Samer Angelone

Membership:  2018

Member Bio

Samer Angelone is a biologist and filmmaker. He teaches “Filmmaking for Scientists,” “Storytelling Science,” and “Filmmaking Marathon” at various Swiss universities and research institutes (e.g., Universities of Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, and ETH), and film festivals (e.g., Locarno Film Festival). He is the founder and director of the Global Eco Film Festival in Switzerland. Angelone has directed several fiction and documentary films in Spain, Switzerland, and Kenya, mainly focusing on issues relating to science and the environment. He has developed scientific research on population genetics, diseases, forensics, wildlife conservation, social media, and human-elephant conflict. Angelone holds a PhD in population genetics (Jaen University, Spain), and master’s degrees in film studies (Cordoba University, Spain) and film direction (Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain).


  • with Michael J. Jowers, Anna Rita Molinar Min et al. “Hidden MHC Genetic Diversity in the Iberian Ibex (Capra pyrenaica).” BMC Genetics (2018) 19: e28.
  • with Iris Biebach, Jesús M. Pérez, Ramón C. Soriguer, and José E. Granados. “Molecular Analyses Reveal Unexpected Genetic Structure in Iberian Ibex Populations.” PLoS ONE 12, no. 1 (2017): e0170827.
  • with Matthew Mutinda, Geoffrey Chenge, Francis Gakuya, Moses Otiende, Patrick Omondi, Samuel Kasiki, and Ramón C. Soriguer. “Detusking Fence-Breaker Elephants as an Approach in Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation.” PLoS ONE 9 (2014): e91749.
  • War Diseases Revealed by the Social Media: Massive Leishmaniasis Outbreak in the Syrian Spring.” Parasites & Vectors 6 (2013): e94.
  • with Roberto Permunian, Francis Gakuya, Matthew Mutinda, Ramón C. Soriguer, and Luca Rossi. “Sarcoptic-Mange Detector Dogs Used to Identify Infected Animals During Outbreaks in Wildlife.” BMC Veterinary Research 8, no. 110 (2012): e110
  • with Ramón C. Soriguera, Galina Chelominab, Yury Petrovich Sushitskyc, Joerns Fickeld. “Siberian Tiger’s Recent Population Bottleneck in the Russian Far East Revealed by Microsatellite Markers.” Mammalian Biology 76, no. 6 (2011): 722–26.