• Presenting at a conference
  • Scientific diving
  • Sailing in Sardinia

 

I am a marine biologist with 8+ years of experience carrying out interdisciplinary research projects. I have extensive field work experience with 19 main campaigns with sea operations and scientific scuba diving from research vessels and from land, in locations ranging from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, Atlantic and Indian Ocean. I aquired good mentoring experience guiding graduate and undergraduate students.

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EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Sciences (Apr 2012 – Feb 2015)
Summa cum Laude – University of Bremen (UniBremen, Germany)
o Thesis title: Dinitrogen fixation in coral reef ecosystems facing climate change
o Advisor: Prof. Christian Wild

Master of Science in Marine Biology (Oct 2008 – Jul 2011)
Hons, 110/110 – Polytechnic University of Marche (UNIVPM, Italy)
o Thesis title: Impact of ocean acidification on Corallium rubrum (L. 1758): an experimental approach
o Advisor: Prof. Roberto Danovaro

Bachelor of Science in Management and Conservation of the Marine Environment (Oct 2004 – Jul 2008)
Hons, 105/110 – University of Genova (UNIGE, Italy)
o Thesis title: Recruitment and juvenile community structure of stony corals in the Maldives: spatio-temporal variations and importance of the size of the sample unit
o Advisor: Prof. Carlo Nike Bianchi

PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Researcher (Apr 2017 – present)
Integrative Marine Ecology Department, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN, Naples, Italy)
o Plan and manage projects to study the biogeochemistry of host-microbe interactions, as well as the physiological and ecological consequences of these dynamics

Postdoctoral Researcher (Oct 2015 – Mar 2017)
Division of Microbial Ecology, Dept of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna (Uni Vienna, Austria)
o Planned and managed projects to assess the diversity and function of chemosynthetic bacteria in clams (in the frame of a project funded by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund, WWTF)

Postdoctoral Researcher (Apr 2015 – Jul 2015)
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT Bremen, Germany)
o Concluded manuscripts resulted from PhD work, and submitted to ISI journals

Graduate Research Assistant (Apr 2012 – Apr 2015)
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT Bremen, Germany)
o Planned and managed multiple projects in the frame of the CANCOR Project (DFG)

Research Intern (Feb 2012 – Mar 2012)
Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (UNIVPM, Italy)
o Analysed samples from experiments on the effects of ocean acidification on marine benthic microorganisms

Research Intern (Jan 2011 – Dec 2011)
National Inter-University Consortium for Marine Sciences (CoNISMa, Italy)
o Investigated the effects of ocean acidification on coral-associated prokaryotic and viral abundance in the frame of the HERMIONE Project (EU-FP7)

Graduate Research Assistant (May 2010 – Jul 2011)
Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (UNIVPM, Italy)
o Investigated the effects of ocean acidification on marine benthic micro and macro organisms

Undergraduate Research Assistant (Mar 2006 – Jul 2008)
Department of Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences (UNIGE, Italy)
o Investigated coral recruitment patterns in the Maldives