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David Martini

PhD student at the Research group: Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions and Experimentation
room: C3.009b (tower)
phone: 6293
email: dmartini(at)

Current project

I work on the TRuStEE Project (Training on Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Modeling) which aims at better understanding and predicting ecosystem functions through a multidisciplinary approach that involves ecosystem modelling, plant physiology, remote sensing technologies and big data analysis.

My PhD Topic

In this PhD project I investigate the relationship between Sun-Induced Fluorescence (SIF) and photosynthesis/transpiration in time and under different nutrient conditions.

Additionally I am focusing on the effect of disturbances such as heat-waves on SIF. Most of the research is been performed at the site Las Majadas del Tietar (ES-LMa), a Mediterranean tree-grass ecosystem in Spain.


• Investigating the effect of nutrient content on the SIF-GPP relationship.

• Understanding how disturbances affect the ability to predict GPP from SIF.

• Evaluating the potential of using SIF to predict transpiration.


Migliavacca, Mirco, et al. "The three major axes of terrestrial ecosystem function." Nature 598.7881 (2021): 468-472.

Zhang, Z., Zhang, Y., Porcar-Castell, A., Joiner, J., Guanter, L., Yang, X., ... & Martini, D. (2020). Reduction of structural impacts and distinction of photosynthetic pathways in a global estimation of GPP from space-borne solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence. Remote Sensing of Environment, 240, 111722.

Boonman, Coline CF, Frank van Langevelde, Imma Oliveras, Jeremy Couédon, Natascha Luijken, David Martini, and Elmar M. Veenendaal. "On the importance of root traits in seedlings of tropical tree species." New Phytologist (2019).

David Martini, Javier Pacheco-Labrador, Oscar Perez-Priego, Christiaan van der Tol, Tarek S. El-Madany, Tommaso Julitta, Micol Rossini et al. "Nitrogen and Phosphorus Effect on Sun-Induced Fluorescence and Gross Primary Productivity in Mediterranean Grassland." Remote Sensing 11, no. 21 (2019): 2562.

JavierPacheco-Labrador, OscarPerez-Priego, Tarek S.El-Madany, Tommaso Julitta, Micol Rossini, Jinhong Guan, Gerardo Moreno, Nuno Carvalhais, M. Pilar Martín, Rosario Gonzalez-Cascon, Olaf Kolle, Markus Reischtein, Christiaan van der Tol, Arnaud Carrara, David Martini, Tiana W.Hammer, Heiko Moossen, Mirco Migliavacca "Multiple-constraint inversion of SCOPE. Evaluating the potential of GPP and SIF for the retrieval of plant functional traits." Remote Sensing of Environment 234 (2019): 111362.

Shan, Nan, Weimin Ju, Mirco Migliavacca, David Martini, Luis Guanter, Jingming Chen, Yves Goulas, and Yongguang Zhang. "Modeling canopy conductance and transpiration from solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence." Agricultural and forest meteorology 268 (2019): 189-201.


2014-2016: MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

2016: Internship at University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Research on the relationship between leaf venation and photosynthetic and hydraulic performances.

2015-2016: Master Thesis student, Wageningen UR. Research on the influence of drought and fire on the photosynthetic performances of West African seedlings.

2009-2013: BA in Forest and Environmental Science, University of Turin, Italy

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