She obtained a BSc in Biology at the University of Milan in 2015 and an MSc in Environmental Biology and Biodiversity at the University of Pavia in 2018, with a thesis on a critical evaluation of the different estimation methods of cetaceans’ abundance at sea, in collaboration with Tethys. During the university period, she attended many courses and seminars about biology, ecology and the conservation of cetaceans. Moreover, during her thesis period, she has had the opportunity to manage the CSR common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) photo-ID catalogue and, within the project, she became the reference person of this species. Thanks to this work experience, she has managed to acquire specific technical skills that allowed her to be involved, in 2018, in the “TursioMed” and “Dolphins Without Borders” (DWB) projects, both aimed to support the research and conservation status of common bottlenose dolphin in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Pelagos Sanctuary, with the collaboration of many national and international organizations and research institutes.
In June 2019, she has got a Research Fellowship at the Politecnico of Milan in the Environmental Engineering Department with involvement in the “QUIETMED2” project, an EU funded project that ended in January 2021, aimed to Good Environmental Status (GES) assessment on Descriptor 11 (D11 – underwater noise) of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD 2008/56/EC), in the Mediterranean Sea Region. Since February 2021, she is involved in the “QUIETSEAS” project, also funded by the EU, which aims to support and enhance cooperation among the Member States in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea regions, to implement the third Cycle of the MSFD, providing methods and tools for D11. Thanks to these two projects, she has developed an interest and specific skills in the study of the potential impacts of anthropogenic activities on the marine environment and she became more aware of the importance of communication and collaboration among scientists, policymaker and different countries, to develop effective conservation strategies. Valentina is also very interested in the study of the factors that influence the distribution, habitat selection and behaviour of cetaceans species present in the Pelagos Sanctuary, for the purpose of their conservation. She is currently looking for a PhD. Valentina has a strong attraction for photography, videos, graphic design and drones, which brings her to be very interested in new technologies which allow doing research on cetaceans from a different perspective.
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, she took advantage of the “lockdown” period to attend several online courses: basic, intermediate and advanced QGIS, National and European Regulations on drones, UAS Pilot training, Graphic Design and Video Editing (using different software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premiere Pro), Instagram Marketing. Valentina has always loved the sea, cetaceans, swim, and these passions have brought her, in 2016, to explore the sea and herself from a different perspective: the freediver one. With the Apnea Academy, she attended the open and advance course of freediving. She speaks Italian and English.