About

Biography

I met photography when I was in high school (unfortunately, many years ago…), thanks to a photography teacher who introduced me first to the Raygrams technique and then to the true game. After that, I experienced some years of dark room and black & white films, shooting mainly some kind of home-made still-life, portraits and macro. For many years I used to shoot with old second hand film cameras with even older lenses and no automatisms at all, so, when I approached a digital SLR, everything, from AF to zoom lenses, has been a new discover. However, I realized that none of the “new” features of digital cameras is truly necessary, they are only tools. Even in the digital era, photography is still “just” light and composition, or at least it should be that… In early 2006 I started to take some photos of my study subjects (I have a PhD in Experimental Ecology and I’m involved in researches about reptiles and amphibians). I abandoned my self-made still-life shots, attempting to show how herps can be fascinating and how they are beautiful, despite their ugly reputation. As I spend a lot of time in the field for my studies, I have many opportunities to take pictures of my favorite subjects. Then I moved forward, from snakes and frogs, basically to any wild subject. At the same time, I’m currently managing photo and video research, acquisition and production for the MUSE – Science Museum of Trento, keeping on mixing scientific and photographic activities both outdoor and indoor. Last but not least, I’m now jumping into video-making, but that will be another story…

Awards
  • Glanzlichter der Naturfotografie – Winner – Wildlife in Human Environment category (2016)
  • BioPhotoContest – Finalist (3 photos) – Deserts, Rocks and Screes edition (2016)
  • Royal Society Publishing Photography competition – Runner-up – Evolutionary Biology category (2015)
  • III World Biodiversity Congress Photo Contest – Winner – Wild species category (2015)
  • Royal Society of Biology Photo Competition – Special Mention (2015)
  • Euronatur Photo Competition – Highly Commended (2014)
  • Asferico International Nature Photography Competition – Overall Winner (2011)
  • National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest – Honorable Mentions – 2 photos (2011)
  • “Fotografare il Parco” Photo Competition – Third Prize – Macro category (2010)
Scientific publications
  • Sacchi R., Scali S., Mangiacotti M., Sannolo M., Zuffi M.A.L., Pupin F., Gentilli A., Bonnet X. Seasonal variations of plasma testosterone among colour-morph common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis). General and Comparative Endocrinology 240 (2017).
  • Scali S., Sacchi R., Mangiacotti M., Pupin F., Gentilli A., Zucchi C., Sannolo M., Pavesi M., Zuffi M.A.L. Does a polymorphic species have a ‘polymorphic’ diet? A case study from a lacertid lizard. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 117 (3) (2016).
  • Seimon T.A., Ayebare S., Sekisambu R., Muhindo E., Mitamba G., Greenbaum E., Menegon M., Pupin F., McAloose D., Ammazzalorso A., Meirte D., Lukwago W., Behangana M., Seimon A., Plumptre A. J. Assessing the threat of amphibian chytrid fungus in the Albertine Rift: past, present and future. PLoS ONE 10 (12) (2015).
  • Liedtke H.C., Hügli D., Dehling J.M., Pupin F., Menegon M., Plumptre A.J., Kujirakwinja D., Loader S.P. One or two species? On the case of Hyperolius discodactylus Ahl, 1931 and H. alticola Ahl, 1931 (Anura: Hyperoliidae). Zootaxa 3768: 253-290 (2014).
  • Butikofer L., Sacchi R., Pupin F., Pellitteri-Rosa D., Razzetti E., Pella F., Fasola M. Sexual dimorphism and allometry of the lacertid Mesalina balfouri (Blanford, 1881), endemic to the Archipelago of socotra (Yemen) (Squamata: Sauria: Lacertidae). Herpetozoa 25 (3-4): 101-108 (2013).
  • AAVV. The conservation status of the world’s reptiles. Biological Conservation 157: 372- 385 (2013).
  • Stefani F., Gentilli A., Sacchi R., Razzetti E., Pellitteri-Rosa D., Pupin F., Galli P. Refugia within refugia as a key to disentangle the genetic pattern of a highly variable species: the case of Rana temporaria Linnaeus, 1758 (Anura, Ranidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65 (2): 718-726 (2012).
  • Gomez-Diaz E., Sindaco R., Pupin F., Fasola M., Carranza S. Origin and in situ diversification in Hemidactylus geckos of the Socotra Archipelago. Molecular Ecology 21 (16): 4074-4092 (2012).
  • Pellitteri-Rosa D., Sacchi R., Pupin F., Bellati A., Cocca W., Gentilli A., Galeotti P., Fasola M. Testing the ability to store sperm: an experimental manipulation of mating opportunities in the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis. Acta Herpetologica 7 (1): 111-118 (2012).
  • Sindaco R., Metallinou M., Pupin F., Fasola M., Carranza S. Forgotten in the ocean: systematics, biogeography and evolution of the Trachylepis skinks of the Socotra Archipelago. Zoologica Scripta 41 (4): 346-362 (2012).
