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Dr. Simone Panigada
Chief Scientist - RV ODYSSEY - Greece & Italy
Home: Milan, ITALY

Simone Panigada is the Vice-President of the Tethys Research Institute in Milan, Italy and holds a Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Milan and a PhD in Environmental Biology from the University of Siena.

Since 1992, Simone has collaborated with Tethys and with the Mediterranean Fin Whale Project and since 1998, he has been principal investigator of a radio tracking project focused on the use of suction cup velocity-time-depth recorder used to describe diving-feeding behaviour of fin whales in the Ligurian Sea. He has participated for two years in a bioacoustics workshop organised by Cornell University and has been invited to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the United States, as a guest student. Has participated to different research cruises in the Mediterranean Sea and in the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans. In 2002, he was invited for a six months stage at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Inland and Marine Waters Unit, of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. At present he holds a Marie Curie Fellowship for a 2-years post doctoral Fellowship at the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland. The aim of this ongoing project entitled "Habitat choice and preferences of cetaceans in the western Ligurian Sea: insight through telemetry and satellite imagery" is to analyse in detail the Ligurian Sea environment in order to describe the habitat preferences - in relation to the sea surface temperature structure, the concentration of chlorophyll, the wind speed and other parameters such as depth of sightings, distance from the coast and sea floor topography - of the different cetaceans species which are particularly abundant in this area.

Simone has been appointed to represent the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS) while the Odyssey is conducting scientific research throughout the Mediterranean Sea.

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