Joan Gonzalvo

Last update: October 2016

Joan Gonzalvo, born in Barcelona, is a Catalan biologist whose main research interest is the conservation of the marine environment and, more specifically, the study and conservation of cetaceans.

Joan holds a Ph.D. in Biodiversity from the University of Barcelona. In 1999 he started his collaboration with the Tethys Research Institute. Since 2007, he is member of Tethys’ Board of Directors. Between 2000 and 2005, Joan was a member of the Group for the Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals at the University of Barcelona. He has participated in a number of diverse projects involving work on dolphin-fisheries interactions, dolphin population estimates and behavioural studies with the aim of producing sound information to promote conservation action. For almost two decades he has spent 1,000+ hours observing dolphin groups in their natural environment in different Mediterranean locations and has designed and executed numerous public awareness campaigns. Joan is experienced in research methods including ship-based, land-based and aerial surveys on cetaceans, individual photo-identification, behavioural sampling, remote biopsy sampling, cetacean dissection techniques and tissue sampling on stranded animals. He is regularly engaged in training and teaching young scientist wanting to gain experience in cetacean research.

In addition, Joan has worked as consultant of the UNEP’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) and for the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS) on the preparation of Action Plans for the Conservation of Cetaceans in Syria and Lebanon, respectively. In March 2015 became a Council member of the European Cetacean Society. Since 2006 his research is carried out mainly in western Greece, where he leads the Ionian Dolphin Project. He speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, Italian and Greek.

Education

  • Diploma de Estudios Avanzados / Diploma of Advanced Studies (2003) Thesis: “Distribution and abundance of the population of bottlenose dolphin in the Balearic Archipelago”.
  • BSc (Bachelor of Science) in Animal Biology, East London University, London, U.K. (1999)
  • Scientific High School, La Salle Condal, Barcelona, Spain (1990)

Major professional interests

  • Cetacean ecology and behaviour
  • Development of strategies for cetacean management and conservation
  • Interactions between marine mammals and fisheries
  • Design and execution of public awareness and education campaigns

Present positions

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Tethys Research Institute
  • Council member of the European Cetacean Society
  • Research associate of the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio) University of Barcelona · Department of Animal Biology 

Past positions

  • 1999 – 2006     Member, Tethys Research Institute
  • 2000 – 2006     Member, Group of Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals (GRUMM), University of    Barcelona

 Languages

    Fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English and Italian. Good knowledge of Modern Greek.

Work experience

  • March 2006 – date

Since March 2006 I concentrate my research effort and fieldwork primarily in western Greece, where I am in charge of dolphin research and conservation in the context of Tethys Research Institute’s Ionian Dolphin Project (www.ioniandolphinproject.org). This involves: a) regular boat-based visual surveys in the Gulf of Ambracia and adjacent open waters; b) photo-identification of individual dolphins, behavioural sampling, recording of various environmental data; c) training of research assistants, mostly graduated students doing their MSc thesis; d) monitoring of local fisheries and evaluation of their impact on the ecosystem, also paying attention to conflict deriving from interactions with dolphins and other marine fauna; and e) development of public awareness campaigns involving local schools, fishermen cooperatives, authorities and boaters.

Between 2006 and 2010 I acted as co-principal investigator, together with Giovanni Bearzi, and I was in charge of the Earthwatch Institute’s “Dolphins of Greece” expedition (500+ eco-volunteers participated in this project between 2006-2013).

Since 2011 I became the Program Manager for the Ionian Dolphin Project, which covers the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago and the Gulf of Ambracia.

Since 2007 I am member of the Board of Directors of Tethys Research Institute

 

  • February 2014

Participation in a campaign in the island of Lampedusa (Italy) for a study of Satellite Telemetry  of Fin Whales. The project, orchestrated by Tethys on behalf of the Directorate for Nature Protection, of the Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, also avails itself of the collaboration of researchers from the ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale), the University of Siena, the Brazilian Aqualie Institute, the IWC (International Whaling Commission)and NOAA (the USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

The aim was to follow some fin whales by means of satellite tracking throughout their yearly movements. A few individuals were equipped with a special transmitter each, enabling them to regularly bestow their position through the Argos satellite system.

