Dr. Marta D’Elia is a post-doctoral research scientist in the Fisheries Ecology and Acoustic lab at FIU where she broadly focused on understanding the dynamic of the fish and the principal interactions and processes that influence them across a range of spatial and temporal scales. She has an MS degree in environmental science. She graduated from the “Environmental Management and Analysis of Marine Ecosystem”, program at University of Palermo (Italy) and she earned her PhD at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice (Italy). She worked at the National Research Council of Italy before joining FIU. Within the DEEPEND project Marta will primarily be working for Dr. Kevin Boswell in the active acoustic component, to examine patterns in the biological scattering layers and analyse their response to physicochemical parameters, primary productivity and oceanographic conditions.