“I think careers are a 20th Century invention and I don’t want one.
You don’t need to worry about me; I have a college education.
I’m not destitute. I’m living like this by choice”.
Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, Ph.D. is Director and scientific coordinator of the Master’s Degree (MSc) in Biodiversity and Associate Professor of Biodiversity and Ecology at the Biological Institute of the Tomsk State University, in Russia. He serves, also, as a Researcher coordinator of the Biological Diversity Laboratory of the Bio-Clim-Land of Excellence of the same university.
He also works as a freelance documentary photographer and wildlife filmmaker.
He participates to geographic and scientific explorations of some of the most remote places on Earth.
He studied at a Science High School and then graduated in Biology (Bachelor’s Degree), defending a thesis in Marine Ecology (“Demersal Mediterranean marine resources monitoring”), and with highest honours in Environmental and evolutionary biology (Master’s Degree MSc) at the University of Bari, Italy, defending a thesis in Anthropology (“Primate visual system and stereopsis”).
He holds a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology earned at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo, studying the tropical forests of Africa and their biodiversity (Ph.D. in Tropical Forest Ecology), defending a thesis titled “The anthropogenic impacts on tropical forest ecology and dynamics”.
He also holds with merit a Postgraduate Master’s Degree in International Policies and Global Environmental Protection earned at the Tuscia University in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of the Environment, defending a thesis on “Africa: biodiversity and climate change”.
He attended a diploma from the School of Specialization in “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany with a training in Peyresq, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France.
He is specialized in Biological Diversity analysis and Theoretical-experimental Ecology (with applications in Ethology and Evolution).
Moreover, he further developed his studies in Philosophy of Biology, Bioethics, and Biochemistry of nutrition.
He carried research for two years, as a post-doc in tropical ecology and biodiversity, at the Impacts on Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Terrestrial Ecosystems Division (IAFENT) of the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC)-University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy).
He has been conducting since 6 years field research in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, India, Indonesia, Serbia, Australia, Russia, and Mongolia.
He collaborates as ecoguide and video-photographic consultant with the “Fondation Italo-Gabonese pour l’Ecoturism” (FIGET). At the beginning of 2015, under a FIGET program, he walked for 150 km in the unexplored part of the Ivindo National Park in Gabon to raise awareness of its delicate and unique ecosystems and document the incredible wildlife hosted in the park and their fragility to human activities.
He wrote and published several guidebooks, a novel-essay book, an academic textbook, and three photographic books.
He collaborates with the University of Calcutta, India, for research studies on biodiversity and ecosystems ecotoxicity of the Sundarbans mangroves.
He has been leading groups of university students in tropical forests of Africa since 3 years to supervise their thesis data collection and analyses. He has been co-supervisor of two bachelor’s degree thesis on the ecology and biodiversity of the tropical forest of Africa at the Tuscia University, Italy and a Ph.D. thesis on Sundarbans mangroves at the University of Calcutta, India.
For four years he has been an environmental advisor at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation, Department of Natural Resources, Water and Earth), and for two years consultant at the Conservation Office of WWF Italy.
He is a member of the CEM (Commission on Ecosystem Management), SSC (Species Survival Commission) and the WCPA (World Commission on Protected Areas) of the IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature).
For IUCN he is also the co-team leader of to the Climate Change Adaptation Group, with which – in November 2010 – he published a book titled “Building resilience to climate change: case -studies and lessons from the fields”, IUCN, 2010 Special Series.
He is a member of the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI).
He coordinated for five years with the WWF and the State Forestry Corps in Italy, as a biologist, the recovery and first aid of wildlife in trouble for wildlife rehabilitation centers (CRAS) of Puglia and he was guards in antipoaching patrols on the Ischia island and in Puglia.
Since 2014, he has been the scientific director of 3 WWF protected areas in the south of Italy.
In 2007, he worked in the WWF Protected Area “Le Cesine” in Lecce on fire monitoring and the study of the dunal-saltwater ecosystem.
In 2008, he worked at the Center for sea turtle recovery of the CTS Brancaleone (RC) for the monitoring of nests, rehabilitation, and reintroduction of injured sea turtles, taking care of health in the containers and underwater accompaniment during the release.
