Mariagrazia is a biologist with a PhD in marine ecology, marine resources management and conservation. She has a background in experimental ecology methods to highlight biodiversity changes in relation to human impacts and protection measures (Marine Protected Areas) and in applying causal framework (such as Driving-Pressure-State-Impact-Response) to describe the interactions between society and the environment. Her work focussed on marine protected areas to creating knowledge bridges and transferring scientific information to local communities and policy makers. She joined the Joint Research Centre- European Commission (JRC) in October 2013 to support the BIOPAMA project. She is the focal contact point for the Caribbean region.