Occupation & employer: Research fellow, Dept. of Biology and Biotechnology “Charles Darwin” University of Rome “La Sapienza.” Scientific coordinator of the sea turtle project of WWF Italy.
Specialty: I consider myself as a generalist within turtle biology and conservation. My past and current interests include bycatch, sex ratio, survival rates, growth rates, distribution, movements, mixed stocks, foraging ecology, nesting, and research and conservation networking.
Geographic area of expertise: The Mediterranean region
Best part about my job: The opportunity and stimulus to learn. Being in touch with a wide range of people, such as fishermen, top-scientists, politicians, conservationists, etc. Constant challenges to overcome.
The most unusual or exciting thing that’s happened to me while working in the field: Mistaking a triangular float for a shark fin while following a group of hatchlings at sea during the night gave me a few seconds of pure panic and half an hour of laughter. A green turtle crawling around the beach once slapped my face while I was pretending to be a sort of rock.
Turtle researcher / conservationist I most admire: I’m particularly indebted with Roberto Argano, Luc Laurent and Dimitris Margaritoulis, who inspired me with different aspects that I tried to adopt in my work on sea turtles. However, I admire and continuously get inspiration from many others.
When I’m not working on turtles, I like to: Spend time with my son, girlfriend, etc.
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