Enrico's PhD project focuses on the assessment of the population consequences of human disturbance on bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth. Specifically, he wants to model the effects of boat interactions on dolphin foraging behaviour and understand how this translates into long-term changes in population dynamics. He is a student at the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with the University of St Andrews and funded by the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS).
Before coming to Scotland, Enrico has been working on the ecology and conservation of cetacean populations in the Mediterranean Sea. He graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MRes in Marine Mammal Science in 2010.