Curriculum vitae

Education history

2012-2016 PhD in Aquatic Science
Marine & Freshwater Research Centre, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway (Ireland)
PhD Thesis title: Exploring the potential of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) for the management and conservation of the Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus L.): investigations of visual and acoustic behaviour of fish in captivity and soundscape analysis of selected habitats in Ireland and Britain. GMIT (IE) 255 pp.

2008-2011 Master in Research (MRes) (2 years) in Marine Biology.
Department of Life Sciences, Trieste University, Trieste (Italy).
MRes Thesis title: Comparative analysis of the reproductive behaviour of two closely related species, Pomatoschistus pictus and Pomatoschistus microps with particular reference to acoustic communication. University of Trieste (IT) 212 pp.

2005-2008 Honours Bachelor (BSc) (3 years) in Biology.
Department of Life Sciences, Trieste University, Trieste (Italy).
BSc Thesis title: The effects of environmental and food enrichments on the behaviour of a meerkats (Suricata suricatta) colony in captivity. Bachelor thesis, University of Trieste (IT) 51 pp

Research experience

May 2019- present: Postdoctoral position in the frame of the FISHNOISE project, supervised by Prof M. Clara P. Amorim and Prof Paulo Fonseca.
Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Department of Animal Biology, Lisbon University, Lisbon (Portugal) and ISPA-Instituto Universitário, Lisbon (Portugal).
Project title:  FISHNOISE- impact of anthropogenic noise on fish fitness (PTDC/BIA-BMA/29662/2017).

Oct 2018- May 2019: Scientific collaborator supervised by Prof Eric Parmentier.
Laboratory of Functional and Evolutionary Morphology, University of Liège (Belgium)
Characterisation of Mediterranean fish vocal communities.

Oct 2016- Oct 2018: Marie Curie COFUND-BEIPD: postdoctoral fellowship supervised by Prof Eric Parmentier.
Laboratory of Functional and Evolutionary Morphology, University of Liège (Belgium)
Project title: Sonata for teleosts- fish sounds as proxy to understand the diversity of species.

Oct 2012- Oct 2015: PhD project supervised by Prof Martin Gammell and co-supervised by Dr Joanne O’Brien.
Marine and Freshwater Research Centre, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway (Ireland).0
Aims: (i) catalogue sounds naturally produced by Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus, Salmonidae); (ii) identify the behavioural context of emission; (iii) investigate the potential of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) for Arctic charr spawning grounds monitoring.

Mar 2012- May 2015: Researcher position: analysis of bioacoustic data, supervised by Prof Stefano Malavasi and co-supervised by Dr Marta Picciulin.
Center for Estuarine and Costal Marine Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice (Italy).
Soundscape investigation and identification of brown meagre (Sciaena umbra; Sciaenidae) calls using PAM on artificial rocky habitats of the Venice lagoon (Italy).

Apr 2011- Jul 2011: Researcher position: fish hearing sensitivity, with Prof M. Clara P. Amorim and Prof Paulo Fonseca
Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Department of Animal Biology, Lisbon University, Lisbon (Portugal).
Neurophysiology study of the acoustic sensitivity of sand gobies species (Pomatoschistus spp; Gobiidae) using the Auditory Evoked Potentials (AEP) technique.

Jun 2010- Sep 2010: Assistant researcher position supervised by Prof Donatella Del Piero 
Department of Life Sciences, Trieste University, Trieste (Italy).
Collaboration in the experimental survey for the evaluation of the population status of Chamelea gallina and Callista chione (Veneridae; Mollusca) in the Gulf of Trieste (Italy).

Dec 2009- Jul 2010: Mres thesis data collection, supervised by Prof M. Clara P. Amorim and Prof Paulo J. Fonseca and co-supervised by Dr Marta Picciulin.
Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Department of Animal Biology, Lisbon University, Lisbon (Portugal).
Comparative analysis of the reproductive behaviour of closely related sand gobies species (i.e. Pomatoschistus pictus and P. microps) with particular reference to acoustic communication.

Aug 2009- Oct 2009: Assistant researcher position supervised by Prof Donatella Del Piero 
Department of Life Sciences, Trieste University, Trieste (Italy).
Collaboration in the experimental survey for the evaluation of the population status of Chamelea gallina (Veneridae; Mollusca) in the Gulf of Trieste (Italy).

May 2008- Sept 2008: Bsc thesis data collection, supervised by Prof Enrico A. Ferrero and co-supervised by Maria Rodeano (Zoological garden Director).
Department of Life Sciences, Trieste University, Trieste (Italy) and Zoological garden “Parco Zoo Punta Verde”, Lignano (Italy).
Analysis of the behaviour of a captive meerkat colony (Suricata suricatta; Herpestidae; Mammalia), with particular reference to the use of space and time budget.

