I am Professor at the University of Florence, Department of Earth Sciences, teaching in the master’s degree of Geological Sciences and Natural Sciences (https://www.unifi.it/p-doc2-2016-200010-B-3f2a3d31382f2b-0.html).
Recently I was selected as an expert member to evaluate projects of the National Environmental Impact Evaluation Commission of the Italian Minister of Ecological Transition for the period 2020-2024.
My research activity is focused on compositional data analysis investigating natural matrices, particularly water, with the aim to understand the complex dynamics of geochemical systems. I discovered the universe of CoDA a long time ago, in 1994, in occasion of the IAMG Annual Conference in Mount Tremblant, Canada. I currently perform peer review work for several national and international journals.
In June 2017 I organized the 7th International workshop on Compositional Data Analysis (Abbadia San Salvatore, Italy), following the local organization and the scientific plans of the meeting. In 1998 I organized the Fourth Annual Meeting of IAMG in Ischia (Italy). I have also contributed to the organization of thematic sessions in different IAMG and CODA meetings as well as in IGC congresses and national workshops, with the aim to promote the application of mathematics and statistics in geological sciences. I was also councilor in the past CoDA committees.
Actually, I am Associate Editor of the Journal of Geochemical Exploration and of Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis and I am in the editorial board of Computer & Geosciences and Natural Resources Research. I have contributed to realize special issues for Computer & Geosciences (2011) and the Journal of Geochemical Exploration (2014) promoting the application of CoDA methods. I am also co-editor of two volumes (Geological Society Special Publication 264, 2006; Compositional Data Analysis: Theory and Application, 2011, John Wiley & Sons), summarizing the developments of CoDA in different fields.
I have served IAMG as council member for two four-year periods (also as IGC councilor) and I was a member of different award committees as well as of student affairs commissions for Springer and Elsevier.
I am author of about 100 publications and 91 of them are registered in the Scopus and Wos data bases. I am also co-author of 3 books in Italian Language focused on the application of mathematical and statistical methods in Earth Sciences.
During my carrier I have participated in numerous national and international meetings presenting both oral and poster communications. I was invited speaker (keynote) in the GEOMAP meeting in Olomouc in 2014 and in the 9th European Palaeobotany and Palinology Conference (2014) hold in Padua (I).
I was awarded in 2003 with the Felix Chayes Prize of IAMG and hold a conference in the Porthsmouth (E) related meeting. I was also the Editor's Best Reviewer Awards for 2008- 2009, for Mathematical Geosciences, as a recognition of outstanding efforts and contributions of the journal's reviewers. In 2020 I received the Excellence in Review Award by Applied Geochemistry the journal of the IAGC (International Association of GeoChemistry)
As we know, the CoDa-Association is a very young scientific association. Consolidation of the Association is one of my main goals in continuity with the past President. This involves development of by-laws and relationships with other scientific associations as well as to make CoDa-methodologies visible in the scientific world, enhancing multidisciplinary.
Together with the new Council we will think to new tools and methods to achieve these goals.