My scientific works have been done taking in particular attention the conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles. In this respect I conducted studies on herps from Italy and Madagascar. One of my favourite subjects has been the spadefoot toad, Pelobates fuscus. This is a peculiar fossorial toadlet inhabiting the Po Plain (N. Italy), and traditionally considered one of the most threatened amphibians of Europe.
Part of these studies was funded by WWF Italy and by the European Union, and led to the redaction of a specific action plan. In this regard I served as coordinator for Italy within the atlas project of Europe and for the Piedmont and Aosta Valley. Other conservation oriented inititatives dealt with the application of PVA models to the Lanza’s salamander, Salamandra lanzai (a taxon by him discovered and described in the late eighties) and with a general classification in terms of conservation priority for the amphibians of Italy.
More recently he acted as co-editor and co-author of the Fauna d’Italia (Fauna of Italy) dedicated to the amphibians, a much prestigious monographic contribution.