Marcello Cazzola is a hydrobiologist working in research applied to freshwater ecosystems. As enthusiastic and inquisitive field worker, he deeply enjoys the salty side of the water element, and cultivates an interest for marine mammals.
Marcello studies riverine biological communities, with particular reference to macrobenthic fauna, biological methods for assessing environmental quality and techniques for river habitat description and evaluation. He boasts long term collaboration (2002-2008; 2011-present) with Water Research Institute of the National Research Council (CNR-IRSA) in Italy, where he currently works as research technician. From 2009 to 2011 he worked as environmental officer at Freshwater Ecology team of Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Since 2002 Marcello has been participating in several research projects, mainly in European context, dealing with environmental European directives and their implementation in national legislation in Italy and other EU Member states (i.e. Cyprus). Most recent project he has participated to (2011-2014) is Life+ INHABIT (www.life-inhabit.it) on new approaches to investigate relationships between stream habitat features and biological communities. In his work he carries out a wide array of technical duties, including extensive field and laboratory work, data handling and analysis, scientific writing, teaching in training courses, workshop/meeting presentation.
Marcello has participated in field activities of Tethys Venice Dolphin Project in 2002 and Ionian Dolphin Project in 2005, 2006 and 2008. He has acted as an IDP research assistant in 2009 and 2010. More recently, in 2015, he participated in a cetacean survey conducted by IDP personnel onboard “La Serena” in the Eastern Ionian Sea. Besides contributing in field work, including navigation and behaviour data collection, Marcello has worked in several occasions on literature review on cetaceans and photo-ID data processing. Marcello can speak Italian, English – with a weird Glaswegian-Milanese accent – and some French.