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Federico Fanti

Associate Professor

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).


2023 / 2027 PI, five-year agreement with the Institute of Paleontology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences for the ‘Nemegt Educational Expeditions’ project to promote research on Mongolian dinosaur and geoheritage (4 weeks of field activities per year)

2022 / present PI, Accordo Quadro with Elettra Sincrotrone Facility, partners. Dip. BiGeA (UniBo), Dip. Matematica e Geoscienze (UniTs), Zoic s.r.l. (Ts), Elettra Sincrotrone (Ts). X-ray μCT and diffraction analyses on fossil remains.

2022 / present co-PI with prof. P. Thibault (UniTs), Fossils in carbonate: characterization and modeling by high-throughput multimodal X-ray tomography, Elettra Sincrotrone (Ts)

2019 / present PI, taphonomy and vertebrate diversity of the ‘Villaggio del Pescatore’ site, Trieste, Italy, in collaboration with Field Museum Chicago, Vigo University, Trieste University, CNR Trieste, Museo Storia Naturale Trieste, Torino University

2016 / present PI, 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 (2 weeks of fieldwork per year)

2015 / present PI, geology, taphonomy: ‘Southern Alberta Dinosaur Project’ in collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller, Alberta), Cleveland Museum of Natural History (3 weeks of field activities per year)

2015 / present PI: stratigraphy, taphonomy: ‘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, stratigraphy, paleoecology: ‘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) (2 weeks of fieldworks per year)

2014 / 2018 ‘Project Prača Valley: the Govjestica cave, (Bosnia), in collaboration with Gruppo Speleologico Bolognese, Unione Speleologica Bolognese

2014 / 2017 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 Dott. Federico Fanti , CV pag. 5

2011 / 2013 PI: field activities in the Lebap Province, eastern Turkmenistan. Prospecting activities and acquisition of high-resolution data and 3D images from two dinosaur tracksites (four field campaigns). Chair, UNESCO committee for the institution of the Lebap Geosite formal candidacy.

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 / 2015 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) 2009 PI: field activities (including prospecting and sampling) in the Chihuahua state, Mexico, for ‘The Chihuahua state GeoPark’ project

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

2005 / 2016 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.

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