Luca Francesco Russo

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Luca has always been intrigued and fascinated by nature since his childhood. Following his passion and the footsteps of his older brother, he enrolled in the three-year degree course in “Sciences and Technologies for Nature and Environment” at the Federico II University of Naples. During his three-year degree he wins the Erasmus scholarship of one year at the University of Granada and carries out the internship at the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the University of Peruvian Amazon (Iquitos, Peru), these experiences allow him to learn about university realities outside of Italy.

After graduating, Luca realizes his dream of visiting the land of kangaroos, Australia. Here he travels and works for three months. Returning from Australia, to expand his knowledge on the world of animals, he enrolled in the University Master in Zoology at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid and held his thesis collaborating with researchers from the Estacion Biologica De Doñana (EBD) and the Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Biodiversidad (UMIB).

Luca completes his studies attending the Inter-university Master’s Degree (University of Parma, Florence, Sassari and Insubria) in Management and Conservation of the Environment and Fauna. During this course, he carries out a internship at the University of Molise in collaboration with the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park, concerning a monitoring project for Carnivores in the park area through the use of camera traps.

In parallel with his study path Luca has carried out several training courses and volunteering activities.

During the high school period, Luca followed the Birdwatching Course organized by ASOIM and the Course for Naturalistic Guide by the WWF Oasis Crater of Astroni. In the early years of university he carried out voluntary counting activities for the Italian Roe Deer, organized by the Gargano National Park. During the master he obtained the Certificate of competence of the course category B, “Science of laboratory animals” Directive 2010.63.EU, at Universidad Complutense of Madrid. In 2015 he attended a Statistics course in Naples, organized by ARDEA Onlus. In 2015 he volunteered at the ringing station of the Ventotene Reserve. In 2019 he obtained the license as surveyor of the IWC (International Waterbird Census).

After obtaining the Master in Management and Conservation, he participated in training meetings at the CIBIO in Lisbon on the impact of road infrastructure on the European Polecat (Mustela putorius).

Luca starts to work at Biosfera Consultoría Medioambiental (Oviedo, Spain), in collaboration with UMIB, on the topic: hibernation of the Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) and on the spatial dynamics of the females of Brown Bear with cubs.

Thanks to the training internship, he was hired as a biologist at the Biosfera Consultoría Medioambiental (Oviedo, Spain), involved in various projects concerning the Desman (Galemys pyrenaicus), the Wolf (Canis lupus) and the impact of road infrastructure on Amphibians and Reptiles.

In September 2019 he won a doctoral scholarship at the University of Molise, and is currently involved in various researches regarding Carnivores.

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