Giovanni Bianucci

Università di Pisa, Italy


Giovanni Bianucci, born in Lucca (Tuscany, Italy) on July 21, 1964, obtained his B.S. degree with honors in geological sciences from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1989, and the Ph.D. degree in geological sciences in 1995. Professor Bianucci works as a Researcher at the Department of Earth Science of University of Pisa since 2004. He is in charge of the course "Complementi di Paleontologia dei Vertebrati" of the master in geologic sciences at the University of Pisa since the academic year 2003/2004. His research activity is mainly focused on the systematic, phylogeny, paleobiogeography, paleoecology, and taphonomy of the marine mammals. Part of his research is dedicated to the evolution of the cetacean communities of the Mediterranean in relation to the geodynamic events and climatic changes occurred in this basin since the base of Miocene to the end of Pliocene. His researches on the Neogene marine faunas of Ecuador and Chile improved the knowledge on the changes in the oceanic circulation and to the climate variations in this area. Since 2006, he has been working in the desert of Ica (Peru) within a European collaboration project which resulted in the finding of several fossil marine vertebrates including Livyatan, the biggest predator tetrapod ever found. Recently, he focalized the attention of part of his research on the study of the basal cetaceans (Archaeoceti) of Egypt and Peru. He is also active in the geoconservation of the paleontological heritage by the elaboration of new methods for the census and cataloguing of paleontological sites. He wrote several popular articles and books and participated in the realization of several new exhibitions both at the Natural History Museum of the Pisa University and in other Italian museums.

Biography Updated on 9 December 2013

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