Giovanni Bearzi (born in Venice, Italy, in 1963) holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Basel, Switzerland. He has been carrying out and coordinating dolphin research projects since 1986, particularly in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. He founded and directed for a decade a dolphin research and conservation programme in Croatia, which was awarded the ‘Henry Ford European Conservation Award’ as best European project. Board Member (1990—2010) and President (2000—2010) of the Tethys Research Institute. Contract Professor of Cetacean Conservation (2002—2006) at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Venice, Italy. Research associate, Marine Mammal Behavioral Ecology Group, Texas A&M University (since 2011). Visiting senior scientist at the Institute of Marine Life Sciences, Texas A&M University (2011—2012). In 2001 he was awarded a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship.
Giovanni does field research on dolphins, particularly in poorly-known Mediterranean areas. His studies aim to inform management action through a description of problems faced by the animals, ideally also explaining how such problems could be solved.