The focus of my scientific career is the study of macrobenthic fauna – in particular Mollusca Bivalvia and Annelida Polychaeta – and how perturbations (either natural or anthropogenic) affect species distribution and biodiversity.
I acquired strong skills in ecology and integrative taxonomy using both morphological and molecular analyses for species delimitation, assessing biodiversity, phylogenetic reconstruction and studying connectivity among different populations.
I am currently focused on the study of the benthic biodiversity in hotspot deep-sea habitats (e.g. submarine canyons and seamounts), the phylogeography and population genetics of deep-sea organisms (e.g. wood boring bivalves).
I’ve recently finished a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship, DeepFall project (2015-2018), in collaboration with Prof. Greg Rouse at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (USA), and Dr. Daniel Martin at CEAB.