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Dr Ramona Maggini

Research Fellow: January 2012 - current


Location: Goddard Building 8, School of Biological Sciences

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My main interests are species distribution models (SDMs) and how we can improve and use them for conservation purposes. I started to develop my skills in SDMs during my master thesis already with a project aiming at modelling the distribution of a threatened ant species, Formica exsecta Nyl., within the Swiss National Park (Maggini et al., 2002). I continued during my PhD that I completed in Antoine Guisan’s Ecospat lab in Lausanne, within the framework of the Landspot Project, a project supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The main goal of the project was to assess the possible contribution of pre-modelled habitat units to model the distribution of animal species within Switzerland. While pursuing this goal, I addressed different methodological issues in relation to Generalized additive models (GAMs) (Maggini et al., 2006) and the effect of the sample size and data stratification (environmental vs. geographic stratification). In collaboration with Dr Anthony Lehmann (UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Europe and University of Geneva, Switzerland), we also developed the first version of the Swiss Environmental Domains (FOEN, GRID-Europe, 2010).


Climate change represents today an additional challenge for conservation. I addressed this issue within the framework of the ClimBird project that I developed during my first postdoc at the Swiss Ornithological Institute. During the first phase of the project, I developed a conceptual framework for analysing species range shifts composed by a catalogue of the possible patterns of change in the distribution of a species along altitudinal or other environmental gradients and an improved quantitative methodology to identify and objectively describe these patterns (Maggini et al., 2011). In the second phase of the project, I modelled the present distribution of 167 breeding bird species in Switzerland using an ensemble of modern techniques (GAMs, BRTs, MARS, Maxent) and I then projected it into the future according to combined scenarios of climate warming and land use change. Assessing the vulnerability of species is very important in order to raise authorities’ awareness and to prioritize conservation actions. Using the results of the modelling and other supplementary information, I thus defined a first vulnerability index for breeding birds in Switzerland (Maggini et al., submitted).

I am currently working on a NCCARF funded project here in Australia, modelling the current and future distribution of Australia’s threatened species under different climate change scenarios and aiming at identifying the optimal restoration and protection strategies to maximize their persistence. I am still very interested in species vulnerability and currently exploring alternative ways to define it.

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Maggini, R., Lehmann, A., Zbinden, N., Zimmermann, N.E., Bolliger, J., Schröder, B., Foppen, R., Schmid, H., Beniston, M. and L. Jenni. Assessing the vulnerability of Swiss breeding birds to climate and land-use change. Submitted.

Vittoz, P., Cherix, D., Gonseth, Y., Lubini, V., Maggini, R., Zbinden, N. and S. Zumbach. Climate change impacts on biodiversity in Switzerland: a review. Submitted.

Lehmann, A., Maggini, R., Lehmann C. and J. Leathwick. Downscaling land use from available data sources using nearest neighbours and expert systems. Submitted.

Vittoz, P., Cherix, D., Gonseth, Y., Lubini, V., Maggini, R., Zbinden, N. and S. Zumbach, 2011. Les changements climatiques. In: Lachat T., Pauli D., Gonseth Y., Klaus G., Scheidegger C., Vittoz P. and T. Walter (Réd.) 2011, Evolution de la biodiversité en Suisse depuis 1900. Avons-nous touché le fond? Zürich, Bristol-Stiftung; Bern, Stuttgart, Wien, Haupt., p. 348-375.

Maggini, R., Lehmann, A., Kéry, M., Schmid, H., Beniston, M., Jenni, L. and N. Zbinden, 2011. Are Swiss birds tracking climate change? Detecting elevational shifts using response curve shapes. Ecological Modelling, 222: 21–32.

