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  Board of directors  

Giovanni Bearzi, President
Francesco Rombolà, Vice president
Nina Luisa Santostasi

  Executive director  

Silvia Bonizzoni

  College of Arbiters  

Bernd Würsig
Lavinia Eddy
Mariana Ferreira Da Silveira

  Researchers and Collaborators  
  Mauro Bastianini
Giovanni Bearzi
Maddalena Bearzi
Silvia Bonizzoni
Mauro Caldana
Claudia Ciolfi
Viviana Ciolfi
Bruno Cozzi
Lavinia Eddy
Nicolas Entrup
Andrea Ferrari
Mariana Ferreira Da Silveira
Nathan B. Furey
Tilen Genov
Olivier Gimenez
Roberto Gramolini
Dagmar Knäbel
Sigrid Lüber
Luca Marisaldi
Elisabetta Maria Rossi
Sarah Piwetz
Randall R. Reeves
Melissa Riley
Francesco Rombolà
Valentina Rossi
Andrea Torresan
Blair Sterba-Boatwright
Bernd Würsig
  Our aim  

Dolphin Biology and Conservation contributes to the conservation of the marine environment through activities that increase understanding, appreciation and protection of biodiversity and our natural heritage.

  Our status  

Dolphin Biology and Conservation is a not-for-profit organization registred as an Association of Social Promotion in the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. Its legal base is in Cordenons (Pordenone, Italy). Its fiscal code is 91081040742.


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Produce and disseminate scientific knowledge relevant to the goal of making the oceans a healthy environment for cetaceans and other marine species.

Build capacity and raise awareness to protect biodiversity, encourage appreciation and compassion for animals, and envisage solutions to achieve a sustainable and respectful co-existence.


We uphold the possibility of slowing down, stopping or reversing the damage caused by human activities to the natural world.

We long for a society in which people embrace their responsibility to preserve wildlife and protect the environment we all share.

Guiding values

We hold true to the vision that science must be inspired by ethical values and channelled by wisdom. We believe that science—rather than as an end—should be intended primarily as a tool to make human activities more sustainable and just, creating or restoring harmony within the natural world, and ultimately increasing joy of living and equality.

We realise that our vision entails changes in individual and collective behaviour. In this we commit to reduce our own consumptive patterns, use resources wisely, respect all living beings and the environment, and enhance our understanding of the cause-effect relationships leading to environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, as well as suffering and social disruption.

We refrain from harming life as a way of studying it.

We value diversity in our staff. We recognise that our mission is best advanced by the contributions of individuals of diverse background, culture and nationality. We value sincerity, honest communication, healthy expression of disagreement and openness to divergent views.

We embrace the precautionary approach as a guiding principle. We commit to using the best available science, a creative spirit and a non-confrontational attitude to devise innovative solutions to nature conservation problems, at scales that matter and in ways that will endure.