CURRICULUM

 

Prof. Pier Luigi NIMIS

 

  • Nato ad Udine il 9.9.1953.
  • Laurea in Scienze Naturali presso l’ Università di Trieste (1977).
  • Specializzazioni in ecologia numerica alla University of Western Ontario (Canada, Prof. L. Orloci) ed in lichenologia all' Università di Graz (Austria, Prof. J. Poelt).
  • Ricercatore di Botanica presso la Facoltà di Scienze dell' Università di Trieste (1981-1986).
  • Professore Ordinario di Botanica Sistematica presso la Facoltà di Scienze dell' Università di Trieste dal 1986.
  • Presidente CCdL in Scienze Biologiche (1991-1996), Direttore del Dipartimento di Biologia (1996-2001), Coordinatore del Dottorato di Ricerca in Biodiversità (dal 2009).

 

L’attività scientifica del Prof. Nimis è centrata su:

1.      Ecologia: biomonitoraggio dell'inquinamento, radioecologia, con contributi significativi allo sviluppo di tecniche di bioindicazione e bioaccumulo basate sull’utilizzo di licheni, muschi e funghi, tra cui le linee-guida nazionali sull’uso dei licheni come bioindicatori di inquinamento ed il protocollo nazionale sull’uso dei muschi come bioccumulatori di radiocesio.

2.      Biogeografia quantitativa, con importanti monografie basate sull’analisi multivariata degli areali delle piante vascolari concernenti il Nord America, la Siberia, la Terra del Fuoco, le Isole Canarie e l’Europa.

3.      Lichenologia, dalla sistematica alla floristica, a studi ecologici e vegetazionali: la prima checklist annotata dei licheni d’Italia è stata la base per la creazione di ITALIC, uno dei primi sistemi informatizzati sulla flora lichenica a livello internazionale. Attualmente il Prof. Nimis sta lavorando alla creazione di una flora informatizzata dei licheni d’Italia.

4.      Biodiversity Informatics, con particolare riguardo alla generazione automatica di strumenti di identificazione. In questo campo il Prof. Nimis ed il suo team sono stati molto attivi negli ultimi anni a livello internazionale, soprattutto attraverso il coordinamento del progetto europeo KeyToNature e del progetto interreg SiiT, sviluppando importanti basi di dati e software originali che permettono la creazione e pubblicazione su diversi media di chiavi interattive per la identificazione di piante, funghi ed animali.

 

  • Membro degli editorial boards di numerose riviste internazionali e nazionali.
  • Resp. scientifico nazionale Progetti co-finanziati dal MURST (dal 1991).
  • Resp. per la lichenologia nel Progetto Nazionale Antartide.
  • Presidente della Società Lichenologica Italiana (1987-1991).
  • Segretario della Lichen Commission dell' OPTIMA (dal 1993).
  • Membro dell' Executive Council della International Association for Lichenology (1992-2000) ed Editor-in-Chief della International Lichenological Newsletter (1997-2000).
  • Membro dell'Executive Council della International Mycological Association (dal 1998)
  • Membro del Comitato Internazionale di Nomenclatura Botanica (1999).
  • Presidente della International Association for Lichenology (2000-2004).
  • Membro del Gruppo di Esperti della Valutazione (GEV) dell’ARVUR (Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca) per l’area Scienze Biologiche (2012).
  • Medaglia OPTIMA (1995) per il miglior lavoro sulla flora Mediterranea pubblicato nel 1993 (la monografia sui Licheni d'Italia).
  • Premio internazionale Ferrari-Soave per le Scienze Biologiche dell'Accademia delle Scienze di Torino (2009).
  • Due Generi (Nimisia Kaernef. & Thell, Nimisiostella Barreno et al.) e due specie (Topelia nimisiana Tretiach & Vezda, Rinodina nimisii Giralt & Mayrh.) sono stati dedicati al prof. Nimis.

 

Pubblicazioni del Prof. Pier Luigi Nimis

 

Il prof. Nimis ha pubblicato 258 tra articoli, libri e monografie, la maggior parte in lingua inglese e su riviste internazionali. Di seguito si elencano alcuni lavori significativi.

 

Nimis P.L. (1997). Die Frühlingsblüte im Buchenwald in Beziehung zur Hummelbestäubung. - In: R. Tüxen (ed.): Vegetation und Fauna. Cramer, Vaduz. pp. 209-217.

Nimis P.L.(1981). Epigaeous lichen synusiae in the Yukon Territory. - Cryptogamie, Bryologie Lichenolologie, 2, 2: 127-151.

