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I have always been interested in science, one way or another. In elementary school back in Italy I dreamed of being a doctor one day. Then in high school I had an excellent science teacher and became absolutely enamored with astronomy and biology. For biology I engaged in plant research and I was hooked. At the same time, I became very interested in the natural environment, especially in forest ecosystems. Everything about nature and ecology became a real passion. I used to read Scientific American, and the equivalent of the National Geographic Magazine in Italy. I watched countless hours of science shows on TV. I found everything about nature fascinating, inspiring (I absolutely still do!), and I spent as much time as I could in forests. That led me to choosing Forest Science for a University degree.