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APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interests in Polar Regions and the wider cryosphere. Our aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach. We seek to achieve these aims by:
  • Facilitating international and interdisciplinary networking to share ideas and experiences and to develop new research directions and collaborations;
  • Providing opportunities for professional career development; and
  • Promoting education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers.

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ToscaAPECS Council Co-Chair, 2011-2012
Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Marseille, France 

I received a PhD in Polar Sciences from the University of Siena, Italy, in 2007. For my thesis I studied the population dynamics of the Adélie penguin population of Edmonson Point, Victoria Land, in the Ross Sea. As part of my PhD, I participated as a biologist in the XX Italian Antarctic Research Expedition from October 2004 to January 2005. During this period I collaborated with colleagues of the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of Siena in collecting data for the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP) studying the reproductive biology of Antarctic seabirds (Adélie penguins and Southern Ocean skuas).

After completing my PhD, I spent 3 years at the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, US, working as a postdoctoral researcher under the guidance of Prof. Eileen Hofmann in the NSF-funded Southern Ocean Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (SO-GLOBEC) program. As part of this project I developed a food web model for the marine ecosystem of the western Antarctic Peninsula, in the Southern Ocean, and compared this ecosystem with three other large marine ecosystems in the US.

In January 2012, I joined the researchers of the Institut Méditerranéen d’Océanologie (M.I.O.) in Marseille, France, working in the EMIBIOS (End-to-end Modelling and Indicators for BIOdiversity Scenarios) program. My contribution in this project will be to develop a two- way coupling of a food web model with a biogeochemical model. This coupled model will then be used to assess the impacts of climate change, fisheriers and marine protected areas on the biogeochemical cycles and the structure of pelagic marine food webs.

My field of expertise is marine biology, but I’m also highly interested in marine policy, in particular for the Southern Ocean.

I am a member of the Council of the Association of Polar Early Carrier Scientists (APECS) since 2008 and I am one of the two APECS council co-chairs for the year 2011/12. I participate in the Scientific Steering Commette (SSC) for the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) as APECS ex-officio member.

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