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Board 2016-2018


Massimo Ponti, ecologist (

Born in Forli , Italy , March 29, 1970. Degree in Marine Environmental Science at the University of Bologna in 1996 and Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Parma in 2001, expert in ecology of benthic soft and hard bottoms, natural and artificial reefs, and techniques of underwater scientific research at the Interdepartmental Research Centre for Environmental Sciences (CIRSA) University of Bologna in Ravenna, where he is employed as a research manager. He is co-author of 7 books and numerous articles, both popular and scientific (13 with impact factor) and referee for 5 international journals. He has done scientific diving in different parts of the Mediterranean and tropical seas. Within several collaborative research projects with Italian institutes and international research centres including: Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology (NIOO-KNAW, NL), Institute of Oceanography (HCMR, GR), Institute of Marine Biology of Crete ( HCMR, GR), Institute of Oceanology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Varna, BG), Fisheries Research Institute of Kavala (GR), Ruder Boskovic Institute in Rovinj (HR), Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre in Plymouth (UK) Natural History Museum of London (UK). He is a member of the Italian Society of Ecology (S.It.E.), the Italian Society of Marine Biology (SIBM), the National Interuniversity Consortium for Marine Sciences (CoNISMa), Reef Check Italy association (RCI) and Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA). Collaborates in teaching courses on "Methodology of Research Diving" for the degree course in Marine Biology, University of Bologna , and "Scientific Diving Methods for the degree course in Marine Biology Polytechnic University of Marche and of course. Teaching in the master "Tropical Marine Biodiversity and Natural Products", held in 2007 and 2008 in Manado , Indonesia . Active diver since 1992 (M3 FIAS / CMAS), Director of Bologna Technical Centre of the Italian Federation of Underwater Activities from 1999 to 2008. Among the specialties: cave diving, high altitude and under the ice.



Carlo Cerrano, zoologist (

Born - 21.05.1967 in Turin, Italy. Since 01.09.2000 (Current position) is Assistant Professor at the Department for the study of the Territory and its Resources (DIPTERIS) at the University of Genoa.
Author of 250 scientific papers. 130 on peer-reviewed journals. Referee for 15 international journals with impact factor.
Scientific diving activities are performed in the framework of both national and international projects, focusing on benthos ecology, not only in the Mediterranean basin but also in Antarctica and tropical regions. Since 1986 diving Instructor M3 FIAS/CMAS. 
Areas of interest - Autoecology and taxonomy of the hard bottom zoobenthonic organisms, with particular reference to Porifera and Cnidaria. He studied the effects of sedimentation on hard bottom communities, focusing on the uptake processes of sponges. His results allowed to put in evidence a selective behaviour of incorporating sponges, leading to the definition of the biomineralogy, the science that takes in account the interactions between biological systems and mineral substrata. Its scientific activity considers also the bioerosive processes and the study of life histories in relation to climate change. He is lecturer for the following courses:
- Scientific Diving Methodologies
- Laboratory of Zoology
- Marine organisms and climate change
- Marine Fauna of Marine Protected Areas
- Eco-ethology



Stefano Acunto, marine biologist (

Born in Rho (Milan), Italy, October 18, 1965. He obtained the MS Degree in Biological Science and the Qualification to practise the profession of Biologist. He was appointed as "Specialist of Ecology" at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Pisa (Italy) and in 2001 he obtained the PhD in "Environmental Science: Marine Ecology". He worked as collaborator of the University of Pisa from 1992 to 2012 and performed Scientific diving activities in the framework of both national and international projects, focusing on benthos ecology both in the Mediterranean and in tropical seas. He was Contract Professor of "Underwater Science" and "Applied Ecology", and Teacher of several Professional Training Courses. Also, he has a deep experience in the field of environmental surveys, biological sampling, geophysics and oceanography obtained working with private enterprises and research centers in Italy and abroad. He is author of 45 scientific papers and 30 technical reports.
Since 2004 he is in the control board of the "International School for Scientific Diving - Anna Proietti-Zolla"(ISSD). He is legal representative of the partnership "OIKOS - Environmental studies in aquatic ecosystems".  As science writer and video-maker he is the author of articles published by national magazines and web sites, of 3 scientific pamphlets and 10 underwater themed naturalistic documentaries aired on RAI (Italian National Television).  He is Diving Instructor CMAS (specialized in NITROX and Underwater Photography), Scientific Diver CMAS, Underwater Video Operator, BLS operator and Diving Safety Supervisor CMAS.


Antonio Terlizzi, zoologist (

Born in Naples , Italy , March, 31, 1968. Msc in Marine Biology, Phd in Basic Ecology. Senior lecturer at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technology (DiSTeBA), University of Salento , Lecce , Italy . His research activity is focused on the ecology of both vagile (macrofauna, with special emphasis on molluscs) and sessile invertebrates of marine hard substrates and seagrasses systems. Fouling, the detection of the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on marine systems and monitoring the effects of Marine Protected Areas are among his major items of research. He is actively involved in research programs and consultancies for environmental impact assessment and monitoring. He also teaches undergraduate and PhD courses in Zoology, Applied Zoology and Experimental Marine Ecology at the University of Salento, Lecce , Italy. He has organized three international course of statistic for design and analyses of biological experiments. He has published more than 90 scientific articles, of which 55 on ISI journals and 9 book chapters. He is actively involved in editorial activity of 22 ISI journals as a component of the board of referee and he is a reviewer for international funding agencies.


Giorgio Caramanna, geologist (

Born in Rome on 16th February 1970 he is a scuba diver since 1992. Geologist, passionate about the sea and diving, he unites this passion with scientific research activity. In 2001 he achieved his master degree in Hydrogeology in the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Rome “Sapienza”. The dissertation was focused on the hydrogeological and water chemistry study of some flooded sinkholes in Italy . Scientific diving techniques were widely applied for the field-data collection. In 2002 he joined the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and worked, as scientific diver, on the study of the underwater gas vents offshore of the volcanic island of Panarea ( Southern Tyrrhenian Sea ). In 2004 he achieved the professional qualification of Advanced European Scientific Diver and IDSA- Commercial Diver. He is also member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (USA) and of the Society for Underwater Technologies (U.K.). He has been a scientific diver for several Research Institutes in Italy (CNR, INGV, ENEA, ICRAM) and has also been involved in several international collaborations ( Helsinki University , German Geological Survey, University of Texas at Austin ). In 2009 he achieved his PhD in the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Rome “Sapienza”. The main topics of his dissertation were a general review of Global Warming causes and climate modifications, carbon capture and storage methods. The experimental work of its dissertation was focused on lab models and field study of the effects of carbon dioxide on the marine realm in an area with natural emission of CO2 that was considered as an “analogue” for sub-seabed CO2 leakages. The fieldwork was performed by means of SCUBA diving techniques and ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) surveys. From 2010 to 2012 he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Scientific Divers Association. Research interests: Monitoring techniques and lab experiments for the detection of CO2 leakages from Carbon Geological Storage sites both on inshore and offshore (sub-seabed) environments. Scientific diving techniques. Karsts and caves idrogeology.


Board 2013-2015

  • President Massimo Ponti

  • Vice-president Carlo Cerrano

  • Secretary Stefano Acunto

  • Antonio Terlizzi

  • Giorgio Caramanna

Board 2010-2012

  • President Massimo Ponti

  • Vice-president Carlo Cerrano

  • Secretary Stefano Acunto

  • Antonio Terlizzi

  • Giorgio Caramanna




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