Nino Pierantonio

Principal field investigator

Nino Pierantonio works for Tethys where he currently is an associated researcher and serves as Principal Field Investigator

for the Cetacean Sanctuary Research project, where he focuses on the assessment of sperm whale body size and growth through acoustic techniques. He has also been a Member of the Board of Directors between 2013 and 2016.

His primary interests focus on marine ecosystems with an emphasis on marine mammals, including natural and life history, abundance and density estimation, acoustics and telemetry.

He started collaborating with Tethys in 2003 and, to date, has participated in several research projects in different areas of the Mediterranean Sea and the European North Atlantic, and has spent about 1200 days in the field aboard oceanographic research vessels, sailing, motor and inflatable boats, and aircrafts.

Since 2009 Nino is part of a team carrying out extensive aerial surveys in the Central Mediterranean Sea aimed at estimating the abundance and density of cetacean populations and other megavertebrates in the region. Starting from 2012 he also participates in satellite telemetry programmes for fin whales in the waters of the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals and in the waters surrounding the Island of Lampedusa, in the Sicily Channel. During the summer 2016 Nino took part to the third replicate of the Small Cetaceans in European Atlantic waters and the North Sea (SCANS-III) monitoring programme, serving as an observer and data logger during aerial surveys carried out in the German Bight, the Baltic Proper, the Skagerrak and the Kattegat as well as the waters surrounding the southern and western coasts of Norway.

Nino is experienced in research methods including visual and acoustic vessel- aerial- and land-based surveys for cetaceans, individual photo-identification, behavioural sampling, radio and satellite tagging, photogrammetry and line transect distance sampling. He is also skilled in the use and maintenance of equipment including ‘hand–held’ computers, quadcopters and camera drones, laser range finders, digital cameras, velocity-time and depth recorders and satellite tags, static hydrophones and towed arrays of hydrophone. Nino is proficient in several computer software packages including dedicated research applications, GIS packages and software for audio, video and image editing for both Microsoft Windows and Unix–like (Linux) environments. From early 2012 he also is a certified JNCC Marine Mammal Observer (MMO), Passive Acoustic Monitoring Operator (PAM) and BOEM Gulf of Mexico Protected Species Observer (PSO). He is also a keen sportsman mostly enjoying his free time bouldering and running. Nino is Italian and he is fluent in English, has a good knowledge of French and mumbles some German and Spanish. For more information you can check Nino’s profiles at Research Gate and Google Scholar.

Education

*  Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude (European Mention) in Biodiversity from the University of Barcelona, Spain. “Anthropogenic threats to coastal dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea: the Balearic Islands and the Eastern Ionian Sea as case-studies.”

*  Diploma de Estudios Avanzados / Diploma of Advanced Studies (2003) Thesis: “Distribution and abundance of the population of bottlenose dolphin in the Balearic Archipelago”. Final evaluation: Excellent

*  BSc (Bachelor of Science) in Animal Biology, East London University, London, U.K. (1999)

*  Scientific High School, La Salle Condal, Barcelona, Spain (1990)

Major professional interests

* Cetacean ecology and behaviour

* Development of strategies for cetacean management and conservation

* Interactions between marine mammals and fisheries

* Design and execution of public awareness and education campaigns

* Mediterranean monk seal

Present positions

* Member of the Board of Directors, Tethys Research Institute

* Vice-Chair/Secretary of the European Cetacean Society

* Member of the ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee

* Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2nd World Marine Mammal Conference, December 9-12, 2019, International Convention Center of Catalonia

* Research associate of the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio) University of Barcelona · Department of Animal Biology

Past positions

1999 – 2006     Member, Tethys Research Institute

2000 – 2006     Member, Group of Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals (GRUMM), University of    Barcelona

Languages

Fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English and Italian. Good knowledge of Modern Greek.

Work experience

March 2006 – date

Since March 2006 I concentrate my research effort and fieldwork primarily in western Greece, where I lead marine mammal research and conservation activities in the context of Tethys Research Institute’s Ionian Dolphin Project (www.ioniandolphinproject.org). This involves: a) regular boat-based visual surveys in the Gulf of Ambracia, Inner Ionian Sea and adjacent open waters; b) photo-identification of individual dolphins and monk seals (the latter only present in Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago), behavioural sampling, recording of various environmental data; c) training of research assistants, mostly graduated students doing their MSc thesis; d) monitoring of local fisheries and evaluation of their impact on the ecosystem, also paying attention to conflict deriving from interactions with dolphins and other marine fauna; and e) development of public awareness campaigns involving local schools, fishermen cooperatives, authorities and boaters.

