Curriculum Vitae

·        The parent bodies of micrometeorites.

·        Link between micrometeorites and meteorites.

·        The flux of cosmic dust to Earth.

·        Impact cratering (i.e. tektites and micrometeorites).

·        Meteorite ablations debris.

04/2016 – present

Post-doctorate researcher at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Royal Belgian Institute of

Natural Sciences, Belgium.

BELSPO (Belgian Science Policy) financed project AMUNDSEN Project aiming at improving curation and research on meteorites and micrometeorites collected during BELAM expeditions.

01/2013 – 03/2016

Post-doctoral researcher, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom.

STFC (Science and Technoloy Facilities Council) financed project on the petrology and geochemistry of micrometeorites and microtektites from the Larkman Nunatak collection, Antarctica.

08/2011– 12/2012

Post-doctoral researcher at the Korea Polar Research Institute, Incheon, Republic of Korea.

Conducted and reported on petrology and geochemistry of meteorites from the KOREAMET collection.

2007 – 2010

PhD in Planetary Sciences at Siena University, Italy. European commission financed Marie Curie Actions’ Research Training Networks (RTN) ORIGINS project (ID: 35519). 

2005 – 2006

MSci Planetary Sciences at University Paris XI/Orsay, France.

  • Petrography: Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Major and minor element chemistry: Electron Probe Micro-Analysis (EPMA)
  • Trace element chemistry: Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • Mineralogy: Synchrotron and Micro-X-ray diffractometer (XRD)
  • Oxygen isotopes: Laser Fluorination coupled with Isotope-Ratio Mass Spectrometry (LF-IRMS)
  • Internal structure: Micro Computed-Tomography (µCT)
  • Magnetic properties: Magnetic Susceptibility and Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility
2018

Seal of Excellence awarded by the European Commission for the MICROMET2017 project submitted as a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.

2016

Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) post-doctoral three-years research grant Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks (BRAIN-be).

2013

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) three-years research grant.

2012

Jang Bogo grant awarded by the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI).

2011

34th National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) symposium on Antarctic meteorites attendance grant and session chairing.

2008

Les Houches School on Physics and Astrophysics of Planetary Systems attendance grant.

2007

Marie Curie Actions’ RTN doctoral fellowship (project ID: 35519)

Member of the Meteoritical Society since 2008
Member of the European Geosciences Union since 2016
02/2018

BELAM (Belgian Antarctic Meteorites) expedition in the Sør Rondane Mountains, Antarctica. The main objective of the mission was the sampling of micrometeorites in the area surrounding the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station.

09/2014

Sampling of meteorites and micrometeorites in the Saharan desert, Erfoud, Morocco

03/2010

First geophysical expedition at the Kamil Crater, Egypt, to characterize this well-preserved impact crater.

2017-present

Co-supervision of MSc of F. Van Maldeghem at Vrije Universiteit Brussel on micrometeorites from the Sør Rondane Mountains, Antarctica.

2014-2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at Imperial College London in charge of organizing teaching activities of post-doctorates and fellows in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.

2014-2016

Co-supervision of PhD of M. Suttle at Imperial College London on micrometeorites from Antarctica.

2013-2014

Co-supervision of two Imperial College London MSci students (M. Suttle and E. Rosenthal Mena). Research projects titled Characterizing the collection of micrometeorites from the Larkman nunatak.       

May 2015

Demonstration to third year Undergraduate students of Imperial College London on methods of Geophysics during a fieldtrip in Erfoud, Morroco       

March 2014

Demonstration of practical on impact cratering to Undergraduate students of Imperial College London.

2013 – 2016

Demonstration to Undergraduate students of Imperial College London on structural geology of Scotland and of methods of Geophysics during a fieldtrip in Erfoud, Morroco.       

2013 – 2016

Outreach activities at the Natural History Museum of London, including three Nature Live and two Science Uncovered events.

2007-2010

Outreach activities in several Italian primary schools.

03/2015

Departmental seminar at the Open University (U.K) titled “Micrometeorites from the Transantarctic Mountains”

02/2015

Departmental seminar at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) titles “Weathering of micrometeorites from the Transantartic Mountains”.

01/2015

Departmental seminar at the CEREGE (France) titled “Micrometeorites from the Transantarctic Mountains”

11/2011

Lecture during the 34th National Institute in Polar Research (NIPR) symposium on Antarctic meteorites titled “The parent body of the ca. 480 Kyr-old Tunguska-like impact over Antarctica”