Claudio Celada graduated at the University of Milan, Italy with a Thesis on bird communities in fragmented habitats. He studied landscape ecology applied to terrestrial vertebrates in the Netherlands, at the Institute for Forestry and Nature Management (Ministry of Agriculture). He holds a PhD in Conservation Ecology that he obtained at the University of Alberta, Canada. Currently, he is Conservation Director with Lipu, the BirdLife partner in Italy, and coordinator of the Mediterranean Mosaics project for Lipu.
Marco Gustin started his professional career since ’80 at Lipu-Italy in Rome and spent the last 20 years at National Office of Lipu in Parma like species and research officer. He has a solid experience in the study fields of biodiversity conservation, Red List, urban ecology, raptors migration, conservation status, adaptation to climatic change, natural resource management, rural development having worked in many national and regional parks of Italy. He published more of 250 scientific papers in many international journals. He is involved in the Mediterranean Mosaics projects since its very early design stage.
Expert in analysis, modelling and simulation of ecological and biological systems using numerical and cartographic methodologies, Alessandro Ferrarini graduated cum laude in Environmental Science (5-years laurea) at the University of Parma where he also obtained a 3-years PhD in Landscape and Quantitative Ecology in 2005. Currently he is freelance consultant with about 200 scientific publications, 63 of which in international journals. Since 2008 he has been involved in studies of the climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems using climatic simulations and decision making.
Massimo Soldarini is a member of Lipu team since 1987. Since 1991 until 1994 he acted as a Volunteer Environmental Guard, and since 1993 he has been involved in the management of Brabbia Marshland Nature Reserve. He has coordinated numerous projects for Lipu, in particolar on raptor recovery centers and on nature reserves. In 1995 he was elected as Lipu Council member, and again in 1999 he was reelected and appointed as board member, until 2002. In 2003 he is appointed as Coordinator for the Lombardy/Piedmont Lipu Regional Office, and member of Lipu Direction. Since2006 he is responsible for the Volunteers and Project office.
Mattia Brambilla graduated at the University of Milan with a thesis on peregrine ecology, and obtained his PhD studying evolution and speciation in the Sylvia cantillans complex. Now he works as a research consultant for different institutes, and most of his time is dedicated to conservation and especially to biodiversity in farmland habitats, effects of climate change on mountain species, avian ecology and conservation, monitoring plans and ecological networks. In the Mediterranean Mosaics project he is investigating (for Lipu) the potential effect of environmental change on grassland birds breeding in the Apennines.
Elena started her collaboration with Lipu as a volunteer of the national civil service in 2006. Since then she has been involved in the volunteer management process and from 2008 she is involved in project management for Lipu. These include international projects, as well as national and local projects involving public and private sectors. Elena mainly manages the operational and administrative aspects of the projects, focusing on accountancy, and the respect of the rules and procedures, time schedules and costs. Elena also cooperates in the management of the National Voluntary Lipu Office, which currently counts on about 1,100 volunteers on the Italian territory, with 90 active delegations.