The origins of the University of Bologna (UNIBO) go way back, as it is considered to be the oldest University in the Western world. With its history intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature, it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture. The University of Bologna is made up of 31 Departments and 5 Schools. There are also 7 Interdepartmental Research Centres and 12 Interdepartmental Research and/or training Facilities in many fields, ranging from veterinary to computer science, medicine, biology, geology, sociology and economics. 93,753 students have chosen the University of Bologna (2021/22 AY), including 7,630 international students with 252 Degree Programmes, of which 96 are international.
Matilde is a postdoctoral researcher at UNIBO's Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BiGeA), with a deep interest in biodiversity conservation, data collection and data quality assessment. She is mainly interested in mammal Biology, Ecology and Conservation and her recent work focuses on the study of the effect of anthropogenic disturbance and climate change on mammal communities.
Duccio is a Full Professor at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna since December 2019, after having been Associate Professor in Biology and Ecology at the University of Trento, since February 2017. He attained his PhD in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Chiarucci, dealing with remote sensing applied to the estimate of biodiversity. After having collaborated with international researchers from institutions like the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Nottingham (School of Geography, UK), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (India), University of California Los Angeles (Department of Geography, US), he joined the Fondazione Edmund Mach in Trento in 2009, in the Dr. Markus Neteler's GRASS GIS and Remote Sensing group, promoting open source algorithms for Ecology. Over the years he promoted the use of remote sensing for the study of biodiversity change in space and time, publishing more than 190 ISI papers on this theme.