Paleoecologia e paleobiogeografia, in particolare di dinosauri
ed altri vertebrati mesozoici associati; variazione della
biodiversità delle faune a vertebrati in relazione ai cambiamenti
ambientali e climatici; stratigrafia e sedimentologia applicata
allo studio di giacimenti a vertebrati; sedimentologia,
stratigrafia e stratigrafia sequenziale di successioni
continentali; applicazioni di tecnologie laser 3D e
fotogrammetriche allo studio di reperti fossili; documentazione
scientifica a supporto dello sviluppo di geositi ad interesse
paleontologico; museologia e storia della paleontologia.
Progetti di Ricerca e sul terreno
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 http://decouvrirtataouine.net [http://decouvrirtataouine.net/]
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.