I am currently a third-year PhD student in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida's School of Natural Resources and Environment. Prior to graduate school on this side of the Atlantic, I was in Switzerland for nearly ten years working as a project officer in the Global Water Program of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). During that time, I also served on the scientific and technical body of the Ramsar Convention which undoubtedly brought me closer to wetlands and the science needed to protect and restore these vital ecosystems. Before moving to the US, I also did some research for the European Commission on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. My education had been a Master’s program in Natural Sciences (Bologna, Italy) and one in Environmental Management and Policy (Lund, Sweden).
Now, I study the effects of water level variability on vegetation and water bird populations in the Palo Verde wetlands of Costa Rica. This is with a view to also investigate how changes in the ecological integrity of this tropical coastal marsh system influence delivery of ecosystem services to different sectors of society and how these sectors can in turn help accelerate wetland restoration.