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DISPAA Dipartimento di Scienze delle Produzioni Agroalimentari e dell'Ambiente

Alessandro Messeri

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Alessandro Messeri


DISPAA - piazzale delle Cascine, 18 - 50144 - Firenze


Telephone 0552755702



Curriculum vitae

Alessandro Messeri earned a PhD in 2009 in “Sistemi pastorali e foraggero-zootecnici sostenibili per il territorio e la qualità dei prodotti” in the doctoral program “Produzioni animali e vegetali di qualità per la valorizzazione del territorio e salvaguardia dell’ambiente", after graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry at the University of Florence.

During the his PhD, he studied topics concerning the management of pastoral systems, the analysis of the relationship between pastoral and woody resources and the evolution type of herbaceous vegetation, through the ecological, physiological, productive and botanical study of the most important forage species.

Successively, his research activity continued thanks two scholarships obtained through the “Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca sulla Selvaggina e sui Miglioramenti Ambientali a Fini Faunistici”(CIRSeMAF) during which he worked on: the characterization of pastures and the evaluation of the efficiency of environmental improvements aimed to faunal goals in protected areas of the Tuscan and Emilian Apennines, monitoring the sanitation of wild ungulates, studying the phenomenon of road accidents caused by wildlife in Tuscany and identifying control strategies.

Since 2010 he has been working at the “Centro Interdipartimentale di Bioclimatologia” (CIBIC) in DISPAA at the University of Florence.

His research focuses on different aspects of Biometeorology and bioclimatology. His research examines the relationship between some meteorological parameters and human health.

In particular, he studied the relationship between climatic conditions and hospital admissions, taking into account the effect of single meteorological variables on human health, using bioclimatic indices and models of energy balance. In particular, he evaluated the effectiveness of the main biometeorological indices internationally used for the assessment of potential comfort or discomfort conditions in different environments.

The results represent the basis for the creation of a biometeorological and bioclimatological information system in support of the health professions and population.

Since 2010 biometeorological daily bulletins are sent out to inform the population of potential health risk conditions.

The research also focuses on the biometeorological area with particular reference to the urban environment and to the role of vegetation in mitigation of urban heat islands.

Doctor Messeri participated in many national and international conferences and seminars to explain the results of his projects. He was also invited to many national and international conferences and TV programs to report, as an expert, about climate change and its effects on the environment and human health. He is the author and co-author of six papers for national and international journals and twelve proceedings in international conferences.



PhD Alessandro Messeri has involved in many national and international Research Projects, in particular:

  • METEOSALUTE_2005-2014. Project funded by the Health Service of the Tuscany Region. The aim of the project was to develop a research to analyze the relationships between weather conditions and population health. In particular, a Warning System was developed, actually utilized by Tuscany Region, for safeguarding the health of the greatest risk groups, particularly the elderly people.
  • CARISMAND, Culture and Risk management in Man-made and Natural Disaster. HORIZON 2020 Project, grant agreement 653748. CARISMAND aims to deal with the issues of preparedness, response to disasters and after-crisis recovery which is inevitably influenced by cultural background of individuals and the society they live in. In this context culture is understood as the characteristics of a particular group of people defined by everything from a set of values, history, literature, language, religion to cuisine, social habits or music and arts. Cultural factors play an important role in determining the way people response to stress, engage in crisis management and accept disaster relief in an emergency.
  • HEAT-SHIELD  (Integrated inter-sector framework to increase the thermal resilience of European workers in the context of global warming). European Project HORIZON 20-20-number 668786. The project is aimed at creating an heat-health occupational warning systems to safeguard the health of workers during the summer season.
  • SMART MONITORING INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR A HEALTHY URBAN ENVIRONMENT IN SMART CITIES_2012-2014. POR CReO 2007-2013, Tuscany Region Project. The project is aimed at creating an innovative, low-cost system of providing information about the air quality in urban areas for a plurality of users.
  • COM.S.L.A.TO. Tuscany Region Project PSR 124, 2007-2013. The project deals with the enhancement of meat, milk and sheep by-products.
  • FILIERA DEL TESSILE SOSTENIBILE_2011-2014. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) Project. The aim of the project is to promote the progress, innovation, environmental protection, exploitation of the land and its natural resources, the support of the artisan craft, to the full satisfaction of the end user.
  • MOVE PROJECT_2008-2011. The aim of the project was to create knowledge, frameworks and methods for the assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards in Europe, in particular floods, temperature extremes, droughts, landslides, earthquakes, wildfires and storms.
  • ASSESSMENT OF INDICATORS OF EVOLUTION FOR HERBACEOUS OLIGOTROPHIC RESOURCES IN MARGINAL AREAS OF NORTHERN APENNINES_2005-2008. PRIN Project funded by MIUR. The aim of the project was to identify synthetic indicators to provide information about the evolution of herbaceous plant communities.
  • USO DELLO SPAZIO E DELL’HABITAT DA PARTE DEL CERVO NELLA RISERVA NATURALE DI ACQUERINO-CANTAGALLO_2009-2010. Project funded by Prato District. The aim of the study was to evaluate habitat improvements whith wildlife purposes in a grazed area on the Apennine Mountains (Acquerino Cantagallo Park).
  • CONSERVAZIONE DELLA BIODIVERSITA’ E GESTIONE FAUNISTICA NEI SISTEMI AGRO-SILVO-PASTORALI APPENNINICI: IL CASO DEL PARCO REGIONALE DEI LAGHI DI SUVIANA E BRASIMONE- 2005-2009. Project funded by “Suviana and Brasimone Lakes Regional Park” and Bologna District. The project was in charge of monitoring deer (Cervus elaphus) by the use of GPS collars and monitoring of habitat improvement for wildlife animals. In particular, the main objective of the project was to clarify the use of space and habitat selection of the deer population.
  • MONITORAGGIO IGIENICO-SANITARIO DI UNGULATI SELVATICI OGGETTO DI ATTIVITÀ VENATORIA- 2009. Project funded by “Agenzia Regionale per lo Sviluppo e l'Innovazione nel Settore Agro-forestale” (ARSIA). The study was designed in particular to the detection of the following pathogens: Trichinella sp, Salmonella sp., Yersinia enterocolitica, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli.
  • I TERROIR DELLE ALPI PER LA CARATTERIZZAZIONE E LA DIFESA DELLE PRODUZIONI CASEARIE D’ALPEGGIO (PRO-ALPE). FISR Project, Quality and Welfare Theme. The aim of the study was the characterization and use of pastoral Alpine resources and traceability of milk sector products.


last update: 16-June-2017
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