University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Horn Point Laboratory
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Fate and Transport of Microplastic
Nature based solutions
My research goal is to understand the fundamental geomorphic mechanisms governing the evolution of coastal environments and to predict their long-term trajectories under different scenarios.
My current research plan has two main topics: 1) the impact of storms and sea level rise on wetlands eco-geomorphology; 2) coupling between river (and estuaries) hydrodynamics and coastal processes, with a particular focus on the impact of waves. My studies have a balanced method for a wide range of scientific fields: numerical modeling, fieldwork, remote sensing and laboratory experiments.
- University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, 2001, B.S. and M.S., Environmental Engineering
- University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, 2013, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Ongoing and Recent CESU Projects
Tidal marsh sediment dynamics at Poplar Island, MD
Assessing shoreline erosion and sediment deposition as contrasting influences on the sustainability of natural marshes and living shorelines
Microplastic Debris: Novel tools to assess the deposition and degradation in coastal wetlands and open water
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation