Michele Chiacchio

MSc Ecology


Department Conservation Biology
für Umweltforschung - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

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CV / Scientific Career

Oct. 2014 - Sep. 2015 MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Imperial College London, UK
Thesis title: Morphological diversity of dental characters in selachians (Chondrichthyes: Selachii) following the Jurassic evolutionary radiation
Sep. 2010 - Sep. 2013 BSc in Natural and Environmental Sciences
University of Parma, Italy

Occupational activities

June 2017 - currently Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig
Research Assistant
Sep. 2016 - Mar. 2017 Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, Thailand
Field Assistant Researcher
Apr. 2016 - Aug. 2016 University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Field Assistant Researcher
Apr.2013 - May 2013 Natural History Museum of Parma, Italy

Research interests

  • Herpetology
  • Community ecology
  • Functional diversity
  • Trophic interactions
  • Niche partitioning

Co-operations / Projects

Effects of climate change on a reptile community in arid Australia
Project duration: 2012 onwards
In the project: since 2017

Influence of winter tourism on montane herpetological communities in Europe
Project duration: 2018 onward
In the project: since 2018

Field-work contributions

Sakaerat Najas Project

Project duration: 2013 onwards
In the project: Sep.2016 - Mar.2017

Black-tailed prairie dogs phenology
Project duration: 2014 onwards
In the project: Apr.2016 - Aug.2016


Chiacchio M, Nadolski BS, Suwanwaree P and Waengsothorn S. (2017)
Centipede, Scolopendra dawydoffi (Chilopoda: Scolopendridae), predation on an egg-laying snake, Sibynophis triangularis (Squamata: Colubridea), in Thailand.
Journal of Insect Behavior, 30: 563-566

Chiacchio M. (2016)
First photographic documentation of Dendrocolaptes sanctithomae preying on a frog.
Tropical Ecology, 57: 619-620