Gregoris Elena She works on the analysis of organic pollutants in various environmental matrices. Areas of interest include aerosol sampling, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis, application of statistical techniques for source apportionment. She worked on several European projects, managed collaborations for research activities also with private companies, she has been co-supervisor of some theses. She studied in Venice, where she obtained a Bachelor in Chemistry in 2005 and a Master in Chemistry and Environmental Compatibility in 2007, both with flying colors. In 2011 she obtained a double degree of PhD in Chemical Sciences at the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice and in Biological Sciences, at the Universidade Estadual Paulista of Botucatu (San Paolo -Brazil). During her doctorate she worked on the assessment of the antioxidant activity in food, including fruit and propolis. Between 2009 and 2010 she spent a 6 months period in the Institute of Biosciences of the University of Sao Paulo, working on fruits originating in the tropical zone of Brazil, scarcely studied until then. In 2011-2012 she taught chemistry and science in some high schools. She was research fellow at the Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes (IDPA-CNR) in the period 2012-2017, research technologist of the ECOMOBILITY project at Ca' Foscari University of Venice in 2017-2018 and III level researcher at ISP-CNR starting from July 2018.

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Iakimov Mikhail Was born in Saratov, Russia. In 1990 he received his Doctorate Degree (PhD) from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Since 2001, as a CNR employee, he has experience in marine molecular microbiology and has studied the microbial communities thriving in extreme environments, such as deep-sea hypersaline anoxic lakes, shallow thermal vents, crystallizer ponds of solar salterns, Antarctic sea-ice and Antarctic subglacial lakes. He is an internationally renowned expert in isolation and characterization of taxonomically and physiologically new extremely halophilic anaerobes, including sulfidogenic and polysaccharide-degrading haloarchaea, methylotrophic methanogens and previously uncultured representatives of the candidate phylum Nanohaloarchaea. He was the first to isolate the psychrophilic hydrocarbon-degrading bacterium, Oleispira antractica. He is the author of over 180 peer-reviewed publications (Google H index 58, almost 12,000 citation as of October 2021), including articles in Nature, Nature Biotechnology and PNAS. He has co-authored 11 patents. He is editor on board or ad hoc editor of several microbiological journals. Over the past 10 years, he has coordinated four projects and participated in many projects financed by the European Union and other international and national structures, including active Horizon 2020 Project FUTURENZYME (2021-24). He was Chief Scientist during nine Mediterranean oceanographic expeditions and participated in six Italian expeditions in Antarctica. He was co-supervisor of seven PhD Thesis.
2007-currently: Referee in Peer Review Evaluations of the European Research Council (ERC). EMM Registration Number: EX2006C118906.
2018-currently: Expert in Faculty 1000 Prime Opinions:
2012-currently: Italian Society of Agro-Food and Environmental Microbiology (SIMTREA).
2016-currently: Society for General Microbiology, SGM, UK.
2017-currently: The Interregional Russian Microbiological Society, IRMS.

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La Cono Violetta She received her Master of Science in Biology, her PhD in Environmental Sciences: Marine Environment and Resources, and specialization and continuing education courses in Applied Microbiology.
She has been a researcher at CNR since 2011, specializing in marine molecular microbiology and biotechnology. Her research activities are mainly focused on the deep sea environment and marine and terrestrial extreme ecosystems in both temperate and polar climates. Her main interests have been focused in studying microbial communities inhabiting extreme environments, their role in functioning of extreme ecosystems, as well as in isolating of new microbial taxa, genes, novel bioproducts and biomolecules for biotechnological applications. She is author/co-author of over 70 international peer-reviewed publications. She has participated in fourteen scientific oceanographic expeditions in the Eastern Mediterranean (several as Chief Scientist) and in two scientific expedition to Antarctica. She has coordinated of and participated in several national research programs (FIRB, PNRA) and international programs (EC, Horizon 2020 and ESF programs).

RESEARCHER ID S-9890-2017    Scopus - Author ID: 6507507411    ORCID    Research Gate: Violetta La Cono

La Mesa Mario Laurea cum Laude in Biology (1990), at the II University of Rome. From 2001 to 2019, he was recruited as permanent position scientist at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Ancona.
Currently, he works at the Institute of Polar Sciences of CNR in Bologna. His fields of interest include age determination through otolith analysis, reproductive biology and feeding habits of fishes from both Mediterranean and Antarctic waters. He participated to several research projects funded by EC, MIUR and PNRA.
He was involved for a long time with foreign scientists on Antarctic topics and participated to several international scientific cruises in the Southern Ocean (mainly Germany and USA). Currently, he is author/co-author of about 100 papers published on peer-reviewed journals (JCR).

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La Spada Gina She has a degree in Biological Sciences (University of Messina) and a doctorate in Marine Science and Engineering (University Federico II of Naples). She is currently a CNR Researcher at the Institute of Polar Sciences (CNR-ISP), Messina, and was previously a research fellow at the Institute of Coastal Marine Environment (IAMC-Messina).
Her research activity is focused on the study of microbial communities present in deep and/or extreme marine environments, such as Deep Hypersaline Anoxic Basins (DHAB), Hydrothermal vents, as well as in polar environments, with particular interest in biodiversity, mapping of genes of biotechnological interest and bioinformatics analysis. She spent a period of training at the Oklahoma University (USA), at the Institute of Environmental Genomics. She has participated in ten oceanographic expeditions in the Mediterranean Sea aboard R/V Urania. She is co-author of publications in scientific journals. She has collaborated in national and international research projects (KILL SPILL- ULIXES- INMARE- RITMARE- DEEP_C - PON S.A.B.I.E. - COMMODE - MICROB3 - MAMBA - MIDDLE) and has been head of units (IAMC) for the Simply (Structures and IMmunologic Properties of LipopolYsaccharides from Antarctic psychrophilic bacteria) project.

