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Federico Fanti

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: GEO/01 Paleontology and Paleoecology


High-resolution stratigraphy, sedimentology and geochemistry applied to the study of fossil associations; sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of non-marine successions; Jurassic and Cretaceous vertebrates palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography; changes in vertebrate diversity and adaptations with respect to paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic dynamics; paleogeography; quantitative and statistical analyses of macro- and microfossil assemblages; museology and history of palaeontology; scientific background coordination for the development of Geosites (following Unesco standards).


2016 – present: PI, geological research Geochemical fingerprinting of Gobi Dinosaurs, in collaboration With the University of Alberta, University of New England, Institute of Paleontology and Geology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences

2015 - present: PI, geological research: ‘Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project’ in collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

2015 - present: PI: geological research: ‘Opalized dinosaurs from Lightinig Ridge’ in Collaboration with the University of New England (New South Wales, Australia), Australian Geographic Society and Australian Opale Center.

2014- present: PI, ‘New Dinosaurs from Extreme Environments of Tunisia and the Mesozoic Europe-Africa Faunal Interchange’, granted by the National Geographic Society in collaboration with the Office National Des Mines, Tunis

2014: PI, geological research: ‘Diversity Dynamics at the End of the Mesozoic: Uncovering the Vertebrate Biodiversity of the Wapiti Formation, west-central Alberta, Canada’ (Northern Alberta Dinosaur Project, in collaboration with the University of Alberta and the Uppsala University)

2014 - present: PI, ‘Project Prača Valley: the Govjestica cave, (Bosnia), in collaboration with Gruppo Speleologico Bolognese, Unione Speleologica Bolognese

2011 – 2013: PI: field activities in the Lebap Province, eastern Turkmenistan. Prospecting activities and acquisition of high-resolution data and 3D images from two tracksites (four field campaigns).

2010: Field activities (crew) in the Yukon-Charlie River National Park (Alaska, U.S.A.) for the ‘Late Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystem of the ancient arctic of Alaska and Canada’ project.

2009 – Present: PI: field activities in southern Tunisia (Tataouine region) in collaboration with the Integrated Geoscience Research Group of Ravenna (IGRG), and the Office des Mines (Tunis) (two field campaign per year). See also []

2009: PI: field activities (including prospecting and sampling) in the Chihuahua state, Mexico, for ‘The Chihuahua state GeoPark’ project

2007, 2010: field activities (crew) in the Nemegt Basin, southern Mongolia. Preparation of vertebrate specimens and acquisition of data with 3D laser scan.

2005–Present: coordinator, field activities (including prospecting, sampling, and acquisition of fossil remains) in the Grande Prairie region (Alberta, Canada) and Tumbler Ridge district (British Columbia, Canada) for the Ph.D. research project and for the ‘Dinosaur and Palaeoenvironments of the Wapiti Formation, Alberta’ project (two field campaign per year).

2004: Crew, ‘Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Stratigraphy and Environments of Alberta’ project, in west-central Alberta and British Columbia, Canada, in collaboration with the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

2003: Crew, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada. ‘Centrosaurus Bonebed 91’ project for the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.