 

  • November 2013 and January 2014

Participation in an aerial survey carried out in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea by Tethys in Collaboration with IWC (International Whaling Commission) and ISPRA (Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) funded by the Italian Ministry of the Environment. The aim of the project was to establish presence, distribution and abundance of cetaceans in Italian waters.

 

  • June 2013

Organization and execution of a 1-week training course on cetacean research field techniques and dolphin-fisheries interactions monitoring for Greek scientist (in collaboration with MOm (The Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal). Vonitsa, Greece.

 

  • July 2012

Organization and execution of a 1-week training course on cetacean research field techniques and dolphin-fisheries interactions monitoring for Syrian scientist (in collaboration with WWF-MedPAN; RAC-SPA). Vonitsa, Greece.

Organization and execution of a 2-day Cetacean Photo-Identification Training Course. Constanta (Rumania). The training was provided to Rumanian and Bulgarian scientist. Total number of participants 22. This capacity building initiative was funded by ACCOBAMS and organized by Rumanian NGO MareNostrum. The participants received intensive training on dolphin photoidentification techniques as well as on design of survey effort and coverage and on the creation and management of a dedicated database.

 

  • October 2011

Organization and execution of a 1-week training course on cetacean research field techniques and dolphin-fisheries interactions monitoring for Egyptian scientist (in collaboration with WWF-MedPAN; RAC-SPA). Vonitsa, Greece.

 

  • October 2010 and January 2011

Participation in an aerial survey carried out in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea carried out by Tethys in Collaboration with ISPRA (Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) funded by the Italian Ministry of the Environment. The aim of the project was to establish presence, distribution and abundance of cetaceans in Italian waters.

 

  • October 2008 – February 2009

Consultant of UNEP’s Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic area (ACCOBAMS) for the preparation of an Action Plan for the Conservation of Cetaceans in Lebanon.

During my consultancy period I gave a lecture on the status of cetaceans in the Mediterranean and the challenges of cetacean conservation in Syria at the “Awareness day on ACCOBAMS and marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea” organized by the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW). I also organised a meeting with the main actors of the Action Plan for Conservation of Cetaceans in Syria, to explore the best ways for its implementation.

 

  • April, May and October 2008

Study on interactions between coastal dolphins and fisheries in and around the Marine Protected Area of Porto Cesareo, Italy; fieldwork included 70 interviews to local fishermen, and assessment of the fishing fleet and visual surveys at sea.

 

  • March 2008

Consultant of UNEP’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) for the preparation of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Cetaceans in Syria.

 

  • September 2005 – February 2006 

Research associate with the Group of Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals (GRUMM), University of Barcelona, directed by Prof. Alex Aguilar. Coordination and experimental design of a project consisting in monitoring the population of bottlenose dolphins in the coastal waters of the Ebro River Delta and adjacent Valencian waters, to evaluate the impact of a proposed construction of two offshore wind farms. Work at sea involved line-transect surveys and dolphin photo-identification. Acoustic monitoring of the prospected building sites and surrounding waters was carried out by means of T-PODs (self-contained cetacean echolocation loggers with dedicated signal processing software).

 

  • January 2002 – September 2006

Research associate with GRUMM (see above). Principal field investigator and data analyst for a study of the bottlenose dolphin population inhabiting the Balearic Islands, aimed to identify their distribution hotspots and to produce an Action Plan for the conservation of this species (Project LIFE2000NAT/E/7303 “Protection of Posidonia oceanica in Sites of Community Interest of the Balearic Archipelago” funded by the European Union.

 

  • September 2000 – December 2001

Participation in different projects carried out by GRUMM:

1. Interactions between dolphins and fisheries. Testing effectiveness and impact of pingers (active acoustic devices) in the Balearic Islands. Evaluation of fisheries bycatch and collection of cetacean tissue samples on board of pair trawlers in open-ocean waters off Galicia (north-western Spain).

2. Aerial surveys and dolphin photo-identification campaigns to identify the most important areas for the conservation of cetaceans in Spanish Mediterranean waters.

 

  • July 1999- February 2006

Regular collaborator with Tethys Research Institute in the context of a long-term study on the ecology, status and conservation of bottlenose dolphins and short-beaked common dolphins in Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago (Greece). Co-responsible for field data collection and coordinating the work of groups of project participants.