Between 2006 and 2010 I acted as co-principal investigator, together with Giovanni Bearzi, and I was in charge of the Earthwatch Institute’s “Dolphins of Greece” expedition (500+ eco-volunteers participated in this project between 2006-2013).

Since 2011 I became the Director of the Ionian Dolphin Project, which main study areas currently include the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago and the Gulf of Ambracia.

Since 2007 I am member of the Board of Directors of Tethys Research Institute

 

September 2018 – June 2019

Consultant of UNEP’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (SPA/RAC). Responsible for the technical coordination for the updating of the Regional strategy for the conservation of monk seal in the Mediterranean.

 

January 2017 – date

Responsible for the design, organization and execution of a 12-days summer course on “Research and Conservation in Greece: Dolphins, Fisheries, and Cultural Heritage”, run by Tethys Research Institute in collaboration with Texas A&M University and its Shark Biology and Fisheries Science Lab.

 

June 2018 – December 2018

Consultant of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area – ACCOBAMS to assist its Permanent Secretariat in the preparation of a final draft Conservation Management Plan for the Mediterranean Short beaked common dolphin.

 

March 2017- September 2018

Consultant of UNEP’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (SPA/RAC) on the “Elaboration of a practical guide on gap analysis and MPA system planning adapted to the Mediterranean context & Carrying out of a long term evaluation of SPA/RAC training programmes and providing recommendations for future training programmes”.

 

June – July 2018

Cruise Leader during the aerial survey for “ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative” (ASI), aimed at responding to the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area strategic objective on improving the understanding of the conservation status of cetaceans in the Mediterranean. As such, my duties included management and organization of the flights based on weather forecast, logistics constraints (e.g. flight permits availability) and research needs, data validation in the data collection software, proper back-up of collected data, and ensure that all observers knew very well the methodology and the tools. Additionally, I had also to ensure the organization of the daily life of my team by securing accommodation in the survey area for pilot and observers, follow up on accounting and keep contact with the ASI Scientific Coordinator and the ACCOBAMS Secretariat.

 

August 2017

Researcher in a study on small scale movement patterns, mother/calf communication, calf suckling behaviour and body condition of southern right whales in Augusta, Western Australia. The work included attaching non-invasive suction cup Dtags on mothers and calves and flying small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) over the whales. Project conducted by Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU) in collaboration with the Marine Bioacoustics Lab from Aarhus University.

(Research carried out under research permit from the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife and under a Murdoch University Animal Ethics Permit. UAVs are wer operated under a UAV Operator’s Certificate and Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Licence in accordance with regulations by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority).

 

February 2014

Participation in a campaign in the island of Lampedusa (Italy) for a study of Satellite Telemetry of Fin Whales. The project, orchestrated by Tethys on behalf of the Directorate for Nature Protection, of the Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, also avails itself of the collaboration of researchers from the ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale), the University of Siena, the Brazilian Aqualie Institute, the IWC (International Whaling Commission) and NOAA (the USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

The aim was to follow some fin whales by means of satellite tracking throughout their yearly movements. A few individuals were equipped with a special transmitter each, enabling them to regularly bestow their position through the Argos satellite system.

 

November 2013 and January 2014

Participation in an aerial survey carried out in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea by Tethys in Collaboration with IWC (International Whaling Commission) and ISPRA (Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) funded by the Italian Ministry of the Environment. The aim of the project was to establish presence, distribution and abundance of cetaceans in Italian waters.

 

June 2013

Organization and execution of a 1-week training course on cetacean research field techniques and dolphin-fisheries interactions monitoring for Greek scientist (in collaboration with MOm (The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal). Vonitsa, Greece.

July 2012

Organization and execution of a 1-week training course on cetacean research field techniques and dolphin-fisheries interactions monitoring for Syrian scientist (in collaboration with WWF-MedPAN; RAC-SPA). Vonitsa, Greece. Organization and execution of a 2-day Cetacean Photo-Identification Training Course. Constanta (Rumania). The training was provided to Rumanian and Bulgarian scientist. Total number of participants 22. This capacity building initiative was funded by ACCOBAMS and organized by Rumanian NGO MareNostrum. The participants received intensive training on dolphin photoidentification techniques as well as on design of survey effort and coverage and on the creation and management of a dedicated database.

 

October 2011

Organization and execution of a 1-week training course on cetacean research field techniques and dolphin-fisheries interactions monitoring for Egyptian scientist (in collaboration with WWF-MedPAN; RAC-SPA). Vonitsa, Greece.

