Coordinator: Dr. Valerio Sbragaglia

I was born in Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy) and since I was a child I had a strong connection with the Sea. My father transmitted me the passion for fishing. I practiced all kind of fishing and I fell in love with spearfishing. I got my bachelor and master degrees in marine environmental sciences at Tuscia University (Italy), and then I moved to Barcelona (Spain) where I got another Master in Aquaculture at the University of Barcelona. I finalize my education with a PhD in marine science at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), during which I developed my research at the Marine Science Institute of the Spanish Research Council. During my career I got involved in research projects at University of Potsdam (Germany), University of Hull (UK) and Washington University (Seattle, USA). I did my post doc in the group of recreational fishery, fish ecology and human dimension of the Leibniz-Institute of freshwater ecology and inland fishery in berlin (Germany) under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus. My research activity consisted in the understanding how fishery (not only recreational) induces a change in fish behavior by using a small model fish in the laboratory, but with the mind always projected in understanding the ecological and biological mechanisms that can be useful for a sustainable practice of spearfishing. At the moment, I am doing a second post doc at the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research where I am using local ecological knowledge of recreational fishers to understand climate change effects on fish distribution in the Mediterranean Sea.