My research in the field marine and environmental sciences started in 2006, when, still undergraduate, I did my My BSc and MSc theses as part of a mapping project of the ecological and geomorphological features of a marine protected area. For this project, I learned how to use GIS software, and developed my capability to use it for data analysis. The quality of my work was awarded with two prizes in money for my B.Sc. and M.Sc. final works.
As part of the funding in my home department came from coastal and marine Geoparks and marine protected areas, I dedicated part of my work towards the learning the definitions of ecological and geomorphological values worth protecting. From these, I derived natural heritage values to be exploited in underwater parks.
Because my work had a strong focus on coastal geomorphology, I decided to develop my PhD on markers of Pleistocene sea levels. In doing this, I learned the fundamental geophysical, geological and geomorphological issues related to this subject. My curiosity drove me towards learning archaeological sea level markers, despite slightly out of my field of research. I also cooperated with other researchers in the study of Holocene RSL changes, catastrophic paleo-wave events and coastal changes. In this field, I currently use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and photogrammetry to study coastal changes in the framework of the MIRAMAR project.
Thanks to these activities, I managed to center my PhD on a specific theme with several spin-off subjects and visits to foreign Universities that enlarged my cultural and scientific knowledge. This resulted in the conception and start-up of MEDFLOOD, a project that is sponsored by INQUA, under the umbrella of PALSEA2.
I stayed at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University for 2-years postdoc. There I worked on geomorphic imprints of Pliocene sea levels in the framework of PLIOMAX, a 5-years project funded by the National Science Foundation. I am still cooperating with PLIOMAX and I have an adjunct appointment at Lamont.
Since March 2014, I am a junior research group leader at the University of Bremen. The appointment is shared between MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and ZMT – Leibniz center for tropical marine ecology. My research group is called ‘sea level and coastal changes’.
When I don’t look for paleo sea levels, I love travelling, surfing and Scuba diving.