 

  • June 1998 – September 1998

As collaborator of the London Ecology Unit, organisation responsible for the management, conservation and promotion of natural parks and reserves in the London area, I worked on a project focusing on the creation of urban parks in Santiago de Chile as well as on the elaboration of public awareness and education materials.

 

Experience and skills

Almost 20 years of field work experience and involvement in different research and management projects have given me opportunities to practice a variety of data collection techniques and develop skills related to data handling and analysis, logistics, fundraising, administration and public relation work with local Authorities and stakeholders.

I am experienced in research methods including ship-based, land-based and aerial surveys on cetaceans, individual photo-identification, behavioural sampling, remote biopsy sampling, cetacean dissection techniques and tissue sampling on stranded animals, preparation of biological samples for histological, toxicological, and genetic analyses.

Good knowledge of software including ArcView GIS and image processing applications. Familiar with the use of pingers (acoustic deterrent devices), T-PODs (self-contained cetacean echolocation logger with signal processing software designed to detect porpoises or dolphins by their sounds) and with the design of their attachment and mooring systems.

Professional use of equipment including digital cameras, hand-held computers for field data collection and navigation instruments.

Holder of a no-limit nautical license. Experience operating boats up to 7m long in coastal and offshore waters. Skilled in boat and outboard engine upkeep.

I participated in several campaigns on board professional fishing boats (artisanal fishing boats in the Balearic Islands and Ionian Greece, trawlers in Galicia and Balearic Islands). I am good at establishing friendly relationships with fishermen and have interviewed 500+ in the context of dolphin-fisheries studies conducted in the Balearic Islands, Ionian Greece, Gulf of Taranto (Italy), Syria and Lebanon.

Experienced in designing and conducting public awareness actions including spoken presentations for a variety of audiences such as those of nautical clubs and recreational ports and Marinas, and to fishermen associations and cooperatives. Since 2006 I established collaborations with local educators and NGOs in Greece and carried out numerous initiatives with local schools to stimulate young students to care about dolphins and marine conservation (total audience covered to date: 3,000+ school children 5-18 years old). For the last four years particular effort was put in encouraging boaters to provide data on their opportunistic sightings in Greek Ionian waters, as well as to promote a basic code of conduct to be followed when approaching a group of dolphins or whales; BE DOLPHIN SMART initiative (http://ioniandolphinproject.org/dolphin-watching-tips/).

10 years of experience as swimming instructor working with people of different ages (from young children to the elderly) and with special needs (disabled children).

 

Editorial experience

Member of the Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Marine Ecosystem Ecology, a section of Frontiers in Marine Science. (2014-present).

Reviewer for the following scientific journals:

  • Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy
  • Chemistry and Ecology
  • Journal of Cetacean Research and Management
  • Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • Journal of Mammalogy
  • Latin American Journal of Marine Mammals
  • Marine Biology Research
  • Marine Mammal Science
  • Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía (Chile)

Reviewer for the following conferences:

30th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society; Funchal, Madeira 14-16 March 2016.

11th Panhellenic Symposium of Oceanography and Fisheries; Mytilene, Lesvos Island 13-7th May 2015.

2nd International Marine Conservation Congress. Victoria, BC, Canada.14-18 May 2011.

 

Peer-reviewed publications (in chronological order)

Reprint (pdf) requests for  the papers listed below may be sent to: joan.gonzalvo (at) gmail.com

Forcada J., Gazo M., Aguilar A., Gonzalvo J., Fernández-Contreras M. 2004. Bottlenose dolphin abundance in the NW Mediterranean: addressing heterogeneity in distribution. Marine Ecology Progress Series 275:275-287.

Bearzi G., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J., Costa M., Bonizzoni S., Politi E., Piroddi C., Reeves R.R. 2008. Overfishing and the disappearance of short-beaked common dolphins from western Greece. Endangered Species Research 5:1-12

Gazo M., Gonzalvo J., Aguilar A. 2008. Pingers as deterrents of bottlenose dolphins interacting with trammel nets. Fisheries Research 92(1):70-75.

Gonzalvo J., Valls M., Cardona L., Aguilar A. 2008. Factors ruling the interactions between common bottlenose dolphins and bottom trawlers off the Balearic archipelago (western Mediterranean). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 367(1):47-52.

