Dr Francesca Parrini
MSc (Biological Sciences, University of Firenze, Italy)
PhD (Animal Ecology, University of the Witwatersrand, SA)
Currently I am using remote sensing toinvestigate the link between small scale and large scale ecological questions in order to answer theoretical questions such as habitat selection in heterogeneous environments; spatial distribution of herbivores in relation to resource and climatic variables; the effect of resources distribution and activity behaviour on group dynamics.
My aimis touse behaviour and ecology related questions to answer conservation issues, in an attempt to contribute to bridge the still existing gab between behavioural ecology and conservation science.
Glen Lawrence (2007). Using MODIS derived vegetation indices to describe phenological patterns in the Kruger National Park and adjacent rural areas. Co-supervised byDr Barend Erasmus. COMPLETED.
MSc by Coursework and Research report (50% research)
Wilfired Seitlhamo (2009). Mapping and quantifying the impact of grazing around water points in a small semi-arid savanna game reserve (part-time student, co-supervised with Dr Barend Erasmus). ONGOING.
Parrini F. (accepted). Hierarchical forage selection by sable antelope in a South African savanna. Austral Ecology.
Parrini F., J. W. Cain III & P. Krausman (2009). Capra ibex. Mammalian Species, 830: 1-12.
rese308365ce5534a7ba48b54d342d59ec8Spatial and temporal heterogeneity of phenology patterns in Kruger National Park, South Africa: different drivers for different areas. Proceedings of the 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRE). 4-8 May 2009, Stresa, Italy.
Grignolio S., I. Rossi, B. Bassano, F. Parrini & M. Apollonio (2004). Seasonal variations of spatial behaviour in female Alpine ibex (Capra ibex ibex) in relation to climatic conditions and age. Ethology, Ecology and Evolution, 16(3): 255-264. 8 citations.
Parrini F., S. Grignolio , S. Luccarini , B. Bassano & M. Apollonio (2003). Spatial behaviour of adult male Alpine ibex, Capra ibex ibex, in the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. Acta Theriologica, 48(3): 411-423. 4 citations.
Grignolio S., F. Parrini, S. Luccarini, B. Bassano & M. Apollonio (2003). Habitat selection in adult males of Alpine ibex, Capra ibex ibex. Folia Zoologica, 52(2): 113-120. 4 citations.
Parrini F. Daily feeding pattern of sable antelope (Hippotragus niger niger). Target journal South African Journal of Wildlife Research.
J. Marshal, Rajah A., Parrini F., & B.F.N. Erasmus. NDVI derived phenology metrics and movement patterns of collared elephants in the Timbavati and adjoining areas. Target journal European Journal of Wildlife Research.
Parrini F. & N. Owen-Smith. Activity budget, synchrony and social affiliation among different age-sex classes in a non dimorphic ungulate, the sable antelope. Target journal Animal Behaviour.
Parrini F. Sable antelope spatial use in a Southern African Nature Reserve. Target journal Journal of Zoology.
Parrini F. & B.F.N. Erasmus. Spatio-temporal variation in phenometrics in Kruger National Park, South Africa: consequences for predicting climate change influence on biodiversity. Target journal Remote Sensing of Environment.