Born in Palermo (Italy) on October 24th 1983, he is currently a post-doc fellow at University of Nice (France). Master degree in Marine Biological Resources at the University of Palermo (Italy), he completed, in 2011, a Ph.D. in “Fundamental Ecology” at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy), with a thesis entitled “Spatial connectivity and dispersal patterns to design networks of marine protected areas: the case of the white sea bream Diplodus sargus sargus (Linnaeus 1758)”.
He was visiting student in 2008 at CEAB-CSIC di Blanes (Spain) and visiting researcher in 2011 at the Southern Seas Ecology Laboratory, Adelaide (Australia).
He was involved in national and international projects on Marine Protected Areas with particular emphasis on fish dispersal at multiple life stages, reserve effect on fishes and potential effect of touristic frequentation (i.e. scuba divers) on biotic assemblages.
He is author of 29 ISI papers published in international journals and reviewer for 37 international journals.