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PHD Student, Catholic University of Milan

His PhD project focuses on the role played by Italy in Arctic exploration, with particular regard to the relation between polar expeditions and diplomacy. 


PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Dealing with the optical properties of mineral dust in the snow and ice cores in Antarctica, Alps and Svalbard. Analyzing the properties and the stability of the snowpack.

Aulicino giuseppe

research assistant, parthenope university of Naples

PhD in Polar Science (2011). Research interests in oceanography (Seaice; Ocean-ice-atmosphere exchanges; Polynyas; Eddies; AUVs and UAVs; Multiplatform monitoring) and remote sensing (SAR, PMW, TIR, altimetry). Former APECS-Italy coordinator.

battaglia francesca

PhD STUDENT, Cà Foscari University of Venice

PhD Student in Science and Management of Climate Change. Expertise: geophysics, polar science. Research topic: seismic facies analysis and identification of glacial processes at high latitude continental margins: Ross Sea, Antarctica.

bertinetti stefano

PhD STUDENT, University of Genoa

I’m an analytical chemist, and in my PhD, I am studying the transport of atmospheric particulate matter in the polar regions by means elemental and isotopic (Pb, Sr) analysis.

Bianco Elena

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

MSc degree in Climate Change at the University of East Anglia and a BSc at the University of York. Her PhD research is in collaboration with the Ocean Modeling and Data Assimilation (ODA) division at CMCC in Bologna

Burgay francois

post-doc, Paul Scherrer Institut

I was born in Aosta and the passion for glaciers led me to study them from a chemical point of view. Currently I am involved in organic analysis on ice cores.

cerri sofia

PhD STUDENT, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

MSc Sciences and Technologies for the Environment and Territory. The interest in glaciology was born during thesis project, focused on mineral dust in RICE ice core and their paleoclimatic interpretation.

Calì Quaglia Filippo

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Graduated in Physics at University of Turin. He is interested in the radiative effects of the aerosols in the Arctic. He participated in more than 16 months of measurements in Antarctica and in the Arctic (Thule and Svalbard Islands).

coppolaro veronica

PHD STUDENT, University of Manitoba and Fisheries and Oceans

Assessing the impacts of increasing vessel underwater noise on marine mammals in the Canadian Arctic using passive acoustics to monitor potential changes in their vocal behavior and movements.

celli giuditta

PhD STUDENT, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Graduated in chemistry, after spending one year in Antarctica for field research, she is studying how the ozone hole influences the mercury and iodine’s geochemical cycle.

Cucini Claudio

PHD STUDENT, university of siena

I am Molecular Biologist and I am studying Antarctic Collembola biodiversity through bioinformatic methods

d'amico marianna

PhD STUDENT, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

PhD student in Polar Sciences. She focuses on emerging pollutants concentrations in polar matrices and on their transport processes in the Arctic and Antarctica.

dentico carlotta

early stage researcher, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics

I work on physical and chemical oceanography in relation to the carbonate system. I have investigated ocean dynamics in the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea.


PHD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

He deals with modifications in Arctic and Atlantic water masses circulation in Kongsfjorden (Svalbard) in response to global environmental changes.

durazzano tiziana

MsC Student, University of Genoa

I am a master’s student from the University of Genoa. When not dreaming of visiting Antarctica I pursue my interest in biological oceanography and planktology.

fisauli giulia

MsC Student, University of Perugia

I’m graduated in geology, currently, I’m a master student in “Geosciences for environmental sustainability” at University of Perugia, I have a strong interest in climate changes in the polar regions

Frassati Stefano

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Master’s degree in environmental chemistry, currently a PhD student in polar sciences. My research project deals with the quantification and photodegradation of micro-nano plastics in alpine and polar snow

gai giulia

msc student, university of Siena

I am graduating in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability. During my Bachelor I did an Erasmus in Helsinki, while from January I will be at the Norwegian Polar Institute. I scuba-dive.

