This is the website of Claudio Ghiglione, PhD in Earth, Environmental and Polar Sciences, travel guide and wildlife photographer

I was born in Genoa (Italy) in 1983. I have been interested in science and nature since I was really young. My first passion was, as for a lot of other children, the dinosaurs. If I have to consider me only as a student I think… I wasn’t a good one because I don’t like to spend entire days closed inside buildings only reading books. However I have always needed to discover new things because I’m really curious and, for this reason, I like to learn always new things. Everyone come into the world with the need of discovery but just few people have this passion when they become adults. As Indiana Jones said in one of his films … “you’ll never be a good archaeologist if you don’t go to the field”. Funny expression but I’m firmly believe that the same applies to every biologist or any other work related to science or nature. I guess the practical and operational skills are extremely important and made (and make) the difference in my career and jobs.

After high school I decided, unfortunately, to give up another passion – play punk & rock music – and my tendency for the scientific subjects led me to take a degree in Environmental Sciences and then also a master degree in Marine Sciences. During the academic years I had the opportunity to improve my knowledge about the flora and fauna both for the marine and terrestrial habitats. This also happened because I met very skilled people who, with their knowledge and enthusiasm, made me discover new realities. In the same years I took part in a course about ‘geophysics exploration of the polar areas’ and immediately I understood what way I wanted to follow. For this reason, after my degrees, I worked different years on different scientific projects and in March 2017 I have defended and deposited my PhD thesis in Earth, Environmental and Polar Sciences runs in collaboration among the University of Siena (Italy), the Italian National Antarctic Museum (Italy) and the British Antarctic Survey (United Kingdom) with a specialization in polar ecology. During my PhD I had the opportunity to take part in some scientific cruises projects in the field. In the 2015, in fact, I spent more than three months in a two different periods (winter and summer) in the High Arctic area around Svalbard archipelago and also, in the 2016, two months in the Southern Ocean (Antarctica) on board of the R/V James Clark Ross.

At the moment I’m working as temporary research fellow and also wildlife photojournalist and travel guide. 

One of my goal is use the images as teaching method to communicate with the new generations, people and institutions about what the science is doing in these particular areas of the planet to protect the species and the environment. I like to use photography, where possible, as support of any publication or scientific contribution in order to stimulate visual impact on the people as vector of communication. I also like to use photography as a mean to transmit and to remember. I like feeling excited when I have the opportunity to see strange and unusual animals and spend time with them. I like traveling for living situations which are completely different from the ordinary… just after all these situations I start shooting my pictures. 

From the 2017 I started to work as field guide for an Italian Travel agency specialized in geological and naturalist tours. At the moment several tours are available on the agency website. 

If I had to find an adjective that reflect me in this moment of my life I think that ‘polar obsessed‘ is a perfect one :-). I love these places… they are the latest places on Earth where you can live and feel the ‘real life’ completely surrounded by the nature and landscape. Everyone should see one of these places one time in their life because can dramatically change the vision of the world… in better way!

This is a just brief biography about me…

Here you can find a selection of my latest works, articles, news and current projects. To request any information about riftia.eu, please contact me. The easiest way is to drop me an email, but you can also use the social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and more.
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Cecchetto M, Alvaro MC, Ghiglione C, Guzzi A, Piazza P, Schiaparelli S (2017). Distributional records of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Ophiuroidea from samples of the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA): check-list update of the group in Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea) and launch of the MNA 3D model ‘virtual gallery. Zookeys 705:61-79

Carota C, Nava CR, Ghiglione C, Schiaparelli S (2017). A Bayesian semiparametric GLMM for historical and newly collected presence-only data: An application to species richness of Ross Sea Mollusca. Environmetrics. e2462

Ghiglione C, Alvaro MC, Piazza P, Bowden D, Griffiths JH, Carota C, Nava CR, Schiaparelli S (2017). Mollusc species richness and abundance from shelf to abyssal depths in the Ross Sea (Antarctica): the importance of fine-mesh towed gears and implications for future sampling. Polar Biology 40:1989-2000

Ghiglione C, Crovetto F, Maggesi M, Maffei S (2016). Use of an artificial refuge for oviposition by a female of Ocellated lizard (Timon lepidus) in Italy. Herpetological Bulletin 136:33-34

Piazza P, Alvaro MC, Bowden AD, Clark MR, Conci N, Ghiglione C, Schiaparelli S (2015). First record of a living Acesta (Mollusca: Bivalvia) on an Antarctic Seamount. Marine Biodiversity 46:529-530

Selbmann S, Onofri S, Zucconi L, Isola D, Rottigni M, Ghiglione C, Piazza P, Alvaro MC, Schiaparelli S (2015). Distributional records of Antarctic fungi based on strains preserved in the Culture Collection of Fungi from Extreme Environments (CCFEE) Mycological Section associated with the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA). MycoKeys 10:57-71

Piazza P, Blazewicz-Paszkowycz M, Ghiglione C, Alvaro MC, Schnabel K, Schiaparelli S (2014). Distributional records of Ross Sea (Antarctica) Tanaidacea from museum samples stored in the collections of the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA) and the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Zookeys 451:49-60 

Schiaparelli S, Ghiglione C, Alvaro MC, Griffiths H, Linse K (2014). Diversity, abundance and composition in macrofaunal molluscs from the Ross Sea (Antarctica): results of fine-mesh sampling along a Latitudinal Gradient. Polar Biology 37: 859-877

Ghiglione C, Alvaro MC, Griffiths H, Linse K, Schiaparelli S (2013). Ross Sea Mollusca form the Latitudinal Gradient Program: R/V Italica 2004 Rauschert dredge samples. Zookeys 341:37-48 

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