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Scientific board 2019-2021


Massimo Ponti, ecologist (

Field Experts





Carlo Beltrame, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

Biology and Ecology

Monica Montefalcone, Università di Genova

Geology and Earth Sciences

Giorgio Caramanna, Geo Aqua Consulting


Alessandro Capra, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia


Angelo Mojetta, Istituto per gli Studi sul Mare


Pasquale Longobardi, Centro Iperbarico di Ravenna

Instrumentation and Equipment

Bruno Iacono, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

Museum and aquarium

Laura Castellano, Acquario di Genova


Maurizio Manera, Università degli Studi di Teramo


Curricula vitae

Carlo Beltrame, archeologist, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia (

Carlo Beltrame (Venice 1969), degree v.o. at the University of Padua, Postgraduate diploma at the University of Trieste, PhD in Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa. He has taught naval archeology at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo and since 2001 has been teaching maritime archeology at the Ca 'Foscari University. In the latter university, he coordinated the first Italian Master's degree in maritime archeology. He also teaches at the Interuniversity Specialization School based at the University of Trieste. He spent a research period at the Center of Maritime Archeology in Roskilde. He was a member of the scientific committee of the International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archeology, of which he curated the Venice edition of 2000. He worked for many years as a freelancer, especially as an underwater archaeologist but also for the editing of Evaluations of Archaeological Impact. He specializes mainly in the archeology of shipbuilding but is also interested in methodology in maritime archeology, management and enhancement of submerged cultural heritage and maritime trade in the ancient world. From 2001 to 2012, he directed the school excavation on the wreckage of the Mercurio brick (1812) off Punta Tagliamento; he collaborated on the Croatian excavation mission on medieval wrecks on the island of Mljet and now directs a project to study the wrecks with loads of Roman marble in southern and central Italy. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Archeology, the Underwater Archaeologist and the Journal of Marine Science Research.

Monica Montefalcone, biologist, Università di Genova (

Monica Montefalcone is a researcher in Ecology (BIO07) at the Department of the Earth, Environment and Life Science (DiSTAV) at the University of Genoa (Italy) and a professor of Tropical Marine Ecology, of Scientific Diving and of Managing Marine Biodiversity. She started to study seagrasses in 1999, she took her PhD in 2007 on Posidonia oceanica ecology, and today she is working in the field of applied research on coastal marine environment, which includes monitoring, characterization, cartography, biodiversity assessment and evaluation of ecological status and changes over time of coastal habitats, such as seagrasses, rocky reefs and coralligenous, submerged caves, and coral reefs. A major component of her studies is the adoption of scientific diving techniques for visual surveys and photographic sampling, and she did many scientific cruises and field activities in the Mediterranean and the tropics. She has participated in numerous national and international research projects. She is member of several scientific societies, and recently she has been working as a scientific consultant of the RAC-SPA (Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas). The results of her studies are condensed in more than 170 scientific publications, including nearly 70 papers on ISI-classified journals, and some book chapters.

Giorgio Caramanna, geologist, Geo Aqua Consulting (

Giorgio Caramanna has a PhD in Geology and is qualified as Advanced European Scientific Diver, AAUS Scientific Diver, IDSA Commercial Diver, NAUI Diving Instructor, DAN Instructor and American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor. He was the Italian representative at the European Scientific Diving Panel of the European Science Foundation for several years.
Giorgio moved from Europe to the USA in 2015 and founded He currently works as a scientific diving operations and training consultant for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious "Tridente d'Oro" (Golden Trident) from the International Academy of Underwater Sciences and Techniques. 

Alessandro Capra, engeer, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia (

