Paolo Montagna is a senior researcher at the Institute of Polar Sciences (ISP-CNR) in Bologna with interests in the geochemistry of biogenic carbonates for palaeoclimate reconstructions and biomineralization studies. He obtained his PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Padova (Italy) in collaboration with the Australian National University. He was awarded a three year post-doctoral Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship, for which he spent two years at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and one year at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement in Gif-sur-Yvette. Paolo’s research focuses on the development and application of geochemical proxies to address fundamental problems in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology. This includes the analysis of minor and trace elements, as well as stable (11B/10B) and radiogenic (143Nd/144Nd, 87Sr/86Sr, 230Th/U) isotopes in shallow and deep-water coral skeletons. He has participated in 17 oceanographic missions (one as Chief-Scientist and one as Co-chief Scientist) to the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Ross Sea off Antarctica; this includes the cruise to the submarine Perth Canyon aboard the RV Falkor in 2015. He has also been involved in several SCUBA diving expeditions worldwide. Through these research opportunities, Paolo Montagna has gained extensive knowledge and experience in offshore sampling activities, deep-sea coral environments, and coral geochemistry.