Giovanni Rapacciuolo

Life and Environmental Sciences email giorapac@gmail.com
University of California, Merced phone +1 (510) 610-5646
Merced skype giovanni.rapacciuolo
California 95343, USA www giorapacciuolo.com

EDUCATION

Sep 2009 - May 2013

PhD, Biodiversity and Global Change. Imperial College London, UK

Thesis title: “Predicting species’ range shifts under global change: when can species distribution models be useful?”

Advisors: Prof Andy Purvis (Imperial College London), Dr David Roy (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)

Oct 2005 - Sep 2009

MSci (undergraduate degree), Biology, 1st class honors. Imperial College London, UK

Thesis title: “Traits correlates of range change in British plants”

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Jul 2017 - present

Postdoctoral Researcher. University of California Merced, CA, USA

Project: National Science Foundation Dimensions of Biodiversity Grant

Advisors: Prof Jessica Blois, Prof Michael Dawson

Sep 2015 - Jun 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow. joint position between Stony Brook University, NY, USA and NatureServe, VA, USA

Project: National Science Foundation Dimensions of Biodiversity Grant

Advisors: Prof Catherine Graham (Stony Brook University), Dr Bruce Young (NatureServe)

May 2013 - Jun 2015

Postdoctoral Researcher. University of California Berkeley, CA, USA

Project: Berkeley Global Change Biology

Advisors: Prof Rosemary Gillespie, Prof Charles Marshall

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2015

Socio-environmental Immersion Fellowship. National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, MY, USA.

2013

Postdoctoral Fellowship. Berkeley Global Change Biology, CA, USA.

2009

Climate Change Research Scholarship. Old Mutual plc, London, UK.

PUBLICATIONS

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In preparation
(drafts available
upon request)

Rapacciuolo G, Helmus MR, Radeloff VC, Graham CH. Environmental harshness shapes how bird assemblages occupy ecological niche space.

Rapacciuolo G, Graham CH, Marin, J, Behm JE, Costa GC, Hedges SB, Helmus MR, Radeloff VC, Young BE, Brooks TM. Species diversity is a surrogate for phylogenetic and functional diversity in conservation planning.

Marin J, Rapacciuolo G, Costa GC, Graham CH, Brooks TM, Young BE, Radeloff VC, Behm JE, Helmus MR, Hedges SB. Evolutionary time, rather than ecology and climatic stability, is the primary driver of global tetrapod diversity.

In review

Yates KL [and 49 others, including Rapacciuolo G]. Key questions in species distribution model transferability. Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

2017

Rapacciuolo G, Ball-Damerow JE, Zeilinger A, Resh VH. Detecting long-term occupancy changes in californian odonates from natural history and citizen science records. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 2933-2949. Find full text.

Rapacciuolo G, Marin J, Costa GC, Helmus MR, Behm JE, Brooks TM, Hedges SB, Radeloff VC, Young BE, Graham CH. A detectable signal of human pressure amid ecological constraints on the biogeography of body mass in tetrapods. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 1022-1034. Find full text.

Zeilinger A, Rapacciuolo G, Turek D, Oboyski P, Almeida R, Roderick G. Museum specimen data reveal emergence of a plant disease may be linked to increases in the insect vector population. Ecological Applications 27: 1827-1837. Find full text.

Young BE, Auer S, Ormes M, Rapacciuolo G, Schweitzer D, Sears N. Are pollinating hawk moths declining in the Northeastern United States? An analysis of collection records. PLoS ONE 12: e0185683. Find full text.

2016

Fiorella KJ, Rapacciuolo G, Trisos C. (2016) Species loss: learn from health metrics. Nature (Correspondence) 538: 371. Find full text.

Kelly M, Easterday K, Rapacciuolo G, Koo MS, McIntyre P, Thorne J. (2016) Rescuing and sharing historical vegetation data for ecological analysis: The California Vegetation Type Mapping project. Biodiversity Data Journal 11: 40 - 62. Find full text.

