Luigi Ponti

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Research Scientist, ENEA Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Roma, Italy

Research Fellow, CASAS Global

Email: luigi.ponti AT

Education and Languages

MS in Agricultural Sciences, University of Perugia, Italy

PhD in Agricultural Entomology, University of Perugia, Italy

Postdoctoral studies in agroecology/crop system analysis, University of California, Berkeley, California


Italian, English, French

Expertise & Research Interests

Agroecosystem analysis, invasive species, field ecology, agroecology, bioeconomics, GIS and weather data management, and tritrophic population ecology, climate change effects on biological systems including alfalfa, cotton, grape, olive, invasive weeds, and herding systems

Relevant Experience

  • Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley under an International Grant from the Italian National Research Council
  • Assistant specialist in Agroecosystem Analysis, University of California, Berkeley
    GIS Developer, Analysis of climate effects on agricultural systems, California Climate Change Center
  • Consultant, climate change effects on agricultural systems, SafeCrop Center, Trento, Italy
  • Reviewer for scientific journals (e.g., Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment and Acta Oecologica)

Selected Publications

Gutierrez, A. P., L. Ponti, and Q. A. Cossu. 2009. Effects of climate warming on Olive and olive fly (Bactrocera oleae (Gmelin)) in California and Italy. Climatic Change 95: 195-217.

Ponti ,L., Q. A. Cossu, and A. P. Gutierrez. 2009. Climate warming effects on the Olea europaea–Bactrocera oleae system in Mediterranean islands: Sardinia as an example. Global Change Biology 15: 2874-2884.

Gutierrez, A. P., N. J. Mills, and L. Ponti. 2010. Limits to the potential distribution of light brown apple moth in Arizona-California based on climate suitability and host plant availability. Biological Invasions 12: 3319-3331.

Gutierrez, A. P., and L. Ponti. 2011. Assessing the invasive potential of the Mediterranean fruit fly in California and Italy. Biological Invasions 13: 2661-2676.

Gutierrez, A. P., L. Ponti, M. Hoddle, R. P. P. Almeida, and N. A. Irvin. 2011. Geographic distribution and relative abundance of the invasive glassy-winged sharpshooter: Effects of temperature and egg parasitoids. Environmental Entomology 40: 755-769.

Gutierrez, A. P., L. Ponti, M. L. Cooper, G. Gilioli, J. Baumgärtner, and C. Duso. 2012. Prospective analysis of the invasive potential of the European grapevine moth Lobesia botrana (Den. & Schiff.) in California. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 14: 225-238.

Gutierrez, A. P., and L. Ponti. 2013. Deconstructing the control of the spotted alfalfa aphid (Therioaphis maculata). Agricultural and Forest Entomology [pages?]

Gutierrez, A. P., and L. Ponti. 2013. Eradication of invasive species: Why the biology matters. Environmental Entomology [pages?]

Ponti, L., A. P. Gutierrez, B. Basso, M. Neteler, P. M. Ruti, A. Dell’Aquila, and M. Iannetta. 2013. Olive agroecosystems in the Mediterranean Basin: Multitrophic analysis of climate effects with process-based representation of soil water balance. Procedia Environmental Sciences [pages?]


“Master and Back” Fellowship from Sardinia Region, Italy

Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant under the Seventh Research Framework

Programme of the European Union