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GRASSO Donato Antonio
Born in Bari (Italy), January 30, 1967

EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC POSITIONS
1990 MD in Biological Sciences (Univ. Parma) (mark 110/110 cum laude) 1992 Habilitated to the Profession of Biologist (mark 150/150)
1994 PhD in Ethology
1996-1998 Post-Doc in Fundamental Biological Sciences
1999-2014 Permanent position as Researcher in Zoology, Univ. Parma 2000 Visiting Researcher Laboratory of Entomology, Univ. Leuven (BE) 2000-2014 Assistant Professor, Univ. Parma
2014 National Habilitation (ASN) to Associate Professorship (Zoology)
2017 National Habilitation (ASN) to Full Professorship (Entomology)
2018 National Habilitation (ASN) to Full Professorship (Zoology)

ACTUAL POSITION: Associate Professor of ZOOLOGY and BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY & SOCIOBIOLOGY

TEACHING (CURRENT):
GENERAL ZOOLOGY
BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY & SOCIOBIOLOGY
FAUNA CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT (PART II)
ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY (from Academic year 2022-2023)
DOCTORATE SCHOOL IN EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY (Univ. Ferrara, Parma, Firenze)
TUTOR for more than 60 Students (MDs, Bachelors) and 7 PhD students

RESEARCH TOPICS
General:
BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY, BIOLOGY OF ANTS (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) and OTHER INSECTS studied with a multidisciplinary approach (behavioural, morpho-functional, ecological and evolutionary).
Specific:
Ant-plant interactions and mutualisms; Interactions and mutualism between ants and phytophagous insects; Multitrophic interactions in natural and agroecosystems; Eco-ethological aspects and potential for biological control programs; Ant-bacteria symbioses; Ant community structure, competition and other ecological interactions; Social organization and division of labour; Biodiversity, bioindicators, urban ecology, Citizen Science Programs; Phylogeny, population genetics, hybridization; Invasive species and their impact on natural and agro-ecosystems; Social parasitism, host manipulation, communication (behavioural, socioecological, morpho-functional aspects); Reproductive, orientation, foraging, aggressive behaviour.

PUBLICATIONS
Papers on International Journals: 84 (77 on Indexed Journals)
Book chapters: 4
Book Introduction: 1
Congress Proceedings: 95 (40 international; 54 national)
Translation of scientific book: 1
Scientific revision of books: 3
Authored Books: 2

INVITED SPEAKER TO CONGRESSES: 12 (5 international, 7 national)
INVITED SEMINARS FOR ITALIAN AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: 45

EDITORIAL BOARD INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS AND SERIES

FRONTIERS IN INSECT SCIENCE (2021 to date)
INSECTS (2019 to date)
ENTOMOLOGIA, an international journal of entomology (2013-2017)
INSECT SOCIAL LIFE 1996-2002

REFEREE for INDEXED JOURNALS:
Acta Zoologica, Animal Behaviour, Annales Zoologici, Arthropod Structure & Development, Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology, Belgian Journal of Zoology, Biological Control, Current Zoology, Ecological Entomology, Ecotoxicology, Ethology, European Journal of Entomology, Ethology Ecology & Evolution, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Applied Entomology, Journal of Chemical Ecology, Journal of Insect Behavior, Journal of Insect Physiology, Journal of Morphology, Heredity, Italian Journal of Zoology, Insects, Insectes Sociaux, Myrmecological News, Neotropical Entomology, Physiological Entomology, PLOS ONE, Psyche, Redia, The European Zoological Journal, The Science of Nature.

SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES MEMBERSHIP

Società Entomologica Italiana (SEI)
Unione Zoologica Italiana (UZI)
Società Italiana di Etologia (SIE)
Italian section IUSSI (International Union for the Study of Social Insects)
Società Museo Civico di Rovereto (Socio corrispondente)
Società Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica (SIBE)
European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB)

RESPONSIBLE IN FUNDED PROJECTS

RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH PROJECT (2019-2020) Title: “Formiche e contatori: studio delle cause della presenza delle formiche all’interno degli apparecchi e individuazione di possibili sistemi di controllo del problema” FUNDED by e-distribuzione (ENEL).
RESPONSIBLE (Unit Leader) PRIN 2017 (Funded by MIUR in 2019). Title “Partner manipulation in plant-insect relationships”.
RESPONSIBLE JOINT RESEARCH AGREEMENT funded by Fondazione E. Mach (TN) (2019). Title “Studio delle interazioni tra formiche (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) e cocciniglie cotonose della vite (Planococcus ficus, Hemiptera, Pseudococcidae) in agroecosistema vigneto del Trentino, con particolare riguardo al ruolo delle formiche nella proliferazione dell'infestante e ai meccanismi di diffusione della infestazione”.
RESPONSIBLE JOINT RESEARCH AGREEMENT supported by Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard SCRL (Parma) (2018) Title “Ruolo delle formiche come antagonisti naturali di insetti fitofagi: messa a punto, valutazione e potenzialità di nuovi sistemi di lotta biologica”.
RESPONSIBLE JOINT RESEARCH AGREEMENT funded by Fondazione E. Mach (TN) (2017). Title "Studio delle interazioni tra formiche (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) e cocciniglie cotonose della vite (Planococcus ficus, Hemiptera, Pseudococcidae) in agroecosistema vigneto del Trentino e loro utilizzo per la messa a punto di innovativi sistemi di monitoraggio dell’infestazione".
RESPONSIBLE of the Italian Research Unit for “THE GLOBAL ANT GENOMICS ALLIANCE CONSORTIUM (GAGA)" (2017 to date) Funded by the CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE (Chinese biodiversity genomics grant, Kunming Institute of Zoology).
RESPONSIBLE Research Project for a "MASTER & BACK” internship (2010-2011) Funded by Regione Sardegna.
RESPONSIBLE of the Local Unit for the Progetto Finalizzato Florovivaismo (2007-2009), Funded by Ministero dell'Agricoltura.
RESPONSIBLE Research agreement with CRA Sanremo (2007-2009) for the Project “Studio sull'influenza degli imenotteri formicidi nell'utilizzazione dei limitatori naturali (parassitoidi e predatori) di cocciniglie dannose alla rosa ed eventuali altre colture ornamentali".
RESPONSIBLE FIL PROJECTS 2006-2007-2008-2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016-2021 Funded by Univ. Parma

PARTECIPATION IN FUNDED PROJECTS

JOINT RESEARCH PROJECT WITH MUSE (TN) and Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi (2019-to date)
JOINT RESERCH PROJECT with Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio (2019-to date)
JOINT RESEARCH AGREEMENT WITH MUSE for scientific public engagement (2019-to date)
RESEARCH AGREEMENT with Area Parchi e Regione Lombardia for BioBlitz Lombardia (2019)
JOINT RESERCH PROJECT on BIODIVERSITY MONITORING Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso (2018)
PRIN 2001-2003: Comunicazione animale: studio integrato sulla comunicazione chimica negli insetti
MIUR COFIN 1999: Meccanismi di acquisizione e uso dell'informazione ambientale negli animali
MIUR COFIN 1997: Organizzazione sociale e spazio-temporale del comportamento
MIUR COFIN from 1991-1996: Comportamento animale

RESPONSIBILITIES IN ACADEMIES and SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

MEMBER ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE ITALIANA DI ENTOMOLOGIA (ANIE) (2020-to date)
SCIENTIFIC COMMITEE WWF ITALIA (2020-to date)
ETHIC COMMITTEE Fondazione Museo Civico di Rovereto. 2017-to date
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE Fondazione Museo Civico di Rovereto. 2014-to date
PRESIDENT of the Italian Section IUSSI (International Union for the Study of Social Insects). 2005-2010
COUNCIL BOARD of the Italian Society of Ethology (SIE). 2008-2012
COUNCIL BOARD Italian Section IUSSI (International Union for the Study of Social Insects). 2001-2014

ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES UNIV. PARMA
PRESIDENT DEGREE COURSE IN “NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES” (University of Parma) (2020 to date)
DEPARTMENT RESEARCH COMMITTEE Dept. SCVSA (University of Parma) (2020 to date)
RESPONSIBLE QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER (RAQ), 2014-2019
DEPARTMENT BOARD (Giunta Dip. Bioscienze), 2012-2014

ORGANIZATION AND SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE OF CONGRESSES
XXVII Congresso Nazionale Italiano di Entomologia, Palermo 12-16 giugno 2023.
Congress IUSSI (International Union for the Study of Social Insects) 2022, San Diego (CA, USA) 3-7 July 2022.
9th Congress of the Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology (SIBE) Ancona, 4-7 September 2022.
16th International Conference of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology (ISBE 2016). University of Exeter (UK).
XXVI Convegno della Società Italiana di Etologia (SIE) - Parma 2015
XV Convegno della Sezione Italiana della International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI) – Reggio Emilia 2014
The 5th Central European Workshop of Myrmecology (CEWM), Innsbruck 2013
5th European Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects - Montecatini Terme 2012
V European Conference on Behavioural Biology - Ferrara 2010
9° Convegno della Sezione Italiana della International Union for the Study of Social Insects – Parma 2001
16° Convegno della Società Italiana di Etologia – Parma 1994

OUTREACH - PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTE - ORGANIZATION OF POPULAR SCIENCE EVENTS:

A detailed list of the more than 160 contributions of the last years (2015-2022) could be found here:
https://scvsa-servizi.campusnet.unipr.it/do/pubeng.pl/Search?search=part...

Among these, a special mention for:
INVITED SPEAKER:
Invited Speaker “Festival della Scienza (Genova)” (2020);
Invited Speaker “Verso la XXIII Esposizione Internazionale di Triennale Milano” (2020);
Invited Speaker Mantova Scienza 2019;
Invited Speaker Mantova Food Science Festival 2019.

ARTICLES/INTERVIEWS ON MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS:
L’Essenziale (2021); Prometeo (2021) rivista trimestrale di Scienza e Storia (Mondadori); Nature Italy (2021); La Chiave di Sofia (2021); La Libertà (2020); 7 Corriere della Sera 2019; Il Giorno (2019); Il Mattino (2019); Focus (2019); Mind (2018); Focus Extra (2018).

TV:
SUPERQUARK (RAI) 2019 - "Il Formicaio intelligente", GEO (RAI) 2018, RAI Cultura NEWTON 2020

RADIO:
Rai Radio 3 (2019), Radio Popolare (2018, 2019), Radio 24 (2018, 2019)

For the years 2004-2015 a mention for:
ARTICLES/INTERVIEWS ON POPULAR SCIENCE MAGAZINES and WEB SITES: AIRONE n° 141, 1993, AIRONE n° 255, 2002, LA STAMPA, 1999, QUARK n° 54, 2005, OGGI SCIENZA, 2014, FOCUS n° 273, 2015, FOCUS n° 275, 2015, BBC Scienze n° 33, 2015, CTRL Magazine 2017, Zanichelli Aula di Scienze, 2017, Pikaia, 2017.

TELEVISION AND RADIO:
“Insetti sociali” EXPLORA LA TV DELLA SCIENZA (Rai) 2004; “Le formiche intorno a noi” Radio Parma 2015; “Una società felice – Pagina 3” Rai Radio 3 - Rassegna stampa intervista a Donato A. Grasso.
SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARIES: Vita da vespa, GEO & GEO (RAI) 1994; Un’amazzone piccola piccola, GEO & GEO (RAI) 1997.

ORGANIZATION PARMA DARWIN DAY, 2008-to date

ORGANIZATION CYCLE OF SEMINARS "Raccontare gli insetti tra entomologia, cultura e didattica" in collaboration with Comune di Parma, 2007

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2022/2023

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014

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