 

October 2010 and January 2011

Participation in an aerial survey carried out in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea carried out by Tethys in Collaboration with ISPRA (Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) funded by the Italian Ministry of the Environment. The aim of the project was to establish presence, distribution and abundance of cetaceans in Italian waters.

October 2008 – February 2009

Consultant of UNEP’s Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS) for the preparation of an Action Plan for the Conservation of Cetaceans in Lebanon.

During my consultancy period I gave a lecture on the status of cetaceans in the Mediterranean and the challenges of cetacean conservation in Syria at the “Awareness day on ACCOBAMS and marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea” organized by the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW). I also organised a meeting with the main actors of the Action Plan for Conservation of Cetaceans in Syria, to explore the best ways for its implementation.

April, May and October 2008

Study on interactions between coastal dolphins and fisheries in and around the Marine Protected Area of Porto Cesareo, Italy; fieldwork included 70 interviews to local fishermen, and assessment of the fishing fleet and visual surveys at sea.

March 2008

Consultant of UNEP’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) for the preparation of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Cetaceans in Syria.

September 2005 – February 2006 

Research associate with the Group of Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals (GRUMM), University of Barcelona, directed by Prof. Alex Aguilar. Coordination and experimental design of a project consisting in monitoring the population of bottlenose dolphins in the coastal waters of the Ebro River Delta and adjacent Valencian waters, to evaluate the impact of a proposed construction of two offshore wind farms. Work at sea involved line-transect surveys and dolphin photo-identification. Acoustic monitoring of the prospected building sites and surrounding waters was carried out by means of T-PODs (self-contained cetacean echolocation loggers with dedicated signal processing software).

January 2002 – September 2006

Research associate with GRUMM (see above). Principal field investigator and data analyst for a study of the bottlenose dolphin population inhabiting the Balearic Islands, aimed to identify their distribution hotspots and to produce an Action Plan for the conservation of this species (Project LIFE2000NAT/E/7303 “Protection of Posidonia oceanica in Sites of Community Interest of the Balearic Archipelago” funded by the European Union.

September 2000 – December 2001

Participation in different projects carried out by GRUMM:

  1. Interactions between dolphins and fisheries. Testing effectiveness and impact of pingers (active acoustic devices) in the Balearic Islands. Evaluation of fisheries bycatch and collection of cetacean tissue samples on board of pair trawlers in open-ocean waters off Galicia (north-western Spain).
  2. Aerial surveys and dolphin photo-identification campaigns to identify the most important areas for the conservation of cetaceans in Spanish Mediterranean waters.

July 1999- February 2006

Regular collaborator with Tethys Research Institute in the context of a long-term study on the ecology, status and conservation of bottlenose dolphins and short-beaked common dolphins in Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago (Greece). Co-responsible for field data collection and coordinating the work of groups of project participants.

June 1998 – September 1998

As collaborator of the London Ecology Unit, organisation responsible for the management, conservation and promotion of natural parks and reserves in the London area, I worked on a project focusing on the creation of urban parks in Santiago de Chile as well as on the elaboration of public awareness and education materials.

Experience and skills

More than twenty years of field work experience and involvement in different research and management projects have given me opportunities to practice a variety of data collection techniques and develop skills related to data handling and analysis, logistics, fundraising, administration and public relation work with local Authorities and stakeholders.

I am experienced in research methods including ship-based, land-based and aerial surveys on cetaceans, individual photo-identification, behavioural sampling, remote biopsy sampling, cetacean dissection techniques and tissue sampling on stranded animals, preparation of biological samples for histological, toxicological, and genetic analyses.

Professional use of equipment including digital cameras, hand-held computers for field data collection and navigation instruments.

Holder of a no-limit nautical license. Experience operating boats up to 7m long in coastal and offshore waters. Skilled in boat and outboard engine upkeep.

I participated in several campaigns on board professional fishing boats (artisanal fishing boats in the Balearic Islands and Ionian Greece, trawlers in Galicia and Balearic Islands). I enjoy spending time with with fishermen and have interviewed 600+ in the context of dolphin-fisheries studies conducted in the Balearic Islands, Ionian Greece, Gulf of Taranto (Italy), Syria and Lebanon.

