Dr Martina Capriotti was born in San Benedetto del Toronto (Italy), on the Adriatic coast, and from a young age had a special affection for the sea. Martina’s passion for the ocean started when she first started to scuba dive. During one of her first dives, observing the beauty of a reef, Martina noticed lots of pollution and fish grazing around the pollution. The memory stayed with Martina and that scene inspirited her desire to do something to protect the ocean.

After finishing school, Martina decided to study Marine Environmental Studies, leading to a Master’s degree in Marine Biology at Marche Polytechnic University (Ancona, Italy), with a thesis project developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway) in aquatic ecotoxicology field. With the desire of continuing the studies on marine pollution, Martina decided to apply for a doctoral program obtaining a PhD degree at University of Camerino (Camerino, MC, Italy).

Martina is developing an innovative approach for testing the chemical impact of micro plastics on marine life in the seas around her native Italy. “The outcomes will be an important tool for the scientific community and the authorities,” says Capriotti, “bringing better understanding of the real impact that micro plastic pollution has on our planet.”

When asked what it felt like to be a Sky Ocean Rescue Scholar Martina said ‘It’s a privilege for me to have been selected and to have been chosen to take part of this big family that bases its principles on the discovery and protection of the environment and its living beings.

My ambitions for the next years lay on research, day after day, without thinking about a project that will finish, but thinking about a project that is in constant development, contributing to the progress of science.”