Occupation Field

January 2018- to date: Post-doctoral Fellow in Marine Biology, Oceanography Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Adviser: Dr. Sarah Fawcett 

January-December 2017: Post-doctoral Fellow in Marine Biology, Oceanography Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Advisers: Prof. Isabelle Ansorge.

 

April 2015- December 2016: Post-doctoral Fellow in Marine Biology, Rhodes University, South Africa in collaboration with the University of Cape Town. Advisers: Prof. Christopher McQuaid and Prof. Isabelle Ansorge.

 

Qualification

2012- 2015: PhD degree in Marine Biology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Topic: The effect of changes in primary production on the food availability for intertidal primary consumers: fatty acids and stable isotope approaches. Supervisors: Prof. Christopher McQuaid and Dr. Margaux Noyon. 

 

2010: Master Degree in Marine Biology, obtained with distinction at Pisa University, Italy. Topic: Interactive effects of variable regimes of disturbance and replacement of canopy-forming species on rockpool assemblages. Supervisors: Prof. Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Dr. Elena Maggi. 

2008: Bachelor Degree in Ecological Science and Biodiversity, obtained with distinction at Pisa University, Italy. Thesis title: Effects of biodiversity changes on the algae population of the intertidal rocky shore. This study was part of the BIOFUSE project, within the network of excellence MARBEF (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning). Supervisor: Prof. Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi. 

Student Supervision

  • Honours: C.S. Russo, University of Cape Town, 2016.
  • Undergraduate: S. Bourdin, University of Brest (France) August 2016; B. Brody, Rhodes University (South Africa), March-June 2015. 
  • High School intern: L. James (June-July 2014), T. Ndzengu (November- December 2013).

Teaching

July 2017: “Benthic Ecology” and “Intertidal Ecology” for the “Ocean in a Changing Climate” curriculum during the DST/NRF SEAmesterII South African First Floating University cruise.

March 2017: “Foundations Fieldwork” module BIO5012W, of the Applied Ocean Science Master program, University of Cape Town. 

Services

Reviewer services: African Zoology, BMC Ecology, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Journal of Mollusc Biology, Journal of Oceanography and Marine Research, Helgoland Marine Research, Hydrobiologia, Marine Biology Research, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Ocean and Coastal Management, Progress in Oceanography.

Judge for the Science EXPO 2016 for the city of Cape Town.                                                                                     Judge for the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) FAMElab competition 2017.

Working Experience

Convener and Lecturer of the “Ocean in a Changing Climate” curriculum during the 2017 DST/NRF SEAmesterII South African First Floating University, on board of the SA AgulhasII. Days at sea: 12.                                 

Representative from the University of Cape Town for the OA- Africa Ocean Acidification awareness day, June 2017.                                                                                                                                                                                

Group leader for the Oceanography team from the University of Cape Town and benthic projects leader during the 2016 annual relief voyage to the Prince Edward Islands on board of the SA AgulhasII. Days at sea: 40.          

Benthic projects leader during the 2015 annual relief voyage to Prince Edward Islands on board of the SA Agulhas II. Days at sea: 37.                                                                                                                                                     

Teaching Assistant, Zoology undergraduate (BSc), including Zoology, Ecology and Physiology. Rhodes University, South Africa. 2013-2014.                                                                                                                                                   

Lab Manger of the lipid extraction facility Froneman- McQuaid, Rhodes University. 2013-2015.                            

Field assistant, in Benedetti-Cecchi research group, University of Pisa (Italy). March- October 2008, September 2009- October 2010, March- September 2011. Job description: intertidal sampling campaigns and algae identification for the project Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA).                                                           

Marine Guide, at the Lahami Bay Beach Resort and Garden, Berenice Red Sea, South Egypt. September 2011- February 2012.                                                                                                                                                             

Marine Volunteer, at the Rehabilitation Centre for sea turtles in Salento (South Italy). August 2008.