Experienced in designing and conducting public awareness actions including spoken presentations for a variety of audiences such as those of nautical clubs and recreational ports and Marinas, and to fishermen associations and cooperatives. Since 2006 I established collaborations with local educators and NGOs in Greece and carried out numerous initiatives with local schools to stimulate young students to care about dolphins and marine conservation (total audience covered to date: 3,000+ school children 5-18 years old). Since 2012 particular effort was put in encouraging boaters to provide data on their opportunistic marine mammal sightings in Greek Ionian waters, as well as to promote a basic guidelines on how to behave when encountering marine mammals at sea.

10 years of experience as swimming instructor working with people of different ages (from young children to the elderly) and with special needs (disabled children).

Editorial experience

Member of the Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology, a section of Frontiers in Marine Science. (2014-present).

Reviewer for the following scientific journals:

  • Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy
  • Chemistry and Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Journal of Cetacean Research and Management
  • Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • Journal of Mammalogy
  • Latin American Journal of Marine Mammals
  • Marine Biology Research
  • Marine Mammal Science
  • Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía (Chile)
  • Scientific Reports

Reviewer for the following conferences:

32nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, La Spezia, Italy 8-10 April, 2018

31st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Middelfart, Denmark 1-3 May, 2017

30th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society; Funchal, Madeira 14-16 March 2016.

11th Panhellenic Symposium of Oceanography and Fisheries; Mytilene, Lesvos Island 13-7th May 2015.

2nd International Marine Conservation Congress. Victoria, BC, Canada.14-18 May 2011.

Peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order)

Forcada J., Gazo M., Aguilar A., Gonzalvo J., Fernández-Contreras M. 2004. Bottlenose dolphin abundance in the NW Mediterranean: addressing heterogeneity in distribution. Marine Ecology Progress Series 275:275-287. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps275275

Bearzi G., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J., Costa M., Bonizzoni S., Politi E., Piroddi C., Reeves R.R. 2008. Overfishing and the disappearance of short-beaked common dolphins from western Greece. Endangered Species Research 5:1-12. . https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00103

Gazo M., Gonzalvo J., Aguilar A. 2008. Pingers as deterrents of bottlenose dolphins interacting with trammel nets. Fisheries Research 92(1):70-75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2007.12.016

Gonzalvo J., Valls M., Cardona L., Aguilar A. 2008. Factors ruling the interactions between common bottlenose dolphins and bottom trawlers off the Balearic archipelago (western Mediterranean). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 367(1):47-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2008.08.013

Bearzi G., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J., Bonizzoni S., Costa M., Petroselli A. 2010. Biomass removal by dolphins and fisheries in a Mediterranean Sea coastal area: do dolphins have an ecological impact on fisheries? Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20(5):549-559. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.1123

Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J., Currey R.J.C. 2011. Striped dolphins and short-beaked common dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece: abundance estimates from dorsal fin photographs. Marine Mammal Science 27(3):E165–E184. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00448.x

Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Gonzalvo J. 2011. Mid-distance movements of common bottlenose dolphins in the coastal waters of Greece. Journal of Ethology 29(2):369-374. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10164-010-0245-x

Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Gonzalvo J. 2011. Dolphins and coastal fisheries within a Marine Protected Area: mismatch between dolphin occurrence and reported depredation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 21:261-267. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.1179

Gonzalvo J., Moutopoulos D.K., Bearzi G., Stergiou K.I. 2011. Fisheries mismanagement in a Natura 2000 area in western Greece. Fisheries Management and Ecology 18(1):25-38. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2400.2010.00764.x

Piroddi C., Bearzi G., Gonzalvo J., Christensen V. 2011. From common to rare: the case of the Mediterranean common dolphin. Biological Conservation 144(10):2490-2498. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2011.07.003

 

Gonzalvo J., Forcada J., Grau E., Aguilar A. 2013. Strong site-fidelity increases vulnerability of common bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus in a mass tourism destination in the western Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315413000866

Gonzalvo J., Giovos I., Moutopoulos D.K. 2014. Fishermen perceptions in support of sustainability of small-scale fisheries and dolphin conservation in two increasingly fragile coastal ecosystems in Western Greece. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2444

Gonzalvo J., Giovos I., Mazzariol S. 2015. Prevalence of epidermal conditions in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Gulf of Ambracia, western Greece. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 463: 32–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2014.11.004

Piroddi C., Moutopoulos D.K., Gonzalvo J., Libralato S. 2015. Ecosystem health of a Mediterranean semi-enclosed embayment (Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece): Assessing changes using a modeling approach, Continental Shelf Research, Available online 17 October 2015, ISSN 0278-4343, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2015.10.007

Bräger Z., Gonzalvo J., Agazzi S., Bearzi G. 2016. Identification of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) prey using fish scale analysis. Aquatic Mammals 42: 63–73. https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.42.1.2016.63

