Sandra Ricci, Biologist, was born in Rome on 18th December 1956. She graduated in Natural Science in 1979 and got a Ph.D in Evolutionary Biology at Sapienza University of Rome in 1987. Since 1981 she has worked at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro where she is responsible for the areas of Marine Biology and Bryphytology. She is involved in the study of different aspects of the biodeterioration of stone materials:
– characterisation of the damage caused by bryophytes in terrestrial and aquatic environments; identification of the species colonizing stone artefacts (archaeological remains, mosaics, monuments, fountains); analysis of the ecological features of the site and of the relationship between environment and bryophyte growth; laboratory experimentation and field tests on biocides and prevention methods.
– study of the bioerosion phenomena on submerged stone and wood substrates; analysis of the traces left by endolithic microorganisms, animals and plants (cyanobacteria, green algae, microfungi, porifera, bivalves, polychetes and sipunculans); study of submerged artefacts as artificial reefs in marine environments and study of the efficacy of materials for in situ conservation (artificial frond mats, geotextiles). She has been involved in several research projects concerning Underwater Cultural Heritage such as Restoring Underwater, CoMAS and Grotta Azzurra – over the Blue (Capri, Naples).
Barbara Davidde, Archaeologist, was born in Rome on 20th November 1965. Since 2011 she has been the Director of the Underwater Archaeological Operations Unit and the Department of Archaeology at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro. Since 2010 she has been the adjunct professor at the Roma Tre University, where she teaches Underwater archaeology. Her research focuses on the study, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, with particular attention to the ancient Roman coastal settlements and infrastructures and underwater cultural heritage. Since 2001 she has conducted her research activities on the in situ restoration of UCH as a researcher (2001-2010) and later on as coordinator (from 2011 until now) in the project Restoring Underwater. From July 2011 she has been the ISCR coordinator of the project CoMAS and ISCR coordinator of the European project SASMAP.