Bearzi G., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J., Bonizzoni S., Costa M., Petroselli A. 2010. Biomass removal by dolphins and fisheries in a Mediterranean Sea coastal area: do dolphins have an ecological impact on fisheries? Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20(5):549-559.

Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J., Currey R.J.C. 2011. Striped dolphins and short-beaked common dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece: abundance estimates from dorsal fin photographs. Marine Mammal Science 27(3):E165–E184.

Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Gonzalvo J. 2011. Mid-distance movements of common bottlenose dolphins in the coastal waters of Greece. Journal of Ethology 29(2):369-374.

Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Gonzalvo J. 2011. Dolphins and coastal fisheries within a Marine Protected Area: mismatch between dolphin occurrence and reported depredation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 21:261-267.

Gonzalvo J., Moutopoulos D.K., Bearzi G., Stergiou K.I. 2011. Fisheries mismanagement in a Natura 2000 area in western Greece. Fisheries Management and Ecology 18(1):25-38.

Piroddi C., Bearzi G., Gonzalvo J., Christensen V. 2011. From common to rare: the case of the Mediterranean common dolphin. Biological Conservation 144(10):2490-2498.

Gonzalvo J., Forcada J., Grau E., Aguilar A. 2013. Strong site-fidelity increases vulnerability of common bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus in a mass tourism destination in the western Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. doi:10.1017/S0025315413000866.

Gonzalvo J., Giovos I., Moutopoulos D.K. 2014. Fishermen perceptions in support of sustainability of small-scale fisheries and dolphin conservation in two increasingly fragile coastal ecosystems in Western Greece. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. doi:10.1002/aqc.2444

Gonzalvo J., Giovos I., Mazzariol S. 2015. Prevalence of epidermal conditions in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Gulf of Ambracia, western Greece. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 463: 32–38.

Piroddi C., Moutopoulos D.K., Gonzalvo J., Libralato S. 2015. Ecosystem health of a Mediterranean semi-enclosed embayment (Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece): Assessing changes using a modeling approach, Continental Shelf Research, Available online 17 October 2015, ISSN 0278-4343, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2015.10.007.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278434315300807)

Bräger Z., Gonzalvo J., Agazzi S., Bearzi G. 2016. Identification of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) prey using fish scale analysis. Aquatic Mammals 42: 63–73.

Giovos I., Ganias K., Garagouni M., Gonzalvo J. 2016. Social Media in the Service of Conservation: a Case Study of Dolphins in the Hellenic Seas. Aquatic Mammals 42: 12–19.

Bräger Zs., Moritz T., Tsikliras A.C., Gonzalvo J., Radulovic M., Staszny Á. 2016. Scale morphometry allows discrimination of European sardine Sardina pilchardus and round sardinella Sardinella aurita and among their local populations. Journal of Fish Biology 88: 1273–1281.

Gonzalvo, J., Lauriano G., Hammond P.S., Viaud-Martinez K.A., Fossi M.C., Natoli A., Marsili L. The Gulf of Ambracia’s Common Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus: A Highly Dense and yet Threatened Population. In: Giuseppe Notarbartolo Di Sciara, Michela Podestà and Barbara E. Curry, editors, Advances in Marine Biology, Vol. 75, Oxford: Academic Press, 2016, pp. 259-296.

 

Reports and Action Plans

Gazo M., Forcada J., Aguilar A., Fernández-Contreras M., Borrell A., Gonzalvo J., Tornero V. 2004. Zonas de Especial Interés para la conservación de cetáceos en Cataluña y Baleares. Pp. 15-65 in: J.A. Raga, J. Pantoja (Eds.), Proyecto Mediterráneo: Zonas de Especial Interés para la Conservación de Cetáceos en el Mediterráneo Español. Ministerio Español de Medio Ambiente, Dirección General para la Biodiversidad. Book and DVD documentary on research techniques for cetacean studies.

Gonzalvo J., Revelles M., Carreras C., Cardona L. 2005. Marine mammals and sea turtles in the Gulf of Sirte, Libya. Report to Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Group of Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals (GRUMM), University of Barcelona. 30 pp.

