I am an Associate Professor at the University of Siena (Italy) and a research manager at Earthwatch Europe. In my career, I have led international research projects on Mediterranean coastal lakes (MEDCODYN), Great Lakes in Africa (ECOTOOLS, EAGLO), wetlands in the Paraná delta (Argentina, Paraguay) and shallow lakes in the Yangtze valley (BioGeoLakes). I helped set up the global FreshWater Watch programme, which brings together more than 25 research institutes and supporting the monitoring and management of 2000 waterbodies on 6 continents. I have also developed a range of analytical and monitoring techniques that combine optical and chemical approaches to manage risks and degradation of aquatic ecosystems. My research on the local, regional and global threats to aquatic ecosystems has led to numerous peer reviewed publications, as well as book chapters and soft publications for the general public.