Dr. Eng. Elisa Casella, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, University of Genoa, Italy

Elisa will visit ZMT in Bremen from March 2015 to August 2015

wp_20140828_17_46_57_proDr. Eng. Elisa Casella has a degree cum laude in Environmental Engineering, Natural and Industrial Risk Management from the University of Genoa, Italy and two legal PhD titles, one in Methods and Technologies for Environmental Monitoring from the University of Basilicata, Italy and one in Science de l’Univers from the University of Toulon,France. She did a first postdoc at the Department of Computer and System Sciences, University of Genoa, Italy and a second postdoc, in the framework of MIRAMAR project, at the Department for the study of Territory, Environment and Life, University of Genoa, Italy. Elisa is an environmental engineer who studies coastal changes using post processed data derived from small Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) integrated with numerical models. Elisa uses RPAS as platforms for coastal monitoring specifically for geomorphological coastal studies and impact assessment of sea storm events. Previously, during her first postdoc, she studied the impact of local scale physical processes on the biological productivity of the North Western Mediterranean Sea using the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS). During the postdoc she worked with biologists and physicists in different European countries to implement a numerical model to simulate physical and biological processes which, together with satellite-derived data, provide information to the study of the ecology of marine mammals in the North Western Mediterranean. During the same period Elisa did operative activity at CIMA Research Foundation Operations Centre for the National Department of Civil Protection (Italy). As environmental engineer she provided technical support activities to civil protection decision-makers for the monitoring and forecasting system on hydrological risk and forest fires risk through a management and a conform surveillance of the data stream. Currently Elisa has a central role in the project MIRAMAR (Innovative Methodologies for Coastal Environmental Monitoring and Analysis), funded by the European Social Fund. She is developing solutions to integrate RPAS data with numerical models to reach a new view on coastal change processes.

Dr. Matteo Vacchi, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, CEREGE, Universite Aix Marseille, France

Matteo will visit ZMT and MARUM in August – September 2015

foto kryftyDr Matteo Vacchi is presently postdoctoral researcher at CNRS-CEREGE in Aix en Provence (France). Matteo has a degree in Geology from the University of Genoa, Italy, and a PhD in Earth Science at the same University. Matteo did a 1-year postdoc at the University of Bologna (italy), where he worked on numerical modeling of coastal processes and has now a 2-years postdoc in the framework of the Labex OT-Med ( Matteo is a coastal geologist and his research is mainly focused on holocene sea level changes in the Mediterranean Sea. Matteo collaborates with the sea level and coastal changes group in the application of new field techniques (such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and GIS analyses applied to habitat mapping and definition of mitigation procedures to face coastal erosion and extreme wave events. Matteo’s  present research focuses also on the paleogeographical evolution of Corsica and Sardinia and interaction between the segrasses meadow and the coastal hydrodynamics.