Associate Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, where he is the Deputy Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and Bill Travers Fellow for Wildlife Conservation at Lady Margaret Hall.
He is also Head of Conservation for international NGO the Born Free Foundation and the Chair of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group. Claudio is dedicated to the study and protection of threatened carnivores and his work focuses on mitigation of the impacts of disease, people-wildlife conflict, protected areas management, transfrontier conservation and the role of networks in conservation.
He joined the WildCRU in 1988, soon after its creation, and funded the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme in 1995, following his thesis dissertation on the behaviour of this rare canid. Among other projects, he coordinates the Satpuda Landscape Tiger Partnership, bringing together a network of Indian conservationists working in seven Tiger Reserves in the forests of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.