Plini Paolo Graduated in Natural Sciences in 1984.
CNR researcher since 1994 at the Institute of Biomedical Technologies (CNR-ITBM). Since 2002 at the Institute on Atmospheric Pollution (CNR-IIA). From 2019 to the Institute of Polar Sciences (CNR-ISP).
CNR macro areas of reference: Earth and Environment.
Research interests:
  - environmental and geographical knowledge organization
  - qualitative and quantitative analysis of vertebrate fauna
  - Geographic Information Systems
  - military geosciences
He currently carries out research on conceptual development and technological innovation in the field of knowledge organization, controlled terminology and multilingual thesauri for the environment. He collaborated, among others, with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), with the European Environment Agency (EEA), with the American Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). He is co-author of the UNEP-Infoterra Thesauri, GEMET, GEneral Multilingual Environment Thesaurus and EARTh, Environmental Applications Reference Thesaurus.

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Ragu Luca Master degree in Sustainable Chemistry at Università degli Studi di Salerno.
Currently research fellow of the CNR Polar Science Institute (CNR-ISP), previously analytical chemist and laboratory manager at ProdAl (diin, UNISA).
Currently employed as glaciologist and atmospheric chemist within the research project STEAR, WHETSTONE, SIDDARTA e OPTAIR, at Concordia Station, Antarctica.

Rappazzo Alessandro Ciro He is currently a fixed-term Technical Collaborator (VI level) (from July 2023) within the PNRR EMBRC project Unlocking the Potential for Health and Food from the seas - EMBRC-UP. Since 2021 he has also been a PhD student in Polar Sciences at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. In 2014 he obtained a degree in Biology and Ecology of the Coastal Marine Environment at the University of Messina, with the thesis entitled Tolerance to heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls in Arctic bacteria (Continental Norway). During the preparation of his degree thesis he spent 4 months at the University of Valencia (Spain) to acquire new laboratory techniques. He has participated in several sampling activities in the Arctic, Antarctica and the Mediterranean for the collection and processing of samples for microbiological studies. In particular, the research interest is aimed at the study of microbial populations in aquatic environments (sea, freshwater and hyperhaline brine), sediments and permafrost. Among the techniques used: estimation of prokaryotic biomass by counting and morphometric and morphological analysis, through the application of microscopic techniques in epifluorescence and image analysis; analysis of the prokaryotic community using CARD-FISH and next generation sequencing; estimation of physiological profiles of prokaryotes at community level using BIOLOG Ecoplate; quantification of viable cells through the use of biomarkers (LIVE/DEAD and CTC); screening of bacteria for the ability to degrade polluting organic compounds. He is the author or co-author of approximately 25 articles in international journals.

Rauseo Jasmin She is graduated in Ecobiology (LM) from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and has a PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the same university. His research activities are focused on organic contaminants (eg drugs, antibiotics, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, nonylphenols, bisphenol, etc) interactions with natural microorganisms. She gained experience in setting up biodegradation microcosms to evaluate both the environmental persistence of selected contaminants and their effects on natural microbial communities structure and functioning (e.g. PLFA and qPCR analyses).
Recent research activities are focused on the spread of genes that confer resistance to antibiotics (ARGs) among natural microbial communities, and the correlation between this latter with the antibiotic environmental concentrations. She also works on the development and validation of analytical methodologies (e.g. LC-MS / MS) for the determination of organic pollutants in different environmental matrices.

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Ripa Chiara She obtained her Master's degree in Ecobiology (environmental and evolutionary biology) at the University of Rome La Sapienza. She took part in different projects of scientific research in Italy and abroad, mainly focused on the study of biodiversity, through genetic and morphological studies, and on the environment through remote monitoring systems, having the opportunity to deal with several topics and acquire different skills. She is currently a research fellow in the 'NADC National Antarctic Data Center' project, funded by the PNRA. She works at the Institute of Polar Sciences of the CNR (ISP-CNR) in Rome, where she is in charge of data management and managing the IT infrastructure for cataloguing and sharing data and metadata related to scientific projects mainly related to climatology, radiation and marine biology carried out in Antarctica.

