The Institute of Applied Ecology (Istituto di Ecologia Applicata, IEA) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1987 with the aim to support public and private organisations, in Italy and abroad, in their activities related to the management of natural assets, particularly terrestrial and marine wildlife and habitats.

IEA also promotes the implementation of research and ecology projects that significantly support the incrementation of progress in the field of development and participatory conservation of natural resources.

IEA has a long-established collaboration with the Sapienza University of Rome, where most of the collaborators of the association had their University degrees. Such collaboration grants the application of most updated scientific research strategies and results obtained through rigorous methods and approaches.

Initially focused on the implementation of ecological field researches and with a strong orientation towards the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for spatial planning and wildlife management, IEA has broadened its expertise in management of human-wildlife conflicts, particularly related to mammals, and it is able to deal with several aspects related to environment study and management, through a wide range of skills.

Luigi Boitani

Luigi Boitani, founder and president of the Istituto di Ecologia Applicata (Institute of Applied Ecology) of Rome, has a very long experience and skills in teaching and research activities. He was full professor on Conservation Biology and Animal Ecology at the “Sapienza” University of Rome until 2016, when he retired and became Professor Emeritus. He was a tutor of more than 260 master-level thesis and more than 35 doctoral thesis at Italian and North-American Universities. The main focus of Luigi’s research is the ecology and conservation of large mammals and the design and management of protected areas. Since 1973 he worked on a series of projects on the ecology and conservation of the wolf (Canis lupus) and other large carnivores in Italy and in several other European countries. He also wrote the Management Plans of more than 30 National Parks in Italy and Africa and the Action Plan and guidance documents for the conservation of wolf at European scale. He gave seminars at several Universities in Europe and in other countries of the world and he is a member of more than 25 professional organizations, working groups, and Boards of Governors including chair of the Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe (LCIE) and of the Wolf Specialist Group, SSC/IUCN.

Paolo Ciucci

Paolo CIUCCI is a professor at Sapienza University of Rome, and councilor of the Istituto di Ecologia Applicata since 2012. His main fields of interest are Wildlife Ecology, Management, and Conservation; Assessment and Monitoring of Vertebrate Populations; Resource selection functions and habitat suitability models; Telemetry and GIS applications to Wildlife Conservation. After holding a M.Sc. At University of Minnesota he obtained his PhD at Sapienza University with a thesis on wolf ecology in 1990, and has since then maintained his interest on mammal ecology and conservation, with a focus on large carnivores (wolves and bears). He teaches Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and is involved in a number of projects related to the monitoring and assessment of wildlife populations, wildlife resource selection and landscape connectivity as well as relationships between humans and wildlife. He supervised over 50 PhD and 60 MSc students and has been scientific supervisor for projects coordinated by Park Management Authorities. He chairs the Reseacrh and Conservation Grant Committee of International Association for Bear Management and Research (IBA) and is a member of the Wildlife Society, American Society of Mammalogists, International Bear Association, and the Italian Theriological Association.

Valeria Salvatori
Councillor and secretary

Wildlife research and management are the main interests of Valeria Salvatori, Italian from Rome. She has worked in international environments collaborating with foreign research institutes since 1992. Spatial analyses of environmental processes, mainly wildlife management and conflicts between wildlife and local communities are the subjects of her latest working activities. She has a good knowledge of technical issues involving management of projects related to wildlife monitoring, as well as of more socially-oriented issued involved in the conservation of wild species and the conflicts they may bring among representatives within local communities. In 2002, she held a PhD in Geography at the University of Southampton. The research project was developed all across the Carpathian Mountains and aimed at identifying suitable areas for the conservation of bears, lynx and wolves. She has interacted with hunters, foresters, livestock breeders, shepherds, farmers, scientists, and citizens in areas where wildlife species of particular interest such as large carnivores are present. She then continued working in the area of large carnivore management, has become a member of the IUCN LCIE task and has directed several LIFE projects targeting wolves and bears. She is currently managing a EC funded project for the establishment of participatory processes on large carnivore management in high conflict areas in Europe.