Lehmann, A., Allenbach, K., Maggini, R., Richard, J.-P., Jaquet, J.-M. and H. Dao, 2010. SwissED II: Swiss Environmental Domains – Applications. FOEN Report, Bern, 102 pp. Link

FOEN, GRID-Europe (Lehmann A., Allenbach K., Maggini R., Richard J.-P., Jaquet J.-M. and Dao H.), 2010. Swiss Environmental Domains. A new spatial framework for reporting on the environment. Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Bern, Switzerland. Environmental studies no. 1024: 71 pp. Link

Maggini, R., Schröder, B., Zimmermann, N.E., Bolliger, J., Lehmann, A., Foppen, R., Kéry, M., Schmid, H., Beniston, M. and N. Zbinden, 2010. Modelling range shifts for Swiss breeding birds. Proceedings of the BOU's 2010 Annual Conference: Climate change and birds. Link:

Vittoz, P., Cherix, D., Gonseth, Y., Lubini, V., Maggini, R., Zbinden, N. and S. Zumbach, 2010. Klimawandel. In: Lachat T., Pauli D., Gonseth Y., Klaus G., Scheidegger C., Vittoz P. and T. Walter (Red.) 2010. Wandel der Biodiversität in der Schweiz seit 1900. Ist die Talsohle erreicht? Bristol-Stiftung; Bern, Stuttgart, Wien, Haupt. S. 350-377.

Allenbach, K., Maggini, R. & Lehmann, A., 2008. Swiss Environmental Domains: Technical report. FOEN Report. Link

Maggini R., Lehmann A., Zimmermann N.E. and Guisan A., 2006. Improving generalized regression analysis for the spatial prediction of forest communities. Journal of Biogeography, 33 : 1729-1749.

Maggini R., Guisan A. and Cherix D., 2002. A stratified approach for modeling the distribution of a threatened ant species in the Swiss National Park. Biodiversity and Conservation, 11: 2117-2141.

Maggini, R., Guisan, A. & Cherix, D., 1999. Etude de la distribution de Formica exsecta Nyl. à l'aide d'un système d'information géographique. Cratschla, 2: 20.

Cherix, D., Maggini, R., Guisan, A., Schneider, M.-A. & Y. Gonseth. 1999. Echantillonner, oui mais comment ? In : Actes de la 2e Conférence sur les espaces protégés alpins, Aosta, Italia, Octobre 1998. 

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BeyerHawthorne Landowners destroy habitat to dodge immenent protection legislation. Conervation planning must acount for this!
BeyerHawthorne A major problem in conservation planning is finding ways of accounting for myopic reversals of protection. E.g.
BeyerHawthorne Slam on the breaks. We have it all wrong: Tony Abbott adviser warns of threat of 'global cooling'. No, not Apr 1st.
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NRMecon RT @EJMilnerGulland: We should stop exploiting unpaid interns; imperative to save the world is not a valid excuse:
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NRMecon RT @ARC_CEED: In the midst of conference season, how much do we consider the #sustainability of our meetings? @nature correspondence adds s…
NRMecon Deforestation may soar now Colombian civil war is over
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NRMecon RT @qldscience: #GoldCoast 💧5 rivers 💧50km of beaches 💧500km of waterways Watch Paul Heaton on govt & science working together #makinga
NRMecon RT @nytimes: Republicans have begun what amounts to a shadow campaign for 2020 — as if President Trump weren’t involved
biodiversityBD @shornwell cheers Sean! :-D
biodiversityBD @ChrisOBryan89 @ARC_CEED @ICCB2017 thanks for the nice tweet! :-D
biodiversityBD What is an adequate protected area network? Protect everything? 20%? Or do better each year? Great symposium + talks @cdkuempel @HugePossum
biodiversityBD RT @CarlaWildlife: PADDD is often overlooked in conservation yet has impacted over 3200 PAs and 2.2mill km2 @RachGolden #ICCB2017 https://t…
biodiversityBD RT @LeahLeopold: @saverygo shares @sesync @BiodiversityASU work on cost effective decision-making in face of uncertainty #ICCB2017 https://…
biodiversityBD Big tumour data could save lives and reduce the cost of health care. Very international collaboration for betterment of humanity.
biodiversityBD Devastating but engaging news piece on the state of the Great Barrier Reef @Nicki__S #TheProjectTV
biodiversityBD And the winner for "best moustache and dancing gorilla-man" @Eurovision 2017 is... ITALIA!!! Good luck Francesco!!!
MattHHolden RT @UQ_News: #UQ expert Gilbert Price lends his expertise to this story.
MattHHolden RT @juliepackard: Great work from @ucdavis shows how marine protected areas benefit fishermen AND ocean wildlife: @…
MattHHolden Not a #fish or #bird persn but some guesses: highly vulnerable larva stage? Sampling hard underwater so flucs = art…
MattHHolden @asclnet @TrevorABranch @nickbarnes @cboettig Theoretically, @TrevorABranch correct, those could be in the comments…
MattHHolden Optimal #InvasiveSpecies managmt tips: Target big source pops, buffer zones costeffective & more by…
MattHHolden @TrevorABranch @nickbarnes @cboettig @asclnet Hope not. Brief summary required for those who don't want to replicat…
MattHHolden RT @hgcaceres: Conservation, a rich person’s profession? Young conservationists struggle to make it via @Mongabay @…
MattHHolden Publish code, even if poorly structured, incl scripts to reproduce plots in paper at minimum. For self promotion &…
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cdkuempel RT @DarwinFound: Zero tolerance to the transport and trafficking of protected species in #Galapagos
cdkuempel RT @guardianeco: Rare butterfly spotted in Scotland for the first time since 1884
cdkuempel RT @wuerker: You can judge a man by his monuments.... New toon @politico
cdkuempel @CarlaWildlife @megcevans Did you like it?? Get a lot done??
cdkuempel RT @ARC_CEED: Don't miss the latest edition of #decisionpoint español!
cdkuempel RT @BarackObama: "People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."
cdkuempel RT @BonMappin: #GreatBarrierReef already under enormous threat and #aupol aims to take away protection! https://t.c…
cdkuempel RT @GCITweet: Join us for a special one-off seminar on 31 Aug with Prof. Stephen Palumbi
cdkuempel RT @newscientist: Being ‘hangry’ exists: why a lack of food can change your mood
kwekings What is data science? Statistical thinking, computational methods, human judgement, and deep disciplinary knowledge
kwekings Working adults report greater happiness after spending money on a time-saving purchase than on a material purchase
kwekings "...the main problem today is not unequal pay for equal work, but... lower-ranking jobs at lower-paying organisatio…
kwekings The deep human prehistory of global tropical forests and its relevance for modern conservation
kwekings Academia demands assertiveness, which can preclude certain personalities
kwekings The death of another thing that had transformed the world: the internal combustion engine
kwekings Correlates of plant species richness and composition in abandoned plantations and waste-woodlands in Singapore