Bearzi G., Gonzalvo J. 2006. Ecosystem structure and dolphin-fisheries interactions in a “natural laboratory”: the Amvrakikos Gulf. Report to UNEP’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA) on the activities conducted between March-June 2006 (MOU #17/RAC/SPA/2005). 33 pp.

Bearzi G., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J., Bonizzoni S., Costa M., Petroselli A., Politi E. 2008. Ionian Dolphin Project. Kalamos area and Amvrakikos Gulf. Report on the activities conducted between July 1991 and September 2008 in the eastern Ionian Sea, Greece. Tethys Research Institute Report. 41 pp.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G. 2008. Action Plan for the conservation of cetaceans in Syria. UNEP’s Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC-SPA). Contract 39/2007_RAC/SPA. 45 pp.

Gonzalvo J. 2008. Report on the Implementation of the National Action Plan for the Conservation of Cetaceans in Syria. Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), Monaco. Contract 16/2008. 11 pp.

Gonzalvo J. 2009. Action Plan for the conservation of cetaceans in Lebanon. Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), Monaco. 42 pp.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G. 2010. Bottlenose dolphins in the Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece, qualify as Endangered based on IUCN Red List criteria. 6th Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee. Casablanca, 11-13 January 2010.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G. 2010. Vanishing of short-beaked common dolphins from one of their last Mediterranean strongholds: the announced result of fisheries mismanagement. 6th Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee. Casablanca, 11-13 January 2010.

Gonzalvo J. 2011. Delphinus delphis: Terms of Reference of a common workshop with GFCM. Seventh Meeting of the ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee. Monaco, 29th-31st March 2011.

Gonzalvo J. and Giovos I. 2013. Ionian Dolphin Project. Report to the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change on the activities conducted between 1991 and 2013 in the Gulf of Ambracia and Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. Tethys Research Institute Report. 56 pp.

Gonzalvo J. and Giovos I. 2014. Ionian Dolphin Project. Report to Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change on the Activities Conducted Between 1991 and 2014 in The Gulf of Ambracia and Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. 68 pp.

Gonzalvo J. 2015. Ionian Dolphin Project. Report to the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change , and to Ministry of Rural Development and Food on the Activities Conducted Between 1991 and 2015 in The Gulf of Ambracia and Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. A report by the Tethys Research Institute. 77 pp.

Conference presentations and proceedings

Gonzalvo J., Gazo M., Aguilar A. 2001. Distribution and school size patterns of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in northern Spanish Mediterranean waters. 15th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Rome, 6-10 May 2001.

Gonzalvo J., Gazo M., Aguilar A. 2002. Distribution patterns of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off the Balearic Islands. 16th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Liege, 7-11 April 2002.

Gonzalvo J., Aguilar A. 2003. A survey of the Balearic Islands population of bottlenose dolphins. 15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, 14-19 December 2003.

Gonzalvo J., Aguilar A. 2004. Photoidentification of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Balearic Islands. 18th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Kolmarden, Sweden, 28-31 March 2004.

Bearzi G., Politi E., Agazzi S., Bruno S., Costa M., Bonizzoni S., Gonzalvo J. 2004. The short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) decline in eastern Ionian Sea coastal waters. (Oral presentation by Joan Gonzalvo). European Cetacean Society Workshop: Research on European Common Dolphins: Threats and Issues. 18th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Kolmarden, Sweden, 28-31 March 2004.

Alvarez de Quevedo I., Gozalbes P., Agustí C., Gonzalvo J., Ferrer X., Raga J. A., Aguilar A. 2007. Environmental impact assessment (EIA) of planned offshore windfarms in the Mediterranean coast of Spain. 21st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, San Sebastián, Spain, 22-25 April 2007.

Gonzalvo J. 2007. Marine conservation as a common goal: the benefits of communication between marine biologists and artisanal fishermen. Pp. 15-16 in: D. Maldini, D. Meck Maher, D. Troppoli, M. Studer, J. Goebel (Eds.), Translating scientific results into conservation actions: new roles, challenges and solutions for 21st Century scientists. Earthwatch Institute, Maynard MA, USA.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G., Agazzi, S., Piroddi C. 2008. Fisheries and the decline of short-beaked common dolphins in western Greece. 22nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 10-12 March 2008.