2015

Pearse WD, Chase MW, Crawley MJ, Dolphin K, Fay MF, Joseph JA, Powney G, Preston CD, Rapacciuolo G, Roy DB, and Purvis A (2015) Beyond the EDGE with EDAM: prioritising British plant species according to evolutionary distinctiveness, and accuracy and magnitude of decline. PLoS One 10: e0126524. Find full text.

2014

Rapacciuolo G, Maher S, Schneider AC, Hammond TT, Jabis MD, Walsh WE, Iknayan KJ, Walden GK, Oldfather MF, Ackerly DD, Beissinger SR (2014) Beyond a warming fingerprint: individualistic biogeographic responses to heterogeneous climate change in California. Global Change Biology 20: 2841 - 2855. Find full text.

Rapacciuolo G, Roy DB, Gillings S, Purvis A (2014). Temporal validation plots: quantifying how well species distribution models predict species’ range changes over time. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 407 - 420. Find full text.

Powney GD, Rapacciuolo G, Preston CD, Purvis A, Roy DB (2014) A phylogenetically-informed trait-based analysis of range change in the vascular plant flora of Britain. Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 171 - 185. Find full text.

2012

Rapacciuolo G, Roy DB, Gillings S, Fox R, Walker K, Purvis A (2012) Climatic associations of British species distributions show good transferability in time but low predictive accuracy for range change. PLoS One 7: e40212. Find full text.

Oliver TH, Gillings S, Girardello M, Rapacciuolo G, Brereton TM, Siriwardena GM, Roy DB, Pywell R, Fuller RJ (2012) Population density but not stability can be predicted from species distribution models. Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 581 - 590. Find full text.

Not peer-reviewed

Rapacciuolo G, Robinson R, Gillings S, Roy DB, Purvis A. Trait correlates of climatic niche tracking in British birds. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/103507.

AWARDS

2011

Best talk. Postgraduate Student Symposium, Imperial College London, UK.

2009

Top grade. MSci Biology cohort, Imperial College London, UK.

2009

Imperial College candidate (with 2 others) for UK Biology Student of the Year Award. Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year Awards, UK.

TEACHING

Guest lecturer

2017
(upcoming)

“The Nature of Communities”. ESS 148: Fundamentals of Ecology. University of California, Merced, CA, USA.

“Change in Communities: Succession”. ESS 148: Fundamentals of Ecology. University of California, Merced, CA, USA.

Teaching assistant

2011, 2012

Computing and Biodiversity modules. MS, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London, London, UK.

2010, 2011

Statistics and Computing modules. years 1-3, BS, Biology, Imperial College London, London, UK.

Graduate supervisor

2011

Emma Sheard. MS, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London, London, UK.

Thesis title: “Can biotic interactions be used to explain the distribution of monophagous moths in Britain?”.

Undergraduate supervisor

2017

Carolina Karuppiah. BS, Psychology, University of California, Merced, CA, USA.

Zachary Malone. BS, Earth System Science, University of California, Merced, CA, USA.

2013

Arif Ali. BS, Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Co-instructor

2013, 2014

Species Distribution Modeling workshop. University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

2010, 2011

Generalised Linear Modeling in R course. Imperial College London, UK.

INVITED TALKS

21 Apr 2017

American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY, USA.

Title: “The consequences of species loss for terrestrial vertebrate biodiversity”

24 Jan 2017

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Title: “Improving climate change vulnerability assessments using data on functional traits and historical distributions”.

24 Apr 2014

Australian National University, Canberra, AU.

Title: “Using historic data sources to calibrate and validate models of species’ range dynamics”.

21 Sep 2012

Botanical Society of the British Isles, Edinburgh, UK.

Title: “Can we predict recently-observed changes in the British Flora?”.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Talks

6 Sep 2011

“Species distribution models fail to predict observed range shifts of British species from climate”. Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK.

