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Giorgio "The Diver"

My first scuba dive was at the beginning of the 1990s. I was immediately captured by the “magic” of breathing underwater. In the same years, I studied geology at the University of Rome and immediately understood the potential of scuba diving to study the geology of flooded areas such as caves, sinkholes, and the ocean floor. My dream was to become an “underwater” geologist.

Through the years, I fulfilled my desire to merge science and scuba diving. My master’s dissertation focused on the exploration and study of one of the world’s deepest flooded sinkholes (Pozzo del Merro, Italy). For my Ph.D. thesis, I studied some underwater volcanic emissions in the Aeolian Islands (Italy). I had to learn to address several potentially deadly risks in both situations.

Building on these experiences, I continued to pursue a career as a professional scientific diver, becoming the representative for Italy to the European Scientific Diving Panel.

In 2015, after a spell as a senior research fellow at Nottingham University (England) and Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), I moved to the USA, beginning a collaboration with the Diving Program of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Working with this top-rated team taught me much about managing complex diving operations. In the same years, I started focusing on risk management applied to the diving environment.

In 2018, the International Academy of Underwater Sciences and Techniques awarded me the prestigious “Golden Trident” for my contribution to the progress of underwater science. I was incredibly honored to be part of this guild that has among its members some historical names such as Captain Jacques Cousteau, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and Rick Stanton.