Curriculum Vitae

General information

  • Date of birth: May 23rd, 1961, Torino, Italy
  • Married
  • Daughters: Serena Crystal Vatosoa and Kintana Azzurra
  • Emails franco.andreone[at]regione.piemonte.it, franco.andreone[at]gmail.com
  • Skype franco_and
  • Current job position (since 1991): Curator at Zoology Department and Editor-in-Chief for publications, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino, Via G. Giolitti 36, 10123 Torino, Italy; Tel. +390114326306; +390114325914 [FAX]
  • Education and University experience:
    • 1980-1985: Biological Sciences Course (MSc), University of Torino, Italy
    • 1987-1990: PhD in Animal Biology at the University of Bologna, Italy

    Invitations, lectures, and projects

      • 2015: Idea and concept of the HerpeThon 2015, Herpetological Marathon – a series of talks to inrease the public awareness for the amphibians and reptiles, realised by the Societas Herpetologica Italica and Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali
      • 2013: Idea and concept of the Giornata del Madagascar 2013, a day event organised on 21-22 June 2013 by Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Association Malagasy Miray and Museo Civico di Zoologia
      • 2013: Idea and concept of the HerpeThon 2013, Herpetological Marathon – a series of talks to inrease the public awareness for the amphibians and reptiles, realised by the Societas Herpetologica Italica and Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali
      • 2012: Idea and concept of the Giornata del Madagascar 2012, a day event organised on 7th July 2012 by Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali and Association Malagasy Miray
      • 2011: Idea and concept of the HerpeThon 2011, Herpetological Marathon – a series of talks to inrease the public awareness for the amphibians and reptiles, realised by the Societas Herpetologica Italica
      • 2011: Idea and concept of the Giornata del Madagascar 2011 a day event organised on 25th June 2011 by Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali and Association Malagasy Miray
      • 24-28.I.2011: Invited foreign expert to the Workshop “Global Reptile Assessment”, organised by IUCN/SSC and Madagasikara Voakajy, and held at Antananarivo, Madagascar.
      • 2010/2011: Funded by The Mohamed bin Zayed Fund for Species Conservation, The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation and the Amphibian Specialist Group to carry out an emergency conservation study on two Critically Endangered frogs (Boophis williamsii and Mantidactylus pauliani) of the Ankaratra Massif, Madagascar.
      • 12-18.X.2010: Co-organiser of the Workshop “Disease screening for amphibians. Course for amphibian biologists” held at Ivoloina, Madagascar.
      • 2009/2011: Funded by The Mohamed bin Zayed Fund for Species Conservation to carry out a conservation study on the threatened amphibian species of the Isalo Massif, Madagascar
      • 2009 onwards: IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority
      • 2009: He obtained the Sabin Award for Amphibian Conservation by IUCN and Amphibian Specialist Group
      • 2009: Invited participation to the Amphibian Mini-Summit, held at London on 20th-21st August 2009.
      • 2009: Organiser the Save the Frog Day and Blog the Frog workshop
      • 2008 onwards: Scientific advisor of Save the Frogs Charity
      • 2008 onwards: Scientific advisor of EDGE of the existence at the Zoological Society of London
      • 2008 onwards: Idea and concepts of the VertEx Vertebrata Extincta Project for the study of the preserved specimens of threatened vertebrates in the Italian museums of natural history.
      • 2008: Invited participation to the Celebration of the Year of the Frog, organised by the ACSAM, ASG and Ministery of the Environment, Antananarivo 21st November 2008.
      • 2008: Invited participation to the Amphibian Conservation Husbandry (ACH), organised by the DWCT and held at Jersey (UK), 25th February – 7th March 2008.
      • 2007 onwards: Member of the Scientific Committee of WWF Italia
      • 2007: Funded by BioPat to carry out a conservation study entitled “Conservation of Tomato frog populations within and around the town of Maroantsetra, NE Madagascar”
      • 2007: Funded by Van Thienhoven Foundation for International Nature Conservation to carry out a conservation study on montane threatened amphibian species of Madagascar
