• Name: Mattia Menchetti

  • Born: 25/04/1990
  • Nationality: Italian

  • Current occupation: Research Assistant

  • Place: Numerical and Experimental Zoology Lab (ZEN LAB), Department of Biology, University of Florence (Italy).

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After a Bachelor thesis on the personality of the paper wasp Polistes dominula and a few years studying behavioural ecology of different taxa (mostly porcupines and owls), I moved my research activities on to alien species (mainly squirrels, parrots and land planarians), reporting new occurrences, impacts and getting insights into impact assessments. During my Master thesis and my stay as a Research Assistant at the Butterfly Diversity and Evolution Lab (Barcelona), I worked on the migration of the Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) with Gerard Talavera and Roger Vila, focusing on Citizen Science and collection creation and management.

I now work as a Research Assistant at the ZEN Lab lead by Leonardo Dapporto (Florence) on phylogeography and barcoding of butterflies and ants, in collaboration with the Butterfly Diversity and Evolution Lab.

Open access and open source lover, I’m a contributor of Wikipedia and PhyloPic and curator of the citizen science platform iNaturalist. I also curate the websites of the Italian Lepidopterologist Association (Associazione Lepidoptterologica Italiana – ALI) and of the Butterfly Week.