The Namibian Dolphin Project | Nicolo Tonachella

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Nicolo Tonachella, NDP Field Assistant - 2012

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I have been pursuing my passion for the ocean and the amazing animals in it since I was a child. My grandfather was a vet and he always took me into the nature and inspired my love for wild creatures and the consciousness to protect them. Growing up I felt the marine environment was the most fascinating and still undiscovered one, so I strongly wanted to study its secrets and inhabitants. During and after my university career I was fortunate enough to conduct conservation biology and animal behavior research in the field in Italy, South Africa and Hawaii. While living in the field, I had several close encounters with marine charismatic megafauna.

Professional history

2011-2012: Scientific Consultant: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

2011: Research Intern: Pacific Whale Foundation – USA

2010: Environmental Scientist: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

2010: University of Rome (Italy) – MSc – Marine Science. With Distinction : “Movement pattern of Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) around a Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus) colony in Mossel Bay (South Africa)”  Supervisor: Prof G. D. Ardizzone

Summer 2009: Research Volunteer, “Filicudi Dolphin-Turtle Project”

2008: Research Intern, South African Marine Predator Lab (SAMPLA) – South Africa

2007: University of Rome (Italy) – BSc –Natural Science. With distinction: “Methods for estimating the age in Teleosts studying the otholits age rings” Supervisor: Prof G. D. Ardizzone.