Acquisition record

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Key Scientific Skills and Abilities

Field Skills:

  • Underwater soundscapes recordings (sampling design, equipment wire up and field calibration, equipment displacement and retrieval, data collection);
  • Visual data collection using optical equipment (SLR digital cameras, digital video cameras, and spotting telescopes);
  • Collection of benthonic samples (biological and sediments)
  • Diving (up to -40 m).
  • Alive coastal fish collection

Laboratory Skills:

  • Analysis and interpretation of underwater soundscapes, with specific competencies in the analysis and recognition of fish vocalization;
  • Recording and analysis of acoustic and visual communication in fish;
  • Use of the Auditory Evoked Potential Technique on fish (set-up, data collection and analysis, results interpretation);
  • Interpretation of morphological and histological data related to fish sound production mechanisms
  • Freshwater and marine fish husbandry (including care and breeding induction);
  • Fish anesthesia and euthanasia.
  • Measurements of biometric parameters in shellfish (including planning the sampling effort and using several indices of organic matter to analyse the results).

Software:

  • Acoustic Data: Raven, Adobe Audition, MATLAB, SPECTRA, Wavesurfer.
  • Visual data: Etholog 2.2., J Watcher.
  • Statistical Analysis: SPSS, STATISTICA, MS Excel, EstimateS. Gridding: Surfer.
  • Reference Manager: Mendeley.
  • Design, Photography and Video editing: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, MS Powerpoint.
  • Social Media: Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, ResearchGate.

Languages:

  • Italian: native
  • English: full proficiency C2
  • French: intermediate user B1
  • Portuguese: basic user A1
  • Spanish: basic user A1.

 

Teaching & Science Communication Experience

Co-supervision (University of Liège, Belgium)

  • Justine Soulard, MSc student. Etude de la production des sons chez les poisons Scorpaena spp. ULiège 2017- 2018, supervisor Prof. Parmentier
  • Aurora Crucianelli, MSc student. Sound production in Sciaenidae spp: relationship between acoustic activity and spawning in an aquaculture perspective. ULiège 2017- 2018, supervisor Prof. Parmentier.

Lecturing assistance

University of Liège (Belgium

In April 2018, I have assisted Prof. Parmentier during summer schools activities for high school pupils (Concours Corsica; https://events.uliege.be/corsica/) carried out at STARESO research station (Corsica, France).

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Galway, Ireland).

  • Lecturing assistance: Module of Limnology & Oceanography. BSc in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology (lecturer Dr Hanningan), 2012.
  • Lecturing assistance: Module of Biology of Aquatic Organism, Seaweed and Water Plants (lecturer Prof Gammell), 2012-2013.

Venice University (Italy)

  • Guest lecturer: Module of Animal Behaviour. BSc in Environmental Sciences (lecturer Dr Malavasi), 2011.
  • Guest lecturer: Module of Animal Behaviour. BSc in Environmental Sciences (lecturer Dr Malavasi), 2010.

Trieste University (Italy)

  • Guest lecturer: Module of Animal Behaviour. BSc in Biology (lecturer Prof Ferrero), 2009.

Science communication experience

International Conference “The Effect of Noise on Aquatic Life”

In 2016, I was invited to be part of the Media Panel (4th conference edition, Dublin, Ireland). I am a member of the Media Panel also for the 5th edition (2019, 7-12 July, Den Haag, Netherlands). Main roles: Social media dissemination, Facebook and Twitter pages

  • Organisation of a public lecture/ video night on the effect of noise on aquatic life
  • Organisation of a short video competition on the effect of noise on aquatic life
  • Production of short promotional videos (see youtube channel Aquatic Noise Series)

WWF Marine Protected Area of Miramare (Trieste, Italy)

  • Snorkeling guide for children and adults: sea-watching activities orientated to the observation of the marine environment (Jun. 2009 – Sept. 2009).
  • Natural operator: Scientific guide in citizen engagement activities for the conservation of the marine environment and of wetlands areas (Marine Protected Area of Miramare and Natural Reserve of Valle Cavanata) for adults and children (Feb. 2009 – Jan. 2011)

Honours

  • Seal of excellence of the European Commission; awarded with the project DEFPAM (796972) submitted under the Horizon 2020’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017 by Marta Bolgan and ULiège (project not funded)
  • MSc in Marine Biology; maximum grade “cum laude

Certificates and Training

Certificates

  • LAST (Laboratory Animal Science and Training) course, based on Directive 2010/63 EU, Mar. 2014 (Ireland).
  • Personal Survival Techniques STCW-95 Certificate, Nov. 2012 (Ireland).
  • SSI advanced open water diver certificate. Aug. 2009 (Italy).

Training

  • Science Communication (25 hours). Organization providing training: University of Liège (Belgium). Jan.- Apr. 2017
  • Science @ Sea: Multidisciplinary research vessel-based course. Operation of equipment and instrumentation, survey design and planning, sample collection and data processing, safety at sea. Organization providing training: Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (Ireland), Nov. 201
  • Naturalistic designer (250 hours). Diacritics illustrations of animals and plants (Indian ink and watercolour). Organization providing training: Natural History Museum of Trieste (Italy), Oct. 2007- May 2008.