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Claudia Corti, M.Sc.

Claudia Corti, M.Sc.

M.Sc. in Biological Sciences
University of Florence
Qualification degree for Biologist practice
University of Florence
National scientific qualification for university associate professor (BIO05)
Food System Ecology
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Faculty Profile

I have been working for non-scientific and several scientific institutions (e.g., Museo Galileo – Institut and Museum of History of Science; University of Florence – Natural History Museum of the University of Florence.

I have collaborations with the California Academy of Sciences, USA; the IUCN – The World Conservation Union; as non-governmental expert of the European Community; the CoReGe, Research and Management Committee of PIM Initiative (Mediterranean small islands Initiative). I am member of several scientific societies [e.g., SEH- Societas Europaea Herpetologica (of which I was President 2009-2017); SHI Societas Herpetologca Italica;, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, USA, Sicilian Society of Natural Science, ANMS (National Scientific Museums Association), Italian Society of Speleology]. At present I am member of a Commission of the Italian Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Sicurezza Energetica.

Areas of Expertise

  • Biodiversity and Agro-environment
  • Biogeography
  • Island biology
  • Herpetology


Biodiversity conservation and habitat management. An overview (pp. 1-59).

GHERARDI F., CORTI C. & GUALTIERI M. (2002). In: Gheradi F., Corti C. & Gualtieri M. (eds Biodiversity conservation and habitat management. Encyclopedia of life support systems. Vol. I, UNESCO Publishing-Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK.

Determining environmental minimum requirements for functions provided by agro-ecosystems.

BASTIAN O., CORTI C. & LEBBORONI M. (2007). Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 27: 1–13.

Distribution of lacertid lizards in a Tuscan agro-ecosystem (Central Italy).

BIAGGINI M., PAGGETTI E., DAPPORTO L. & CORTI C. (2006). In: Corti C., Lo Cascio P. Biaggini M. (eds). Mainland and insular lizards. A Mediterranean perspective, Firenze University Press. Florence, Italy; pp. 13-21.

Order taxonomic level as a possible tool for rapid and economical assessment of Arthropod diversity in agricultural landscapes.

BIAGGINI M., DAPPORTO L., DELLACASA M., PAGGETTI E. & CORTI C., (2007). Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment, 122 (2007) 183–191.

Effectiveness of the GAEC cross compliance standards, Rational management of set aside, Grass strips to control soil erosion and Vegetation buffers along watercourses on surface animal diversity and biological quality of soil.

BIAGGINI M., BAZZOFFI P., GENTILE R. & CORTI C. (2011). Italian Journal of Agronomy, 6(s1): 100-106.

CHI, R., BASSU, L., NULCHIS, V., CORTI C. (2013). Assessing the Spatial Scale Effect of Anthropogenic Factors on Species Distribution.

MANGIACOTTI, M., SCALI, S., SACPLOS ONE, vol. 8, p. 1-11, ISSN: 1932-6203.

Reptile assemblages across agricultural landscapes: where does biodiversity hide?

BIAGGINI M. & CORTI C. (2015). Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 38 (2): 163-174.

Ecological focus area – EFA: the biological value of olive groves. A case study in Sardinia (Italy)/ Ecological focus area - EFA: il valore biologico degli oliveti. Un caso di studio in Sardegna.

BIAGGINI M., LO CASCIO P., BASSU, BAZZOFFI P., BARBAGLI F., NULCHIS V. & CORTI C. (2016). Italian Journal of Agronomy, 10(s1):748 doi:10.4081/ija.2015.10.s1.748

Occurrence of lizards in agricultural land and implications for conservation.

BIAGGINI M. & CORTI C. (2021). Herpetological Journal, 31: 77-84; https://doi.org/10.33256/31.2.7784

Assessing Stress Response in Lizards from Agroecosystems with Different Management Practices.

– FASOLA E., BIAGGINI M., ORTIZ‑SANTALIESTRA M.E., COSTA S., SANTOS B., LOPES I. & CORTI C. (2021). Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-021-03404-3

Grants and Awards

California Academy of Sciences, Honorary Fellow, 2006

Research grant by Copenhagen Biosystematics Centre (COBICE) at the University of Copenhagen in year 2000.


Blood cell counts in lacertids inhabiting differently managed vineyards and olive orchards.

FASOLA E., COSTA S., SANTOS B., BIAGGINI M., DELI G., CORTI C, ORTIZ-SANTALIESTRA M. and LOPES I. (2016). 9th Symposium on the Lacertids of the Mediterranean Basin and 1st Symposium on Mediterranean Lizards. Cyprus.

Life on islets and rocks: some case studies from the Mediterranean.

CORTI C. (2016). ID636. The 8th World Congress of Herpetology, Hangzhou/Tonglu, China, 15-21 August 2016.

Notes on the breeding activity of Rana dalmatina in a rural area.

BIAGGINI M., CAMPETTI I. and CORTI C. (2017). SEH 2017 19th European Congress of Herpetology, Salzburg, Austria 18-23 September 2017.

The importance of small islands in maintaining biodiversity: species-area relationship and structural connectivity. An example from the Western Mediterranean.

CORTI C., BIAGGINI M. and SILLERO S. (2019). III International Conference on island ecology, evolution and conservation. La Reunion 8-13 July, 2019.

Some fields are better than others. Ecological effects of agricultural management on lizards.

BIAGGINI M. and CORTI C. (2019). XX European Congress of Herpetology, Milan, 2-6 September 2019.

Molecular tools help clarifying the conservation value of some anurans from western Mediterranean islands.

CORTI C., BIAGGINI M., FRAU S., FASOLA M., COSSU I.M., DELAUGERRE M.J., DELFINO M. and BELLATI A. (2020). 9th World Congress of Herpetology, 5-10 January 2020, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Activity patterns of the Spur-thighedtortoise in the central Mediterranean. Preliminary notes.

CORTI C. and BIAGGINI M. (2021). 46th Annual Desert Tortoise Council Symposium, February, 2021.

Reptiles and micro-insular environments of the Tuscan Archipelago (Italy).

CORTI C., CECCHI L., THÉVENET M. and DELAUGERRE M.J. (2021). XIII Congresso Nazionale SHI, Lipari (ME), 22-26 settembre 2021

The unexpected “persistence” of the endemic Archaeolacerta bedriagae on three Corsican islets.

CORTI C., LO CASCIO P., BIAGGINI M., GIOVANNOTTI M., CAPUTO BARUCCHI V., NÈGRE SANTUCCI N. and DELAUGERRE M.J. (2021). XIII Congresso Nazionale SHI, Lipari (ME), 22-26 settembre 2021.

The herpetofauna of the Tunisian islands.

CORTI C., BEN HAJ S., NOUIRA S., OUNI R., RIVIÈRE V., DELAUGERRE M.J. and LO CASCIO P. (2021). XIII Congresso Nazionale SHI, Lipari (ME), 22-26 settembre 2021