      • 2007: Funded by the Wildcare Institute to carry out a research on the amphibians of Betampona low altitude rainforest, Madagascar
      • 2006/2007: Funded by EAZA to carry out a conservation study on Dyscophus antongilii and Dyscophus guineti, the tomato frogs of Madagascar
      • 18-21.IX.2006: Organiser of the Workshop “A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar” held at Antananarivo, Madagascar.
      • 27.IX-2.X.2005: Chairman for the session Ecology and Conservation of the European Amphibians I. at the 13th Congress of the Societas Europaea Herpetologica, Bonn, Germany.
      • 2004-2005: Charged by Nando Peretti Foundation, Istituto Oikos, and National Amphibian Conservation Center to carry out a research on the “Status and Conservation of Scaphiophryne gottlebei, Mantella expectata, Mantella viridis, and Mantella bernhardi
      • 2004 onwards: Chair for Madagascar of the Amphibian Specialist Group / IUCN (formerly DAPTF).
      • 2004 (repeated dates): Assessor of the Global Amphibian Assessment for Italy (done online).
      • 22-25.IX.2003: Reviewer of the Global Amphibian Assessment for Madagascar, held at Gland (Switzerland).
      • 26-27.III.2003: Lecturer to the International Symposium “Toward the Integration of Biodiversity Studies”, under 21st Century COE program of Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan).
      • 2002-2003: Charged by DAPTF/IUCN to carry out a research on the “Status and Conservation of Mantella cowani“. This research was financially supported by a grant from DAPTF, WCS USA, and National Amphibian Conservation Center (NACC).
      • 15-17.V.2002: Expert to the international workshop “Towards a Biodiversity Vision for the Alps”, Gap (France).
      • 4.V.2002:Lecturer to the annual meeting of the British Herpetological Society (London).
      • IV.2002: Invited Professor at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris, Laboratoire des Reptiles et Amphibiens (Prof. A. Dubois) for a study and research on the amphibians and reptiles from Madagascar (through a fellowship of MNHN, France).
      • 2000-2001: Charged by Dipartimento di Biologia di Roma, (Italy), and Environmental Ministery, to make a research on Pelobates fuscus insubricus and Salamandra lanzai (project Monitoring of the Conservation Status of the endangered amphibians and reptiles of Italy).
      • III.2002: Invited Professor at the Konstanz University (Prof. A. Meyer) for a study period on the molecular biology of Madagascan amphibians (through a fellowship of DAAD, Germany).
      • 20-25.V.2001: Invited to the CAMP (Conservation Assessment Managing Plan) – “Evaluation et Plans de Gestion pour la Conservation de la Faune de Madagascar: Lemuriens, Autres Mammiferes, Reptiles et Amphibiens, Poissons d’eau douce”, Mantasoa (Madagascar).
      • 28.VIII.-02.IX.2000: Lecturer to the 28th International Congress of Zoology, Athens (Greece).
      • 2000: Charged by the Association Europeenne pour l’Etude et la Conservation des Lemuriens (AEECL) of Mulhouse (France) for a zoological research in the transition forest of Sahamalaza Peninsula, NW Madagascar.
      • 2000: Charged by the WWF Italy to prepare the Action Plan on Pelobates fuscus insubricus.
      • 1998-2001: Collaboration for IUCN Species Survival Programme (Cambridge) for works of the “CITES Significant Trade Review”, referring to Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar.
      • 2000: Charged by the WWF Italy to prepare the ACTION PLAN on Pelobates fuscus insubricus.
      • 31.VIII.-02.IX.1999: Chairman and lecturer at the Second International Congress on the Biogeography of Madagascar, Paris (France).
      • 15.IV.1999: Member of the Jury (Examining Committee) for the “Doctorat d’Etat” (PhD) at Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris (candidate: J.M. Hoyos).
      • 25-29.VIII.1998: Chairman and lecturer of the session Biogeography and distribution at the 9th Congress of the Societas Europaea Herpetologica, University of Savoie, Chambery, France.
      • IV.1996: Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan (USA), Museum of Zoology, within an international grant given by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan.
      • 012.IX.1995: Chairman and lecturer at the International Symposium Biogeography of Madagascar, Museum national d’Histoire naturelle (Paris, France).

