Professor of Environmental Geology at the University of Messina - Gruppo Nazionale per la Ricerca sull'Ambiente Costiero, GNRAC
He was a consultant to the Prefect of Messina for the management of the waste emergency, following the introduction of the Ronchi Decree, in this context he contributed to the planning of several landfill and contributed to the drafting of feasibility studies for the location and construction of waste-to-energy plants (unrealized).
He has collaborated in the environmental assessment impact of various public works (especially in the coastal area) and he participated in the drafting of the Territorial Landscape Plan of the Province of Messina,
In 2007/08 he was a free consultant to President of the Sicilian Region, Lombardo, for the protection and enhancement of coastal heritage and coordinated. On behalf of the Regional Civil Protection, the Seismic Microzonation Plan for 19 municipalities of the island.
In recent years he has actively participated in the debate on the emergence of waste, writing scientific articles, intervening in the local press and participating in various debates where he presented a scheme of management of the emergency alternative to those NOT acting for the Sicilian Region.
In 2013 he founded GEOLOGIS s.r.l., Spin Off of the University of Messina, active in the field of surveys from aerial and marine drones, using cameras, LiDAR, spectrophotocameras and thermal imaging cameras.
As part of his scientific research, he collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution of Washington D.C. in the study of the Nile Delta, with the Thai Geological Service in the study of the east coast of the local peninsula; with ENEA he participated in the X Italian expedition in Antarctica. He has also worked in Mexico, France and Mozambique. He was President of the Med Center of the EUCC - The Coastal Union based in Barcelona and he is still component of the board of the same organization.
On behalf of the European Union he has coordinated at national level and/or as a local unit several projects related to coastal management (EUROSION, M.E.S.S.I.N.A.) and territorial security (eSec).
Since December 2017 he is the lead partner of the POCKET BEACH MANAGEMENT & REMOTE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (BESS) project as part of the Interreg Italy - Malta Program.
He is the author of more than 120 scientific publications.