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Lagnese Gianluca He obtained his Master's degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Turin in 2017. Afterwards, he received his PhD in Statistical Physics in 2022 from SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) in Trieste. His research activity focused on the out-of-equilibrium dynamics of many-body quantum systems. Besides his main research activity, during his PhD education, he pursued his interests towards environmental sciences, especially ecology and glaciology.
He currently works for the Institute of Polar Sciences (CNR-ISP) of Venezia Mestre on a project pertaining to Artificial Intelligence applications to climate sciences.

Lagorio Serena Marine biologist and oceanographer, Serena got three degrees from different universities: the undergraduate in Biological Sciences at the University of Genova, the master in marine biology at the University Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, another master in 'Applied Physical Oceanography' at the University of Malta. She studied in detail the algae reproduction as well as the anchovies reproduction, while her specialisation as a marine biologist was about the study of the Sperm whales' acoustic. She wanted to protect the oceans and who lives in them, therefore in Malta she specialised into the study of the plastic pollution, with the use of a drone, deriving from an oceanic input as well as from humans, as a definition of a non education about the environment. Furthermore, her desire to know more in detail about other cetaceans species brought her for different summer seasons to Husavik, Iceland, working as a whale watching guide. From the humpback whales and the blue whales to the curiosity of knowing more about the ice, while looking at the glaciers in Iceland. Since then, she became a PhD student at the University of Ca' Foscari of Venice, in collaboration with the University of Milan-Bicocca, where she is studying the RICE ice core, in particular the fossils that she is finding into the core and the reason why they are there.

Langone Leonardo Director of Research at CNR-ISP
He is interested in determining rates of aquatic processes involving sediment particles, using radioactive tracers and time-series sediment traps. Particle dynamics is then applied to the study of the effects of climate change on the marine and polar environment, such as: a) biogeochemical cycles of organic C and biogenic silica in the Southern Ocean, Fram Strait and Mediterranean Sea; b) Late Quaternary paleoceanographic reconstructions using biogenic and radionuclide components; c) estimates of atmospheric CO2 growth rate in remote and polar ocean; c) particle transport by dense water cascading down to the deep marine realm; e) historical reconstruction of the sediment pollution of lacustrine and coastal environments in highly populated and remote polar areas.
Participation at EC and national projects. PI of projects funded by industry and ONR. PI or WP leader in Antarctica and Arctic projects. CNR scientific contact in EU-ARICE and EU-INTERACT III. Experience >30 years of oceanographic campaigns with 90 participations (18 as Chief Scientist) in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Southern Ocean and Arctic ocean. Scientific coordinator of marine activities during 2 Italian expeditions in Antarctica. He is the pro-tempore Director of the Institute of Polar Sciences of the Italian CNR (CNR-ISP).
He is author or co-author of ca. 100 scientific papers published on ISI journals with Impact Factor, ca. 60 scientific papers published on no-ISI journals, 7 chapters of book, 30 technical reports and cruise reports. Citation number amounts to about 2500, with a Hirsch factor (h-factor) of 27 (font Scopus).

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Lo Giudice Angelina She got her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the University of Messina in 2006. Actually, she is member of the Committee for the Collection and Management of Antarctic samples of the PNRA-MIUR, and of the Executive Committee of the CUR for the study of Extreme Environments and Extremophiles Francesco Maria Faranda (University of Messina).
She collaborated with the University of Messina for the scientific management of the Italian Collection of Antarctic Bacteria of the National Antarctic Museum (CIBAN-MNA).
She participated to sampling campaigns in Antarctic and Arctic areas, as well as to oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean. She is actively involved in national and international research projects in the fields of microbial ecology (diversity and function of prokaryotes) of polar environments, biotechnology of cold-adapted bacteria (e.g.,. search for xenobiotic degraders and biomolecule producers) and bacterial interactions. She is particularly interested in the bacterial association with benthic filter-feeders, and in the relationships between prokaryotes and chemical contamination.
She is author or co-author of more than 70 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, among which Physics of Life Reviews, Scientific Reports, Biotechnology Advances, Science of the Total Environment, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, PLOS One, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, and several book chapters. She is peer-reviewer for international journals on ecology and microbiology, and scientific reviewer for project proposals for international polar agencies. She is member of the open-access journals Microorganisms (Section Microbial Biotechnology) and Diversity (Section Microbial Diversity), and Review Editor for “Frontiers in Marine Sciences: Marine Biotechnology”.

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Lodi Rachele She attained the master’s degree with honours in Applied and Environmental Geology at the University of Turin in 2010, with a thesis entitled Distribution, origin and consequences of fluoride content in groundwater in an area of the central sector of the Ethiopian Rift. She specialized in the collection, analysis and dissemination of data in developing countries and in geological and hydrogeological mapping and modelling through GIS data management. The working experience in the Alpine environment allowed the deepening into pedological and geochemical subjects. She worked as study grant holder on the Nunataryuk EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, that aims to assess arctic permafrost thaw and study how it contributes to climate change.
Present position: PhD Student at University Ca' Foscari Venezia, PhD in Polar Sciences; title of proposal: Modelling the fate of POPs distribution in permafrost: combine large scale to local perspective.

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