Massimiliano Drago

biólogo, investigador de bichos y otras cosas

CV (english)

 

EDUCATION

-2010: European PhD in Biology at the University of Barcelona (Faculty of Biology, Department of Animal Biology), Spain. Thesis title: Diet and population dynamics of the South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens) in Patagonia. Mark: Excellent cum laude. Supervisor: Dr. Luis Cardona and Dr. Alejandro Aguilar

2006: Master in Zoology at the University of Barcelona (Faculty of Biology, Department of Animal Biology), Spain. Thesis title: Variables affecting the growth of South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens) pups in the North of Patagonia. Mark: Excellent. Supervisor: Dr. Luis Cardona and Dr. Alejandro Aguilar

-2002: Degree in Biological Science (specialized in Marine Biology) at the University of Catania (Faculty of Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences), Italy. Thesis title: Seasonal distribution of the striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) in the Gulf of Catania, Ionian Sea. Mark: 110/110. Supervisor: Prof. Angelo Messina

 RESEARCH ACTIVITY

 Participation in research projects 

 -2012: “Variables affecting the population dynamics of South American sea lions (Otaria flavescens) in breeding colonies of Uruguay”. Project funded by Zoological Park of Barcelona.  Main Researcher: Dr. Massimiliano Drago (University of Barcelona).

-2011: “Threats to the conservation of the southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) in the southern Atlantic due to commercial fishing”. Project funded by Zoological Park of Barcelona.  Main Researcher:  Dr. Filippo Galimberti (Elephant Seal Research Group) and Dr. Massimiliano Drago (University of Barcelona).

2010: Demographic relevance of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) mortality as a result of bycatch by the Spanish long-line fleet in the Mediterranean”. Project funded by Programa Nacional de I+D de Biodiversidad. Main researcher: Dr. Alejandro Aguilar Vila (University of Barcelona)

2009: Effects of human exploitation on apex predators and food web structure in the Argentine sea over the last 6000 years”. Project funded by the BBVA Foundation. Main researcher: Dr. Alejandro Aguilar Vila (University of Barcelona)

2007: “Assessment of mother-to-pup isotope fractionation in blood of the South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens) in captivity”. Main researcher: Dr. Massimiliano Drago (University of Barcelona)

2005: “Study of the threats to marine mammal conservation in Patagonia”. Project funded by the BBVA Foundation. Main researcher: Dr. J. Antonio Raga Esteve (University of Valencia)

2003: “Play behaviour of two bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) calves born at the Zoological Park of Barcelona”. Main researcher: Dr. Carmen Maté (University of Pompeu Fabra)

2001: “Cetacean spatial distribution analysis within the Gulf of Catania (Ionian Sea) using G.I.S. techniques of spatial analysis and spatial modelling”. Main researcher: Dr. L. Mario Tringali (University of Catania)

1999: “Fishery-cetacean interaction in the Gulf of Catania, Ionian Sea”. Project funded by the Sea Councillor’s office of the district of Catania (Italy). Main researcher: Prof. Angelo Messina (University of Catania)

Techniques 

-Stable isotope analysis

-Heavy metal analysis

-Energy content analysis

-Craniometric analysis

-Immunological analysis

-Demographic analysis

Field experiences 

2011: Sampling campaign on the South America sea lion (Otaria flavescens) in Isla de Lobos (Uruguay). Main researcher: Valentina Franco Trecu (University ofUruguay)

2007: Sampling campaign on the South America sea lion (Otaria flavescens) in the north of Patagonia (Argentina). Main researcher: Dr. Enrique A. Crespo (Centro Nacional Patagónico)

2006: Sampling campaign on the South America sea lion (Otaria flavescens) in the north of Patagonia (Argentina). Main researcher: Dr. Enrique A. Crespo (Centro Nacional Patagónico)

2005: Sampling campaign on the South America sea lion (Otaria flavescens) in the north of Patagonia (Argentina). Main researcher: Dr. Enrique A. Crespo (Centro Nacional Patagónico)

2001: Sighting campaign on the striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) in the Gulf of Catania, Ionian Sea (Italy). Main researcher: Prof. Angelo Messina (University ofCatania)

2000: Monitoring campaign on fishery-cetacean interaction in the Gulf of Catania, Ionian Sea (Italy). Main researcher: Prof. Angelo Messina (University ofCatania)

2000: Sighting campaign on the striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), in the Gulf of Catania, Ionian Sea (Italy). Main researcher: Prof. Angelo Messina (University ofCatania)

1999: Monitoring campaign on fishery-cetacean interaction in the Gulf of Catania, Ionian Sea (Italy). Main researcher: Prof. Angelo Messina (University ofCatania)

1999: Sighting campaign on thestriped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), in the Gulf of Catania, Ionian Sea (Italy). Main researcher: Prof. Angelo Messina (University ofCatania)