Nimis P.L.(1981). The thorny cushions vegetation in Mediterranean Italy. Phytogeographical Problems. - Anales Jardin Botanico de Madrid, 37, 2: 339-351.

Nimis P.L., Feoli E., Pignatti S. (1984). The Network of Databanks for the Italian Flora and Vegetation. - In: Allkin R., F.A. Bisby (eds.) Databases in Systematics. Academic Press. London and Orlando pp. 113-124.

Lausi D., Nimis P.L. (1985). Roadside vegetation in boreal South Yukon and adjacent Alaska. - Phytocoenologia, 13,1: 103-138.

Nimis P.L.(1985). Phytogeography and Ecology of epiphytic lichens at the southern Rim of the Clay Belt (N Ontario, Canada). - The Bryologist, 88, 4: 315-324.

Nimis P.L.(1985). Structure and floristic composition of a high-arctic tundra: Ny Alesund (Svalbard Archipelago). - Inter Nord, 17: 47-58.

Lausi D., Nimis P.L.(1985). Quantitative phytogeography of the Yukon Territory (NW Canada) on a chorological phytosociological basis. - Vegetatio, 59: 9-20.

Nimis P.L., Poelt J (1987). The lichens and Lichenicolous Fungi of Sardinia (Italy). - Studia Geobotanica, 7, suppl. 1. 269 pp.

Nimis P.L.(1989). Phytogeographical analysis of a treeline community in northern Yukon (NW Canada). - Vegetatio, 81: 209-215.

Nimis P.L. (1991). Developments in lichen community studies. - Lichenologist, 23, 3: 215-225.

Lausi D., Nimis P.L. (1991). Ecological Phytogeography of the southern Yukon Territory (Canada) - In: Nimis P.L., T.J. Crovello (eds.): Quantitative Approaches to Phytogeography. Kluwer. Dordrecht, Boston, London. pp. 35-121.

Nimis P.L., Crovello T. (eds.) (1991). Quantitative Approaches to Phytogeography. - Tasks for Vegetation Science, 24, Kluwer, Dordrecht, Boston, London, 280 pp.

Nimis P.L. (1993).  The Lichens of Italy. An annotated catalogue. - Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino. Monogr. 12. 897 pp.

Nimis P.L., Bolognini G. (1993). Quantitative phytogeography of the Italian beech forests. - Vegetatio 109: 125-143.

Nimis P.L., Bolognini G., Giovani C. (1993). Radiocontamination patterns of vascular plants in a forest ecosystem. - Science of the Total Environment, 157: 181-188.

Friesen N. Bolognini G., Nimis P.L. (1993). Quantitative phytogeography of the genus Allium in Siberia and Mongolia. - Nordic Journal of Botany, 13: 295-307.

Nimis P.L., Bolognini G., Giovani C. (1993). Radiocontamination patterns of vascular plants in a forest ecosystem. - Science of the Total Environment, 157: 181-188.

Malyshev L., Nimis P.L., Bolognini G. (1994). Essays on the modelling of spatial floristic diversity in Europe: British Isles, West Germany and eastern Europe – Flora, 189: 79-88.

Nimis P.L., Malyshev L., Bolognini G. (1994). Phytogeographical analysis of birch forests on the south of West Siberia - Vegetatio, 113: 25-39.

Cislaghi C., Nimis P.L. (1997). Lichens, air pollution and lung cancer. - Nature, 387, 6632: 463-464.

Malyshev L., Nimis P.L.(1997). Climatic dependance of the ecotone between alpine and forest orobiomes in southern Siberia - Flora, 192: 109-120.

Nimis P.L., Fonda G. (1997). Phytogeography of parasteppic vegetation in the high Friulian Plain (NE Italy). - Plant Ecology, 132: 15-28.

Nimis P.L., Tretiach M. (1997). A revision of Tornabea, a genus of fruticose lichens new to North America. - The Bryologist 100, 2: 217-225.

Nimis P.L., Malyshev L.I., Bolognini G., Friesen N. (1998). A multivariate phytogeographic analysis bof plant diversity in the Putorana Plateau (N Siberia) - Nordic Journal of Botany (Opera Botanica), 136: 1-72.

Nimis P.L.(1998). A critical appraisal of the genus concept in Lichenology. - Lichenologist, 30, 4-5: 427-438.

Berendsohn W. G., Agnastopoulos A, Hagedorn G., Jakupovich J., Nimis P.L., Valdes B., Guentsch A, Pankhurst R.J., White R. (1999). A comprehensive reference model for biological collections and surveys. - Taxon, 48: 511-562.

