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Ignazio Avella

Ignazio Avella

PhD Student

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PhD Student
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MSc
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CIBIO - Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos da Universidade do Porto Campus Agrário de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, n° 7 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
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I graduated in Environmental Biology at "La Sapienza” University of Rome, where I studied phylogeography and coloration of the western whip snake (Hierophis viridiflavus). Currently, I am a PhD Student at CIBIO-InBIO under the lead of BIODESERTS, with a project focusing on nine medically important viper species from North-West Africa and the Iberian Peninsula. I will characterize geographic venom variability of these species, map snakebite risk in the Western Mediterranean and predict dynamics of snakebite risk under future scenarios of climate change, providing tools to define appropriate management strategies to mitigate the human-snake conflict. 

I feel deeply attracted by many different fields in biology and support the multidisciplinary approach, therefore I aim to develop a good set of skills in different fields of study rather than become specialized in one only. I am determined to build an academic career on the analysis of phenotypic plasticity and adaptation of living beings to extreme and complex environments, with a particular focus on reptiles, my lifelong passion. Up to this day I have worked as scientific divulgator, dissertation advisor and field herpetologist on scientific expeditions in Europe, Morocco, Mexico and Peru.

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