Giulia Mattalia

Giulia Mattalia (Double M.Sc. in Organic Agriculture, Wageningen University and in Agroecology, ISARA Lyon, 2016) is a Ph. D. student in Environmental Sciences at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. During her master degree, she worked with cocoa farmers to implement the utilization of the biodiversity of cocoa agroforestry systems in the Dominican Republic. Later, she joined the Italian project “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Sacred Natural Sites” which aimed at deepening the understanding of the relation between sacred natural sites and richness of biodiversity and traditional ecological knowledge. In 2018, Giulia joined the team of the ERC-funded project “Ethnobotany of divided generations in the context of centralization”. Her Ph.D. focuses on the cross-border ethnobotany of the Hutsuls, indigenous communities living in Bukovina, at the border of Romania and Ukraine. Her work aims at exploring the role of the border in shaping traditional ecological knowledge regarding wild plants gathered for food and medicinal preparations. By joining the LICCI team, Giulia will investigate the role of borders in shaping Hutsuls’ perception of climate change impacts.