Adjunct Assistant Professor
Silvestri received her doctoral training in Environmental System Modelling at the University of Padova, with a focus on remote sensing and the interdependence of salt marsh morphology and halophytic vegetation. She received her Laurea in Environmental Sciences from the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice. Silvestri joined the Nicholas School (Duke University) in 2011, where she teaches “Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing” and “Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments”. Moreover Silvestri is the director of a Duke summer program at the Venice International University “Environmental Management in a Changing World: coping with Sea Level Rise”. Her research focuses on: - Remote Sensing applied to vegetation mapping, soil studies, hydrology, tidal morphology – Remote sensing of coastal water quality - Hyperspectral imagery analysis - Salt marsh evolution modelling - Relationship between wetlands morphology and vegetation - Large-scale multi-criteria analysis (GIS) - Remote sensing and GIS applied to the identification of illegal landfills and contaminated sites – Mosquitoes population dynamic. The Venice lagoon and its watershed have been her principal research sites in the last 15 years. In particular she is expert in the use of satellite remote sensing to monitor the Venice lagoon water quality (turbidity, phytoplankton, water temperature, etc.) and tracing the dynamic of the submerged vegetation. She has been extensively working on the Venice lagoon salt marshes and specifically on using data from a variety of sensors to study the halophytic vegetation and its interaction with the morphology.
In The News
Yousefi Lalimi, F, Silvestri, S, Moore, LJ, and Marani, M. "Coupled topographic and vegetation patterns in coastal dunes: Remote sensing observations and ecomorphodynamic implications." Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 122, no. 1 (January 2017): 119-130.
Jian, Y, Silvestri, S, Brown, J, Hickman, R, and Marani, M. "The predictability of mosquito abundance from daily to monthly timescales." Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America 26, no. 8 (December 2016): 2609-2620.
Roner, M, D'Alpaos, A, Ghinassi, M, Marani, M, Silvestri, S, Franceschinis, E, and Realdon, N. "Spatial variation of salt-marsh organic and inorganic deposition and organic carbon accumulation: Inferences from the Venice lagoon, Italy." Advances in Water Resources 93 (July 2016): 276-287.
Carniello, L, Silvestri, S, Marani, M, D'Alpaos, A, Volpe, V, and Defina, A. "Sediment dynamics in shallow tidal basins: In situ observations, satellite retrievals, and numerical modeling in the Venice Lagoon." Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 119, no. 4 (April 2014): 802-815.
Jian, Y, Silvestri, S, Belluco, E, Saltarin, A, Chillemi, G, and Marani, M. "Environmental forcing and density-dependent controls of Culex pipiens abundance in a temperate climate (Northeastern Italy)." Ecological Modelling 272 (January 24, 2014): 301-310.
Ph.D., University of Padua (Italy) (2001)
B.A., Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy) (1997)