Emanuele Ziaco

Prof. Dr.

Institute of Geography
Room: 02-274
E-mail: eziaco@uni-mainz.de


Research interests

Dendrochronology; Quantitative Wood Anatomy; Dendroclimatology; Xylogenesis; Tree physiology; Forest ecology; Forest conservation and management


Biographical data

2021               Postdoctoral Researcher, Carl Trygger’s Foundation, Department of Ecology and                                  Genetics, Plant Ecology and Evolution, Uppsala University.

2020-2021       Adjunct Faculty - Research Scientist, Global Water Center, Department of Biology,                                University of Nevada, Reno.

2020-2021       Guest scientist, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences - Helmholtz Center,                                 Potsdam, Germany.

2018-2020       Research Scientist, DendroLab, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science                       (NRES), University of Nevada, Reno.

2013-2018       Postdoctoral scholar, DendroLab, Department of Geography, University of Nevada, Reno.

2013               Ph.D. in Sciences and Technologies for Forest and Environmental Management, University                       of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy.



In review

Liu, X., Ziaco, E., Biondi, F. Water-use efficiency of co-occurring sky-island pine species in the North American Great Basin with high seasonal drought variability.



Balanzategui, D., Nordhauß, H., Heinrich, I., Biondi, F., Miley, N., Hurley, A.G., Ziaco, E. Wood anatomy of Douglas-fir in eastern Arizona and its relationship with Pacific Basin climate. Frontier in Plant Sciences, 12: 1812, DOI:10.3389/fpls.2021.702442

Tromboni, F., Liu, J., Ziaco, E., Breshears, D.D., Thompson, K., Dodds, W.K., Dahlin, K.M., LaRue, E.A., Thorp, J.H., Viña, A., Laguë, M., Maasri, A., Yang, H., Chandra, S., Fei, S. Macrosystems as metacoupled human and natural systems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 19( 1): 20– 29, doi:10.1002/fee.2289



Huang, J., Campelo, F., Ma, Q., Zhang, Y., Bergeron, Y., Deslauriers, A., Fonti, P., Liang, E., Mäkinen, H., Oberhuber, W., Rathgeber, C. B. K., Tognetti, R., Treml, V., Yang, B., Zhai, L., Zhang, J., Antonucci, S., Camarero, J.J, Čufar, K., Cuny, H.E., De Luis, M., Giovannelli, A., Gričar, J., Gruber, A., Gryc, V., Güney, A., Guo, X., Huang, W., Jyske, T., Kašpar, J., King, G., Krause, C., Lemay, A., Liu, F., Lombardi, F., Martinez del Castillo, E., Morin, H., Nabais, C., Nöjd, P., Peters, R.L., Prislan, P., Saracino, A., Swidrak, I., Vavrčík, H., Vieira, J., Yu, B., Zhang, S., Zeng, Q., Ziaco, E., Rossi, S. Reply to Elmendorf and Ettinger: Photoperiod plays a dominant and irreplaceable role in triggering secondary growth resumption. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Dec 2020, 202019931; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2019931117

Huang, J., Ma, Q., Rossi, S., Biondi, F., Deslauriers, A., Fonti, P., Liang, E., Mäkinen, H., Oberhuber, W., Rathgeber, C., Tognetti, R., Treml, V., Yang, B., Antonucci, S., Bergeron, Y., Berninger, F., Cufar, K., Cuny, H., Gričar, J., Gruber, A., Guo, X., Huang, W., Jyske, T., Kašpar, J., King, G., Krause, C., Lombardi, F., Morin, H., Nöjd, P., Peters, R., Prislan, P., Saracino, A., Swidrak, I., Yu, B., Zhai, L., Zhang, S., Zeng, Q., Ziaco, E. Photoperiod and temperature as dominant environmental drivers triggering secondary growth resumption in Northern Hemisphere conifers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Aug 2020, 202007058; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2007058117

Ziaco, E., Miley, N., Biondi, F. Reconstruction of seasonal and water-year precipitation anomalies from tree-ring records of the Southwestern United States. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 547, 109689, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2020.109689

Ziaco, E. A phenology-based approach to the analysis of conifers intra-annual xylem anatomy in water-limited environments. Dendrochronologia, 59, 125662, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2019.125662



Truettner, C., Dettinger, M., Ziaco, E., Csank, A., Biondi, F. Seasonal Analysis of the 2011 – 2017 North American Monsoon near its Northwest Boundary. Atmosphere, 10(7):420, https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos10070420

Ren, P., Ziaco, E., Rossi, S., Biondi, F., Prislan, P., Liang, E. Growth rate rather than growing season length determines wood biomass in dry environments. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 217, 46-53

Ziaco, E., Liang, E. New perspectives on sub-seasonal xylem anatomical responses to climatic variability. Trees https://doi.org/10.1007/s00468-018-1786-9



Ziaco, E., Biondi, F. Stem circadian phenology of four pine species in naturally contrasting climates from sky-island forests of the western USA. Forests, 9(7), 396. DOI: 10.3390/f9070396

