Giulia Mattalia (Ph.D in Environmental Sciences, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2022) is a postdoctoral researcher at the ERC-funded DiGe project under the supervison of Prof. Renata Soukand.
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. focused 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. In 2019 she joined the ERC-funded project "Local indicators of climate change impacts" to bring the contribution of Hutsul indigenous and local knowledge to climate change research.