My name is Martina and I was born in Rome on 4 June 1987. I was graduated with the maximum qualification (cum laude) in Biological Sciences at the University of Roma Tre, in Roma (Italy) with specialization in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management in 2011. My master thesis focused on the study of Animal Ecology, specifically on the study of the structure, composition and relationship with some environmental parameters of a breeding bird community of the beech wood of Allumiere (Rome, central Italy). This research gave rise to the article Breeding bird assemblages in a Mediterranean mature beech forest: evidence of an intra-seasonal stability published in Rendiconti Lincei.
After that, in July 2012, I finished an Official Master of II level in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville (Spain), with the maximum qualification of "Sobresaliente" (9.7 / 10). During the last year of my degree, with a grant from the European LLP / Erasmus Student Placement Program, I started my research activity in the field of Ecology of Parasitism at the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC). There, I did my doctoral thesis directed by Dr. Jordi Figuerola and Dr. Josué Martínez de la Puente, funded by the Spanish Formación de Profesorado Universitario (FPU) grant. I defended my PhD thesis titled "Biodiversity and Vector-Borne diseases: effects of landscape, mosquito and vertebrate communities on the transmission of West Nile virus and avian malaria parasite" on June 26th, 2017 obtaining the title of International Doctor with the highest qualification of 'sobresaliente cum laude'.
During my pre-doctoral period, I have been awarded four scholarships / contracts obtained in competitive calls, including my main source of funding for the doctorate. My research interests focused on the study of the transmission dynamics of avian malaria pathogens. I improved my experience on the use of analytical techniques, including molecular analysis techniques, to identify both blood parasites and insect vectors such as mosquitoes and Culicoides. For more details see the section "Publication & Congress".
I am currently working at the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC), in Seville.