Berendsohn W., Nimis P.L. (2000). The complexity of collection information - In: Berendsohn W. (ed.) BIOCISE, Resourse identification for a Collection Information Service in Europe. Bot. Gard. Mus Berlin-Dahlem, pp. 13-18.

Nimis P.L. (2001). A Tale from Bioutopia. - Nature, 413: 21.

Nimis P.L.(2001). Artistic and Historical Monuments: Threatened Ecosystems. - In: Frontiers of Life, Part 2: Discovery and Spoliation of the Biosphere, sect. 2: Man and the Environment, Academic Press, S. Diego Ca, pp. 557-569.

Nimis P.L., Andreussi S., Pittao E. (2001). The performance of two lichen species as bioaccumulators of trace metals. - The Science of the Total Environment, 275: 43-51.

Nimis P.L., Martellos S. (2001). Testing the predictivity of ecological indicator values. A comparison of real and virtual releves of lichen vegetation. - Plant Ecology, 157: 165-172.

Nimis P.L., Scheidegger Ch., Wolseley P. (eds.) (2002). Monitoring with Lichens - Monitoring Lichens. -  Kluwer, NATO Science Series, Earth and Envir. Ser. 7, 408 pp

Nimis P.L., Martellos S. (2002). ITALIC, a database on Italian Lichens - Bibliotheca Lichenologica 82: 271-282.

Nimis P. L., Martellos S. (2003). A second checklist of the lichens of Italy with a thesaurus of synonyms. - Saint-Pierre, Aosta: Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat., Monogr. 4, 192 pp.

Nimis P.L., Martellos S. (2004). Keys to the lichens of Italy I. Terricolous species. – Ed. Goliardiche, 341 pp.

Ryan B.D., Nimis P.L. (2004). Melaspilea. - In: Nash T.H. III et al. (eds.): Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region, Vol. 2. Lichens Unlimited, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, pp. 358-389.

Castello M., Martellos S., Nimis P.L. (2006). VICTORIA: an on-line information system on the lichens of Victoria Land (Continental Antarctica). - Polar Biology, 29 (7): 604-608.

Cesa M., Bizzotto A., Ferraro C., Fumagalli F., Nimis P.L. (2006). Assessment of intermittent trace element pollution by moss bags. - Environmental Pollution, 144, 3: 886-892.

Nimis P.L., Poldini L., Martellos S. (2006). Guide alla flora III. Guida alla flora della Val Rosandra (Trieste).  - Le guide di Dryades 4. Serie Flore III (F-III). Edizioni Goliardiche, Trieste, 467 pp

Nascimbene J., Nimis P.L., Marini L. (2007). Testing indicators of epiphytic lichen diversity: a case study in N Italy. - Biodiversity and Conservation, 15: 3377-3383.

Nimis, P.L., Martellos, S. (2009). Computer-aided Tools for Identifying Organisms and their Importance for Protected Areas - Journal of Eco.Mont 1(2): 55-60.

Nimis P.L., Vignes Lebbe R. (eds.) (2010). Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. - EUT, 455 pp

Nimis P.L. (2010), A key To Nature. - International Innovation, Oct. 2010: 20-22.


CURRICULUM

 

Prof. Pier Luigi Nimis

 

Position

 

Professor of Systematic Botany at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Trieste

 

 

Experience

 

The scientific interests of Prof. Nimis are centered on four main fields:

  • Ecology - Bioindication and radioecology using lichens and bryophytes as bioindicators and bioaccumulators.
  • Quantitative biogeography – multivariate analysis of plant distribution ranges in different parts of the world (Alaska-Yukon, Ontario, Siberia, Europe, Argentina).
  • Lichenology - from floristics and taxonomy to vegetational and applied studies. Prof. Nimis is presently writing a lichen flora of Italy.
  • Biodiversity , with emphasis on the automatic generation of identification tools.

 

 

Activities

 

Prof. Nimis is member of the Editorial Boards of several international Journals . He is the coordinator of National and European Research Projects since 1991 and responsible for Lichenology within the Italian Antarctic Survey. He was Co-ordinator of the European Project KeyToNature from 2007 to 2010 and is presently coordinating the international project SiiT.

 

Prof. Nimis was President of the Italian Lichen Society (1987-1993), Secretary of the Lichen Commission of O.P.T.I.M.A. (1993-2003), Member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Lichenology (IAL) and of the International Mycological Association, Editor-in-chief of the International Lichenological Newsletter (1997-2000), President of the International Association of Lichenology (2000-2004), and Member of the International Committee for Botanical Nomenclature, member of the group of evaluation experts of ANVUR (National Agency for the evaluation of the University System and Research) for the area ‘Biological Sciences’ (2012).