    Scientific-editorial activity

        • 2011: Idea and concept (together with N. Bressi, M. Capula, M. Zuffi) of the awareness increase inititiative HerpeThon The Herpetological Marathon
        • 2010: Co-Editor (together with A. Angulo) of a special issue of Alytes entitled Bridging the gap between science and policy in amphibian conservation: Beyond 2010
        • 2008: Associate Editor for amphibians of ZooKeys
        • 2007: Associate Editor of Phyllomedusa, Journal of Herpetology.
        • 2007: Deputy Editor of Alytes, the journal of the International Society for the Study and Conservation of the Amphibians (ISSCA).
        • 2007: Associate editor of The Open Conservation Biology Journal
        • 2004-2006 Associate editor of Acta Herpetologica the journal of the Italian Herpetological Society (Societas Herpetologica Italica).
        • 2004: Editor-in-chief of the Bollettino del Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali di Torino.
        • 1999 onwards: “Country Contact Liaison” (for Italy and Madagascar) of the international scientific quarterly journal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.
        • 1998: Member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Alytes (edited by ISSCA, The International Society for the Study and Conservation of the Amphibians, Paris).
        • Reviewer for the National Science Foundation; Annual Awards of the National Geographic Society, London; the Global Amphibian Assessment (GAA) for the Amphibians of Europe and Madagascar. International/Center for Applied Biodiversity Science – IUCN/SSC Biodiversity Assessment Unit.
        • Referee of Oryx, Biodiversity and Conservation, Italian Journal of Zoology, Alytes, Dumerilia, Acta Herpetologica, Amphibia-Reptilia, Bollettino del Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Rivista Piemontese di Storia Naturale, Natura Bresciana, Journal of Herpetology, Journal of Natural History, Herpetologica, Israel Journal of Zoology, Memoires du Museum national d’Histoire naturelle, Phyllomedusa, Endangered Species Research.


  • Recent talks

    • F. Andreone, E. Gavetti, Lessona zoologo: articoli scientifici in campo zoologico, con riferimento al materiale conservato nelle collezioni. Lecture at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Turin, 28 November 2011) on the occasion of the congress “Michele Lessona, naturalista divulgatore”.
    • F. Andreone, L’attivita’ di ricerca zoologica del MRSN: oltre 20 anni di missioni in Madagascar, Lecture at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Turin, 25 June 2011) on the occasion of the “Giornata del Madagascar 2011”;
    • E. De Biaggi, F. Andreone, La foresta del Madagascar nell’exhibit del Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Lecture at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Turin, 25 June 2011) on the occasion of the “Giornata del Madagascar 2011”;
    • S. Ramasso, F. Andreone, Presentazione del volume “il canto della rana, uno zoologo fra Torino e il Madagascar”, Lecture at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Turin, 25 June 2011) on the occasion of the “Giornata del Madagascar 2011”;
    • T. Garner and F. Andreone, “Under pressure”. Anfibi sull’orlo di una crisi estintiva, Lecture at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Turin, 18 March 2011);
    • F. Andreone, Amphibian conservation in Madagascar, Lecture at the Antwerp Expo Meeting Center (Antwerp, 27 November 2010);
    • F. Andreone, Biodiversita’ del Madagascar: 20 anni di raccolte erpetologiche (e non solo) fra fieldsurveys e conservazione, Lecture at the 20th ANMS meeting (Ferrara 18 November) 2010;
    • F. Andreone, On-going extinctions: the case of amphibians, Conference at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale on the occasion of the Evolution Day (Milan, 24 November 2010);
    • F. Andreone, G. Rosa, J. Noel, Conservation and research – Malagasy amphibians and Betampona , Lecture the Madagascar Fauna Group Annual Meeting (Paris, 5 July 2010);
    • F. Andreone, Il Madagascar fra sviluppo economico e conservazione della biodiversita’, Talk at Madagascar’s national celebration at the Associazione Crescere Insieme (Turin, 26 June 2010);
    • F. Andreone and A. Pistarino, L’erosione della biodiversita’ sulla Terra,, Talk at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, organised by Pannunzio Center (Turin, 26 May 2010);
    • F. Andreone, Esploratori-zoologi nella Torino fra il 19esimo e il 20esimo Secolo, 24 March 2010, Conference at the Pannunzio Center (Turin, 26 May 2010)
    • F. Andreone, Il mio Madagascar: note di evoluzione dell’isola dalle 1.000 diversita’, Talk at the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Turin, 26 June 2009);
    • F. Andreone, Storia di scoperte e di conservazione degli anfibi del Madagascar, Talk at CeSMAP, Museo Civico di Archeologia e Antropologia (Pinerolo, 14 March 2009);


Interviews