Simona Castaldi got her degree in biological sciences at the University of Naples “Federico II,” Naples, Italy, in 1993. In 1997 she got a Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Ecology and Resource Management (IERM), Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK. Her current position is Senior Researcher of ecology (BIO/07) at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Seconda Università di Napoli, Italy. Her main fields of research are in biogeochemical cycles, with particular focus on C and N cycles in natural and agricultural terrestrial ecosystems of temperate and tropic areas, greenhouse gas fluxes quantification, and soil ecology. She has been PI for several international and national projects on the following topics: SAVAFLUX EU INCO_DC , CARBOIUS (Bilateral project, Italy-USA); CARBOITALY (FISR); Degassing in Italy (National Istitute of Vulcanology funding); CARBOAFRICA (EU-STREP), NITROEUROPE (EU-IP); ACCENT EU; COST ACTION 729, GHG-AFRICA ERC grant (senior affiliated scientist), GEOCARBON (EU FP7). Castaldi works as Scientific Consultant for the Italian Ministry of Environment and Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to support national quantification of GHG budgets, set management priorities in the field of GHG mitigation, and develop country specific methodologies for C footprint quantification. She is a Member of the Italian Society of Ecology. Her teaching activity for the faculty includes ecotoxicology, biomonitoring and ecological risk assessment, applied ecology, and biogeochemical cycles courses.
Biography Updated on 6 January 2013