kwekings Fighting through the darkness: mental health problems in academia
kwekings Commentary on drought study that shows tropics take longer to recover from drought
kwekings Challenges of urban greening in Hong Kong
BonMappin RT @linearecology: Loss of riparian veg led to >50% decline in landscape diversity. Breeding loss 75%. Streams key feature to protect in ru…
BonMappin #GreatBarrierReef already under enormous threat and #aupol aims to take away protection!
BonMappin RT @Tony_Burke: No Government in the world has ever, that's right ever, taken an area this large out of conservation. #auspol #ocean https:…
BonMappin RT @MattHHolden: Policies needed to ensure conferences promote sustainable practices: @ARC_CEED @iadinec @AChauvene
BonMappin RT @JendallKones: @BonMappin shows many ecoregions have no chance to meet 17% Aichi target without intensive restoration efforts @ARC_CEED
BonMappin RT @M_Selinske: Restoration of marginal agri lands will support huge gains towards biodiversity targets @BonMappin #ICCB2017
BonMappin RT @D0CT0R_Dave: Chazdon—Despite common goals restoration & conservation (the two sides of same coin) they work in parallel rather than in…
BonMappin RT @JessicaMillerAU: Adani 'spinning roulette wheel' with black-throated finch #stopadani #conservation #sustainability #Auspol https://t.c…
mainambui RT @MQSciEng: Future humans are likely to have shorter legs & larger eyes says @EnvScMQ's Kira Westaway #natsciwk
mainambui RT @qeemq: Presenting at Australia's Parliament
mainambui RT @AndrewKSkidmore: New #remotesensing vegetation index for GPP in @sciencemagazine Advances - an adjustment of NDVI using scene NIR https…
mainambui RT @AndrewKSkidmore: Scholarships for #PhD #postdoc researchers @EUFAR_science 2 wk course on #remotesensing essential biodiversity variabl…
mainambui RT @mainambui: @ITCAlumni @SIS_MQ great to reconnect with @AndrewKSkidmore during his talk @EnvScMQ on 'Remote sensing of Essential Biodive…
mainambui @ITCAlumni @SIS_MQ great to reconnect with @AndrewKSkidmore during his talk @EnvScMQ on 'Remote sensing of Essentia…
mainambui RT @NOAAClimate: What happens when ENSO's influence combines with other climate phenomena?
mainambui RT @emilysdarling: Mark your calendars, the next @WIOMSA Symposium is in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2017 #coral #seagrass #man
mainambui @bluecology perhaps package 'sjPlot'?
mainambui @TheWCS @EnvScMQ @ARC_CEED training hydrologists & water managers in Iringa - S. Tanzania on using R for hydrologic…
j_a_mcgowan RT @EnTembo: Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania
j_a_mcgowan RT @TallpoppiesAIPS: Our next Queensland winner is Dr Alienor Chauvenet @AChauvenet @ARC_CEED @UQ_News #YTPSAWARDS
j_a_mcgowan RT @wild_ark: Ever wondered what role elephants play in an ecosystem? As a keystone species they have very specific...
j_a_mcgowan A gorgeous video explaining the mission behind @wild_ark where I am the scientist in residence…
j_a_mcgowan RT @NRMecon: Deforestation may soar now Colombian civil war is over
j_a_mcgowan RT @emeijaard: Road projects threaten Sumatra’s last great rainforests via @mongabay
j_a_mcgowan RT @c_l_morgans: Not more, but strategic collaboration needed to conserve Borneo's orangutan
j_a_mcgowan RT @Bill_Sutherland: Exciting postdoc in Biodiversity and Natural Capital in Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
j_a_mcgowan I'll be presenting new research on marine IBAs and their influence in MPA prioritisation #ICCB2017 in Cons Planning…
j_a_mcgowan @prueaddison challenges us to translate biodiversity policies into "clear as day" actions for businesses to protect…
MorenaMills RT @Bouyoucos: #physioshark is looking for a field volunteer for Nov '17-Feb '18 #sharkscience in French Polynesia! Apply here: https://t.c…
MorenaMills RT @UQscience: Biodiversity conservationist one of the State’s new Young Tall Poppies @AChauvenet @ARC_CEED #UQscience
MorenaMills RT @EddieGame: @ConLetters Jul/Aug issue just out Healthy debate about #forest monitoring data in #Brazil
MorenaMills RT @EJMilnerGulland: The Cambridge Student Conference on Conservation Science is exciting, dynamic, international, has internships attached…
MorenaMills The Grantham Institute @imperial is seeking 4 Lecturers. @ARC_CEED postdocs, join the Australia -> UK migration ;)
MorenaMills RT @Society4ConBio: The 2018 @SmithFellows application deadline is ONE MONTH from today (Sept. 8)! Proposal Guidelines:
MorenaMills RT @euanmills: We are looking for both Junior and Senior people to join our Urban Futures team:
MorenaMills Thank you @EJMilnerGulland for an amazing plenary at #ICCB2017 , everyone has been raving about it! ICCS_updates @Mike_Mascia
HugePossum RT @KatyScholfield: Hands off the helmeted hornbill! via @RainforestResq
