I am fascinated by the microscopic actors behind great life scenes. This is why I love plankton. And, this is why I read Biological Science for my BSc and Marine Biology and Ecology for my MSc. I pursued both degrees in my hometown Naples at Universitàdeglistudi di Napoli Federico II. I was very fortunate to be able to undertake my masters research in the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn. This was especially as my aim was to follow on to a position that would enable me to conduct field and lab work on plankton.
My experiences in University and my aspirations to explore life in the oceans, led me to apply for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funded ESR9 position in the ITN MixITiN. As ESR9, I am primarily based at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC-ICM, Spain). I have undertaken secondments to Wales and also The Netherlands.
I am passionate about drawing and travelling. So if you cannot find me in the laboratory, you may find me in the oceans diving and enjoying swimming with my mixoplankton in the sea. Or, perhaps sitting in a sunny corner drawing, specially plankton life. Or, I maybe globetrotting and discovering natural wonders of the Earth.
In my project “Interactions between mixoplankton and their predators, I am exploring how a diet of mixoplankton affects their predators, the copepods. My aim is to understand planktonic trophic interactions through laboratory and in silico experiments. I have been conducting grazing experiments in the laboratory looking at the physiological effects of a mixoplanktonic diet on selected copepod species under different environmental conditions. I have also been working on a foodweb simulator integrating my laboratory results into this dynamic ecosystem model.