The Department of Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies (DiSTABIF), Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, is a multidisciplinary research and teaching center, with a staff of over 90 people with activities spanning from biological sciences to earth sciences, chemistry and molecular biology, at present involved in over 40 research programmes, funded by the European Community, the MIUR (Ministry of University and Research), the CNR (National research Council) and other funding agencies. DISTABIF supports these research activities by many experimental facilities which include many advanced instrumentations for biological and environmental investigations. The DISTABIF team is made of experts in the sectors of ecology, soil biology and ecology, plant science, soil chemistry, physic applied to environmental analysis. The team has long term experience in international project, where they have been unit coordinators : SAVAFLUX INCO_DC (EU FP4); CARBOIUS (bilateral project Italy-USA); CARBOEUROPE, INCREASE , CARBOAFRICA (EU- FP6 STREP); NITROEUROPE (EU FP6); Accent-biaflux (EU research exchange); GHG-Europe (EU FP7); GHG-Africa (EU FP7 ERC grant group), GEOCARBON (EU FP7), projects of the Swiss National Science Foundation , COST ACTION 729 and COST Action ES0804, COST Action FP1106. They are involved actively as consultant for task forces of the Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MIPAF) on projects focused on agriculture: ISMEA AGRICARBON project and FOODCARB 201), Rural Network task force "Environment and climate Change" for the rural development program (PSR) 2010, the Global Bionenergy Partnership, Sustainable Development section. They are scientific advisors for the WWF, member of the Italian Society of Ecology and associated scientists at the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change.
THE SUN TEAM and role in the project
Professor of Applied Ecology, Ecological Risk Assessment and Global Changes. Soil Ecologist, research focus on C and N cycle in terrestrial ecosystems, GHG fluxes and ecosystem balance, Carbon footprint of agroproductions
Project role: Project coordinator, project managment, steering commettee, soil and biodiversity indicators, dissemination
Professor of Hydrology and Applied Geology; Hydrogeologist, expert on water resources management and protection (focus on salinization processes and nitrogen balance) and groundwater flow and solute transport modeling
Project role: water indicators, dissemination
Professor of Ecology, Conservation of nature and its resources; Soil Ecologist, expert on microbial indicators of soil quality
Project role: soil microbial indicators, dissemination
Professor of Pedology and Applied Pedology, Agronomist, research focus on fertilizers and pedotechnologies for soil rehabilitation, soil processes that modify soil organic matter and macronutrients.
Project role: soil indicators, dissemination
Soil scientist, expert on soil mineralogy with specific focus on volcanic soils, expert on pedotechnologies for soil rehabilitation.
Project role: soil indicators, support to project management, dissemination.
Technical manager, IT area, website development and network supervisor in University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Project role:Web master, web design and development
Administration: Annamaria Piscitelli (Head), Filippo Altobelli, Michele Argiento