Riccardo Valentini graduated at University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Physics. In 1987 he became researcher at the University of Tuscia, Faculty of Agriculture continuing to work on plant – climate interactions. He was one of the pioneer of terrestrial carbon research working in several ecosystems placed in North and South America, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, Africa in different biomes including forests, crops, grasslands, savannahs, wetlands etc. He was member of the scientific committee of the Global Carbon Project, chairman of the UN program GTOS (Global Terrestrial Observation System). He awarded the ERC (European Research Council) Senior Advanced Grant concerning the role of African tropical forests in the global greenhouse gas balance. He was coordinating lead author in the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 3rd and 5th report on Climate Impacts and Adaptation. He is currently leading the Smart Urban Nature Lab at the RUDN University in Moscow under the Russian Scientific Foundation Project grant # 19-77-300-12”. He has created and patent a new sensor for Tree health monitoring (TreeTalker) which is used now in more than 2000 trees in several world locations (Italy, Spain, Russia, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, UK, South Korea, China).
Recent awards include : Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International award 2004 for the paper “Environmental controls over carbon dioxide and water vapour exchange of terrestrial vegetation”, Zayed International Prize for the Environment as member of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Board, Laurea Honoris Causa Facultè Universitaire des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux, Belgium, 2007 Nobel Price for Peace as member of the IPCC board, Award of Thomson Reuters recognizing the 1% of the most cited scientist in the world, Ernst Heckel Prize of the Federation of European Ecological Societies, Laurea Honoris Causa Russian State Agricultural University – Timiryazev Academy, Moscow, Russia. National Geographic Explorer Award. He has been recognized in 2016, 2017 and 2018 by Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher. Prof. Valentini published more than 200 papers in international peer-review journals, with 19914 citations and an H factor of 70.