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Federico Fanti

Associate Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: GEO/01 Paleontology and Paleoecology

Short Bio

I was born in Bologna, Italy in 1981. I was awarded my Master in 2005 and my Ph.D. in Earth Sciences in 2009 and I am currently Associate Professor at the University of Bologna at the BiGeA departiment and scientific director for the Geology Collections 'Museo Giovanni Capellini'. I am Referee for the Public Engagement for the University of Bologna and member of the Presidio di Qualità di Ateneo.

I am a sedimentary geologist and a vertebrate paleontologist investigating how local or large-scale palaeocological dynamics as documented in sedimentary rocks drive evolutionary patterns in the fossil record via adaptations and extinction events. In other words, who lives, who dies, and most importantly: why? I crossed the globe for the past 20 years to study ancient life through filed-oriented projects in Europe, Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Africa, and Australia.

I am coordinator of the research group on Vertebrate Paleontology - FantiLab in Bologna

I am affiliated to the IUGS-Initiative on Forensic Geology Committee as the Forensic Palaeontology Adviser. I am a National Geographic Explorer, working on exploration and science communication.

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Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali
Piazza di Porta S.Donato 1, Bologna - Go to map

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