Pereszlényi Z., Bearzi G., Agazzi S., Gonzalvo J. 2009. Feeding behaviour of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece. 5th “Ecology & Behaviour” Meeting, Lyon, France, 6-10 April 2009.

Gonzalvo J., Bearzi G. 2011. The Challenges of Dolphin Conservation in the Eastern Ionian Sea Coastal Waters, Greece. 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress. Victoria, BC, Canada. 14-18 May 2011.

Giovos I., Gonzalvo J. 2013. Prevalence of a particularly severe skin condition among common bottlenose dolphins from the Amvrakikos Gulf, western Greece. 27th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Setúbal, Portugal 8 – 10 April 2013.

Gonzalvo J. 2014. Marine conservation as a common goal: benefits of communication between researchers and fishermen. Workshop “Marine stewardship: Setting the grounds to establish a European framework” held at the LandLife Congress 2014; Barcelona, Spain 5-8 November 2014.

Piroddi, C., Moutopoulos, D., Gonzalvo, J., Libralato, S. 2015. Using an ecosystem modelling approach to assess the health status of a Mediterranean semi-enclosed embayment (Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece). 2015 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Granada, Spain 22-27 February 2015.

Gonzalvo, J., Vighi, M., Salvador, C., Giovos, I., Genov, T., Borrell, A. 2015. Diet of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) of the Gulf of Ambracia, Greece, through stable isotope analysis. 29th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society. St. Julians, Malta, 23-25 March 2015.

Gonzalvo J., Notarbartolo di Sciara G. 2015. All that glitters is not gold: high density of bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Ambracia (Greece) conceals their endangered status. 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

Gonzalvo J., Notarbartolo di Sciara G., Mazzariol S. 2015. Working towards a Mediterranean Dolphin Refuge. Many questions… very few answers. Workshop: “Sea-Pen Sanctuaries: Progressing Towards Better Welfare for Captive Cetaceans.” 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

Moutopoulos D.K., Libralato S., Piroddi C., Gonzalvo, J. 2016. Linking environmental, climatic and human-induced impacts on a Mediterranean semi-enclosed embayment (Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece): a food-web modelling approach. Second Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation, 1-5 February 2016, Real Marina Hotel and Spa, Olhão, Portugal.

Libralato S., Moutopoulos D., Piroddi C., Gonzalvo J., 2016. Integrating environmental, climatic and human processes on a Mediterranean semi-enclosed embayment (Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece): a foodweb modelling approach for assessing ecosystem status. MSEAS 2016, Understanding marine socio-ecological systems: including the human dimension in Integrated Ecosystem Assessments, 30 May – 3 June 2016, Brest, France.

Invited participation in meetings and seminars

2007 Invited speaker, workshop “Translating scientific results into conservation actions: new roles, challenges and solutions for 21st Century scientists”. Workshop held at the Earthwatch Institute Conference 1-3 March 2006, Boston MA, USA.

2007 Invited speaker, “The Ionian Dolphin Project. Studies on two populations of dolphins in the Eastern Ionian Sea coastal waters, Greece”. 5 March at the New England Aquarium, Boston MA, USA.

2008 Invited speaker. “Conservation of coastal dolphins in the Eastern Ionian Sea”. Lecture Dolphins across the Med organized by Earthwatch on the 27 March, at the Royal Geographical Society, London, U.K.

2008 Invited speaker by the Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW), at the Awareness Day on the Cetaceans and Marine Mammals in the Mediterranean. Event supported by ACCOBAMS. Oral presentation “The National Action Plan for the Conservation of cetaceans in Syria: why, what and how”. 30 October, Tartous, Syria.

2008 Invited speaker. Workshop organized by ACCOBAMS and National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) on the implementation of the Agreement in Lebanon. Oral presentation “The National Action Plan for the Conservation of cetaceans in Lebanon”. Event held on 5-6 November at the Ministry of Agriculture in Beirut, Lebanon.

2010 Invited observer at 6th Meeting of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS. Casablanca, 11-13 January 2010.

2011 Representative of Tethys Research Institute at the meeting of OCEAN2012 Italian member group. Rome, 4 February 2011.

2011 Invited observer at 7th Meeting of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS. Monaco, 29-31 March 2011.

2011 Invited speaker. Workshop “Planning for Sustainable Tourism in MPAs” organized by WWF-MedPAN and RAC-SPA. Split, Croatia, 3-5 October 2011.

