+30 695 623 1006

Who we are

conservation of the environment and of the biodiversity

The Mission

  • Gaia Research Institute Onlus is a not profit Organization of social utility. The goal of Gaia is the protection and conservation of the environment and of the biodiversity.

    Gaia accomplishes its mission through the realization of research and monitoring projects, aimed at the knowledge and protection of nature and biodiversity, and to direct actions for environment and biodiversity conservation.

    Gaia promotes sustainable development, the protection of the animal’s rights, protection of the sites, fauna and flora, and carry out activities about the environmental information and education, also through the promotion of sports activities immersed in nature and respectful of the environment.

    Our research activity is conducted independently or in collaboration with other Entities/Organizations (i.e.: ISPRA, Department of Life and System Biology of the University of Turin, Department of Biology University of Bari, Thalassa, etc.)

    The members of Gaia collaborate to the drafting of action plans for the conservation of species and habitats, in collaboration with technical Agencies, public Administrations and Universities.

    The results of research and monitoring activities are also employed to promote the environmental sensitivity of the citizens involved in the activities of the Association and of the general public.

    The headquarters of Gaia are Italian, but its members come from all over the world and they carry out their activities in the whole world.

    Lo statuto

Gaia Research Institute Onlus was founded in 2010

Story

Gaia Research Institute Onlus was founded in 2010 by Marta Azzolin, Federica Celoni, Luca Nelli and Elena Papale The founding members are PhD and MSc in Natural Sciences and Biology, with expertise ranging from the study of cetaceans (population study, interaction with human activities, bioacoustics, ethology, and ecology) to the study of birds (eto-ecology).

The skills acquired in the course of more than twenty years of study, training abroad, work in the context of multiple Organizations and Associations, and were finally employed for the management of research projects on wildlife conservation. The projects previously developed by individual members have thus found their institutional role.

In recent years new members have been added to the Board of Director and the species studied have expanded also to reptiles and amphibians.

come with us! sign up to partecipate in all activities, courses and much more Sign up

MEMBERS

The members of Gaia are the vital force of the association and Gaia Research Institute Onlus is open to anyone who wants to promote its goals.

Anyone can apply for becoming a member of Gaia. Then the membership application needs to be approved by the Board of Directors. Minors under the age of 18 years must submit a document signed by one of the parents together with their application form.

All members are required to pay an annual membership fee. In order to maintain their rights, members must renew annually the payment of the membership fee.

The membership is free and voluntary, but it commits the members to the respect of the resolutions taken by its representative authorities, according to the statutory competences.

Members are also required, according to their professional skills, to collaborate actively to the achievement of the goals of the association. The rights and duties of shareholders are stated in the statute of the association.

The Staff

Board of directors

Marta Azzolin, President
Lecturer at the Life Science and System Biology Department of the University of Turin (Techniques and methods for behavioral studies on cetaceans). Since 1993, she carries out research in the marine environment, particularly working with cetaceans. Lines of research: population studies; ecology; acoustics; behavior; interaction with human activities. She got a PhD in Science and High Technology, with a thesis on cetacean’s acoustic identification (Life and System Biology Department of the University of Torino). In the framework of her master on Integrated Coastal Zone Management she cooperated with the Ramoge Agreement working on legal and scientific status of protected species inside the Ramoge area, and analyzing the spatial distribution (GIS) of Paramuricea clavata inside the Ramoge area (University of Ravenna); she graduated in Natural Science studying the development of behavior of a bottlenose dolphin calf in a controlled environment (Biology Department of the University of Torino). Marta is the Gaia’s expert of acoustic and behavior. Director and observer of the following Gaia’s projects: “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2009-recent; “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-Greek Islands”, 2008-2014, 2016-recent; director of “Cetaceans Monitoring from ferry-ANPA”, 2014-recent.

Andrea Giovannini, Vice-Presidente
Lecturer of the Life Science and System Biology Department of the University of Turin (GIS and models of distribution of organisms). He started doing research during his thesis for graduation and he deepened his work on spatial analysis and distribution modeling of amphibians in the framework of his PhD in Science and High Technology (Life and System Biology Department of the University of Torino). Andrea is the Gaia’s expert on spatial analysis, spatial modelling, and data mining.

Arianna Zampollo, Treasurer
She graduated on Natural Science (3 years) and Biology of the Environment (2 years) at the Life Science and System Biology Department of the University of Torino. She is involved on research activity since her first graduation in 2013. Her main interest is the study of distribution of species protected by EU directive (butterflies and cetaceans) in relation to environmental and anthropogenic variables. At the end of 2018 Arianna started her PhD on primary productivity at the University of Aberdeen. Arianna is the Gaia’s expert on spatial distribution analysis (GIS). Observer for the Gaia’s project “ Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC” 2013 and “Cetaceans Monitoring from ferry-ANPA”, 2014-recent.

Laura Pintore, Member of Board
She graduated in Natural Science (3 years) at the University of Roma “La Sapienza” and in Evolution of the animal Behaviour (2 years) at the Life Science and System Biology Department of the University of Torino. She works on cetacean’s conservation doing research on behaviour, distribution and interaction of cetaceans with human activities. At the end of 2018 Laura started her PhD on noise pollution inside the Pelagos Sanctuary the Life Science and System Biology Department of the University of Torino. She’s a qualified guide for whale watching activity. Observer for the Gaia’s project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2016 and “Cetaceans Monitoring from ferry-ANPA”, 2017.

Promoter members at 2018

Sebastien Saintignan, with a master an oceanography gained at the Institut OSU Pytheas Marseille in 2017, is the student’s supervisor and principle observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”.
Matteo Costantini, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2017
Angela Amadei, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2017
Serena Guichardaz, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2017
Alice Nestola, observer project “Cetaceans Monitoring from ferry-ANPA”, 2016-2017
Paola Merlo, administrative assistant, 2010-2017
Luca Repetto, head of the technical activities at the sea, 2010-2017
Mariangela Carpenzano, collaborator for the activities dedicated to the “young members”

Other promoter members

Eleanora Turano, observer for the project “Cetaceans Monitoring from ferry-ANPA”, 2014-2016
Guido Pietroluongo, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2015-2016
Gennaro Pingitore, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2014
Andrea Pelusi, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2013 and “Cetaceans Monitoring from ferry-LIBA”, 2012-2014
Elena Papale, founder, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC” 2009 and 2012, and “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-Greek Islands”, 2010-2011-2012
Maria Ceraulo, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2012
Melissa Reggente, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2010, “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-Greek Islands”, 2011
Marianna Anichini, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-Greek Islands”, 2009 and “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2010. Nora Arena, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-Greek Islands”, 2010
Giulia Fedele, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-Greek Islands”, 2010, and “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2011
Alice Galli, observer for the project “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-Greek Islands”, 2009, and “Dolphins in the Ionian Sea-GOC”, 2010
Luca Nelli, founder