1997. PhD in Animal Biology (Univ. of Bologna).
1993 Degree in Natural Sciences (Univ. of Padova)
The research activity is developed in the fields of molecular ecology and Conservation Genetics. The main lines of research are:
Management of protected species through planning of restocking/reintroduction actions and monitoring of their effects;
Studies of evolutionary relationships between populations and spatial distribution of biodiversity;
Identification of species and interspecific hybrids;
Support to ex situ conservation programs and establishment of breeding plans.
Development and application of molecular markers for species identification and monitoring of illegal trade of protected species;
Analysis of the connectivity between marine areas of Community interest.
In recent years he has worked mainly on fish but also on reptiles, mammals and invertebrates.
ACTIVE INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS
Institute for zoo and wildlife research, Berlin, Germany (Dr. A. Ludwig);
Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (Prof. Qiwei Wei)
Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Berlin, Germany (Dr. Joern Gessner);
VNIRO Russia Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography Moscow, Russia (Dr. Nikolai Mugue);
TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network, RZSS, Edinburgh, UK (Dr. R. Ogden);
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Wien, Austria (Dr. A. Zitek);
Danube Delta National Institute, Tulcea, Romania (Dr. R. Suciu);
Hokkaido University, Faculty and Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences (Milos Havelka).
RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL INVOLVEMENTS
Since 2004 Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Journal of Applied Ichthyology, reference journal for the World Sturgeon of Conservation Society.
Since 2006 member of the Sturgeon Specialist group of IUCN.
2009 Invited at the Caspian Environment Program Regional Workshop on Sturgeon Genetics. Organized by the World Bank. Trabzon, Turkey.
2009 Member of the Scientific Committee and chairman at the ISS6 6th International Symposium on Sturgeons, Wuhan, China.
2009 FAO Workshop on Technical guidelines on sturgeon hatchery practices and management. Wuhan, China.
2009 Workshop on the re-classification of sturgeon species status under the IUCN Red List Criteria. Wuhan, China.
2013 Member of the scientific committee and chairman at the ISS7 7th International Symposium on Sturgeons, Nanaimo, Canada.
2014 Referent for the Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Padua, for the WSCS European Sturgeon Research Network (WSCS-EDRN).
2015 Board Member of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society.
2016 Invited speaker for the Plenary Session at the International Sturgeon Meeting held in Krasnodar, Russia.
2017 Member of the scientific committee and chairman at the ISS8, 8th International Symposium on Sturgeons, Vienna.
2017 Subject Editor for the Journal of Applied Ichthyology.
2017 IUCN Red List Authority Coordinator for the next Assessment on Sturgeon and Paddlefish (2019).
Since 2006 he has held the following courses at the University of Padua, in various three-year or master's degree courses.
Ecology, Population Biology, Molecular methods for Environmental studies, Conservation Genetics,
Ecological methods for Environmental Sciences, General and Applied Ecology