Betta is a third year PhD student from Italy in the Marine Science and Conservation at the Duke Marine Lab. Her dissertation is focused on the conservation of deep-sea environment in international jurisdiction within the context of deep seabed mining. The aim of her research is to inform ocean international policy and decision-making processes with the best available science and best practices in ocean conservation. She is studying the use of Area Based Management Tools to protect and manage deep hydrothermal vents. She holds two master’s degrees (Marine Biology and Maritime Spatial Planning) obtained in her home country and through international programs in Europe. She recently worked in the context of public participation, and she has experience in maritime geopolitics, marine spatial planning, and invertebrates’ biology and phylogenetic.