Mario V. Balzan is a biologist and environmental manager, originally from Malta but currently based in Pisa, Italy, where he is reading for a Ph.D. in agroecology. His interests include conservation biology, entomology and odonatology (the study of damselflies and dragonflies), and he has also been actively involved in ecological research targeted at insect conservation, stakeholder involvement as well as the development of sustainable agricultural systems.
During the past years, he has also had several experiences in environmental and science education.
As an educator, and writer, he is interested in communicating scientific concepts and making research about environmental issues available to non-experts, in a way which could be more easily applied in practice.
Other interests include travelling, playing soccer, long walks in the Mediterranean countryside and reading bibliographies of notable scientists.