Roberta Bettinetti was born in Milan, Italy, in 1969. She received her degree in biology (summa cum laude) in 1994 discussing a thesis on the phytoplankton communities of two alpine lakes, which was the result of a two-year study carried out at the Institute for the Study of the Ecosystems (ISE), Verbania Pallanza, Italy. She worked on paleoecological subjects at this same institute until 1997; then, in 2000, she received a Ph.D. degree in invertebrate biology at the University of Milan, Milan, Italy, working on the bioassessment of ecoxocity of sediments using benthic invertebrates. From 1999 to 2000, she had a grant at the ISE (paleoecology of lakes), and, from 2000 to 2002, she had a postdoctoral position at the University of Milan with a project on the chemical/biological characterization of river sediments. Since 2002, she has a permanent position as a Researcher at the University of Insubria, Como, Italy, where she teaches freshwater ecology. Her main interests are the contamination of freshwater trophic chains by organic micropollutants and the use of ecotoxicity tests to assess the risk for freshwater organisms.
Biography Updated on 21 March 2011