PhD Student

Ocean Observing and Data Management; Past, Present and Future Climate; Physical Oceanography/Ocean Circulation

Current role in the field of ocean sciences: Grad Student

Area(s) of expertise within ocean sciences: In the recent decades the anthropogenic emissions (Cant) have led a rise of the atmospheric carbon dioxide from 280ppm to nearly 400ppm. The Global Ocean that is currently taking up a quarter of these emissions has limited the resulting Greenhouse gas effect. The understanding of this process is a key step for our understanding of the past, present and future climate-ocean link. However, a direct Cant estimate in the ocean is challenging owing to the small fraction of this variable in respect to the natural carbon, the temporal and spatial variabilities. Therefore, several methods have been developed to infer its concentrations from other observations, such as the alkalinity, the dissolved inorganic carbon or the anthropogenic transient tracers (CFCs). My current research is focusing on the understanding of the sensitivity and applicability of these methods in a basin (North Atlantic) and global scales. Throughout the use of both the observations and the GCM outputs, I am hoping to quantify the alteration on the natural system caused by human activities and the consequences that this process could have on the near future climate.

Interest in becoming a mentor: Since the beginning of my academic life, I have experienced the relationship between mentor and mentee as the most efficient and encouraging for the personal and academic skills development. Building a good connection with your mentor could improve your working achievement, but also could ameliorate your life style and attitude. Therefore, I have decided to attend all the potential training on this topic (learning and teaching on higher education, mentoring scheme) that the University of Exeter could offer as well as maintain my skills with day-to-day practice on my teaching duties.
I am deeply convinced that this two-way exchange relationship works better when it is built between people with a similar background. For instance, it is difficult for an undergraduate to shown his problem to a professor, while it could be easier and more useful to discuss on it with a postgrad. These challenges are also amplified on difficult situation like the big conference attendance. In a new environment you could feel alone and abandoned and potentially in trouble, while the presence of a good mentor could seriously change your experience.
For all the reasons discussed, I am convinced that my participation on the OSM mentoring scheme could make the difference for myself but also for the mentee that will share this experience with me.

Languages spoken, in addition to English: Italian

Highest Degree Earned: Masters

Career Stage: Early