I have been involved in research and monitoring projects of large carnivores for more than 25 years. As a member of Progetto Lince Italia and KORA, my main topic is the reintegration of lynx into the Alps. I coordinate the SCALP (Status and Conservation of the Alpine lynx Population), a programme aimed to synchronize the monitoring and conservation activities of lynx in the Alps. I am a member of the IUCN/SSC specialist groups “Cat Specialist Group” and “Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe”. In the frame of the project LIFE Lynx I am coordinating the activities in Italy and act as consultant for lynx captures in the Carpathians. I am a hunter and bee-keeper.