Giovanni Chimienti

University of Bari Aldo Moro

Giovanni Chimienti held his PhD in Evolutionary and Environmental Sciences during 2016 and is currently Researcher in Zoology at the Department of Biology, University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy). He is also part of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, consultant for FAO and National Geographic Explorer. His main scientific research is about corals and benthic environments, with particular focus on mesophotic and deep ones. Chimienti’s studies concern coral taxonomy (Order Antipatharia, Alcyonacea and Pennatulacea), biodiversity and population structure of benthic habitats. He uses submersibles and remotely operated vehicles for deep-sea explorations, as well as data collected during fishing operations. Moreover, he is developing non-invasive models to assess population structure and dynamics in vulnerable coral species using visual methods. Chimienti has received several prestigious scientific awards for his studies, including from the Italian Marine Biology Society, the Italian Zoological Union, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Mediterranean Science Commission, the Deep-Sea Biology Society, and Prince Albert II of Monaco.