giacomo dell’omo

I am a naturalist. Not a specialist but with a more “generalist” attitude, with a wide spectrum of species of interests, from raptors to seabirds and from iguanas to rodents. I have conflicting interests such as those for hawks and doves (peregrines and pigeons), and an interest for conflicts such as those related to powerlines and birds. I have a problem-solving propensity assisted by confidence in electronics and practical field experience. I was the first to develop and attach a GPS on a bird twenty years ago. I am mostly interested in behavior, but also ecotoxicology and conservation. I have worked on several subjects in the lab and field and recently my main focus is on seabirds (among these the shearwater colony in Linosa) and peregrines.

david costantini

I am full professor at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Sorbonne Université) in Paris. I have broad interests in many aspects of ecology, conservation biology, physiological ecology, animal behaviour, and environmental sciences. My research mainly focusses on understanding the responses of animals to a variety of natural and anthropogenic stressors and their consequences, and the causes and consequences of diversity in behaviour, physiology and key life-history traits. I also aim to develop methods that seek to assess/predict animal responses to global changes, and to apply fundamental knowledge to develop successful conservation and wildlife management programs. My research is mostly conducted on vertebrates and is carried out with species under natural, semi-natural, or captivity conditions.

carlo catoni

I am mainly a field biologist, althought not completely unskilled in the laboratory. I got my degree in Biology at Sapienza University of Rome with a study on micro-habitat selection in Rock Partridge and my PhD at the University of Freiburg, Germany, with a thesis on the role of anthocyanins as antioxidants for birds. Since 2010 I have collaborated with Ornis italica in the tracking of shearwaters, stone curlews and european rollers, and also as a radar operator in Chile, Mexico and the Canary islands. I am running a ringing station close to Rome and lastly, believing that there can be no conservation without education, I am also teaching environmental education to children and university students.

claudio carere

I obtained my PhD in biology of behaviour at the University of Groningen, where I studied the expression of personalities in great tits. I then studied neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying sexual and individual differences in birds at the University of Liège. I was the executive scientist of the EU project STARFLAG (FP6) “Understanding patterns of animal group movements”. I am currently lecturer in physiology and ethology at the University of Tuscia, and research associate at the University of Groningen (NL) where I collaborate in a research project on the use of robofalcons to frighten bird flocks. I am member of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour ethics committee, of the council of the Italian Ethology Society, and the evaluation panel of Flanders Research Council.

paolo becciu

I am a natural scientist with a MSc in Animal Behaviour. I am currently working on my PhD project at the University of Haifa investigating the effects of environmental conditions on diurnal migration movements of soaring birds at different spatial and time scales, using data recorded by radar and GPS in Israel, Turkey, and Italy. I have been collaborating with Ornis italica since my undergraduate studies on Linosa shearwaters, but also in tracking migration by radar at the Strait of Messina, and homing pigeons by GPS in Rome. I am especially interested in the interacting effects of different environmental components on causes and consequences of specific movements. I also find important to use the information and tools that movement ecology provides to understand and solve conflicts between human development and wildlife.

marco cianchetti

I obtained my MSc at Sapienza University of Rome with a thesis on the migratory physiology of short- and long-range passerine birds. During my PhD at Giessen University I studied the effect of fishery discards on the foraging behaviour of Scopoli’s shearwater in Linosa. In the meantime, I followed other projects and gathered experience with other bird species, such as raptors and homing pigeons.
My research focusses on the behavioural ecology of seabirds. I regularly use GPS and accelerometers to identify foraging areas and behaviours performed by shearwaters in relation to the commercial fishing activities and I investigate the relation between movement and breeding performance. I have also researched the effects of anthropogenic light and sound disturbance on chick development.

vittoria roatti

I completed my MSc in Environmental Biology at the University of Turin in 2017 with a thesis on the breeding behaviour of a seabird species, the Scopoli’s shearwater. I collected my data during the breeding seasons of the years 2016 and 2017, working on a project led by the University of Palermo and Ornis italica on Linosa Island (Sicily).
After my graduation I continued my collaboration with the shearwater project in Linosa and I also took part to other projects as a field assistant. I worked in Malawi on cheetah conservation and management with African Parks and in Namibia on baboon behavioural research with the Zoological Society of London.

michele panuccio

I carried out my PhD at the University of Pavia studying raptor migration in the Mediterranean basin. For this I combined visual observations, ringing recoveries, radar, and GPS tracking. I am currently working for ISPRA (Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) where I study waterbird movements. I am one of the founders of the association MEDRAPTORS and have carried out fieldwork at several European and Asian sites. With Ornis italica I coordinate the Strait of Messina Strait Observatory where every year passionate field ornithologists count thousands of migrating raptors. For the last seven years I have also been monitoring a population of kestrels breeding in nest boxes in the Roman countryside and more recently have tagged black kites to study their movement ecology.