Prof. Nimis was awarded with the small golden Panda of W.W.F. for his biomonitoring studies with lichens, with the O.P.T.I.M.A. medal (1995) for the best study on the Mediterranean flora published in 1993 (his monograph on the Lichens of Italy), and with the International Ferrari-Soave Prize for Biology from the Academy of Sciences of Turin (2009).

 

Academic career:

 

  • 1977 graduated with honors in Natural Sciences at the University of Trieste
  • a researcher at the Botanical Institute of the University of Trieste.
  • Full Professor of Systematic Botany at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Trieste.
  • to 1990  Chairman of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Trieste.
  • 1996 to 2003 Director of the Department of Biology, University of Trieste.
  • 2009-2011 Dean of the PhD-School of Biomonitoring, University of Trieste

 

Publications:

 

Prof. Nimis has published ca. 258 articles and monographs. A small selection is given below.

 

Nimis P.L. (1997). Die Frühlingsblüte im Buchenwald in Beziehung zur Hummelbestäubung. - In: R. Tüxen (ed.): Vegetation und Fauna. Cramer, Vaduz. pp. 209-217.

Nimis P.L.(1981). Epigaeous lichen synusiae in the Yukon Territory. - Cryptogamie, Bryologie Lichenolologie, 2, 2: 127-151.

Nimis P.L.(1981). The thorny cushions vegetation in Mediterranean Italy. Phytogeographical Problems. - Anales Jardin Botanico de Madrid, 37, 2: 339-351.

Nimis P.L., Feoli E., Pignatti S. (1984). The Network of Databanks for the Italian Flora and Vegetation. - In: Allkin R., F.A. Bisby (eds.) Databases in Systematics. Academic Press. London and Orlando pp. 113-124.

Lausi D., Nimis P.L. (1985). Roadside vegetation in boreal South Yukon and adjacent Alaska. -  Phytocoenologia, 13,1: 103-138.

Nimis P.L.(1985). Phytogeography and Ecology of epiphytic lichens at the southern Rim of the Clay Belt (N Ontario, Canada). - The Bryologist, 88, 4: 315-324.

Nimis P.L.(1985). Structure and floristic composition of a high-arctic tundra: Ny Alesund (Svalbard Archipelago). - Inter Nord, 17: 47-58.

Lausi D., Nimis P.L.(1985). Quantitative phytogeography of the Yukon Territory (NW Canada) on a chorological phytosociological basis. - Vegetatio, 59: 9-20.

Nimis P.L., Poelt J (1987). The lichens and Lichenicolous Fungi of Sardinia (Italy). - Studia Geobotanica, 7, suppl. 1. 269 pp.

Nimis P.L.(1989). Phytogeographical analysis of a treeline community in northern Yukon (NW Canada). - Vegetatio, 81: 209-215.

Nimis P.L. (1991). Developments in lichen community studies. - Lichenologist, 23, 3: 215-225.

Lausi D., Nimis P.L. (1991). Ecological Phytogeography of the southern Yukon Territory (Canada) - In: Nimis P.L., T.J. Crovello (eds.): Quantitative Approaches to Phytogeography. Kluwer. Dordrecht, Boston, London. pp. 35-121.

Nimis P.L., Crovello T. (eds.) (1991). Quantitative Approaches to Phytogeography. - Tasks for Vegetation Science, 24, Kluwer, Dordrecht, Boston, London, 280 pp.

Nimis P.L. (1993).  The Lichens of Italy. An annotated catalogue. - Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino. Monogr. 12. 897 pp.

Nimis P.L., Bolognini G. (1993). Quantitative phytogeography of the Italian beech forests. - Vegetatio 109: 125-143.

Nimis P.L., Bolognini G., Giovani C. (1993). Radiocontamination patterns of vascular plants in a forest ecosystem. - Science of the Total Environment, 157: 181-188.

Friesen N. Bolognini G., Nimis P.L. (1993). Quantitative phytogeography of the genus Allium in Siberia and Mongolia. - Nordic Journal of Botany, 13: 295-307.

Nimis P.L., Bolognini G., Giovani C. (1993). Radiocontamination patterns of vascular plants in a forest ecosystem. - Science of the Total Environment, 157: 181-188.

Malyshev L., Nimis P.L., Bolognini G. (1994). Essays on the modelling of spatial floristic diversity in Europe: British Isles, West Germany and eastern Europe – Flora, 189: 79-88.

Nimis P.L., Malyshev L., Bolognini G. (1994). Phytogeographical analysis of birch forests on the south of West Siberia - Vegetatio, 113: 25-39.

