Samburu Research Manager
Dr Giacomo D’Ammando is a zoologist with 10 years of experience conducting field research on African mammals. He is specialized in the study of animal behaviour, with a particular interest in animal communication and cognition, and in the drivers of movements, habitat use, and dietary preferences of large herbivores. He has worked on a variety of African mammals, including antelopes of various species, small and large carnivores, rodents, baboons, chimpanzees, and elephants – across multiple countries in East and Southern Africa. Giacomo has a long experience in managing field teams and supervising research students, and he is now in charge of coordinating the work of the STE research staff in Samburu. He is strongly committed to the development of African-led research hubs focusing on the study of animal behaviour.
Giacomo holds a PhD in behavioural ecology from the University of Liverpool (UK), an MSc in animal behaviour from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), and a BSc in Natural Sciences from the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy).