Currently I am involved in the EU FP7 project COMMON SENSE - Cost-effective sensors, interoperable with international existing ocean observing systems, to meet EU policies requirements (http://www.commonsenseproject.eu/) as the Principal Investigator of the CNR Consortium (Nov 2013 - Feb 2017) and in the National Flagship Project RITMARE – The Italian Research for the Sea – coordinated by the Italian National Research Council and funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (http://www.ritmare.it/) as SP3-WP5 leader (Supporting maritime space planning). I act as a member of national technical-scientific committees (e.g. National Strategy for the Adaptation to Climate Change for Italy – Biodiversity and Coastal Ecosystems Working Group; ISPRA - Ministry of Environment, MED-GIG) and international working groups (e.g. ICES-BEWG). My research interests include marine benthic ecology; soft-bottom communities and trophic relationships as traced by C and N stable isotope analysis; assessment of stress indicators in the marine benthos; nutrient cycling in coastal marine ecosystems; environmental pollution; marine directives (WFD; 2006/60/EC and MSFD; 2008/56/EC). I published over 50 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and books, co-edited the proceedings of international workshops, and routinely act as a referee for several international scientific journals.