Grillo Marco

phd student, university of Siena

Marco Grillo research activity focuses on Antarctic Planktology. Currently he is doing his PhD at University of Siena focusing on Antarctic Pteropods.


PhD student, University of Siena

Currently PhD Student at the University of Siena. I work on Antarctic Echinoderms using morphological and molecular approach with main focus on convergent evolution and cryptic diversity in the ophiuroids.

leo patrick

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Cellular and Molecular Biologist. PhD project focus on the detection of biosignatures from fossilized and living cryptoendolithic communities from McMurdo Dry Valleys (Antarctica) to be applied in the field of astrobiology.

noli nicholas

PhD STUDENT, University of Siena

PhD in Polar Sciences (University of Siena), currently working for MNA (Museo Nazionale dell’Antartide) – Genova section, focusing on the study of Southern Ocean isopods.

Segato Delia

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

I’m a PhD student at Ca’Foscari University of Venice. My main topic of research is about past sea ice reconstruction through halogen measurements in polar ice cores.

tenti martina

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Master’s degree in Exploration and Applied Geophysics. I am a PhD student in Polar Sciences and my research focuses on geophysical data processing and interpretation to detect Pleistocene deposits on the seabed in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Uboldi Thomas

PhD STUDENT, Université du Quebec à Rimouski (UQAR)

PhD in oceanography concerning the effect of cargo ship noise on the physiology and behaviour of marine invertebrates to assess the impact of new trade routes in the Arctic.

vecchio maria alessia

phd student, university of genoa

I am a 26 year old girl with a strong passion for science. My field of study is environmental chemistry with particular interest in polar zones.

lodi rachele

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Master’s degree in Applied and Environmental Geology at the University of Turin. She worked as study grant holder on the Nunataryuk (Horizon 2020) at ISP-CNR. Now she studies the POPs distribution in permafrost.

Petteni Agnese

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Spagnesi Azzurra

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Graduated in paleoclimatology, with previous experience in dendrochronology and Surface Exposure Dating (SED), I currently work on paleoclimatic reconstructions through the continuous analysis of alpine ice cores.

teruzzi luca

PhD STUDENT, University of milan

PhD student in Physics, mountain lover, dealing with the optical properties of aeolian dust in Alpine and Polar cryosphere and in atmospheric aerosols to deepen the understanding of climate-regulating processes

Valle barbara

PhD STUDENT, University of Milano

Naturalist, I study plants and arthropods of Alpine glaciers, focusing on supraglacial environments and their ecological role as refugia during interglacial periods for cryophilic organisms, in particular springtails and carabids

Micio Maurizio

TECHNICIAN, University of Genoa

I'm the resident cat and emotional support at the University of Genoa.

Merialdi alessia

bsc student, university of genoa

I'm a student of Biological Science at the University of Genoa. I’m doing my three-years thesis on Antartic Echinoderms and Porifera.

Rosso Beatrice

PhD Student, Ca' Foscari University of Venice

My PhD project focus on the assessment of small microplastics (≤100µm) and plastic additives fluxes in the atmospheric compartment and highways stormwater runoff in urban and polar areas.

Suaria Giuseppe

Researcher, CNR-ISMAR

Researcher at ISMAR Lerici, he studies the dynamics of accumulation, distribution and transport of plastics in polar, oceanic and Mediterranean environments. In 2017 he participated in the ACE expedition sampling microplastics during the entire circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent.


PhD STUDENT, University of Siena

PhD Student in Polar Sciences with a thesis focused on Antarctic ablation areas (i.e. glazed snow, megadunes and blue ice), by means of remote-sensing applications, in order to map these zones and analyze their trends in space and time.

Vandelli Stefano


PhD in space sciences with previous experience at ESA ESTEC in satellite polar imaging. Post-Doc at CISAS Padua University on climate change. Currently, I'm involved in some arctic exploration programs for science analysis.