Giovos I., Ganias K., Garagouni M., Gonzalvo J. 2016. Social Media in the Service of Conservation: a Case Study of Dolphins in the Hellenic Seas. Aquatic Mammals 42: 12–19. https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.42.1.2016.12

Bräger Zs., Moritz T., Tsikliras A.C., Gonzalvo J., Radulovic M., Staszny Á. 2016. Scale morphometry allows discrimination of European sardine Sardina pilchardus and round sardinella Sardinella aurita and among their local populations. Journal of Fish Biology 88: 1273–1281. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.12907

Gonzalvo, J., Lauriano G., Hammond P.S., Viaud-Martinez K.A., Fossi M.C., Natoli A., Marsili L. The Gulf of Ambracia’s Common Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus: A Highly Dense and yet Threatened Population. In: Giuseppe Notarbartolo Di Sciara, Michela Podestà and Barbara E. Curry, editors, Advances in Marine Biology, Vol. 75, Oxford: Academic Press, 2016, pp. 259-296. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.amb.2016.07.002

Giovos, I., Moutopoulos, D.K., Charitou, A., Gonzalvo, J., 2018. Primary school students’ awareness about cetaceans in Greece. Applied Environmental Education & Communication 23, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2018.1523694

Reports and Action Plans

Gazo M., Forcada J., Aguilar A., Fernández-Contreras M., Borrell A., Gonzalvo J., Tornero V. 2004. Zonas de Especial Interés para la conservación de cetáceos en Cataluña y Baleares. Pp. 15-65 in: J.A. Raga, J. Pantoja (Eds.), Proyecto Mediterráneo: Zonas de Especial Interés para la Conservación de Cetáceos en el Mediterráneo Español. Ministerio Español de Medio Ambiente, Dirección General para la Biodiversidad. Book and DVD documentary on research techniques for cetacean studies.

Gonzalvo J., Revelles M., Carreras C., Cardona L. 2005. Marine mammals and sea turtles in the Gulf of Sirte, Libya. Report to Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Group of Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals (GRUMM), University of Barcelona. 30 pp.

Bearzi G., Gonzalvo J. 2006. Ecosystem structure and dolphin-fisheries interactions in a “natural laboratory”: the Amvrakikos Gulf. Report to UNEP’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) on the activities conducted between March-June 2006 (MOU #17/RAC/SPA/2005). 33 pp.

Bearzi G., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J., Bonizzoni S., Costa M., Petroselli A., Politi E. 2008. Ionian Dolphin Project. Kalamos area and Amvrakikos Gulf. Report on the activities conducted between July 1991 and September 2008 in the eastern Ionian Sea, Greece. Tethys Research Institute Report. 41 pp.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G. 2008. Action Plan for the conservation of cetaceans in Syria. UNEP’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC-SPA). Contract 39/2007_RAC/SPA. 45 pp.

Gonzalvo J. 2008. Report on the Implementation of the National Action Plan for the Conservation of Cetaceans in Syria. Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), Monaco. Contract 16/2008. 11 pp.

Gonzalvo J. 2009. Action Plan for the conservation of cetaceans in Lebanon. Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), Monaco. 42 pp.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G. 2010. Bottlenose dolphins in the Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece, qualify as Endangered based on IUCN Red List criteria. 6th Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee. Casablanca, 11-13 January 2010.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G. 2010. Vanishing of short-beaked common dolphins from one of their last Mediterranean strongholds: the announced result of fisheries mismanagement. 6th Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee. Casablanca, 11-13 January 2010.

Gonzalvo J. 2011. Delphinus delphis: Terms of Reference of a common workshop with GFCM. Seventh Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee. Monaco, 29th-31st March 2011.

Gonzalvo J. and Giovos I. 2013. Ionian Dolphin Project. Report to the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change on the activities conducted between 1991 and 2013 in the Gulf of Ambracia and Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. Tethys Research Institute Report. 56 pp.

Gonzalvo J. and Giovos I. 2014. Ionian Dolphin Project. Report to Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change on the Activities Conducted Between 1991 and 2014 in The Gulf of Ambracia and Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. 68 pp.

Gonzalvo J. 2015. Ionian Dolphin Project. Report to  the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change , and to Ministry of Rural Development and Food on the Activities Conducted Between 1991 and 2015 in The Gulf of Ambracia and Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. A report by the Tethys Research Institute. 77 pp.

Gonzalvo J. 2016. Ionian Dolphin Project. Report to Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy And Climate Change , and to Ministry of Rural Development and Food on the Activities Conducted Between 1991 and 2016 in The Gulf of Ambracia and Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. A report by the Tethys Research Institute. 85 pp.

Gonzalvo J. 2017. Ionian Dolphin Project. Report to Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy And Climate Change , and to Ministry of Rural Development and Food on the Activities Conducted Between 1991 and 2017 in The Gulf of Ambracia and Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. A report by the Tethys Research Institute. 101 pp.

Conference presentations and proceedings

Gonzalvo J., Gazo M., Aguilar A. 2001. Distribution and school size patterns of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in northern Spanish Mediterranean waters. 15th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Rome, 6-10 May 2001.

Gonzalvo J., Gazo M., Aguilar A. 2002. Distribution patterns of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off the Balearic Islands. 16th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Liege, 7-11 April 2002.

Gonzalvo J., Aguilar A. 2003. A survey of the Balearic Islands population of bottlenose dolphins. 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, 14-19 December 2003.

Gonzalvo J., Aguilar A. 2004. Photoidentification of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Balearic Islands. 18th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Kolmarden, Sweden, 28-31 March 2004.

Bearzi G., Politi E., Agazzi S., Bruno S., Costa M., Bonizzoni S., Gonzalvo J. 2004. The short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) decline in eastern Ionian Sea coastal waters. (Oral presentation by Joan Gonzalvo). European Cetacean Society Workshop: Research on European Common Dolphins: Threats and Issues. 18th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Kolmarden, Sweden, 28-31 March 2004.

Alvarez de Quevedo I., Gozalbes P., Agustí C., Gonzalvo J., Ferrer X., Raga J. A., Aguilar A. 2007. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) of planned offshore windfarms in the Mediterranean coast of Spain. 21st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, San Sebastián, Spain, 22-25 April 2007.

Gonzalvo J. 2007. Marine conservation as a common goal: the benefits of communication between marine biologists and artisanal fishermen. Pp. 15-16 in: D. Maldini, D. Meck Maher, D. Troppoli, M. Studer, J. Goebel (Eds.), Translating scientific results into conservation actions: new roles, challenges and solutions for 21st Century scientists. Earthwatch Institute, Maynard MA, USA.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G., Agazzi, S., Piroddi C. 2008. Fisheries and the decline of short-beaked common dolphins in western Greece. 22nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 10-12 March 2008.

Pereszlényi Z., Bearzi G., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J. 2009. Feeding behaviour of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece. 5th “Ecology & Behaviour” Meeting, Lyon, France, 6-10 April 2009.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G. 2011. The Challenges of Dolphin Conservation in the Eastern Ionian Sea Coastal Waters, Greece. 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress. Victoria, BC, Canada. 14-18 May 2011.

Giovos I., Gonzalvo J. 2013. Prevalence of a particularly severe skin condition among common bottlenose dolphins from the Amvrakikos Gulf, western Greece. 27th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Setúbal, Portugal 8 – 10 April 2013.

Gonzalvo J. 2014. Marine conservation as a common goal: benefits of communication between researchers and fishermen. Workshop “Marine stewardship: Setting the grounds to establish a European framework” held at the LandLife Congress 2014; Barcelona, Spain 5-8 November 2014.

Piroddi, C., Moutopoulos, D., Gonzalvo, J., Libralato, S. 2015. Using an ecosystem modelling approach to assess the health status of a Mediterranean semi-enclosed embayment (Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece). 2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Granada, Spain 22-27 February 2015.

Gonzalvo, J., Vighi, M., Salvador, C., Giovos, I., Genov, T., Borrell, A. 2015. Diet of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) of the Gulf of Ambracia, Greece, through stable isotope analysis. 29th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society. St. Julians, Malta, 23-25 March 2015.

Gonzalvo J., Notarbartolo di Sciara G. 2015. All that glitters is not gold: high density of bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Ambracia (Greece) conceals their endangered status. 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

Gonzalvo J., Notarbartolo di Sciara G., Mazzariol S. 2015. Working towards a Mediterranean Dolphin Refuge. Many questions… very few answers.
Workshop
: “Sea-Pen Sanctuaries: Progressing Towards Better Welfare for Captive Cetaceans.” 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

Moutopoulos D.K., Libralato S., Piroddi C., Gonzalvo, J. 2016. Linking environmental, climatic and human-induced impacts on a Mediterranean semi-enclosed embayment (Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece): a food-web modelling approach. Second Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation, 1-5 February 2016, Real Marina Hotel and Spa, Olhão, Portugal.

