Dr Ferrara currently is a researcher at the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, for statistical modeling and analysis in different fields of applied physics to forest ecosystems and the environment. She is participating in different interdisciplinary researchers focused on Sustainable Forest Management for the provision of forest ecosystem goods and services; evaluation of the forest system functioning under increasing environment changes; impacts and effects of climate change on forests; demographic pressure and forest wildfires.
Dr. Ferrara’s projects typically focus on geology, landscape evaluation and hydrology, archaeology, forensic science and cultural heritage. These projects are often executed in collaboration with Italian and foreign academics, and with institutions including the Università degli Studi di Roma TRE, CRA (Consiglio per la Ricerca e la sperimentazione in Agricoltura – Council for Research and experimentation in Agriculture), the University of Waterloo, and with Sensors & Software, Inc. Canada, for electromagnetic signal analysis, soil study, land evaluation, and territorial assessments. She has also been involved in several geophysical surveys, using different instruments (e.g., GPR, NMR, Vector Analyser and TDR), analysing, in particular, the electromagnetic signal changes in different conditions of the investigated soil or material.
She holds a national scientific qualification for the position corresponding to Associate Professor (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale - Fascia II) in the field of forestry (07/B2 Scienze e Tecnologie dei Sistemi Arborei e Forestali). Her teaching experience also includes Mathematics and Physics at the Università degli Studi della Tuscia.
Dr. Ferrara is subject editor for the iForest journal and she is also a MC Substitute to COST Action CA17109 - Understanding and modeling compound climate and weather events.
She has participated in numerous international conferences and has more than 40 publications in refereed journals.
In 2014, she received the Ludger Mintrop Award from the EAGE – European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers for the best paper published in Near Surface Geophysics.