  • Zuffi M.A.L., Sacchi R., Pupin F., Cencetti T. Sexual size and shape dimorphism in the Moorish gecko (Tarentola mauritanica, Gekkota, Phyllodactylidae). North-Western Journal of Zoology 7 (2): 189-197 (2011).
  • Societas Herpetologica Italica (AAVV). Assessing the status of amphibian breeding sites in Italy: a national survey. Acta Herpetologica 6 (1): 119-126 (2011).
  • Razzetti E., Sindaco R., Grieco C., Pella F., Ziliani U., Pupin F., Riservato E., Pellitteri- Rosa D., Butikofer L., Suleiman A.S., Al-Aseily, B.A., Carugati C., Boncompagni E., Fasola M. Annotated checklist and distribution of the Socotran Archipelago Herpetofauna (Reptilia). Zootaxa 2826: 1-44 (2011).
  • Gower D.J., Papadopoulou A., Doherty-Bone T.M., Pupin F., San Mauro D., Loader S.P., Wilkinson M. The systematics of Boulengerula fischeri (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Caeciliidae) based on morphological and molecular data. Zootaxa 2767: 14-24 (2011).
  • Sacchi R., Scali S., Cavirani V., Pupin F., Pellitteri Rosa D., Zuffi M.A.L. Leukocyte differential counts and morphology from twelve European lizards. Italian Journal of Zoology 78 (4): 418-426 (2011).
  • Galeotti P., Pellitteri-Rosa D., Sacchi R., Gentilli A., Pupin F., Rubolini D., Fasola M. Sex, morph- and size-specific susceptibility to stress measured by haematological variables in captive common wall lizards Podarcis muralis. Comparative biochemestry and physiology part A 157: 354-363 (2010).
  • Sacchi R., Scali S., Pellitteri-Rosa D., Pupin F., Gentilli G., Tettamanti S, Cavigioli L., Racina L., Maiocchi V., Galeotti P., Fasola M. Photographic identification in reptiles: a matter of scales. Amphibia-Reptilia 31: 489-502 (2010).
  • Riservato E., Greco C., Pella F., Sindaco R., Pupin F., Suleiman A. S., Fasola M. A contribution to the knowledge of the odonatofauna of the Socotra Archipelago (Yemen) (Insecta: Odonata). Zoology in the Middle East 50: 101-106 (2010).
  • Sindaco R., Ziliani U., Razzetti E., Carugati C., Greco C., Pupin F., Al-Aseily B.A, Pella F., Fasola M. A misunderstood new gecko of the genus Hemidactylus from Socotra Island, Yemen (Reptilia: Squamata: Gekkonidae). Acta Herpetologica 4 (1): 83-98 (2009).
  • Galeotti P., Rubolini D., Pupin F., Sacchi R., Altobelli E., Nardi P.E. Fasola M. Presence of rivals reduces mating probability but does not affect ejaculate size in the freshwater crayfish Austropotamobius italicus. Behaviour 146: 45-68 (2009).
  • Sacchi R., Pupin F., Gentili A., Ruolini D., Scali S., Fasola M., Galeotti P. Male–male combats in a polymorphic lizard: residency and size, but not color, affect fighting rules and contest outcome. Aggressive Behavior 35: 1–10 (2009).
  • Zuffi M.A.L., Gentilli A., Cecchinelli E., Pupin F., Bonnet X., Filippi E., Luiselli L.M., Barbanera F., Dini F., Fasola M. Geographic variation of body size and reproductive patterns in Continental versus Mediterranean asp vipers, Vipera aspis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 96: 383–391 (2009).
  • Galeotti P., Rubolini D., Pupin F., Sacchi R. Fasola M. Sperm removal and ejaculate size correlate with chelae asymmetry in a freshwater crayfish species. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 62: 1739-1745 (2008).
  • Pellitteri Rosa D., Gentilli A., Sacchi R., Scali S., Pupin F., Razzetti E., Bernini F., Fasola M. Factors affecting repatriation success of the endangered Italian agile frog (Rana latastei). Amphibia-Reptilia 29: 235-244 (2008).
  • Sacchi R., Scali S., Pupin F., Gentilli A., Galeotti P., Fasola M. Microgeographic variation of colour morph frequency and biometry of common wall lizards. Journal of Zoology (London) 273: 389–396 (2007).
  • Rubolini D., Galeotti P., Pupin F., Sacchi R., Nardi P., Fasola M. Repeated matings and sperm depletion among freshwater crayfish Austropotamobius italicus males. Freshwater Biology 52: 1898-1906 (2007).
  • Pupin F., Sacchi R., Gentilli A., Galeotti P., Fasola M. Discrimination of toad calls by smooth newts: support for the heterospecific attraction hypothesis. Animal Behaviour 74: 1683-1690 (2007).
  • Sacchi R., Pupin F., Zuffi M. A. L., Scali S., Boncompagni E., Binda A., Galeotti P., Fasola M. Blood cell morphology of the Moorish gecko, Tarentola mauritanica. Amphibia- Reptilia 28: 503-508 (2007).
  • Sacchi R., Rubolini D., Gentilli A., Pupin F., Razzetti E., Scali S., Galeotti P., Fasola M. Morph-specific immunity in males Podarcis muralis. Amphibia-Reptilia 28: 408-412 (2007).
  • Galeotti P., Pupin F., Rubolini D., Sacchi R., Nardi P., Fasola M. Effects of female mating status on copulation behaviour and sperm expenditure in the freshwater crayfish Austopotamobius italicus. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 711-718 (2007).
  • Sacchi R., Pupin F., Pellitteri Rosa D., Fasola M. Bergmann’s rule and the Italian Hermann’s tortoises: latitudinal variations of size and shape. Amphibia-Reptilia 28: 43-50 (2007).
  • Rubolini D., Pupin F., Sacchi R., Gentilli A., Zuffi M. A. L., Galeotti P., Saino N. Sexual dimorphism in digit length ratios in two lizard species. Anatomical Records 288A: 491-497 (2006).
Acknowledgments

