Alessandro Bortolotto

Born in Milan in 1966, he loved the animal world since his childhood, showing a marked preference for marine mammals.
Degree in Biological Sciences, 1993 (University of Milan)
Dissertation "The structure of the lungs in Cetacea: phylogenetic considerations"

PhD in Veterinary Medicine, 2005 (University of Padoa, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Veterinary Experimental Sciences)
Thesis "Osmoregulation and plasma antidiuretic hormone levels in selected marine mammals"

Degree in Oriental Languages and Civilizations, 2011 (University of Urbino, branch of Pesaro)
Dissertation "Arabic loanwords in standard Kiswahili".

Full member of Centro Studi Cetacei since 1986; since 1999 member of the Board (up until August 2014) and President of the network from 2004 to 2011. He took part to several workshops on marine mammals in many countries; he also cooperated to several research projects. Member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) - revisor of scientific papers presented to the Hawaii conference (1999), member of European Cetacean Society (ECS) since 1991, member of Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali (SISN), member of Società Italiana Autori ed Editori (SIAE). He was also full member of the European Association for Aquatic Mammals (EAAM) and professional member of the International Marine Animal Trainers' Association (IMATA). He was Head of Science (since 1990 to 1999) of the Fondazione Cetacea ONLUS. Founder and president of the no- profit association Zoonomia. Consultan for Mundo Aquatico/Zoomarine Portugal (from 1999 to 2004) and then Head of Zoology and Science (from January 2005 to october 2005 and from april 2006 to march 2008) of Zoomarine Italia and contract professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Padoa University (from 2003 to 2006). He has been working as a consultant for the Merlin Entertainments Group and for Oltremare Srl as a Scientific Coordinator (from June 2012 to October 2013).

More info at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alessandro-bortolotto/65/73b/88/en


Name's origin

Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) was one of the most remarkable men of his time, and the author
of original discoveries.
He was among the first to support the variability of species in a time when it was widely thought
of their fixity and immutability.

"Zoönomia" is the title of one of his works published in 1794, in which the author is freed from the constraints of the eighteenth-century materialism and exposes its biological vision in terms of dialectic, in some respects singularly modern. Reading his pages it appears that he had understood the doctrine of the mutability of species. Now the only missing points were the studies, research and discoveries that his nephew Charles then dedicated to the development of Erasmus's ideas.

To read his work, download an Ebook version by following this link.


Who we are

Zoönomia is a group of biologists, naturalists and vets born in 1999 with the aim of contributing to the conservation
of biodiversity on an international scale; it operates in the field of scientific divulgation and research projects and particularly:

  • research on cetaceans both in the wild and in captivity, aimed at their conservation;
  • support the training of young experts in the field through the organization of specialized courses
    for university students;
  • organization of courses and conferences about the aquatic environment for the general public.

Zoonomia is a non-profit organization, with its registered office at via Azzurra 20 in Bologna.
R.E.A. (Repository of economic and administrative information) number 409872
Tax code /VAT 02051421200

Founding members:

  • President: Alessandro Bortolotto
  • Vice President: Silvio Bortolotto
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Robert Landuzzi
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