Background

Federica did her undergraduate studies degree in Science and Technology for the Nature and the Environment at “Federico II” University of Naples. During the dissertation period, she participated to a project on an Italian area, “Pozzuoli”, to make some basis of evaluation for a future land reclamation project and therefore to bring the area back to its optimal state of health. At the end of the project Federica discussed her thesis in front of an audience. At the University, she participated in some project such as “Resistivity evaluation in the subsoil of Phlegraean Fields Volcanic Area” to evaluate the caldera position of the Phlegraean Fields using Schlumberger array and Wenner array. "Environmental Impact Assessment" (EIA) and "Strategic Environmental Assessment" (SEA) to define an "Environmental Impact Assessment" (EIA) of "Penisola Sorrentina" area. “Biotic Index (BI)” to provide a simple measurement of stream pollution and its effects on the biology of the stream. These projects taught her not only to manage a series of data but also to work on the spot. Federica then did an MRes in Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth and graduated with Distinction realising a project that helped to evaluate the presence of pollutants in Chichester Harbour (UK) sampling sediments, water and oysters.

Current activities

The project aims to develop a framework of experimental and computational methods to predict the fate and transport of different contaminants into different matrices. Through different experiments made on UK landscapes, it will be possible to predict a transport pathway of contaminants in air, water and soil. This will also help to describe the consequences that each contaminant can have in the environment.