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Alessandro Massolo


Adjunct Professor (Wildlife Health Ecology)
Ecosystem and Public Health (EPH)

Affiliations : 
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health , Univ. Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Degrees and Board Certification: 

Pisa University, Italy, Bachelor+Msc, 11/1995, Animal Biology
Siena University, Italy, Phd, 02/2000 Zoology
Florence University, Italy, Post-Doc, 06/2005, Zoology

Contact Information: 

+1 (403) 210-6734
TRW 2D24



I am a wildlife ecologist with expertise in ecology and behavioural ecology of medium-large vertebrates with a particular focus on terrestrial mammals. During my career I have also gained particular knowledge in biostatistics and ecological and mathematical modelling. My research spanned from Ecology and Behavioural ecology, to Physiology, applied Mathematics, Information Technologies, and allergology.

Since I joined the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada), as Assistant Professor in Wildlife Health Ecology, I founded the Wildlife Ecology and Spatial Epidemiology Lab (WEASEL) with a wildlife biology wet lab, and a GIS lab. He also co-founded the interdisciplinary Wildlife Disease Ecology Group (iWEG) at the University of Calgary for the promotion of interdisciplinary research and teaching.


Teaching : 

I have been teaching principles and Advanced Biostatistics in undergraduate and graduate programs since 1995, and General Biology and Ecological Statistics at undergraduate level. At UofC, I currently teach 3 graduate courses (Spatial analysis in Ecology and Epidemiology, Research Design, One-Health) and 1 undergraduate course (Ecosystem and Public Health). My laboratory welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world and hosts visiting scholars within international research collaborations.

Research / Scholarly Activities: 

My main research programs are on the ecology and dynamics of complex systems, focusing on spatial and temporal heterogeneity of ecological processes and patterns in prey-predator and hosts-parasite interactions, as well as of epidemiological processes. In particular, I am currently working on the following: A) wildlife ecology and gastrointestinal parasite transmission at the interface of wildlife, domestic animals and humans, and on B) the effect of climate and land use changes in arthropod distribution. I am coordinating an interdisciplinary project on coyote ecology and gastrointestinal parasite (Echinococcus multilocularis, Giardia spp., Crypotsporidium spp.) transmission at the interface with dogs and people in urban landscapes.

I have authored and co-authored more than 85 peer-reviewed publications and 7 book chapters.


Selected Peer Reviewed Papers

  1. Liccioli S., P. Giraudoux, P. Deplazes & A. Massolo (2015).  Wilderness in the ‘city’ revisited: different urbes shape transmission of Echinococcus multilocularis by altering predator and prey communities. TREPAR Trends in Parasitology xx 2015 1-9. (IF 2013 = 6.217; 3/37 Parasitology) [MA]
  2. Zuliani A., A. Massolo, T. Lysyk, G. Johnson & S.C. Cork (accepted, 2015). Modelling the northward expansion of Culicoides sonorensis (Diptera Ceratopogonidae) under future climate scenarios. PLoS ONE (IF 2013 = 3.534; 8/55 Multidisciplinary) [MA]
  3. Smith A., C.A. Semeniuk, M.J. Rock & A. Massolo (accepted, 2015). Reported off-leash frequency and perceptions of risk for gastrointestinal parasitism are not associated in owners of park-attending dogs: a multifactorial investigation. Journal of Preventive Veterinary Medicine. (IF 2013 = 2.506; 6/132 Veterinary Sciences) [MA]
  4. Smith A., M.J. Rock, N. Neumann & A. Massolo (accepted, 2015). Park-related risks for Giardia spp. infection in dogs. Epidemiology and Infection 2015:1-15 doi:10.1017/S0950268815000400 (IF 2013 = 2.491; 44/162 Public, Environmental & Occupational Health) [MA]
  5. Liccioli S., Bialowas C., Ruckstuhl K.E.  & A. Massolo (2015). Feeding ecology informs parasite epidemiology: prey selection modulates encounter rate with Echinococcus multilocularis in urban coyotes. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0121646. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121646 (IF 2013 = 3.534; 8/55 Multidisciplinary) [MA]
  6. Liccioli S., Rogers S., Greco C., Kutz S.J., Chan F., Ruckstuhl K.E. & A. Massolo (2015). Assessing individual patterns of Echinococcus multilocularis infections in urban coyotes: non-invasive genetic sampling as epidemiological tool. Journal of Applied Ecology (52)434–442 doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12401 (IF 2013 = 4.754; 20/141 Ecology) [MA]
  7. Massolo A., S. Liccioli, C. Budke & C. Klein (2014). Echinococcus multilocularis in North America: the big unknown. (Invited review paper as “State of the art speakers”) Parasite, 21, 23 DOI  (IF 2013 = 0.820; 31/36 Parasitology) [MA]
  8. McCormack G.R., Rock M., Swanson K., Burton L. & A. Massolo (2014). Patterns of physical activity in urban neighborhood parks: A multiple case-study. BMC Public Health 14:962 (IF 2013 = 2.321; 51/160 Pubic Health). [CEA]
  9. Klein C. & A. Massolo (2015). Demonstration that a Case of Human Alveolar Echinococcosis in Minnesota in 1977 was Caused by the N2 Strain. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 14-0484. [MA] (IF 2013 = 2.736; 3/22 Tropical Medicine)
  10. Pruvot M., Seidel D., Boyce M., Musiani M., Massolo A., Kutz S. & K. Orsel (2014). What attracts elk onto cattle pasture? Implications for inter-species disease transmission. Journal of Preventive Veterinary Medicine 117:326–339 (IF 2013 = 2.506; 6/132 Veterinary Sciences) [HDA]
  11. Mori E., Lovari S.,  Sforzi A., Romeo G., Pisani C., Massolo A. & L. Fattorini (2014). Patterns of spatial overlap in a large rodent, the crested porcupine. Behavioural Processes 107:112-118 (IF 2013 = 1.457; 40/49 Behavioural Sciences). [HDA]
  12. Smith A.F., Semeniuk C.A.D., Kutz S.J. & A. Massolo (2014). Dog-walking behaviours affect gastrointestinal parasitism in park-attending dogs. Parasites & Vectors 7: 429-439. [MA] (IF 2013 = 3.251; 8/35 Parasitology)
  13. Klein C., S. Liccioli & A. Massolo (2014). Egg intensity and freeze-thawing of fecal samples affect sensitivity of Echinococcus multilocularis detection by PCR. Parasitology Research 113(10):3867-3873 (IF 2012 = 2.327; 14/36 Parasitology) [MA]
  14. Liccioli S., Kutz S.J., Ruckstuhl K.E. & A. Massolo (2014). Spatial heterogeneity and temporal variations in Echinococcus multilocularis infections in wild hosts in a North American urban setting. International Journal for Parasitology 44:457-465  (IF 2013 = 3.404; 7/36 Parasitology) [MA]
  15. Rock      M.J., Adams C.L., Degeling C., Massolo A. & G.R. McCormack (2014).      Policies on pets for healthy cities: A conceptual framework. Health      Promotion International. 0(0): 000-000 doi:      10.1093/heapro/dau017 First published online: April 2, 2014 (IF     2013 = 1.736; rank N 50/143 Public, Environmental &      Occupational Health)      [HDA
  16. Gesy K.Schurer J., Massolo A., Liccioli S., Elkin B., Alisauskas R. & E. Jenkins (2014). Unexpected diversity of the cestode Echinococcus multilocularis in wildlife Canada. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 3:81-87 [CEA]
  17. Mingozzi T., Storino P., Venuto G., Alessandria G., Arcamone E., Urso S., Ruggieri L., Massetti L. & A. Massolo (2013). Spatio-temporal patterns and meteorological correlates of autumn migration of the Eurasian Crane Grus grus in Italy. Acta Ornithologica. 48:165–177. (IF 2012 = 1.681; Rank N 5/22 Ornithology)  [MA]
  18. Mastrandrea F., Cadario G., Coradduzza G., Casino G., Cesinaro Di Rocco  P., Condoluci M., Cortellini G., D’Ippolito G.M., Di Rienzo V., Foscherini P., Gargano D., Greco G., Lanza C., Marengo F., Minardi A., Montera M.C., Pinter E., Romano C., Scarcia G., Spina F., Ventura M.T. & A. Massolo (2013). Safety and tolerability of the probiotic formula I-PROB. The Child. 1(2):1-5. [HDA]
  19. Zaccaroni M., Binazzi R., Massolo A. & F. Dessì-Fulgheri (2013). Audience effect on aerial alarm calls in the monogamous red-legged partridge. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 25(4):366-376. (IF 2012 = 1.121; Rank N 68/149 Zoology) [HDA]
  20. Marogna M., Braidi C., Bruno M.E., Colombo C., Colombo F., Massolo A., Palumbo L. & E. Compalati (2013). The contribution of sublingual immunotherapy to the achievement of control in birch-related mild persistent asthma: A real-life randomized trial. Allergologia et Immunopathologia 41(4):216-224. (IF 2009 = 0.630; Rank N 15/18 Allergology) [HDA]
  21. Liccioli S., Duignan P.J., Lejeune M., Deunk J., Majid S. & A. Massolo (2013). A new intermediate host for Echinococcus multilocularis: The southern red-backed vole (Myodes gapperi) in urban landscape in Calgary, Canada. Parasitology International 62(4):355-357. (IF 2012 = 2.302; Rank N 16/35 Parasitology) [MA]
  22. Probo M., Massolo A., Lonati M., Bailey D.W., Gorlier A., Maurino L. & G. Lombardi (2013). Use of mineral mix supplements for modifying cattle grazing patterns to restore sub-alpine and alpine shrub-encroached grasslands. Rangeland Journal 35(1):85-93. (IF 2011 = 1.405; Rank N 88/134 Ecology) [HDA]
  23. Liccioli S., Catalano S., Kutz S.J., Lejeune M., Verocai G.G., Duignan P.J., Fuentealba C., Hart M., Ruckstuhl K. & A. Massolo (2012). Gastrointestinal parasites of coyotes (Canis latrans) in the metropolitan area of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90(8):1023-1030. (IF 2012 = 1.498; Rank N 46/151 Zoology) [MA]
  24. Catalano S., Lejeune M., Liccioli S., Verocai G.G., Gesy K.M., Jenkins E.J., Kutz S.J., Fuentealba C., Duignan P.J. & A. Massolo (2012). Echinococcus multilocularis in urban coyotes, Alberta, Canada. Emerging Infectious Diseases 18(10):1625-1628. (IF 2010 = 6.859; Rank N 3/58 Infectious Diseases) [MA]