Cislaghi C., Nimis P.L. (1997). Lichens, air pollution and lung cancer. - Nature, 387, 6632: 463-464.

Malyshev L., Nimis P.L.(1997). Climatic dependance of the ecotone between alpine and forest orobiomes in southern Siberia - Flora, 192: 109-120.

Nimis P.L., Fonda G. (1997). Phytogeography of parasteppic vegetation in the high Friulian Plain (NE Italy). - Plant Ecology, 132: 15-28.

Nimis P.L., Tretiach M. (1997). A revision of Tornabea, a genus of fruticose lichens new to North America. - The Bryologist 100, 2: 217-225.

Nimis P.L., Malyshev L.I., Bolognini G., Friesen N. (1998). A multivariate phytogeographic analysis bof plant diversity in the Putorana Plateau (N Siberia) - Nordic Journal of Botany (Opera Botanica), 136: 1-72.

Nimis P.L.(1998). A critical appraisal of the genus concept in Lichenology. - Lichenologist, 30, 4-5: 427-438.

Berendsohn W. G., Agnastopoulos A, Hagedorn G., Jakupovich J., Nimis P.L., Valdes B., Guentsch A, Pankhurst R.J., White R. (1999). A comprehensive reference model for biological collections and surveys. - Taxon, 48: 511-562.

Berendsohn W., Nimis P.L. (2000). The complexity of collection information - In: Berendsohn W. (ed.) BIOCISE, Resourse identification for a Collection Information Service in Europe. Bot. Gard. Mus Berlin-Dahlem, pp. 13-18.

Nimis P.L. (2001). A Tale from Bioutopia. - Nature, 413: 21.

Nimis P.L.(2001). Artistic and Historical Monuments: Threatened Ecosystems. - In: Frontiers of Life, Part 2: Discovery and Spoliation of the Biosphere, sect. 2: Man and the Environment, Academic Press, S. Diego Ca, pp. 557-569.

Nimis P.L., Andreussi S., Pittao E. (2001). The performance of two lichen species as bioaccumulators of trace metals. - The Science of the Total Environment, 275: 43-51.

Nimis P.L., Martellos S. (2001). Testing the predictivity of ecological indicator values. A comparison of real and virtual releves of lichen vegetation. - Plant Ecology, 157: 165-172.

Nimis P.L., Scheidegger Ch., Wolseley P. (eds.) (2002). Monitoring with Lichens - Monitoring Lichens. -  Kluwer, NATO Science Series, Earth and Envir. Ser. 7, 408 pp

Nimis P.L., Martellos S. (2002). ITALIC, a database on Italian Lichens - Bibliotheca Lichenologica 82: 271-282.

Nimis P. L., Martellos S. (2003). A second checklist of the lichens of Italy with a thesaurus of synonyms. - Saint-Pierre, Aosta: Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat., Monogr. 4, 192 pp.

Nimis P.L., Martellos S. (2004). Keys to the lichens of Italy I. Terricolous species. – Ed. Goliardiche, 341 pp.

Ryan B.D., Nimis P.L. (2004). Melaspilea. - In: Nash T.H. III et al. (eds.): Lichen Flora of the Greater Sonoran Desert Region, Vol. 2. Lichens Unlimited, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, pp. 358-389.

Castello M., Martellos S., Nimis P.L. (2006). VICTORIA: an on-line information system on the lichens of Victoria Land (Continental Antarctica). - Polar Biology, 29 (7): 604-608.

Cesa M., Bizzotto A., Ferraro C., Fumagalli F., Nimis P.L. (2006). Assessment of intermittent trace element pollution by moss bags. - Environmental Pollution, 144, 3: 886-892.

Nimis P.L., Poldini L., Martellos S. (2006). Guide alla flora III. Guida alla flora della Val Rosandra (Trieste).  - Le guide di Dryades 4. Serie Flore III (F-III). Edizioni Goliardiche, Trieste, 467 pp

Nascimbene J., Nimis P.L., Marini L. (2007). Testing indicators of epiphytic lichen diversity: a case study in N Italy. - Biodiversity and Conservation, 15: 3377-3383.

Nimis, P.L., Martellos, S. (2009). Computer-aided Tools for Identifying Organisms and their Importance for Protected Areas - Journal of Eco.Mont 1(2): 55-60.

Nimis P.L., Vignes Lebbe R. (eds.) (2010). Tools for Identifying Biodiversity: Progress and Problems. - EUT, 455 pp

Nimis P.L. (2010), A key To Nature. - International Innovation, Oct. 2010: 20-22.