Rizzo Carmen She obtained the Ph.D title in Environmental Sciences in 2013 from the University of Messina and spent six years as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Messina, Department CHIBIOFARAM. Since 2019, she is Researcher at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Department of Marine Biotechnology. Research activities are mainly focused on microbial ecology, specifically focused on prokaryotic diversity, bacterial bioprospecting for the research of marine natural products to be applied in the biomedical and environmental field (in temperate and polar habitats). Particular interest is paid to the association of bacteria with filter-feeding organisms and mainly oriented to the study of bioactive molecules. She has improved her laboratory skills during several stays in foreign institutions, i.e. Karlsruhe Institute of Biotechnology (Germany), and Centro de Ciências do Mar Universidade do Algarve (Portugal).
She participated to oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean Sea and to the 34th Antarctic Campaign at the Italian Research Station Mario Zucchelli. She has competence in drafting experimental designs, formulation of research aims and profiling of plans for data collection and analysis, interpretation and presentation of statistical findings, biostatistical analyses. She attended specialized courses on microbial metagenome analysis, cultivation and new-generation molecular methods, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry methods.
To date, she is involved in research projects on polar topics (Arctic and Antarctic microbiology). She is Topic Editorial Board Member of the open-access journals Environments, and is author or co-author of more than thirty papers in peer-reviewed journals (h-index 10, 284 citations).

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Rosso Beatrice She earned her Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in 2019 with a thesis entitled: Release of microplastics fibers from domestic laundries. Research fellow (2019-2020) at Ca’ Foscari University with a research project in the development and analysis of microplastics (<100 µm) via MicroFTIR in different environmental matrices, such as water and sediment of Venice Lagoon; soil and biota from Passo dello Stelvio and Svalbard Islands.
Current position: PhD in Environmental Sciences at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice with a thesis entitled: Assessment of Small Microplastics (<100 µm) fluxes and other pollutants from atmospheric compartment to highways stormwaters run-off.
Winner of an Arctic Field Grant 2020 on the quantification and identification of small microplastics, additives, and plasticizers in snow and aerosol from Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard Island.

Sabino Mathia He obtained in 2016 his Master’s degree in Applied Earth Sciences at the University of Turin. In 2021, he obtained his PhD at the University of Hamburg (Germany) in the Department of Earth Sciences. For his doctoral project, he investigated the paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental conditions in the Mediterranean area about 6 million years ago, when the Mediterranean Basin became almost completely isolated from the global ocean. To carry out his research, he mostly uses fossil molecules preserved in marine sedimentary rocks that can be assigned to a biological source in the environment, i.e. lipid biomarkers.

Currently, he is a research fellow at the Institute of Polar Sciences of the CNR carrying out his research at the Aldo Pontremoli join-lab of Lecce and in Bologna. His research deals with the use of lipid biomarkers to reconstruct the effects of permafrost thawing on the Arctic Ocean.

Salerno Franco Senior Researcher at the Institute of Polar Sciences (ISP-CNR) since 2022.
Researcher at the Water Research Institute (CNR-IRSA) (2006-2021).
Master Degree in Natural Science and PhD in Environmental Science (University of Milan)
Research interests: 1) Impact of climate change on quantity and quality of water bodies; 2) Morphological dynamics of cryosphere (mainly lakes and rock-glaciers); 3) Hydro-meteorological analysis and modelling; 4) Adapting strategies to climate change: 5) Ecosystem services.
Author or co-author of more than 75 international ISI papers. Editor for Global and Planetary Change, Sustainability and Journal of Mountain Science.

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Salvatori Rosamaria Graduated in Geological Sciences (1981), obtained her PhD in Earth Sciences (1987) at the University of Rome La Sapienza. She started her scientific activity at CNR during her PhD and in 2001 become senior researcher at CNR-IIA. In 2019, she joined the CNR-Institute of Polar Science. She is Adjunct Professor in Remote Sensing and GIS at the Dept. of Ecobiology (University of Roma Sapienza) since 2011.
Scientific interests: environmental studies, at local and global scale, in Polar and Mediterranean areas using multi-sensor and multi-platform remote sensing images; geostatistical analysis of environmental data and thematic cartography in GIS environment.
Her research activity is focused on the study of the spectroradiometric properties of natural surfaces (from Visible to Thermal Infrared range) aimed to the interpretation and analysis of products deriving from Earth Observation.
Since 1997, she was involved in field surveys in Polar Regions (Antarctica and Arctic) to study the radiometric properties of snow and ice, and the interactions at snow/air/soil interface.

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