Giulia Ricciardi is a biologist, based in Florence, Italy. After earning a BSc in Biology at the University of Florence, she moved to Belgium and pursued a MSc in Biology with a specialization in Herpetology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. While studying and doing research, she got hands-on experience on reptile and amphibian husbandry at an animal facility, where she also had the opportunity to organize events to spread awareness about the importance of herpetofauna and bridge the gap between people and these often-misunderstood animals. Her early research mainly focused on animal behaviour and conservation. Currently, while still minding for those topics, her interests lie in snake antivenom research and in finding solutions to decrease the impact of snakebites worldwide.