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, 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.
Throughout university career I have awarded with two grants in the LLP Programme / Erasmus and Erasmus Student Placement. In the latest, I started my research career in the field of the Ecology of Parasitism. 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 Culicoides. For more details see the section "Publication & Congress".
In July 2012, I finished an Official Master of II level in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville with the maximum qualification of "Sobresaliente" (9.7 / 10).
On 26th of july 2017 have 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".