Valentina Caserta

Valentina Caserta

Valentina Caserta graduated in Marine Biology at the University of Bologna in 2014; she has then increased her knowledge in the marine mammology field, taking part of numerous scientific experience in all the world which made her an expert in the behaviour of marine animals.

In Turkey (Antalya), she has taken part of the initial campaign of the organisation DMAD (Marine Mammals Research Association), led by Dr Aylin Akkaya, on the population of cetaceans Levantino basins and the impact of boat traffic on it. In Falkland Islands (Sea Lion Island), she has taken part of the annual campaign on the twenty-year ESRG (Elephant Seal Research Group), led by Dr. Filippo Galimberti and Dr. Simona Sanvito, analysing the social behaviour of elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) and the haunting techniques of orcas (Orcinus orca). In Galles (New Quay, Cardigan Bay), she has joined the activities of CBMWC (Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Center), founded by Dr. Sarah Perry, where she gained further knowledge in the scientific field studying the behaviour of bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus), grey seals (Halicoerus grypus) and porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). Nevertheless, she has got the first approach in the informative field, promoting the activities of the centre and giving scientific information at the public. In the Caribbean (Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos), she has carried out experiences on humpbacks whales (Megaptera novangliae) and their songs. In this site she has got her first approach with the study and manipulation of sea turtles with Hawksbill sea turtle (Ermetochelys imbricata). In Australia (Bunbury, WA), she is been an assistant of the PhD student Valeria Senigaglia through ex-MUCRU (Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit, now AMRU- Aquatic Megafauna Research Unit), for the study of the effects of human feeding on the resident population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus). In Italy (Imperia), she has taken part of the new project ‘Tursiopi del Ponente’ promoted by the cooperative Costa Balenae, assisting researches on their daily field monitoring on the bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) population and scientific divulgation events. She has taken part of the summer session on the environmental awareness of the Genova aquarium at the village  ‘Happy Village’ at Palinuro (SA), as the expert biologist, entertaining adults and children in activities on the correct utilization of marine resources and respect of the sea. She has newly achieved her ACCOBAMS MMO/PAM certification on the mitigation of the marine acoustic damage at the organisation Oceanomare Delphis Onlus (Ischia, NA).

She began to be part of Filicudi Wildlife Centre in the 2019 summer season as an intern coordinator.