The staff of the Cetacean Sanctuary Research (CSR) Project

They are passionate about cetaceans and will all be happy to share their knowledge about wildlife conservation

The “Cetacean Sanctuary Research” team includes several skilled professionals. It includes a principal field investigator, researchers, and research assistants taking turns on board “Pelagos” and other research vessels during the field season. One or two Tethys researchers plus a variable number of research assistants provide the necessary scientific and logistic services on board, and share their knowledge and experience with volunteers in a variety of ways, including teaching research techniques and giving lectures on cetaceans and marine biology. The researchers hold a degree in Biology or Natural Sciences, and have significant prior experience in cetacean research. Research assistants are usually University students doing their theses in collaboration with Tethys.

Project Management

Sabina Airoldi

Sabina Airoldi

Project manager / Science coordinator / Data Management

graduated in Natural Sciences, and started to carry out research on cetaceans in 1987. She has worked with the Mediterranean Fin Whale Program and has contributed to the founding

Arianna Azzellino

Arianna Azzellino

Senior science coordinator

graduated in biology in 1995. In 1999 she obtained her PhD in Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. During her PhD she fell in love with statistics

Senior Field Investigators

Caterina Lanfredi

Caterina Lanfredi

Senior Principal field investigator

She is a Member of the Tethys’s Board since December 2013 and graduated in Marine Biology in 2007

Nino Pierantonio

Nino Pierantonio

Senior Principal Field Investigator

works for Tethys where he currently is an associated researcher and serves as Principal Field Investigator

Alessia Scuderi

Alessia Scuderi

Senior Principal field investigator

Alessia is a southern Italian marine biologist. She holds her bachelor degree at the University of Messina

Morgana Vighi

Morgana Vighi

Senior Principal Field Invesitigator

obtained her PhD in 2016 from the University of Barcelona, with a thesis investigating distribution range

Principal Field Investigators

Martina Bottaro

Martina Bottaro

Principal field investigator

achieved a Bachelor Degree in Biology at the University of Milan with a thesis about the analysis of natural marks

Gioele Passoni

Gioele Passoni

Principal Field Investigator

is a conservation ecologist interested in exploring the complex interactions between wildlife and human activities

Field Researchers

Federico De Pascalis

Federico De Pascalis

Field Researcher

BSc in Biology-University of Padova; MSc in Environmental Biology-University of Trieste & University of Liverpool.

Valentina De Santis

Valentina De Santis

Field Researcher

attained a Bachelor Degree in Biology at the University of Milan and currently she’s attending a Master Degree

Vittorio Fadda

Vittorio Fadda

Field Researcher

has previously studied and worked on micromammals at the Milan Museum of Natural History and at CNR in Rome.

Julia Gostischa

Julia Gostischa

Field Researcher

is about to conclude the last semester of her bachelor’s degree in Biological Science at the University of Pisa.

Federica Salandra

Federica Salandra

Field Researcher

graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan and is attending her MSc program in Marine Biology at the University of Pisa.

Giulia Soldano

Giulia Soldano

Field Researcher

got her Bachelor‘s Degree in Biological Science at the University of Milan in 2015 and she’s now doing her master

Livia Tolve

Livia Tolve

Field Researcher

obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science at the University of Florence in 2016, with a thesis in Conservation Genetics

Francesco Ventura

Francesco Ventura

Field Researcher

is a quantitative biologist from Rome, Italy.
He graduated in Biology from the University of Rome La Sapienza

Sylvan Oehen

Sylvan Oehen

Field Researcher

attained his biology degree from the University of Zurich in 1995 in zoology, anthropology and environmental sciences.

Raul Zabala Belenguer

Raul Zabala Belenguer

Field Researcher

started as research assistant during the CRS 2015 season. He is nowadays studying for a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology

Lorenzo Gordigiani

Lorenzo Gordigiani

Field Researcher

is currently finishing his studies for his Master of Science in Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Environment

Klara Kamper

Klara Kamper

Field Researcher

is attending her third year as a biology student at the University of Vienna, Austria

Sara Alborghetti

Sara Alborghetti

Field Researcher

obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Welfare at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan

Other positions

Margherita Zanardelli

Margherita Zanardelli

Project founder and former manager

has been Tethys’ first graduate student (Natural Sciences), with a thesis on the acoustics of the striped and Risso’s dolphins.

Adriana Geraci

Adriana Geraci

Administrative secretary

graduated in Natural Sciences at the Pavia University with a dissertation on the feeding ecology of a group of cartilaginous fish in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Maddalena Jahoda

Maddalena Jahoda

Communications Manager, Researcher

has been working with Tethys since the Institute’s establishment, being involved in both research and public awareness.

Skippers

Paolo Pinto

Paolo Pinto

Skipper of "Pelagos"

Originally from Naples, he moves to Florence where he studies history and philosophy.

Roberto Raineri

Roberto Raineri

Skipper of "Pelagos"

is the co-owner of the sailing school “Flash Vela d’Altura snc” and teacher of several sailing courses - from basics, to regattas, to open sea navigation.

Data Analysis

Arianna Azzellino
Sabina Airoldi
Eva Carpinelli
Maddalena Jahoda
Viridiana Jimenez
Caterina Lanfredi
Gioele Passoni
Nino Pierantonio
Elisa Remonato
Alessia Scuderi
Margherita Zanardelli