Valentina is a senior researcher at NORSUS with a focus on plastics, specifically micro- and nanoplastic pollution. She holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Colorado State University, USA, M.Sc. in Climate Science and Solutions from Northern Arizona University, USA, and a Ph.D. in Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development from the University of Naples, Parthenope, Italy. Valentina successfully defended her thesis, titled: "Addressing New Global Environmental Problems: An interdisciplinary approach to assess the impacts of microplastics on marine ecosystems." on May 11th, 2022.
Valentina joined NORSUS in November 2021. Her research is guided by systems thinking and interdisciplinary work and collaboration, summarized by what she likes to describe as looking at complex problems through both a telescope and microscope, simultaneously. She has also been an active member of the MarILCA network Scientific Committee since December 2019, in which the participants are focused on integrating potential environmental impacts of marine litter into LCA. Valentina has experience with filling crucial knowledge and data gaps in emerging scientific fields by following information flows across relevant disciplines.