I first arrived in Maldives in 2014. Here, I started working for Diamonds Thudufushi, where I met Mario Passoni, a creative and enthusisat marine biologist, with whom we founded the “Coral Conservation Project”.
I am graduated in Marine Biology at the University of Pisa and currently I am doing a PhD at the University of Milano-Bicocca with a scholarship funded by Planhotel.
My studies are focused on the role of common corallivores in tropical reefs. In particular, two seastars (Acanthaster planci and Culcita spp.) and a mollusk (Drupella spp.).
I am looking at their impact on coral reefs related to the coral cover. I am also following and developping projects focused on the coral gardening and coral rehabilitation technique, with the help of the Resident Marine Biologists and students from Bicocca. Specifically, the Coral Conservation Project, in Thudufushi, which aims at the education about corals by using the coral gardening technique, and the Athuruga Rehabilitation Project, which aims at the partial recover of the housereef using a floating ropes nursery technique.