The University of Padua, Italy
My apartment in Italy is home to an Antarctic researcher plush toy my parents gave to me when I began my PhD at the University of Padua studying the population structure of the keystone species the Antarctic Silverfish. Attached to the toy is a note I found in one of my childhood drawers which reads: Name: Jilda Alicia Caccavo, Age: 9, Job: Future Marine Biologist.
I am proud to say that 20 years later, I am fulfilling that dream, employing multidisciplinary techniques including genetics, otolith chemistry and trophic analyses to understand the health of Antarctic fish populations in order to gauge what impacts climate change and anthropogenic disturbances will have on them.
Becoming involved in the Antarctic sphere during my PhD and having worked on the APECS council for the past year in multiple capacities, I’m eager to work with the APECS Executive Committee to support like-minded, passionate, Polar scientists in their initiatives and pursuits.