Born in Naples, Italy, 1968. Degree cum laudae in Biology, 1992. Phd in Ecology. Full Professor in Zoology and Marine Biology at the Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste, Italy and Research Fellow at the Stazione Zoologica A. Dohrn of Naples.
His research activity focuses on marine diversity at different levels of biological hierarchy and on the quantification of spatial and distributional patterns of species, species assemblages and habitats, mostly in relation to human impacts and mitigation interventions.
He is actively involved, often as project/task leader, in national and international research programs and consultancies for environmental impact assessment and monitoring.
He is an associate member of the CoNISMa, an Italian Consortium of 32 Universities that promotes research and scientific activities and their applications in the field of Marine Sciences.
From 2011 to 2014 he has been an Elected member of the Fauna Commission of the Italian Zoological Union (UZI). Since 2012 he is an Elected member of the Benthic Committee of the Italian Society of Marine Biology (SIBM).
He has been selected by the The Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) as a member of Groups of Experts of Evaluation (GEV 5 - Biology) in the national research assessment exercise (Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca, VQR 2011-2014)