Gabriele Gentile received his PhD "with distinction" in Evolutionary Biology in 1994. From 1998 to 2003, he was at the Osborn Memorial Laboratory (Yale University). Since 2003 he is based at the Department of Biology, University Tor Vergata. He is member of the IUCN - Iguana Specialist Group and Council Member of the Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology. He is interested in molecular phylogeny and phylogeography, molecular evolution, population genetics, conservation genetics, ecology and evolution of underground communities, island biogeography. Since 2003 he is head of an international and multidisciplinary project for the study of the evolution and conservation of land iguanas the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), in partnership with the Galápagos National Park and in collaboration with several Italian and foreign institutions.