Elena Ghezzo
Italian phone number: +39 333 43 65 026
US phone number: +1 541-514-9818
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ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-8495-3666
Scopus ID: 55552846800

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Research interests:

  • Mammal anatomy, ecology, and evolution
  • Faunal changes during the Quaternary
  • Oligocene fauna of Italy
  • Fossil conservation and exposition

Short presentation:

meI’m an active, curious, and dynamic palaeontologist.
I always want to improve my knowledge, mixing several research branches with my know-how, in order to achieve the goals.
I give the best of myself in critical contexts and intense field activities, with a strong attention to preventive planning and efficiency on logistics.
I’m specialized on conservative restoration of fossils and skeletal anatomy of progressive and extinct mammals. I’m an advanced computer user in 2D and 3D rendering, GIS analysis and mapping, collection management, and statistics.
This year, I’m working on a Villafranchian fauna and on an exposition in a local museum. At the same time, I’m writing the results of my PhD about mapping palaeontological data and Big Cats ontogenesis.


  • Ghezzo E. (2018). Evolution and presence of genus Panthera in the Pleistocene of Europe. In:  Huard and Gareau eds. The Pleistocene: geography, geology, and fauna. NOVA publisher
  • Rossi M.A., Agostini S., Palombo M.R., Angelini I., Caramiello S., Casarin F., Ghezzo E., Marano F., Molin G., Reggiani P., Sangati C., Santello L., Socrate G., Vinciguerra E. (2017). Mammuthus meridionalis from Madonna della Strada (Scoppito, L’Aquila): diagnostics and restoration. Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 56(3): 359-373
  • Codato D., Malacarne D., Ghezzo E., Pappalardo S.E., Diantini A., Artico C., Gianoli F., DeMarchi M. (2017). Mapping from below: mappatura partecipata della rete ciclabile e delle sue criticità nella città di Padova. XXI Conferenza Nazionale ASITA, 21-23 novembre 2017, Salerno
  • Bergamo A., Ghezzo E., Fornasiero M.G., Gatto R. (2017). L’ospite americano: ricostruzione storica dell’esemplare di Smilodon fatalis (Leidy, 1868) conservato presso il Museo di Geologia e Paleontologia dell’Università di Padova. Museologia Scientifica, Nuova Serie, 11: 77-86
  • Ghezzo E., Giusberti L. (2016). New insights on Anthracotherium monsvialense De Zigno, 1888 (Mammalia, Cetartiodactyla) from the lower Oligocene of Monteviale (Vicenza, northeastern Italy). Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 122(3): 119-140
  • Pandolfi L., Carnevale G., Costeur L., Del Favero L., Fornasiero M., Ghezzo E., Maiorino L., Mietto P., Piras P., Rook L., Sansalone G., Tassos Kotsakis T. (2017). Reassessing the Eocene-Oligocene Transition vertebrate assemblage of Monteviale (Vicenza, Italy). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 15(2): 83-127 
  • Reggiani P., Ghezzo E., Possenti E. (2016). Dog remains from the Early Middle Age site of Via Malanotti, Vittorio Veneto (Treviso, Italy). Museologia Scientifica e Naturalistica 12(1): in press
  • Ghezzo E., Rook L., 2015. The remarkable Panthera pardus (Felidae, Mammalia) record from Equi (Massa, Italy): taphonomy, morphology, and paleoecology. Quaternary Science Reviews 110: 131-151
  • Ghezzo E., Boscaini A., Madurell-Malapeira J., Rook L. (2015). Lynx remains from the Pleistocene of Valdemino cave (Savona, Northwestern Italy), and the oldest occurrence of Lynx spelaeus (Carnivora, Felidae). Rendiconti Lincei 26(2): 87-95 
  • Reggiani P., Ghezzo E. (2015). Dal sequestro al completo recupero: il restauro della lince della “Grotta del Gattopardo”(Savona). Museologia Scientifica, nuova serie 9: 62-68
  • Sami M., Ghezzo E., (2015). Mammiferi del Pleistocene superiore nelle grotte dei gessi di Brisighella e Rontana. In: Lucci P. e Piastra S.: I gessi di Brisighella e Rontana. Memorie dell’Istituto Italiano di Speleologia, serie II vol XXVIII: pp. 101-112
  • Ghezzo E., Rook L. (2014) Cuon alpinus (Pallas, 1811) (Mammalia, Carnivora) from Equi (Late Pleistocene, Massa-Carrara, Italy): anatomical analysis and palaeoethological contextualisation. Rendiconti Lincei 25: 491-504
  • Ghezzo E., Palchetti A., Rook L. (2014). Recovering data from historical collections: stratigraphic and spatial reconstruction of the outstanding carnivoran record from the Late Pleistocene Equi cave (Apuane Alps, Italy). Quaternary Science Reviews (Turner Memory) 96: 168-179
  • Rossetti S., Ghezzo E. (2014). Segnalazione di una vertebra di orso nell’Abisso Col de la Rizza (Provincia di Pordenone). Quaderni del Museo di Storia Naturale di Ferrara 2: 11-16
  • Ghezzo E., Bertè D.F., Sala B. (2014). The revaluation of Galerian Canidae, Felidae and Mustelidae of the Cerè Cave (Verona, Northeastern Italy). Quaternary International 339-340: 76-89.

Conservative and Palaeontological works:

Other activities:

Reviewer for interantional paleontological journals, such as:


Software and licences:

  • Inkscape
  • Blender
  • QuantumGIS
  • ENVI
  • AutoCAD
  • PostgreSQL
  • QGIS
  • ArcGIS
  • Taxidermist license
  • UAV license for Italy and USA

Participation at conferences, workshop, and courses

  • Italia e Germania, scambi accademici, scientifici, culturali. Sfide e prospettive europee, Conference of the association Alumni DAAD Italy (ADIT – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)
  • Enrico Ferreguti: workshop on geoprocessing in python with QGIS, July 13, 2017
  • XV Congress of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologist (EAVP). Munich, August 1-3, 2017
  • H2020 Marina project (MML) workshop at Venice April 4th, 2017
  • Paleodays, Giornate di Paleontologia (Italian Paleontological Society Congress), since 2012
  • Workshop of PaiP (Palaeontologist in Progress) as main promoter and organizer of the events, 2013-2016
  • XII Congress of European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologist (EAVP). Turin, June 24-28 2014
  • 1st workshop INQUA CECLAP: The LGM in the Alps. Udine, December, 5-7, 2012
  • Workshop XI ed.: GRASS free ed Open Source GIS e Geodatabase. Trento, June, 18-22, 2012
  • Workshop on the definition of the Priabonian GSSP. Alano di Piave, June 8, 2012
  • PhD Day III ed. PhD meeting of the University of Firenze, May 16, 2012
  • XIII Symposium on GRASS e GFOSS. Trieste, Febbruary 15-17, 2012
  • XXI Congress of the Italian National Association of Science Museum (ANMS) – Padova, November 9-11, 2011
  • Taxidermist as art in the Natural Museum. Roma, December 1-3, 2011
  • Congress of the International union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) – Bern, July 21-27, 2011
  • Congress of the Italian National Association of Science Museum ANMS (Associazione nazionale musei scientifici). Ferrara 2011