I am a mathematical biologist currently working at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, and at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center. After obtaining my PhD in Theoretical Ecology from the University of Pama (Italy) in 2007, I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Parma and at the University of California, Santa Cruz, a senior biologist for MRAG Americas, and a European Union Marie Curie Fellow for the project "RAPIDEVO".
At UCSC, I collaborated with Marc Mangel and Carlos Garza's (National Marine Fisheries Service's Molecular Ecology and Genetic Analysis team) lab. I am now collaborating with Will Satterthwaite and Michael Mohr at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center on management strategies for data-poor fisheries.
My scientific research is in evolutionary biology, ecology, and population genetics and my expertise is in the integration of mathematical, statistical, bioinformatics, and computational approaches with observational data. That means I am broadly interested in biological problems and I use data and quantitative methods to develop or test hypotheses that help us better understand the biological world.
I have published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers, 30 of them as lead author. My work has been recognized with awards, invited talks in Europe, US, and South America, media coverage, and has been featured in a wide range of leading scientific journals including Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Ecological Applications, PLoS Computational Biology, Biological Conservation, and Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
Here, you can find information on (or link to) my research interests, publications, Google Scholar Citations page, ongoing projects, CV, research statement, data scientist resume, a collection of bests and worsts, slides of some of my talks, code, photos of my study systems and conferences I attended, a blog mainly related to academic and intellectual endeavors, and my consulting page for academics, public institutions, and businesses. Contact me if you have any questions.
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