• Born in Milan, January 4th 1957.
  • 1975 School-leaving certificate in a classical liceo with first-class honours (60/60).
  • 1979 Master's Degree in Natural Sciences (110/110 cum laude), University of Pavia.
  • 1986 Curatorship of the Zoological Museum L. Spallanzani, Department of Animal Biology, University of Pavia.
  • 1994 Visiting Scholarship at Department of Zoology  University of Oxford (UK)
  • 1998 Associate Professor of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Biology for Biological Sciences, University of Pavia.
  • 1999 Visiting Scholarship at Department of Zoology  University of Cambridge (UK).
  • 1998-2002 -Participation to the International Project Coastal and inland wetlands in China and Pakistan: colonial waterbirds as bioindicators of pollutant levels and effects funded by the EU.
  • 2000-2002  Chair of a Research Unit, Project of National Interest Partner selection, sperm competition and acoustic signals funded by MURST, COFIN 2000.
  • 2002  Participation to the Research Project of National Interest Early maternal effects through egg transmission of androgens and carotenoids in bird species funded by MIUR, COFIN 2002. 
  • 2002-2005 Participation to the International Project Development and Conservation of communities of the Lake Turkana ecosystem funded by Ministero Affari Esteri in collaboration with University of Pavia, National Museum of Kenya and Kenya Wildlife Service.
  • 2010  participation to the International Project Sustainable Development of Soqotra Archipelago (Yemen)  funded by Ministero Affari Esteri
  • 2010-2012 Chair of a Research Unit, Project of National Interest Sexual selection, sperm competition and sperm quality in relation to multiple SSCs: the crayfish Austropotamobius italicus as a species model funded by MIUR, PRIN 2008
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