Giulia Attocchi

Giulia Attocchi
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in forest management & EU ALTERFOR Project Administrator


In my current position, I divide my working time between research and administration. For my research interests, see the ‘Research’ section below.


I serve as the Project Administrator for the H2020 ALTERFOR project – “Alternative models and robust decision-making for future forest management.” I am the work package leader for project coordination and am responsible for its financial aspects. I work together with the Project Coordinator and the Scientific Coordinator to ensure a clear management structure and guide and monitor the development of the research activities and submit deliverables and milestones in time. I closely collaborate on the Communication and Dissemination Activities led by the project partner Fraunhofer.


This work is a big challenge and adventure since we have 20 partners from 9 different countries in a consortium of academic partners, stakeholders and forest practitioners. I have to consider diverse viewpoints and interests which must be included in our multiple-actor scenarios, making my work challenging but extremely interesting.


-I regularly give lectures on silviculture as part of two masters courses in the EUROFORESTER Programme;

- I am responsible for beech silviculture lectures and exercises held annually for the Jägmästare Program during the Sverigeresan;

- (Planned) Introduction to Forest Management Research PhD course: I will be responsible for the Introduction to Statistics in R module;

- During my PhD studies, I assisted in teaching graduate courses. Topics included silviculture, forest measurements, and statistics. I was responsible for field exercises and supervised lectures, exams and practice.


My current research is about the effects of initial spacing and thinning on the production and quality of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia).


In April 2015 I finalised my PhD, "Silviculture of oak for high quality timber production." The experience I carry with me from this project is very broad. The ability to conduct independent work and having excellent communication skills were extremely important. More technical duties related to the project involved advanced data management and analysis for decision support making. In 2013 I was a visiting scholar at the Forest Biometrics Laboratory, University of British Colombia (Vancouver, Canada).


Prior to my PhD, I worked as field assistant on a project called “Deriving the Potential Natural Puna Vegetation of Peru.” This position developed my organizational skills, especially in logistics and fieldwork preparation. The fieldwork took place at high altitudes (more than 4000 m above sea level) and involved rock climbing and camping in harsh mountain conditions for extended periods.

Publikationer i urval

Attocchi, G. (2015). Silviculture of oak for high-quality wood production: effects of thinning on crown size, volume growth and stem quality in even-aged stands of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) in Northern Europe. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 39: 1–86

Attocchi, G. & Skovsgaard, J.P. (2015). Crown radius of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) depending on stem size, stand density and site productivity. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 30: 289–303

Attocchi, G. (2013). Effects of pruning and stand density on the production of new epicormic shoots in young stands of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L). Annals of Forest Science, 70: 663–673

Attocchi, G. (2013). Pruning effects the production of new epicormic branches: a case study in young stands of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.). Proceedings of the ISCHP Conference, 7th - 9th October 2013, Florence, Italy

Drössler, L., Attocchi, G., & Jensen, A.M. (2012). Occurrence and management of oak in southern Swedish forests. Forstarchiv, 83: 163–169