An archaeologist (Ph.D., art history, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2010), Donati’s research interests cover the archaeology and urban history of the ancient Mediterranean. He engages with material culture from a blend of established methodologies and innovative platforms, including satellite remote sensing, geophysics, and GIS. Since 2012, Donati has held a postdoctoral research position at the Laboratory of Geophysical–Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeo-environment at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Rethymno, Crete. There he has worked on numerous fieldwork projects in Greece, including large-scale surveys using integrated geophysics and remote sensing in Thessaly at prehistoric sites and in the Peloponnese at ancient Greek cities. Donati was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities to study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 2016–2017.