Libralato S., Moutopoulos D., Piroddi C., Gonzalvo J., 2016. Integrating environmental, climatic and human processes on a Mediterranean semi-enclosed embayment (Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece): a food web modelling approach for assessing ecosystem status. MSEAS 2016, Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments, 30 May – 3 June 2016, Brest, France.

Giovos I., Ganias K., Garagouni M., Gonzalvo J. 2016. Devils or saints: disentangling fishermen vs. public perceptions towards cetaceans in the Greek society. Historic.l Ecology of Semi-Enclosed Basins: Past, Present And Future of Seas at Risk, 3-4 October, Chioggia Venice, Italy

Gonzalvo J., Giovos I. 2017. The last Samurai: who said bottlenose dolphins are not tough? 31st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Middelfart, Denmark 1-3 May, 2017.

Gonzalvo J., Notarbartolo di Sciara G. 2017. The importance of safeguarding the presence of Mediterranean Monk Seal in the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago. 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: “2017: A Marine Mammal Odyssey, Eh!”, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 22-27 October 2017.

Gonzalvo J. 2017. The Importance of National Action Plans for the Conservation of Cetaceans. 4th Biennial Conference on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries (CSMC4), Oran, Algeria 11-13 November 2017.

Gonzalvo J., Agazzi S. 2018. A Finless Common Bottlenose Dolphin Successfully Coping with Its Twist of Fate. 32nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, La Spezia, Italy 8-10 April, 2018.

Sciancalepore G., Gonzalvo J., Pierantonio N., GriggioM., Bonato M. 2018. First characterization of whistles produced by common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) of the Gulf of Ambracia, Greece. 32nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, La Spezia, Italy 8-10 April, 2018.

Consales G., Gonzalvo J., Genov T., Orlandi F., Amico C., Marsili L. 2018. First Assessment of organochlorine levels in three different cetacean species in the Greek Ionian Sea. 32nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, La Spezia, Italy 8-10 April, 2018.

Pedrotti D., Centelleghe C., Bonato M., Gonzalvo J., Gili C., Esposti E., Mazzariol S. 2018. The Possible Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drone) to Collect Informations on Wild Cetaceans Health Status. 32nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, La Spezia, Italy 8-10 April, 2018.

Giovos I., Drougas A., Komnenou A., Gonzalvo J. 2018. The alarming case of the dolphin-fisheries interaction in Thermaic Gulf, Greece. 32nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, La Spezia, Italy 8-10 April, 2018.

Invited participation in meetings and seminars

2007     Invited speaker, workshop “Translating scientific results into conservation actions: new roles, challenges and solutions for 21st Century scientists”. Workshop held at the Earthwatch Institute Conference 1-3 March 2006, Boston MA, USA.

2007     Invited speaker, “The Ionian Dolphin Project. Studies on two populations of dolphins in the Eastern Ionian Sea coastal waters, Greece”. 5 March at the New England Aquarium, Boston MA, USA.

2008     Invited speaker. “Conservation of coastal dolphins in the Eastern Ionian Sea”. Lecture Dolphins across the Med organized by Earthwatch on the 27 March, at the Royal Geographical Society, London, U.K.

2008     Invited speaker by the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW), at the Awareness Day on the Cetaceans and Marine Mammals in the Mediterranean. Event supported by ACCOBAMS. Oral presentation “The National Action Plan for the Conservation of cetaceans in Syria: why, what and how”. 30 October, Tartous, Syria.

2008     Invited speaker. Workshop organized by ACCOBAMS and National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) on the implementation of the Agreement in Lebanon. Oral presentation “The National Action Plan for the Conservation of cetaceans in Lebanon”. Event held on 5-6 November at the Ministry of Agriculture in Beirut, Lebanon.

2010    Invited observer at 6th Meeting of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS. Casablanca, 11-13 January 2010.

2011    Representative of Tethys Research Institute at the meeting of OCEAN2012 Italian member group. Rome, 4 February 2011.

2011    Invited observer at 7th Meeting of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS. Monaco, 29-31 March 2011.

2011    Invited speaker. Workshop “Planning for Sustainable Tourism in MPAs” organized by WWF-MedPAN and RAC-SPA. Split, Croatia, 3-5 October 2011.

2014     Invited speaker. Workshop “Marine stewardship: Setting the grounds to establish a European framework” held at the LandLife Congress 2014; Barcelona, Spain 5-8 November 2014.