Truettner, C., W.R.L. Anderegg, F. Biondi, G.W. Koch, K. Ogle, C. Schwalm, M.E. Litvak, J.D. Shaw, Ziaco, E. Conifer radial growth response to recent seasonal warming and drought from the southwestern USA. Forest Ecology and Management, 418, 55-62 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.01.044

Ziaco, E., Truettner, C., Biondi, F., Bullock, S. Moisture-driven xylogenesis in Pinus ponderosa from a Mojave Desert mountain reveals high phenological plasticity. Plant, Cell & Environment, 41(4), 823-836. DOI: 10.1111/pce.13152



Di Filippo, A., Biondi, F., Piovesan, G., Ziaco, E. Tree-ring based metrics for assessing old-growth forest naturalness. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54, 737-749. DOI:10.1111/1365-2664.12793



Ziaco, E., Biondi, F., Heinrich, I. Wood Cellular Dendroclimatology: Testing New Proxies in Great Basin Bristlecone Pine. Frontiers in Plant Science, 1(7). DOI:10.3389/fpls.2016.01602

Ziaco, E., Biondi, F. Tree growth, cambial phenology, and wood anatomy of limber pine at a Great Basin (USA) mountain observatory. Trees, 30(5), 1507-1521. DOI:10.1007/s00468-016-1384-7

Ziaco, E., Biondi, F., Rossi, S., Deslauriers, A. Environmental drivers of cambial phenology in Great Basin bristlecone pine. Tree Physiology 36 (7), 818-831. DOI:10.1093/treephys/tpw006



Anderegg, W.R.L., Schwalm, C., Biondi, F., Camarero, J.J, Koch, G., Litvak, M., Ogle, K., Shaw, J.D., Shevliakova, E., Williams, A.P, Wolf, A., Ziaco, E., Pacala, S. Pervasive drought legacies in forest ecosystems and their implications for carbon cycle models. Science 349(6247), 528-532. DOI:10.1126/science.aab1833



Ziaco, E., Biondi, F., Rossi, S., and Deslauriers, A. Climatic influences on wood anatomy and tree-ring features of Great Basin conifers at a new mountain observatory. Applications in plant sciences, 10(2):1400054

Ziaco, E., Biondi, F., Rossi, S., and Deslauriers, A. Intra-annual wood anatomical features of high-elevation conifers in the Great Basin, USA. Dendrochronologia, 32(4), 303-312 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2014.07.006



Ziaco, E., Biondi, F., Di Filippo, A., Piovesan, G. Biogeoclimatic influences on tree growth releases identified by the boundary line method in beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) populations of southern Europe. Forest Ecology and Management, 286, 28-37 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2012.09.005

Ziaco, E., Di Filippo, A., Alessandrini, A., Baliva, M., D'Andrea, E., Piovesan, G. Old-growth attributes in a network of Apennines (Italy) beech forests: disentangling the role past human interferences and biogeoclimate. Plant Biosystems, 46, 153-166 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11263504.2011.650729

Ziaco, E., Alessandrini, A., Blasi, S., Di Filippo A., Dennis, S., Piovesan, G. Communicating old-growth forest through an educational trail. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21, 131-144, DOI: 10.1007/s10531-011-0170-5



Alessandrini, A., Biondi, F., Di Filippo, A., Ziaco, E., Piovesan, G. Tree size distribution at increasing spatial scales converges to the rotated sigmoid curve in two old-growth beech stands of the Italian Apennines. Forest Ecology and Management, 262, 1950-1962 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2011.08.025



Piovesan, G., Alessandrini, A., Baliva, M., Chiti, T., D’Andrea, E., De Cinti, B., Di Filippo, A., Hermanin, L., Lauteri, M., Scarascia Mugnozza, G., Schirone, B., Ziaco, E., Matteucci, G. Structural patterns, growth processes, carbon stocks in an Italian network of old-growth beech forests. Italia Forestale e Montana 65, 557-590, DOI: 10.4129/ifm.2010.5.07



2020                Course contributor, Regional and Global Issues in Environmental Sciences (NRES467) University of Nevada – Reno, USA

2019                Course leader, Natural Resource Ecology (NRES217) University of Nevada – Reno, USA

2019                Course leader, Intro to Environmental Science (ENV101) University of Nevada – Reno, USA

2018                Course leader, Silviculture (NRES 485 – Special topic) University of Nevada – Reno, USA

2017                Course leader, Forest and Range Measurements (NRES 407/607) University of Nevada – Reno, USA

2014                Course contributor, Climate Change and Its Environmental Impacts (GEOG/ATMS 121) University of Nevada – Reno, USA

2012                Course leader, Environmental science and policy, USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) exchange program – winter school at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy

2010                Course contributor, Dendrology and forest botany, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy

2010                Course contributor, Silviculture, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy

2009                Course leader, Forest botany and silviculture, Italian National Forest Police Corps (CFS), 52th Course, Cittaducale (RI), Italy