscillation long-term effects on green turtle (Chelonia mydas) nest abundance (2021) Marine Biology, 168 (12), art. no. 180,  DOI: 10.1007/s00227-021-03989-7

Masoni, A., Frizzi, F., Nieri, R., Casacci, L.P., Mazzoni, V., Turillazzi, S., Santini, G. Ants modulate stridulatory signals depending on the behavioural context (2021) Scientific Reports, 11 (1), art. no. 5933, .  DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-84925-z

Frasconi Wendt, C., Ceia-Hasse, A., Nunes, A., Verble, R., Santini, G., Boieiro, M., Branquinho, C. Local environmental variables are key drivers of ant taxonomic and functional beta-diversity in a Mediterranean dryland (2021) Scientific Reports, 11 (1), art. no. 2292, .  DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-82059-w

Frasconi Wendt, C., Frizzi, F., Aiello, G., Balzani, P., Santini, G. Ant species but not trait diversity increases at the edges: insights from a micro-scale gradient in a semi-natural Mediterranean ecosystem (2021) Ecological Entomology, 46 (4), pp. 834-843. DOI: 10.1111/een.13020

Balzani, P., Vizzini, S., Frizzi, F., Masoni, A., Lessard, J.-P., Bernasconi, C., Francoeur, A., Ibarra-Isassi, J., Brassard, F., Cherix, D., Santini, G. Plasticity in the trophic niche of an invasive ant explains establishment success and long-term coexistence (2021) Oikos, 130 (5), pp. 691-696. DOI: 10.1111/oik.08217

Greco, I., Fedele, E., Salvatori, M., Giampaoli Rustichelli, M., Mercuri, F., Santini, G., Rovero, F., Lazzaro, L., Foggi, B., Massolo, A., De Pietro, F., Zaccaroni, M.Guest or pest? Spatio-temporal occurrence and effects on soil and vegetation of the wild boar on Elba island (2021) Mammalian Biology, 101 (2), pp. 193-206. DOI: 10.1007/s42991-020-00083-1

Frizzi, F., Tucci, L., Ottonetti, L., Masoni, A., Santini, G.Day-night and inter-habitat variations in ant assemblages in a mosaic agroforestry landscape (2021) Land, 10 (2), art. no. 179, pp. 1-14. DOI: 10.3390/land10020179


Balzani, P., Venturi, S., Muzzicato, D., Tassi, F., Vaselli, O., Frizzi, F., Frasconi Wendt, C., Nisi, B., Masoni, A., Santini, G. Application of  CO2 carbon stable isotope analysis to ant trophic ecology (2020) Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 168 (12), pp. 940-947.DOI: 10.1111/eea.12983

Imperio, S., Lombardi, S., De Marinis, A., Ronchi, F., Santini, G., Focardi, S.Female mating tactics in lekking fallow deer (Dama dama): experience explains inter-individual variability more than costs
(2020) Scientific Reports, 10 (1), art. no. 3598. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-58681-5

Frizzi, F., Masoni, A., Migliorini, M., Fanciulli, P.P., Cianferoni, F., Balzani, P., Giannotti, S., Davini, G., Frasconi Wendt, C., Santini, G.A comparative study of the fauna associated with nest mounds of native and introduced populations of the red wood ant Formica paralugubris(2020) European Journal of Soil Biology, 101, art. no. 103241. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2020.103241

Frizzi, F., Masoni, A., Ottonetti, L., Tucci, L., Santini, G.Resource-dependent mutual association with sap-feeders and a high predation rate in the ant Crematogaster scutellaris: help or harm in olive pest control? (2020) BioControl, 65 (5), pp. 601-611. DOI: 10.1007/s10526-020-10028-9

Frizzi, F., Masoni, A., Balzani, P., Frasconi Wendt, C., Palchetti, V., Santini, G. Palatability of glyphosate in ants: a field experiment reveals broad acceptance of highly polluted solutions in a Mediterranean ant (2020) Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27 (23), pp. 29666-29671. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-020-09420-w

Frasconi Wendt, C., Nunes, A., Verble, R., Santini, G., Boieiro, M., Branquinho, C. Using a space-for-time approach to select the best biodiversity-based indicators to assess the effects of aridity on Mediterranean drylands(2020) Ecological Indicators, 113, art. no. 106250. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106250

Masoni, A., Frizzi, F., Natali, C., Ciofi, C., Santini, G. Mating frequency and colony genetic structure analyses reveal unexpected polygyny in the Mediterranean acrobat ant Crematogaster scutellaris (2020) Ethology Ecology and Evolution, 32 (2), pp. 122-134. DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2019.1680449

Masoni, A., Frizzi, F., Giannini, F., Santini, G.First record of the argentine ant, Linepithema humile (Mayr, 1868), in the Tuscan Archipelago (Italy)(2020) BioInvasions Records, 9 (1), pp. 37-43. DOI: 10.3391/bir.2020.9.1.05

Abolaffio, M., Focardi, S., Santini, G. Avoiding misleading messages: Population assessment using camera trapping is not a simple task (2019) Journal of Animal Ecology, 88 (12), pp. 2011-2016. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.13085

Santini, G., Thompson, R.C., Jenkins, S.R., Chelazzi, G., Hartnoll, R.G., Kay, S.M., Hawkins, S.J. Barnacle cover modifies foraging behaviour of the intertidal limpet Patella vulgata(2019) Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 99 (8), pp. 1779-1786.DOI: 10.1017/S0025315419000778