2015     Invited speaker. Workshop: “Sea-Pen Sanctuaries: Progressing Towards Better Welfare for Captive Cetaceans.” 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

2016     Invited speaker. “Will There Be Any Reward for Common Dolphin Perseverance?” 1st International Workshop “Conservation and research networking on short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the Mediterranean Sea”. Ischia Island, Italy, 13-15 April 2016.

2016     Invited speaker. “Life in the wild versus dolphinaria. Towards a Dolphin Refuge at sea”. International Workshop Towards a Sea Refuge for Dolphins; Rome, Italy, 13th May 2016.

Conferences and workshops attended

3rd European Seminar on Marine Mammals: Biology and Conservation, Universitat Internacional Manéndez Pelayo, Valencia, Spain, 11-15 September 2000

15th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Rome, Italy, 6-10 May 2001

Europhlukes Scientific Conference, Madeira, Portugal, 22-25 November 2002

Seminar: “Introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems for the management of Natural Parks and Natural Reserves”, Technologic Centre of Forestry of Catalonia, Solsona, Spain, 1-15 December 2002

16th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Liege, Belgium, 7-11 April 2002

15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, Greensboro NC, USA, 14-19 December 2003

Workshop: “Applications of Geographic Information Systems on the research and management of cetacean populations”, Greensboro NC, USA, 13 December 2003

Workshop: “Digital photography applied to the study of marine mammals”, Society for Marine Mammalogy, Greensboro NC, USA, 13 December 2003

18th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Kolmarden, Sweden, 28-31 March 2004

Workshop: “Europhlukes and the application of photo-identification techniques”, Kolmarden, Sweden, 27 March 2004

Workshop: “Research on European common dolphins: threats and issues”, Kolmarden, Sweden, 31 March 2004

Workshop: “Translating scientific results into conservation actions: new roles, challenges and solutions for 21st Century scientists”, Earthwatch Institute Conference, Boston MA, USA, 1-3 March 2006,

22nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 10-12 March 2008.

2nd International Marine Conservation Congress. Victoria, BC, Canada. 14-18 May 2011.

Workshop: “Planning for Sustainable Tourism in MPAs” organized by WWF-MedPAN and RAC-SPA. Split, Croatia, 3-5 October 2011.

Workshop “Marine stewardship: Setting the grounds to establish a European framework” held at the LandLife Congress 2014; Barcelona, Spain 5-8 November 2014.

29th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society. St. Julians, Malta, 23-25 March 2015.

21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

Workshop: “Sea-Pen Sanctuaries: Progressing Towards Better Welfare for Captive Cetaceans.” 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

1st International Workshop “Conservation and research networking on short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the Mediterranean Sea”. Ischia Island, Italy, 13-15 April 2016.

Towards a Dolphin Refuge at sea”. International Workshop Towards a Sea Refuge for Dolphins; Rome, Italy, 13th May 2016.

1st International Workshop to implement a new tool for conservation — Important Marine Mammal Areas IMMAs — Chania, Greece, 24-28 October 2016.

30th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal 14-16 March 2016.

31st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Middelfart, Denmark 1-3 May, 2017.

22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: “2017: A Marine Mammal Odyssey, Eh!”, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 22-27 October 2017.

4th Biennial Conference on Cetacean Conservation in South Mediterranean Countries (CSMC4), Oran, Algeria 11-13 November 2017.

Supervision of graduate and undergraduate students

Alice Bartalini. 2013. Vallutazione dello Stato Tossicologico da Organoclorurati della Popolazione di Tursiopi (Tursiops truncatus) del Golfo di Ambracia (Grecia Ionica). Evaluation of Toxicological Status by organochlorines of the bottlenose dolphin population (Tursiops truncatus) in the Gulf of Ambracia (Ionian Greece). Degree in Environmental Sciences, University of Siena, Italy.

Kristyn Kleman. 2016. Comparative Study on Behavior of Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus) and Short-Beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus Delphis) in the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. MSc in Marine Biology. Nova Southeastern University, FL, USA.

Beatrice Savinelli. 2016. Reproductive success of bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus in the Gulf of Ambracia (Greece). Degree in Natural Sciences, University of Milan, Italy.

Guia Consales. 2017. Top Predators Marini ed Accumulo di Organoclorurati: Il Mar Mediterraneo a Confronto con Altre Aree del Mondo. Top Marine Predators and Accumulation of Organochlorines: Comparison between the Mediterranean Sea and other Areas. MSc in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability, University of Siena, Italy.

Carmen Andrés Hervías. 2018. Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) interaction with the fish farms in the Gulf of Ambracia (Greece). MSc in Oceanography, University of Barcelona, Spain.