Guilain Mugilegile Mitamba, Emmanuel Muhindo Wasukundi, Miguel Lizana Avia, Elisa Riservato, Marco Costa, Greta & Sauro Sorana, Edoardo Razzetti, Emanuele Biggi, Francesco Tomasinelli, Paolo Mazzei, Giacomo Radi, Marco Porciani, Roberto Sindaco, Cristina Grieco, Badr Awadh Al-Aseily, Ahmed Adeeb Abdullah, Stefano Faggioli, Marco Balzarini, Fabio Sacchi, Emanuele Affaticati,

Sara Fornasiero, Marco Zuffi, Stefano Unterthiner, Chris Mattison, Frank Deschandol, Nicola Di Sario, Vitantonio Dell’Orto, Michele Menegon, Ale & Rocco, Flavio Lo Scalzo, Salvo Orlando, Giovanni “Nanni” Bencini, Thomas Doherty-Bone, Daniel Nyonsaba, Martin Sindikubwabo, Jeremy Nzarora, Mika Nsanzimana, Matteo Negra, Karol Tabarelli De Fatis, Emilio Scoti, Andrea Battisti, Vladimir Hula,

Roberto Bocciardo, Cinzia Fusoni, Anton Seimon, Tracie Seimon, Liana Joseph, James Watson, Nicola Destefano, Salvador Nebot Colvée, Alberto Olivero, Ana Rodriguez Prieto, Salvador Carranza and the Don Simon Drinking Team, Osvaldo Negra, Corrado Cabras, Tony Phelps, Krystal Tolley, Andrew Turner, James Balog, Chiara Cantaloni, Mattia Dori, Massimiliano Eleota and Robin Moore.

If you think you’re missing, blame the nazi-ninja frogs who clearly hacked the list. Anyway, thanks for your support, teaching, inspiring photos and friendly company in the field.