In 2009, he worked in Indonesia, at the recovery center “Cikananga Wildlife Center” on the island of Java, making studies of ethology (especially on orangutans), collaborating on forensics and autopsy on rare Java leopards found injured or killed and paying attention to the rehabilitation of wounded animals (orangutans, langurs, gibbons, moon bears,leopards, crocodiles, birds of prey, etc.).
He conceived, after participating in a university research sea campaign for the project MEDIT (Mediterranean marine resources monitoring at the University of Bari), a system for 3D biometric laser measuring of ichthyofauna named “Tredifish”, which avoids the capture and killing of fish and can be used in scientific studies of morphometrics and population dynamics.
He teaches Ecology, Biodiversity, and Bioethics at several educational and research institutions of Puglia and Lazio (Master in Gestione di Impresa Roma, Istituto per la Formazione Professionale Bari, Dipartimento di Biologia – University of Catania, etc.).
He is a consultant for technical and scientific tables on alternative methods to animal testing in the field of ecotoxicology and biomedicine and he is testing for the research consortium “Digamma”, the stereoscopic system of the platform “Tredimed” (of which he funded the theoretical basis during his master’s degree thesis) designed for teaching surgical 3D to target students and to those graduating in medicine and surgery at the Policlinico di Bari. This experimental system allows learning surgical and microsurgical techniques directly on human patients during surgery, avoiding the use of laboratory animals.
He collaborated as editor with some Italian newspapers and magazines such as La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, Il Giornale del Territorio, Il Levante, La Piazza e La Rivista della Natura.
In 2015 he collaborated with the Italian magazine BioEcoGeo.
From 2004 to 2007 he directed the magazine on environment and human rights “Controcorrente”.
Since 2010, he writes articles on scientific issues for the journal Villaggio Globale, for which he writes a column entitled “The Ecological Network” and in 2014 he became scientific director of the quarterly magazine.
He is Editorial Team Member of the International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation.
After 4 years of research in the field, in 2010, he published the book “Environments, flora and fauna of the Murgia of the southeast. Nature trips between Bari and Taranto” published by Adda Editore, Bari.
In 2013-2014 he published with Villaggio Globale editor the guide “Nature tours in the Murgia’s Puglia” and three photographic books “India: the colours of the soul”, “Indonesia: the realm of beauty” and “Australia, the encyclopedia of life”.
Vegetarian and promoter of the union of economics and ecological sciences, in 2011 he founded the Society for the Economological Studies, for which he is editor-in-chief of the scientific international journal “Economology Journal”.
He published more than 20 papers in international journals of science and philosophy, including some articles which received international scientific interest on ecological niche theory titled “Evolution is a co-operative process: the Biodiversity-related Niches Differentiation Theory (BNDT) can explain why”, Theoretical Biology Forum 1, 2011, on the fractal dimension and the evolution of biodiversity titled “Biodiversity is a cauliflower in the sunlight”, Nature Precedings, 2012, and on “The evolution of biodiversity: state of knowledge, recent developments and new hypotheses”, Economology Journal, Vol. III Year II, Sept 2012) and some other papers concerning the “Global Patterns of Human Development and Environmental protection”, Economology Journal, Vol. I Year I, Jun 2011.
He has also published several books aimed at environmental education of primary and secondary schools such as: “We make tree your waste …”, WWF Ed., 2003 .; “We work for the environment,” Amb. Ed., 2004, “At the school of ecology,” Amb. Ed., 2005.
To conduct his research studies he travels widely in tropical areas and in particular in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, where he spends months studying ecology, biodiversity and the impact of human activity on ecosystems. These travels, the encounters with indigenous people and the life in the wild, inspired him to write the novel-essay “The Paradox of Civilization” published by Adda Editore in 2013 and already in its second edition.
In 2014 he published with LibreriaUniversitaria.it Editions, an academic textbook for students, teachers, and researchers on the study and analysis of biodiversity entitled “Biodiversity in theory and in practice.” This book, besides a practical approach to collect samples, estimate indices, calculate statistics and realize graphs and plots, provides the first formulation of new author’s theories on biological diversity evolution and patterns.
He was recently quoted in the book “Beyond the barbed wire of Green Hill. The vivisection still exists. Why and how to overcome it” (G. Felicetti & M. Kuan, Sonda Editions, 2014), within “the internationally renowned researchers” who oppose to animal testing.
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