HugePossum RT @UQ_News: #UQ professor says #zoos should move away from being visitor attractions & re-establish as educational facilities
HugePossum RT @MattHHolden: Optimal #InvasiveSpecies managmt tips: Target big source pops, buffer zones costeffective & more by @cbaker_research https…
HugePossum RT @LilianPainter: Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania
HugePossum RT @nature_brains: Can historical newspaper records reveal trends in fisheries health? @justinehausheer reports. ht…
HugePossum @kerrybv1 We wrote a paper about this in Sunbird - the bird only took the white fur (same for other mammals)
HugePossum RT @michaelkoziol: George Brandis on the verge of tears as he tells Pauline Hanson her behaviour is "appalling". Standing ovation from ALP/…
HugePossum RT @spottedcatshark: Could extinct species be the key to saving currently threatened species? Introducing Extinct Flagships
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HugePossum RT @LauraEllenDee: I'm recruiting a student & postdoc on #EcosystemServices, climate change, conservation, ecology-econ. Let's talk @ #ESA2
RKRunting Nice work presented by @BrookeWEcology on burning for conservation vs asset protection at #ICCB2017
RKRunting Keeping ranchers ranching is smart conservation policy for the sage grouse @Claire_Runge #ICCB2017
RKRunting RT @kerrie_a_wilson: Bornean orangutans in decline despite conservation efforts via @uq_news
RKRunting RT @j_r_rhodes: Our review of climate change and ecosystem services shows that impacts can be both negative and positive
RKRunting Sad to see Jeffrey Beall's blog gone. Such a useful resource! Who will keep an eye on predatory publishers now?
RKRunting Having a great time at the @oceaniaesforum booth at #2016ACES
RKRunting Congrats @kerrie_a_wilson - Life Scientist of the Year!
RKRunting RT @oceaniaesforum: Hear ye! Hear ye! The call for Town Hall Meetings is now open! Town Hall Meetings offer a sounding board for... https…
RKRunting RT @kerrie_a_wilson: An overview of our research on Borneo
christhebirder RT @Lewis_Variation: Reminder -as fun as this would be, it'll invalidate ur vote. Post the glitter to ur MP instead 😂 #Plebiscite #PostalVo
christhebirder RT @ultimatemegs: Classic @HugePossum less PowerPoint = more powerful communications
christhebirder Great talk on planned burning for conservation and asset protection by @BrookeWEcology from @grnfirescience at…
christhebirder RT @NRMecon: #cost-efficiency tools to support funding allocation @saverygo @ARC_CEED @ASU #ICCB2017
christhebirder My poster on threatened species listing was up today at #ICCB2017. If you missed out there are copies available at the @ARC_CEED booth
christhebirder RT @JaszzyJas: Lots of great @ARC_CEED posters out there this afternoon! #ICCB2017
christhebirder .@BAlexSimmons talking about panic clearing and regional patterns in land clearing at #ICCB2017
christhebirder RT @JendallKones: @BonMappin shows many ecoregions have no chance to meet 17% Aichi target without intensive restoration efforts @ARC_CEED
christhebirder RT @cyclonewatson: We are making a mess of the planet, new science and ambitious goals urgently needed - Well said Robin Chazdon #ICCB2017
vivtulloch Unsure how to include uncertainty in planning? Don't be - use MarProb @ARC_CEED
vivtulloch New #marxan prioritisation incl. probability of vegetation variability frm #climatechange in #canada @ARC_CEED
vivtulloch RT @megcevans: Based on the volume and quality of her work I am convinced @ayeshatulloch never sleeps #ESA16 (or she has a twin...) @vivtul
vivtulloch RT @HugePossum: Which #coral reefs are a priority for #marineconservation when there are land-based threats #marxan
vivtulloch @HugePossum we need actions not hotspots maps, translates humans hopes dreams and fears about coral reef management into maths #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Oil palm expansion is huge in tropics - potential massive #ridgetoreef impact on coral reefs @vivtulloch #ICRS2016
vivtulloch RT @bluecology: Marine protected areas have been key mgmt approach for coral reefs, but don't stop pollution! Need #ridgetoreef mgmt @vivtu
vivtulloch Need to act now with the best data available to guide management action and prevent further reef decline @bluecology #ICRS2016
rubenvli RT @BrendanGodley: Pls RT. Can companies eg @sainsburys be influenced by RT's of images of ridiculous excessive #plastic ? Aubergines have…
rubenvli RT @HugePossum: If you thought natural world heritage sites were safe, think again @cyclonewatson @jamesecology
rubenvli Complementing expert priorities and stakeholder preferences for marine management of Moreton Bay #MBQR2016.@NRMecon
rubenvli RT @JAppliedEcology: Coarse spatial resolutions ⬇ commission errors in species ranges but ⬆ #conservation planning costs

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