Tutor: Giuseppe Cirelli
2021 - 2024: PhD course in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science, University of Catania (Sicily, Italy). Research project: "Wastewater enhancement and sustainable reuse from small and medium-sized civil and agro-industrial settlements by natural treatment systems".
October 2020 - January 2021: Research grant on "Implementation of GIS maps for the planning of phytodepuration systems for the treatment and reuse of civil wastewater". Project: "Integrated planning of phytodepuration systems for the reuse of treated wastewater in Sicily". Supervisor: Prof. Giuseppe Cirelli.
July 2020: Qualification as Agronomist and Forestry Doctor.
May 2020: B2 Level (CEFR) language certification for the English language "GA Level 1 Certificate Esol International (Classic B2)". Certification body: Gatehouse Awards Ltd. Final mark: Pass with merit.
2017 - 2019: Master's Degree in "Territorial, Environmental and Landscape Protection" (LM75), University of Catania (Sicily, Italy). Supervisor: Prof.ssa Claudia Arcidiacono. Degree thesis: "Definition of a model for the localisation and real-time monitoring of the vegetation cover to analise the risk of desertification in areas of Sicilian territory, using supervised classification of satellite images and application of GIS tools". Final mark: 110/110 and honours.
February 2018: GIS Certificate - Geographic Information Systems - Specialised Level.
2014 - 2017: Bachelor's Degree in "Territorial and Landscape Planning and Protection" (L21), University of Catania (Sicily, Italy). Supervisor: Prof.ssa Alessia Restuccia. Degree thesis: "Plants Analysis of the SIC ITA070008 Complesso Immacolatelle, Micio Conti, Boschi Limitrofi (San Gregorio di Catania)". Final mark: 110/110 and honours.
2014: Graduates Scientific High School - Liceo Scientifico Statale "Ettore Majorana", San Giovanni La Punta (CT).
The research activity is mainly focused on the topic of wastewater enhancement and sustainable reuse from small and medium-sized civil and agro-industrial settlements located in the inner areas of Sicily, like the Calatino, making use of natural treatment systems. Moreover, the research activity provides for the characterization and enhancement of biomass from natural treatment systems for energy, through anaerobic digestion, and as agricultural soil amendments.
In particular, the main research activities concern:
- qualitative monitoring of wastewater (chemical-physical and microbiological analysis) by natural treatment systems according to regulatory limits for reuse and European guidelines;
- evaluation of the availability of unconventional water resources and biomass for energy transformation in the inner areas of Calatino, through GIS tools and direct contacts with stakeholders;
- characterization of microfitic and macrophyte biomass and evaluation of yield for energy enhancement.