Researcher in Entomology at the Catholic University of Piacenza (Italy), she gained a PhD in Animal Biology and a Master Degree in Food Safety and Environmental Health.
She has expertise in insect pests of crops (vectors of plant pathogens and phytophagous insects), pollinators, bioindicators, and citizen science projects.
Her research work concerns the use of bioindicators and bioaccumulators for monitoring environmental pollutants, including airborne PM. She developed the technique beePM® for the single-particle analysis of inorganic PM, able to provide information on dimension, morphology, surface characteristics and chemical composition of dusts accumulated on bees and pollens.
Academic Editor at PeerJ in the subject area of environmental science, she authored and co-authored scientific papers in renowned international journals (e.g., PNAS, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, Plos One, Scientific Reports) and edited an international book.