Angelo Mojetta, biologist and giornalist, Istituto per gli Studi sul Mare (


Pasquale Longobardi, hyperbaric doctor, Centro Iperbarico di Ravenna (

Born in Naples December 23, 1961, 1986 graduated with honors from University of Naples in 1989 specializing in diving and Hyperbaric Medicine University of Chieti, perfected in 1997 in Management and Health Organization (C.OR.GE.SAN.) School of Management "The . Bocconi University in Milan, Il Sole 24 Ore 2009 Master in Marketing and Communication. 1982-1989 Research Institute for Research and Studies Divers and Hyperbaric Provincial Administration of Naples, 1989 to present: Director of Hyperbaric Medical Center Ravenna (, entered management in the Emergency Department (118) Local Health Unit of Ravenna, Emilia Romagna; 1990 to present: Coordinator Diving Medical Committee Italian Federation (FIAS), 1993 to today: medical representative for Italy in European Diving Technology Committee (EDTC), 1996 to present: Director National Underwater and Hyperbaric Medicine Italian Society (SIMS); 1997 to present: Medical Commission core component divers Fire Department of the Interior, 1998 to present: State Technical and Training Committee established by the European Committee on Hyperbaric Medicine (ECHM) and dall'EDTC; from 1998 to 2006: Adjunct Professor School Specialization in Medicine Swimming and Diving University of Chieti; 2005 now responsible for the Master in hyperbaric medicine hyperbaric medicine and diving School St. Anna of Pisa, 2005 to present: State Diving Medical Advisory Committee (DMAC), 2006: Review of training programs in diving medicine approved by EDTC / DMAC; UNI 2007 member commission for work safety diver industrial 2007 - Basic course Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (including Helicopter Underwater Emergency Training and Emergency Breathing System) - OPITO approved in Aberdeen (UK) 2009 Trident Gold Award International Academy of Underwater Science and Technology, 2010 Scientific Committee Italian Association Scientific divers (Aiossa ). Author of 250 scientific studies. Consultant for industrial diving medicine FROG Diving and Marine Contractors (Ravenna), Marine Consulting (Syracuse), Impresub (Trento), National Cooperative Divers (CNS), Avenza - Carrara (MS); Lucatelli srl, Trieste (TS); Micoperi Ltd. (RA). Join: The Historical Diving Society Italy (HDSI) - founding member, FIAS teacher-certified instructor; World Confederation des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS) 3 stars instructor; Divers Alert Network (DAN) Oxygen First Aid Instructor - Trainer; Pure Tech Agency (PTA) Deep Air, Global Underwater Explorer (GUE) Fundamentals; GYM SCUBA instructor 1 star CMAS Aquatek SCR 1 (semi-closed rebreather level 1).

Bruno Iacono, technologist Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (


Laura Castellano, biologist aquarist, Acquario di Genova (







Maurizio Manera, veterinary, Università degli Studi di Teramo (

Born in Merano (BZ) in 1967. University of Bologna - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (1992). Summa cum laude. University of Bologna - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: Ph.D in Veterinary Pathology (IX° cycle; three years) (1997). University of L'Aquila - Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences: Master of Science in Environmental Sciences; (2012). Summa cum laude. European College of Aquatic Animal Health: European Veterinary Specialist in Aquatic Animal Health (since 2016).
University of Teramo: assistant professor in veterinary pathology (since 1998). University of Teramo: Aggregate professor in "Biomarker in environmental monitoring" - Biotechnology Course, since academic year 2011 - 2012 and in "Image analysis in histopathology" - Biotechnology Course, since academic year 2017 - 2018. University of Teramo: Member of the Teaching Staff of the Ph.D in Food Sciences since academic year 2013 - 2014.

Scientific board 2016-2018

Carlo Beltrame, archeologo 
Roberto Palozzi, zoologo 
Fabrizio Antonioli, geologo 
Giovanni Esentato, giornalista 
Pasquale Longobardi, medico iperbarico 
Sergio Gambi, sommozzatore Vigili del Fuoco 
Gianni Fasano, tecnico elettronico
Laura Castellano, biologa acquarista


Scientific board 2013-2015

Carlo Beltrame, archeologo 
Roberto Palozzi, zoologo 
Fabrizio Antonioli, geologo 
Giovanni Esentato, giornalista 
Pasquale Longobardi, medico iperbarico 
Sergio Gambi, sommozzatore Vigili del Fuoco 
Gianni Fasano, tecnico elettronico
Laura Castellano, biologa acquarista


Scientific board 2010-2012

Carlo Beltrame, archeologo 
Roberto Palozzi, zoologo 
Fabrizio Antonioli, geologo 
Giovanni Esentato, giornalista 
Pasquale Longobardi, medico iperbarico 
Sergio Gambi, sommozzatore Vigili del Fuoco 
Gianni Fasano, tecnico elettronico
Laura Castellano, biologa acquarista



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