Our Team

Species Associazione comprises eight professionals active in the field of nature conservation, ecological research and environmental education. It is governed by a board of directors with a term of three years. Species Servizi & Consulenze a.t.p includes three members of Species Associazione.
Debora Barbato

Biologist,  PhD in Earth, Environmental and Polar Sciences at the Univ. of Siena with a thesis on the biodiversity and ecology of terrestrial mollusks. After a period of research and training abroad (Queen’s University Belfast, UK), she gained practical experience in modeling and statistical analysis of ecological data. Expert in urban biodiversity and soil ecology, she took part as a malacologist at numerous Citizen Science events in collaboration with WWF, various Italian universities and scientific museums. She has carried out environmental education activities both in schools and in museums (Museo del Bosco, Siena) through organization of cultural events. Member of the working group “CoSMoS – Collecting Snails, Monitoring Snails” for the monitoring of the land molluscan communities of the Po Delta and the Eastern Po Plain in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History of Ferrara. She counts several scientific and popular publications.

Cristina Dottarelli

Naturalist and environmental tour guide. Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Conservation at the Univ. of Siena with thesis in bird population survey in the Nature Reserve of Lake Burano. Experiences in radiotracking and census of roe deer, population studies of wild boar and survey of turtles. She gained many years of experience in environmental education for children in the schools. She collaborated in the monitoring project of flora and fauna in Vorno (LU). She coordinated the environmental education school project in the province of Siena 2012-2013 and the project LIFE11 BIO/IT/000072-LIFE STRADE for Species SC a.t.p..
Member of Species Servizi & Consulenze a.t.p. and vice director and administrator of Associazione Species.

Andrea Benocci

Naturalist, PhD in Evolution Biology at the Univ. of Siena, advanced training in UK and Tanzania. He has many years of experience in macology and ornithology and provides consultancy services for private and public offices. He collaborated with the Natural History Museum of the Accademy of Fisiocritici for the preparation of animal samples and exhibitions on environmental issues, training programs for students, environmental education activities for children and guided tours for visitors of the museum. He collaborated in the project LIFE11 BIO/IT/000072-LIFE STRADE for Species SC a.t.p.. Author of several scientific and popular publications. He speaks Italian, English, French and basic German.
Member of Species Servizi & Consulenze a.t.p. and secretary of Associazione Species.

Silvia Francucci

Naturalist and environmental tour guide with a master’s degree in Environmental Management and Conservation at the Univ. of Siena. She collaborated with the Province of Siena and the Ornithology Centre of Tuscany (COT) for the survey of owls in the protected areas of Siena Province. She has many years of experience in radiotelemetry tracking surveys and GIS on mammals and birds. She collaborated in the project “Life Nature Biarmicus” on red kites at Mount Amiata (Tuscany). For Species she managed the CdeRN (Education center of the protected areas of Siena Province) at Monticiano.  Organized many environmental education activities for children and adults. From 2013-2018 she spent  volunteering periods abroad (Philippines, Costa Rica, Panama, Indonesia and Lebanon) collaborating with non-profit organizations in the field of biodiversity conservation. She coordinates, on behalf of Species SC a.t.p., the environmental education project commissioned by SEI Toscana S.r.l since 2017. Speaks English and German. 

Daniele Cavazzoni

Naturalist and environmental tour guide. Three-year degree in in Natural Sciences and Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Conservation at the Univ. of Siena. He started working abroad as an Environmental Guide for an international tour operator, widening his boundaries and knowledge of the natural world. He continued his travels in the tropical zone working in different structures, cooperating with local associations for the development of rural communities in Africa and guiding tourist activities (safaris, bike rides and boat trips). Since 2013 he has continued his tour guide activity in Tuscany collaborating with various agencies and leading groups from all over the world to discover the Tuscan nature.

Isabelle Minder

Zoologist and environmental tour guide, graduated in Zurich (Switzerland). PhD at the Univ. of Siena on foraging behaviour and resource selection of roe deer. She collaborated with the Univ. of Siena and Florence, CIRSeMAF, Ev-K2-CNR, COT, WWF-Oasi and several National Parks and Regional Parks of Italy for analyses of faecal and stomach samples of carnivores and herbivores, radiotracking and GPS telemetry based surveys of ungulates, bird census and feasibility studies in reintroduction programs. For Species she coordinated the environmental education school project in the province of Siena 2008-2012 and the monitoring project of flora and fauna in Vorno (LU). Actually she works for the public office of nature conservation of the cantone of Zurich (Switzerland) for the management of protected areas and collaborates remotely in the various projects of Species. She speaks German, Italian and English.
Member of Species Servizi & Consulenze a.t.p. and director of Associazione Species.

Martino Danielli

Naturalist and environmental tour guide. Graduated in Natural Sciences at the Univ. of Florence and was involved in a mycological research of the Univ. of Siena. He has collaborated as an environmental tour guide with Alpresort, National Geographic Adventure and actively collaborates with Smithsonian Travel. He is an active volunteer of WWF Italia organizing initiatives in schools and municipalities of the province of Siena to inform and raise awareness on the problems of nature, the environment and consumption and lifestyles. He participated in the Summer School and Winter School on wildlife monitoring techniques and other courses in various naturalistic areas. In 2015 – 2016 he collaborated in teaching in the Museum of Natural History in Florence. Passionate about ornithology, mycology, zoology and ecology of large mammals.

Laura Ulivieri

Archaeologist and environmental tour guide, three-year degree in archeology at the Univ. of Siena and master’s degree in Archeology at the Univ. of Florence. She participated in excavation campaigns in Populonia and Montelupo Fiorentino. She has many years of experience in environmental education and tour organization. She coordinates the environmental tour sector of Species a.t.p. Speaks Italian, English and German. Passionate about hiking and knowledge of local traditions.

 

Associazione Species

Viale Mazzini 95
53100 Siena (Si)- Italia

Species Servizi e Consulenze a.t.p.

Via dello spuntone 53 53034 Colle di Val d'Elsa (SI)

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