Barbara Mussi


Barbara was born in Milan on June 8th, 1964. Musician and researcher, Barbara began sailing in 1987 becoming an offshore sailing instructor with the Venturieri Association, with whom she collaborated until 1990. She approaches cetaceans observation in 1988 during the first cetaceans monitoring campaigns conducted in the Italian seas by the Tethys Research Institute. In the period 1988-1991, she took part in the campaign for the fin whales in the Ligurian Sea and the acoustics survey in Corsica organised by Dr Jonathan Gordon of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) in collaboration with the Tethys R. I. In 1991 Barbara founded Ischia Dolphin Project, a long-term study on cetaceans in the waters of the islands of Ischia and Ventotene. A project which she still today directs, conducting research on cetaceans ecology, behaviour and acoustics in the Mediterranean Sea. From 1994 to 2001 she collaborates with WWF Italy organising and managing the cetaceans sailing camp of naturalistic research. From 1998 to 2005  she cooperates with the Department of Earth Sciences of the University Federico II in Naples, in the study of the geomorphology of the Cuma canyon  and  with the Laboratory of Ecology of Benthos in Ischia (SZN) for the study of the pelagic fauna and the  interactions with  the fishing activities in the Ischia, Procida and Vivara Islands. In the period 2000-2002 Barbara holds lectures on marine mammals within the Zoology courses in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the Naval Institute at the University of Naples. In 2001 she founded Delphis Mediterranean Dolphin Conservation, a non-profit organisation dedicated specifically to the preservation of common dolphins in the Mediterranean. From 2004 to 2007 Barbara coordinated the monitoring of pelagic driftnet used for swordfish in the Ischia and Ventotene waters in collaboration with the Human Society, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Animals Cruelty, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. In the period 2005-2010, she worked as technician ENEA UT-APRAD, Radiation Sources Laboratory, for acoustics and behaviour. Since 2010, following the Delphis and Oceanomare merger, she was at first Secretary, becoming then Vice President of Oceanomare Delphis Onlus, non-profit association operating in the field of study and conservation of cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea. In the period 2012-2014  Barbara participates in the analysis of the acoustic underwater noise produced by the work of removing the wreck of the Costa Concordia at the Giglio Island, under the supervision of the engineer Massimo Azzali. She has collaborated with the Italian University of Trieste, Turin, Naples on the supervision and coordination on cetaceans thesis. Authoress of scientific presentation and popular publications, national and international. She is Co-Editor of the Special Issue of Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems titled ‘Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation of the Mediterranean Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)’.