Mariana Amato received a degree in agricultural sciences from the University of Napoli, Italy, in 1984 and the Ph.D. degree in crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University, USA, in 1991. She has been a Research Assistant at Michigan State university, Researcher at the University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy, and a Visiting Academic at Division of Plant Industry, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Canberra, Australia. Since 2002, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Crop Systems, Forestry, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Basilicata, where she heads the Soil Biophysics Laboratory, working on plant root systems, sustainable soil management techniques, soil stability in rural and periurban areas, root water uptake, spatial variability of soil-root properties, root-soil relationships, and nondestructive techniques for root, soil, and water measurements. She serves in the board of directors of the Doctoral School “Cropping Systems, Forestry, and the Environment” at the University of Basilicata and has been a nominator for the Kyoto prize 2005 for science, and International Evaluator of the Georgia National Science Foundation in 2006.
Biography Updated on 25 August 2008