1982 MS degree in Agricultural Sciences at Universita’ degli Studi di Firenze
1983 specialised on “Photogrammetry and Photointerpretation for natural resources evaluation” (Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare, Foreign Affair Ministry, Italy)
1990 specialized on “Geographical Information Systems” (ITC – Università di Camerino, Italy).
2005-2008 Seconded National Expert (SNE) at the European Commission- Research Directorate-General, Directorate I – Environment, Unit Environmental technology – pollution prevention, Bruxelles, Belgium
Since 1986 researcher at National Council of Researches
. Land Evaluation; land suitability for different land uses, elaboration of original schemes, control by field survey and data processing.
. Genesis, distribution and properties of clay soils and relationships with geomorphology dynamics. Landscape evolution in badlands environments
. Physical hydrological behavior of soils-
. Pedotransfer functions and models for the assessment of soil qualities affecting ground water vulnerability
. Spatial variability of physical soil properties
. Soil ecosystem services