This is the website of Claudio Ghiglione, polar ecologist, expedition guide and wildlife-travel photographer.

Claudio was born in Italy in 1983. Always interested in science and nature since he was really young. After high school he decided to give up another passion – play punk & rock music – and his tendency for the scientific subjects led him to take a degree in Environmental Sciences and then also a master degree in Marine Sciences. During the academic years he had the opportunity to improve his knowledge about the flora and fauna both for the marine and terrestrial habitats. In the same years he took part in a course about ‘geophysics exploration of the polar areas’ and immediately he understood what way he wanted to follow. For this reason, after the degrees he worked several years on different scientific projects and in March 2017 he defended and deposited his PhD thesis in Earth, Environmental and Polar Sciences run 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 benthic ecology.

His first step in the Polar Regions was during his PhD, when he participated as researcher in an international winter expedition in Svalbard. Since that moment he joined several (research) expeditions to remote places – Northern and Southern Oceans – on board the Norwegian ship R/V Helmer Hansen and the British ship R/V James Clarke Ross.

After several years working for science doing research, international conferences and publishing manuscripts he decided that was the moment to spend more time in the field. For this reason, from the 2015 he started working and living in the polar areas building and improving his skills and polar credentials. He spent time doing practice and courses about GPS systems, avalanches risks, driving zodiacs and small boats and he obtained also the AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) and IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) certificates to operate in the polar areas.

From the 2017 he started to work also as expedition guide for different, national and international, companies and now is working full-time in the Oceanwide expedition team sharing with the guests his love and passion for Antarctica and Polar areas!

In addition to his scientific and technical skills, he is also a professional wildlife and travel photojournalist. He likes to use his images as teaching method to reach as many people as possible and 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. He likes feeling excited when he has the opportunity to see strange and unusual animals and spend time with them. He likes traveling for living situations which are completely different from the ordinary… just after all these situations he starts shooting pictures. He is author of the disclosure and photographic book “Polar Lights” published in the 2018 and currently available at: https://www.ilgekoedizioni.com/shop/luci-polari/

This is a just brief biography about him… If you want to know more, just ask him or visit www.riftia.eu

Here you can find a selection of his latest works, articles, news and current projects. To request any information about riftia.eu, please contact Claudio. 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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LUCI POLARI – Viaggio alla scoperta delle meraviglie dell’Artico
Claudio Ghiglione & Marco Gaiotti
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PREFACE   by Christian Roccati

Right now, I am a reader: I take Polar Lights and, after being fascinated by its cover, I open it. A cold wind from the North blows on me: at first, it seems to me to be an authentic breeze that reminds me of the colourful candles burning through lodge windows on Christmas night; then the air becomes stronger and deeper. It is a powerful and ancestral energy that speaks to me now and brings me back to a wild and indomitable nature that does not want to keep quiet…




  • Peel S, Hill N, Foster S, Wotherspoon S, Ghiglione C, Schiaparelli S (2019). Reliable species distributions are obtainable with sparse, patchy and biased data by leveraging over species and data types. Methods in Ecology and Evolution https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13196

  • Brasier M, Grant SM, Trathan PN, Allcock L, Ashford O, Blagbrough H, Brandt A, Danis B, Downey R, Eléaume M, Enderlein P, Ghiglione C, Hogg O,  Linse K, Mackenzie M, Moreau C, Robinson L, Rodriguez E, Spiridonov V, Tate A, Taylor M, Waller C, Wiklund H and Griffiths HJ (2018). Benthic biodiversity in the South Orkney Islands Southern Shelf Marine Protected Area. Biodiversity https://doi.org/10.1080/14888386.2018.1468821

  • Ghiglione C, Alvaro MC, Cecchetto M, Canese S, Downey R, Guzzi A, Mazzoli C, Piazza P, Rapp HT, Sarà A, Schiaparelli S (2018). Porifera collection of the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA), with an updated checklist from Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea) . Zookeys 758:137-156 . doi: 10.3897/zookeys.758.23485

  • Carota C, Nava C, Ghiglione C, Schiaparelli S (2017). A Bayesian semi-parametric GLMM for historical and newly collected presence-only data: an application to species richness of Ross Sea Mollusca. Environmetrics e2462. doi: 10.1002/env.2462

  • 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. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.705.13712

  • 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. doi: 10.1007/s00300-017-2117-0

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

  • Piazza P, Alvaro MC, Bowden AD, Clark MR, Conci N, Ghiglione C, Schiaparelli S. First record of a living Acesta (Mollusca: Bivalvia) on an Antarctic Seamount (2015). Marine Biodiversity 46:529-530. doi: 10.1007/s12526-015-0397-6

  • 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. doi: 10.3897/mycokeys.10.5343

  • 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. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.451.8373

  • 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. doi: 10.1007/s00300-014-1487-9

  • Ghiglione C, Alvaro MC, Griffiths H, Linse K, Schiaparelli S (2013). Ross Sea Mollusca form the Latitudinal Gradient Program: Italica 2004 Rauschert dredge samples. Zookeys 341:37-48. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.341.6031

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