Posters

11 Jan 2017

“A signature of human pressure amid ecological constraints on the distribution of body mass in tetrapods”. International Biogeography Meeting 2017, Tucson, AZ, USA.

23 Apr 2014

“Holos: Rescuing and integrating data in the face of global change”. Australian National University, Canberra, AU.

DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

Mar 2016

“Drivers of ecological niche volume and packing in terrestrial vertebrate assemblages across the globe”. NatureServe, VA, USA.

Nov 2015

“Using disparate historical data sources to understand species’ recent and likely future range shifts”. Stony Brook University, NY, USA.

Mar 2015

“Detection and attribution of species’ recent range shifts using disparate historic data sources”. University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Oct 2014

“Extracting signals of change from noisy biocollection data”. University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Mar 2014

“Integrating past, present, and future biological and environmental data for innovative global change biology research”. University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Mar 2013

“Temporal validation plots: a new tool for assessing how well species distribution models predict species’ range dynamics over time”. University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

Feb 2013

“Can species distribution models predict recently-observed changes in the distributions of birds, butterflies and vascular plants of Great Britain?”. University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

May 2012

“Are species distribution models for species under climate change useful? Lessons from past data”. Imperial College London, London, UK.

Sep 2011

“Can we predict recently-observed changes in British species distributions?”. Center for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK.

Jun 2011

“Can we predict recently-observed changes in British species distributions?”. Imperial College London, London, UK.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Ecological modeling

Expertise in calibration and validation of models of the distribution, occupancy and abundance of species and communities across space and time using linear, machine-learning, and hierarchical Bayesian methods.

Expertise in geospatial analyses and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Expertise in trait-based models and phylogenetic comparative analyses.

Programming

Expertise in R programming and statistical environment for integration, manipulation and analysis of big data.

Working knowledge of JAGS, WinBUGS, Python, ArcPy, Markdown, HTML, CCS.

Fluency with code version control and management using Git and GitHub.

Languages

Trilingual: English, French (native), Italian (native).

ACADEMIC SERVICE AND OUTREACH

Editor

2017

Guest Associate Editor for Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Biogeography and Macroecology section

Editing Research Topic “Ecological non-equilibrium in the Anthropocene” in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Reviewer

Grants

Reviewed for National Science Foundation.

Publications

Reviewed for Animal Conservation, Climate Risk Management, Climatic Change, Ecography, Ecology and Evolution, Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, IBIS, Journal of Biogeography, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, PLoS One. Find Publons profile.

Software

“Silicon Valley 2.0”. Climate change adaptation assessment. Santa Clara Office of Sustainability, San Francisco, CA, USA. Sep 2014.

“HYKL”. Bayesian species distribution modeling. Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK. Jun 2012.

Co-organizer

Workshops

“Big ecological questions: diverse data, new methods”. University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2014.

Seminars

Student Seminars. Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London, London, UK. Throughout 2011.

“Biotic responses to 20th century climate change in California”. University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Apr - Dec 2013.

Facilitator

Workshops

Cross-Disciplinary Statistical Applications in the Anthropocene. National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, MD, USA. Sep 2017.

Developer

Software

Published R source code for running temporal validation plots (Rapacciuolo et al. 2014).

Collaborated on https://holos.berkeley.edu/.

Websites

Personal research website: http://giorapacciuolo.com.

Purvis lab website. Imperial College London, London, UK. From 2010 - 2012.

REFERENCES

NatureServe Postdoc

Dr Catherine Graham, catherine.graham@wsl.ch.

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolution, Stony Brook University, NY, USA

Dr Bruce Young, bruce_young@natureserve.org.

Director, Species Science, NatureServe, VA, USA

Berkeley Postdoc

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, gillespie@berkeley.edu.

Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California Berkeley, CA, USA

PhD

Dr Andy Purvis, andy.purvis@nhm.ac.uk.

Professor, Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum, London, UK.