martina cecchetti

I am a biologist with a MSc in Evolution of Animal and Human Behaviour from the University of Turin with a thesis on the feeding ecology of free-roaming cats in relation to Scopoli’s shearwater conservation on Linosa Island. During the last five years I have been collaborating with Ornis italica in Linosa, monitoring the shearwater colony and managing the free-roaming cat population. In 2016 I managed the D3 action as part of the Life project “Pelagic Birds”, aiming at sensitising inhabitants to the importance of shearwater ecology and conservation. I am currently a PhD researcher at the University of Exeter, where my aim is to identify the drivers of cat hunting behaviour and find solutions to mitigate cat impact on wildlife and birds in particular.

giuseppe cicero

I graduated at the University of Palermo in natural sciences. I began my collaboration with Ornis italica in Linosa monitoring the shearwater colony. Since 2016 I have been working as radar operator and data analyst to monitor bird migration over the Strait of Messina, focussing on bee-eater behaviour. As radar operator I took part in 2017 to a SEO BirdLife project in the Canary islands to study the effects of light pollution on fledging Cory’s shearwaters, and took part in 2018 to a joint collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and CICESE (La Paz, Mexico) investigating the nocturnal flight behavior of magnificent frigatebirds. My main research interests include the behavior of seabirds and the use of radar for bird studies.

giulia bambini

I am a behavioural ecologist with a deep passion for seabirds, developed studying pair bonds and divorce of Scopoli’s shearwaters on Linosa island since 2011. I have worked as technical/field assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology investigating the patterns of female nest attendance and male feeding throughout the incubation period in blue tits. In 2017 I collected data on breeding behaviour of red phalaropes in Alaska, where I coordinated bird trapping, behavioural observations, application of RFIDs and MSR electronic dataloggers to investigate couple-specific incubation rhythms. This experience confirmed my passion for being outside observing wild birds in harsh environmental conditions. I am currently doing my PhD in Mexico on the behaviour of black-vented shearwaters.

martina scacco

I am currently a PhD student in movement and computational ecology at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and I am interested in how the environment affects the movement patterns of different species. Understanding this relationship allows us, as a scientific community, to predict their movements in different environmental scenarios, taking into account potential conservation applications. After my MSc, I studied raptor migration using field observations and radars. Currently, I mainly work with analysis and visualization of available movement data in relation to publicly available environmental data. My current focus is on large soaring birds, due to their large-scale movements and their strict dependence on the support of uplifts to move across the landscape.

lucie michel

I graduated as Master of Science in Biology at the University of Giessen in 2017. Since 2014 I have been assisting annually in the breeding monitoring of Scopoli’s Shearwater on Linosa Island. I have completed two theses about breeding synchrony and modulation of parental foraging effort in this species. My main scientific interests are seabird behavior and pollution biomonitoring. I have gained work experience in the evaluation of environmental impact in birds, bats, reptiles and insects in Germany, conducting field surveys and reports. Currently, I am contributing together with Ornis italica to the European Raptor Biomonitoring Facility (ERBFacility) by developing best practice guidance for contaminant surveys on urban peregrine falcons.

dario d’emanuele

I am currently studying natural sciences at the University of Palermo. My research interests focus on marine wildlife ecology, particularly seabirds and turtles. I started my collaboration with Ornis italica in 2017 during the monitoring of the Scopoli’s shearwater colony on Linosa island and since then I have taken part to most of the field activities concerning shearwaters. Recently I started to look at shearwater diet through stable isotope analysis of egg membranes and I participated to the preliminary analyses carried out at Exeter University. I am also involved in the annual monitoring of the loggerhead turtles visiting Linosa, which includes assisting the turtles during egg-laying and ensure a safe hatching with the help and of other volunteers.

giulia lalletti

Animals have been my greatest passion since I was child. I went on to get my MSc in Evolution of Animal and Man Behavior at the University of Turin, with a thesis on the shearwaters breeding in Linosa. I love parrots and consider myself an expert in their wellness, ethology, and environmental enrichment to improve their captive breeding. I prefer to be on the field rather than in front of a computer, and with a project on homing pigeons I found a good compromise between the two. I am training pigeons for group and single releases with GPS and accelerometers and collaborate as part of the Ornis italica team with colleagues from France, UK and Israel to studies on bird flight in relation to landscape and meteorological features.

valeria jennings

I completed my MSc in Environmental Biology at Sapienza University of Rome where I focussed on the relationship between environmental variability and phenotype expression in pied flycatchers. For my thesis I analyzed data collected during a 30-year study and was struck by the importance of long-term monitoring projects. During university I developed a fascination with movement ecology thanks to bird ringing, then started my collaboration with Ornis italica taking part in data collection on Linosa shearwaters, European rollers, and different raptor species. I have also worked as RADAR operator for the Strait of Messina Strait Observatory project and other international collaborations.

gianluca damiani

I am a student of natural sciences at Sapienza University of Rome and a professionist wildlife photographer. My passion for nature and animals began when I was a child, as I started reading books and watching documentaries about wildlife. This interest for the natural world progressively evolved into the direct observation of animals in their habitats and into nature photography that I practice since I was ten years old. Today, as a naturalist and photographer, I focus my personal research on ethology and on the study of animals’ behavioural aspects. I have been taking part to wildlife monitoring projects with Ornis italica since I was in the secondary school.