Castaldi Simona

Via Vivaldi 43, I-81100 Caserta, Italy c/o Seconda Università di Napoli - Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali

+39 0823 274646; +39 0761 309587

Simona Castaldi got her degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Naples “Federico II” in 1993. In the same year she spent 3 months at the Soil Science Department of Edinburgh University (Comit Grant) to learn gas chromatographic techniques.
In 1994 she got a 2 year fellowship (Human Capital and Mobility) funded by EU on the project Exchanges of greenhouse gases between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere carried on at the Soil Science Department of Edinburgh University. From 1994 to 1997 she carried out her research and finalized a PhD degree on “Microbial processes involved in N2O production in light textured Scottish soils” at the Institute of Ecology and Resource Management (IERM), Edinburgh University.

From 1996 she is researcher of Ecology (BIO/07) at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Seconda Università di Napoli.
From 1998 she has been coordinating local units and involved in many national and international research projects with the main task of measuring trace gas fluxes (N2O, CH4 and CO2) and soil processes involved in C and N cycle in temperate and tropical ecosystems: 1998-2000 SAVAFLUX INCO_DC from EU; 1999-2000 MIUR national project; 2000, CNR Agenzia 2000; 2003-2005 MIUR national project; 2005-2007 CARBOIUS (Bilater project Italy-USA); 2006-2008 CARBOITALY (FISR); 2006-2007 “Degassing in Italy” (National Istitute of Vulcanology funding); 2006-2009 CARBOAFRICA (EU-STREP), GHG-AFRICA ERC grant (senior affiliated scientist), GHG-EUROPE, GEOCARBON (EU FP7) 2011-2014.

She has collaborations with international Institutions (Univeristy of Caracas, CEH Scotland, University of Vermont) for bilateral studies on trace gases from semi-arid ecosystems (ACCENT PROGRAM funding) and natural and constructed wetlands.
She is a member of the COST ACTION 729 on reactive N gases. She has taken part to the activity of the Regional Centre of Excellence “AMRA” (Analysis and Monitoring of Environmental Risk) of which she is a member.

Her teaching activity for the Faculty includes “Ecotoxicology”, “Biomonitoring” and “Ecological Risk Assessment” “Applied Ecology” Courses. She is tutor of several post-doc and doctoral student. Since 2010 she is member of CMCC.

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

  • Variability and quasi-decadal changes in the methane budget over the period 2000–2012
  • The contribution to climate change of the organic versus conventional wheat farming: A case study on the carbon footprint of wholemeal bread production in Italy
  • The global methane budget 2000–2012
  • DRY and BULK atmospheric nitrogen deposition to a West-African humid forest exposed to terrestrial and oceanic sources
  • Tree-ring carbon and oxygen isotopes indicate different water use strategies in three Mediterranean shrubs at Capo Caccia (Sardinia, Italy)
  • The impact of selective logging and clearcutting on forest structure, tree diversity and above-ground biomass of African tropical forests
  • A full greenhouse gases budget of Africa: synthesis, uncertainties, and vulnerabilities
  • Nitrous oxide emissions from soil of an African rain forest in Ghana
  • Three decades of global methane sources and sinks

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