Research & Biological Exploration

I have been working on East African biodiversity, especially Amphibians and Reptiles, since 1995 and I’ve spent most of my time in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. More recently I’ve been exploring new areas of the so-called Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot as Rwanda, DRC and Ethiopia, but Tanzania remains my first love. I’m mostly interested in taxonomy, biogeography, evolutionary processes and conservation, especially of the montane forest assemblages. During over a decade I’ve had the privilege to work with a great group of people and share with them great time and beers in one of the most diverse places on earth. I’m part of the section of Tropical Biodiversity at the MUSE- the Science Museum of Trento, in Italy. Part of my work is done in collaboration with the University of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania, WCS, the Manchester Metropolitan University in U.K. and the Institute of Biogeography of the University of Basel, in Switzerland.


At the camp, in the Uluguru Mountains in 2012 with Vasek (Vaclav Gvozdik) and Simon Loader

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DSC_0784The rarest of the rare, the viper Atheris barbouri, known for just an handful of specimens

MIC_4977Colleagues and friends Simon Loader and Dave Gower in the Highlands of Western Ethiopia, worrying because Dave’s T shirt looks inexplicably dirty. The hoe behind them is state-of-the-art tool in caecilians field investigations

MIC_0133In the South Pare Mountains, Tanzania, with a bunch of Rhampholeon viridis

_MIC1750Fabio crossing a pond in Kahuzi-Biega, DRC

_MIC8388Our team moving in the forest, in search of a suitable site for establishing the camp

_MIC8400Drinking stop, the leaves of the wild banana Ensete ventricosum, are full of sweet, fresh water


Anna and Elena relaxing at the camp, in the Uzungwa Scarp Forest Reserve, Tanzania