In 2003 Stefano graduated with first class honours in Biology (Behavioural Neurobiology) at Pisa University. Following a career break, he gained his PhD in Anthropology (Primatology) from Florence University in 2009. After that, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Part-time Lecturer at Florence University, focussing on chemical communication in non-human primates and humans, and as a Part-time Research Scientist at the Garda Zoological Park, focussing on welfare assessment and management of captive primates as well as in-situ conservation initiatives.
In 2012 Stefano successfully applied for the EU FP7 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship scheme with his research project Microsmatic primates revisited: Determining the importance of olfaction in primate communication (PrimOlf) and, as a consequence of this achievement, in 2013 he moved from Florence to Durham University as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology. In Durham he co-taught the Primate Behaviour module and contributed to the Current Issues in Biological Anthropology module, served as Van Mildert College Mentor, and acted as a Postdoctoral Rep for the Research Committee and the Board of Studies of the Anthropology Department. He also attended the Durham University Learning and Teaching Award to undertake professional development and to gain accreditation as an HEA Associate Fellow.
The majority of Stefano’s research work has focused on captive primates (ring-tailed lemurs, cotton-top tamarins, mandrills, olive baboons) housed at European zoological gardens and primate centres. However, he has also conducted primate fieldwork in Madagascar (white sifakas) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (bonobos). Furthermore, for several years he has been working on applied projects about primate conservation and the sustainability of local communities in Africa and, as a result of this experience, he co-founded a specialized consultancy firm (CarbonSinkGroup) launched in 2011 as a Florence University spin-off of which he is currently Partner.
In 2016 Stefano joined the University of Wolverhampton as a Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, although he also continues his collaboration with Durham University as an Honorary Research Fellow. His teaching is linked very closely to his expertise, including Animal Behaviour and Captivity, Primate Behavioural Ecology and Conservation Biology. He is strongly committed to bringing his research experience in teaching practice and to involving students in his research projects.
Additionally, Stefano is also Research Associate at Garda Zoological Park, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU LIFE Northern Bald Ibis project and Member of the Board of Directors of the École Nature Recherche and Trunks & Leaves.