My area of interest is invasive species. My overall objective is to evaluate ecological associations developing as introduced species invade and establish in new regions. My research focuses on the Asian chestnut gall wasp Dryocosmus kuriphilus, evaluating population dynamics and dispersal, investigating the community of native and introduced parasitoids, and assessing interactions between the gall wasp and chestnut-associated fungi.
- Ph.D. in Entomology University of Kentucky, 2014 (prospected).
Dissertation Research: Invasiveness of an exotic gall wasp is influenced by interactions with exotic and endemic organisms. Advisor: Lynne K. Rieske-Kinney.
- Master and undergraduate degree, Forestry, University of Florence, italy, 2005.
Thesis Research: Morphological and molecular identification of elm (Ulmus L) species and cultivars. Advisor: Paolo Grossoni. Score 110/110.
University of Kentucky, Department of Entomology, Fall 2013. Forest Entomology (ENT 402).
Grants and Fellowships
- Fulbright self placed grant, Fulbright Italian Commission, Rome Italy, May 2010- present.
- Karri Casner Environmental Sciences Fellowship, University of Kentucky, February 2013.
- Center of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Fellowship, University of Kentucky, April 2012.
- Vinciguerra Award, Institute of Institute of International Education, New York NY, December 2010.
- Graziosi I., Rieske LK., 2013. Response of Torymus sinensis, a parasitoid of the gallforming Dryocosmus kuriphilus, to olfactory and visual cues. Biological Control 67, 137-142.
- Graziosi I., Rieske LK., 2012. Local spread of an exotic invader: using remote sensing and spatial analysis to document proliferation of the invasive Asian chestnut gall wasp. iForest – Biogeosciences and Forestry 5, 255-261.
- Graziosi I., Santi F., 2008. Chestnut gall wasp (Dryocosmus kuriphilus): spreading in Italy and Bologna province. Bulletin of Insectology 61, 343-348.
- Graziosi I, Rieske LK: “Olfactory and visual cues trigger host location behavior of Torymus sinensis, a parasitoid of the globally invasive Asian chestnut gall wasp.” Entomological Society of America, Austin TX, 11 November 2013.
- Graziosi I, Rieske LK: “An opportunistic fungus may impact Asian chestnut gall wasp populations in North America.” Southern Forest Insect Work Conference, New Olreans LA, 23-26 July 2013.
- Graziosi I, Rieske LK: “An endophytic fungus colonizes invasive galls in the eastern North America.” 3rd Conference on Invasion Biology, Ecology and Management, Lexington KY, 3-4 April 2013.
- Graziosi I, Rieske LK: “Mapping dispersal of an invasive gallmaker using GIS and remote sensing: Localized proliferation of the Asian chestnut gall wasp.” Entomological Society of America, Knoxville NE, 12 November 2012.
- Graziosi I, Rieske LK: “Tracking the invasion of an exotic pest using GIS and spatial analysis: local dispersal of the Asian chestnut gall wasp.” Ohio Valley Entomological Association, Cincinnati OH, 26 October 2012.
- Graziosi I, Rieske LK: “Mapping invasion of the Asian chestnut gall wasp on a local scale using remote sensing and spatial analysis.” 5th International Chestnut Symposium, Shepherdstown WV, 5 September 2012.
- Graziosi I, Rieske LK: “Tracking local dispersal of an exotic invader using remote sensing and spatial analysis.” Southern Forest Insect Work Conference, Charlottesville VA, 25 July 2012.
- Graziosi I, Rieske LK: “Interaction between an insect and a fungus pest: how American chestnut is impacted by two exotics.” Entomological Society of America, Reno NE, 14 November 2011.
- Graziosi I, Rieske LK: “Interaction between a gall making insect and a stem cankering fungus: how American chestnut is again impacted by invasive species.” Ohio Valley Entomological Association, Frankfort KY, 28 October 2011.
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