Masoni, A., Frizzi, F., Natali, C., Bernasconi, C., Ciofi, C., Santini, G. Molecular identification of imported red wood ant populations in the Campigna Biogenetic Nature Reserve (Foreste Casentinesi National Park, Italy)(2019) Conservation Genetics Resources, 11 (2), pp. 231-236. DOI: 10.1007/s12686-018-0982-7

Ducci, L., Roscioni, F., Carranza, M.L., Agnelli, P., Russo, D., Frate, L., Loy, A., Santini, G., Di Febbraro, M. The role of protected areas in preserving habitat and functional connectivity for mobile flying vertebrates: The common noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) in Tuscany (Italy) as a case study (2019) Biodiversity and Conservation, 28 (6), pp. 1569-1592. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-019-01744-5

Masoni, A., Frizzi, F., Turillazzi, S., Santini, G. Making the right choice: how Crematogaster scutellaris queens choose to co-found in relation to nest availability (2019) Insectes Sociaux, 66 (2), pp. 257-263. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-018-00683-8

Cerritelli, G., Bianco, G., Santini, G., Broderick, A.C., Godley, B.J., Hays, G.C., Luschi, P., Ãkesson, S. Assessing reliance on vector navigation in the long-distance oceanic migrations of green sea turtles (2019) Behavioral Ecology, 30 (1), pp. 68-79. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/ary166

Cianferoni, F., Frizzi, F., Santini, G. First record of monotoma conicicollis chevrolat, 1837 (coleoptera monotomidae) in the apennines: Introduction or simple overlooking?(2019) Redia, 102, pp. 95-98. DOI: 10.19263/REDIA-102.19.14

Frizzi, F., Sudano, K., Santini, G. Effect of starvation on the feeding activity toward sugary food in the ant tapinoma nigerrimum (Nylander, 1856) (2019) Sociobiology, 66 (4), pp. 560-567. DOI: 10.13102/sociobiology.v66i4.4679

Giuliani, C., Lastrucci, L., Cresti, L., Santini, G., Foggi, B., Lippi, M.M. The morphology and activity of the extrafloral nectaries in Reynoutria bohemica (Polygonaceae)(2019) Plant Biology, 21 (5), pp. 975-985. DOI: 10.1111/plb.13004


Frizzi, F., Talone, F., Santini, G.Modulation of trail laying in the ant Lasius neglectus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and its role in the collective selection of a food source (2018) Ethology, 124 (12), pp. 870-880. DOI: 10.1111/eth.12821

Frizzi, F., Masoni, A., Quilghini, G., Ciampelli, P., Santini, G. Chronicle of an impact foretold: the fate and effect of the introduced Formica paralugubris ant (2018) Biological Invasions, 20 (12), pp. 3575-3589. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-018-1797-x


Masoni, A., Frizzi, F., Mattioli, M., Turillazzi, S., Ciofi, C., Santini, G. Pleometrotic colony foundation in the ant Crematogaster scutellaris (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): better be alone than in bad company (2017) Myrmecological News, 25, pp. 51-59.

Mori, E., Menchetti, M., Cantini, M., Bruni, G., Santini, G., Bertolino, S. Twenty years monitoring of a population of Italian crested newts Triturus carnifex: strong site fidelity and shifting population structure in response to restoration (2017) Ethology Ecology and Evolution, 29 (5), pp. 460-473. DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2016.1236040

Lombardi, S., Santini, G., Marchetti, G.M., Focardi, S. Generalized structural equations improve sexual-selection analyses(2017) PLoS ONE, 12 (8), art. no. e0181305. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0181305

Masoni, A., Frizzi, F., Brühl, C., Zocchi, N., Palchetti, E., Chelazzi, G., Santini, G.Management matters: A comparison of ant assemblages in organic and conventional vineyards(2017) Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 246, pp. 175-183. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.05.036

Reynolds, A., Santini, G., Chelazzi, G., Focardi, S.The weierstrassian movement patterns of snails (2017) Royal Society Open Science, 4 (6), art. no. 160941, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160941

Frizzi, F., Bartalesi, V., Santini, G. Combined effects of temperature and interspecific competition on the mortality of the invasive garden ant, Lasius neglectus: A laboratory study (2017) Journal of Thermal Biology, 65, pp. 76-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2017.02.007

De Souza, A.R., Turillazzi, S., Lino-Neto, J., Santini, G.Colder environments may select for darker paper wasps(2017) Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 120 (3), pp. 700-704. DOI: 10.1111/bij.12910

Frizzi, F., Masoni, A., Celikkol, M., Palchetti, E., Ciofi, C., Chelazzi, G., Santini, G. Serpentine soils affect heavy metal tolerance but not genetic diversity in a common Mediterranean ant (2017) Chemosphere, 180, pp. 326-334. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.04.026

Balzani, P., Vizzini, S., Santini, G., Masoni, A., Ciofi, C., Ricevuto, E., Chelazzi, G. Stable isotope analysis of trophic niche in two co-occurring native and invasive terrapins, Emys orbicularis and Trachemys scripta elegans (2016) Biological Invasions, 18 (12), pp. 3611-3621. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1251-x

Frizzi, F., Rispoli, A., Chelazzi, G., Santini, G. Effect of water and resource availability on ant feeding preferences: a field experiment on the Mediterranean ant Crematogaster scutellaris (2016) Insectes Sociaux, 63 (4), pp. 565-574. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-016-0500-4

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