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Associate Professor
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Short Curriculum Vitae

PhD in Paleontology (1995) Postdoctoral fellowship at “Sapienza” University of Rome (1996-1998), three research collaboration fellowships (2000-2006). Since 1994 she is a member of Italian Paleontological Society and of Italian Geological Society. From 1993 she engages to numerous research project. She is a specialist in Micropaleontology above all on Neogene and Quaternary biostratigraphy of Mediterranean basin by mean of foraminifera. In the recent years, her research was focused on the environmental responses of micro-meiobenthic community to climate changes and to anthropogenic impact. 
Main scientific interests: biostratigraphy of Neogene-Quaternary marine succession Mediterranean basin through the study of foraminiferal assemblages; taxonomy, ecology and paleoecology of Caenozoic foraminifera finalised to paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic reconstruction. Studies on recent foraminiferal assemblages as biomarker in stressed environmental areas.


1990: Graduated in Geological Sciences from Sapienza University of Rome
1995: Ph.D. in Paleontology and Paleoecology, Consortium University of Rome, Florence, Modena, Bologna)
2000-2006: Research grant at Sapienza University of Rome
2008-2019: Researcher at Sapienza University of Rome
2011 - ongoing: Scientific Manager of Electronic Microscopy Laboratory (SEM) at Earth Sciences Department, Sapienza University of Rome
2019 – ongoing: Associate Professor at Sapienza University of Rome



  • 1990 Degree in Geological Sciences from Sapienza University of Rome 
  • 1991 Masters in “Geological and hydrogeological disasters” and “Vegetation and slope stability” University for Foreigners of Perugia
  • 1995 PhD in Paleontology and Paleoecology 
  • 1996 - 1998 Post-Doc at Sapienza University of Rome. 


Professional experience

  • 2000-2006: Research grant at Sapienza University of Rome
  • 2007-2008 Researcher grant at the National Inter-University Consortium for Marine Sciences (CONISMA).
  • 2008-2019 University Researcher - Sapienza University of Rome
  • 2019 – ongoing Associate Professor - Sapienza University of Rome

Research Topics

  1. Biostratigraphy, taxonomy, ecology and paleoecology of the Neogene and Quaternary foraminiferal assemblages
  2. High resolution stratigraphy of Late Quaternary climatic changes of the central Mediterranean Basin 
  3. Recent foraminiferal assemblages 
  4. Environmental Micropaleontology 
  5. Geoarcheology


Study areas
Rome, Neogene and Quaternary basins of the central Italy, Pontine Archipelago, Eolian Archipelago, Tuscany Archipelago,central-western Mediterranean basin, Egean Sea


Institutional roles

  • Member of the Paritetic Commission of the Mathematics, Physics, and Natural Sciences Faculty 
  • Teaching coordinator of  courses in Sciences and Technologies for Nature, Environment and Landscape  

Active Research Project 

  • 2018/2022 Participant of University Project: MARENDOGAS project. Geochemical, biological, and geological characterization of shallow-water sites related to active endogenic gas emissions (Tyrrhenian Sea).
  • 2019/2023 Principal investigator of University Project: The adaptative response of benthic fauna in extreme recent and fossil environnements
  • 2020/22 Participant MANAS Project: Multidisciplinary Approach to Natural & Anthropized Systems.Coastal environements of the Gulf of Naples. Monitoring multitasking, risk assesment and mitigation strategies.
  • 2020/23 Partecipant of archaeological mission: CANNATELLO (AG) - Excavations and integrated research on a key-site of Late Bronze Age Mediterranean connectivity.


Editorial Activities
2000 – today: Reviewer for the following journals: Marine Environmental Research, Deep Sea Research, Journal of Foraminiferal Research, Continental Shelf Research, Quaternary Research, Revue de Micropaleontologie, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology.



List of papers in Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=it&user=ivJ7cBUAAAAJ&view_op=lis...)

Citations: 1165; h-index 17 (from Scopus May 2021).
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6676-667X
SCOPUS: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7003694253

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