I am a palaeontologist studying dinosaur palaeobiology, macroecology, and extinction. To investigate these topics, I use phylogenetic, biogeographic, statistical, and Earth System Modelling tools.
Currently, my main research topics include: 1) the relationship between physical agents shaping the fossil record and disentangling their role in order to detect genuine biodiversity signals in deep time; 2) the interplay between changing climate, geography, and biodiversity in controlling macroevolution and macroecological patterns; 3) the physical drivers behind evolutionary adaptations and extinction.
For my PhD I focused on Late Cretaceous dinosaur macroecology and the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. I have also studied Mesozoic marine reptiles from the Tethyan margin, crocodylomorph palaeodiversity, and theropod dinosaurs.
In March 2021 I joined Dr Sara Varela as an ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Vigo, Spain, to investigate deep-time diversification dynamics: https://paleobiogeography.org/
In February 2022 I started a Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Fellowship (Ministry of Economy and
Competitiveness, Spanish Government) in the same lab.
Ph.D., 2019, Earth Science, Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, London, UK
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Allison, Dr. Philip Mannion
M.Sc., 2014, Biodiversity and Evolution, University of Bologna, Italy
Primary Advisor: Prof. Federico Fanti
B.Sc., 2012, Natural Sciences, University of Catania, Italy
Senior Thesis Supervisors: Prof. Antonietta Rosso, Prof. Rossana Sanfilippo, Dr. Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia