Ettore Randi

Adjungeret professor - Ettore Randi

Ettore Randi received his degree in Biological Sciences, with an experimental thesis in genetics, from the University of Bologna (IT), and his Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Aalborg (DK). He worked, first, as a researcher and research director at the Italian Wildlife Institute (Bologna, IT), then at the National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA, Roma, IT). At ISPRA he founded and directed the Conservation Genetics Laboratory, where he developed molecular analysis methodologies applied to populations of threatened species of interest for conservation.

He has participated in numerous national and international projects for the study of population genetics and phylogeny in mammalian and avian species. Among the main research fields, he has been involved in the study of genetic variability in small populations of carnivore species, in particular dealing with the development of molecular methods and statistical procedures for the identification of hybrid individuals and genetically admixed populations. On behalf of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, he has developed wildlife forensic procedures for individual identification and parentage testing in species of mammals and birds protected by the Washington Convention (CITES). Until the Academic year 2018-2019 he taught Conservation Genetics at the Department of Biology of the University of Bologna.

Currently, after retiring in 2017, he continues to collaborate on international projects for the conservation of carnivores (wolves, wild cats, brown bears), ungulates (wild and domestic), passerine and galliform birds. He is engaged in outreaching activities on biological conservation science. In this context he offers seminars and conferences in Italy and abroad. He annually organizes cycles of conferences, some of which are dedicated to high school and university students, dedicated to the dissemination of Darwinism (Darwin Day), the theory of evolution, the study and conservation of biodiversity. He published c. 264 scientific articles and six chapters in books. See publication list.