Originally from Bologna, Italy, Daniele completed his PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University in Montreal and University of Washington in Seattle. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at University of California Los Angeles.
His research looks at the interactions between climate, ocean circulation and marine life. He is particularly interested in the mechanisms that regulate marine ecosystems at the global scale, in particular how marine organisms, from microscopic phytoplankton up to zooplankton and fish, respond to changes in their environment, both natural and due to human activities. For his research, he uses a range of oceanographic data, from in situ measurements to satellites, together with mathematical models that describe the physics, chemistry and ecology of the ocean.