2014 Invited speaker. Workshop “Marine stewardship: Setting the grounds to establish a European framework” held at the LandLife Congress 2014; Barcelona, Spain 5-8 November 2014.

2015 Invited speaker. Workshop: “Sea-Pen Sanctuaries: Progressing Towards Better Welfare for Captive Cetaceans.” 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

2016 Invited speaker. “Will There Be Any Reward for Common Dolphin Perseverance?” 1st International Workshop “Conservation and research networking on short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the Mediterranean Sea”. Ischia Island, Italy, 13-15 April 2016.

2016 Invited speaker. “Life in the wild versus dolphinaria. Towards a Dolphin Refuge at sea”. International Workshop Towards a Sea Refuge for Dolphins; Rome, Italy, 13th May 2016.

 

Conferences and workshops attended

3rd European Seminar on Marine Mammals: Biology and Conservation, Universitat Internacional Manéndez Pelayo, Valencia, Spain, 11-15 September 2000

15th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Rome, Italy, 6-10 May 2001

Europhlukes Scientific Conference, Madeira, Portugal, 22-25 November 2002

Seminar: “Introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems for the management of Natural Parks and Natural Reserves”, Technologic Centre of Forestry of Catalonia, Solsona, Spain, 1-15 December 2002

16th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Liege, Belgium, 7-11 April 2002

15th Biennial Conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, Greensboro NC, USA, 14-19 December 2003
Workshop: “Applications of Geographic Information Systems on the research and management of cetacean populations”, Greensboro NC, USA, 13 December 2003

Workshop: “Digital photography applied to the study of marine mammals”, Society for Marine Mammalogy, Greensboro NC, USA, 13 December 2003

18th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Kolmarden, Sweden, 28-31 March 2004
Workshop: “Europhlukes and the application of photo-identification techniques”, Kolmarden, Sweden, 27 March 2004
Workshop: “Research on European common dolphins: threats and issues”, Kolmarden, Sweden, 31 March 2004

Workshop: “Translating scientific results into conservation actions: new roles, challenges and solutions for 21st Century scientists”, Earthwatch Institute Conference, Boston MA, USA, 1-3 March 2006,

22nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 10-12 March 2008.

2nd International Marine Conservation Congress. Victoria, BC, Canada. 14-18 May 2011.

Workshop: “Planning for Sustainable Tourism in MPAs” organized by WWF-MedPAN and RAC-SPA. Split, Croatia, 3-5 October 2011.

Workshop “Marine stewardship: Setting the grounds to establish a European framework” held at the LandLife Congress 2014; Barcelona, Spain 5-8 November 2014.

29th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society. St. Julians, Malta, 23-25 March 2015.

21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

Workshop: “Sea-Pen Sanctuaries: Progressing Towards Better Welfare for Captive Cetaceans.” 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: Bridging the Past Toward the Future.13-18 December 2015, San Francisco, CA USA.

1st International Workshop “Conservation and research networking on short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the Mediterranean Sea”. Ischia Island, Italy, 13-15 April 2016.

Towards a Dolphin Refuge at sea”. International Workshop Towards a Sea Refuge for Dolphins; Rome, Italy, 13th May 2016.

First workshop to implement a new tool for conservation — Important Marine Mammal Areas IMMAs — Chania, Greece, 24-28 October 2016.

 

Supervision of graduate and undergraduate students

Alice Bartalini. 2013. Vallutazione dello Stato Tossicologico da Organoclorurati della Popolazione di Tursiopi (Tursiops truncatus) del Golfo di Ambracia (Grecia Ionica). Evaluation of Toxicological Status by organochlorines of the bottlenose dolphin population (Tursiops truncatus) in the Gulf of Ambracia (Ionian Greece). Degree in Environmental Sciences, University of Siena, Italy.

Kristyn Kleman. 2016. Comparative Study on Behavior of Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus) and Short-Beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus Delphis) in the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece. MSc in Marine Biology. Nova Southeastern University, FL, USA.

Beatrice Savinelli. 2016. Reproductive success of bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus in the Gulf of Ambracia (Greece). Degree in Natural Sciences, University of Milan, Italy.