PE&RC in the Spotlight: Giuditta Beretta

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Every month we put a PE&RC member in the spotlight. This month we are getting to know Giuditta Beretta. Giuditta is a PhD at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED, University of Amsterdam). 

What are you passionate about in your research?
My PhD focuses on biocontrol, the practice of using natural enemies to control pests on crops and in the soil. I am passionate about the idea of making agriculture a more sustainable sector, reducing the use of chemical pesticides taking advantage of natural ecosystem services.

What is your favorite movie/series? / What are you binging on Netflix?
It is hard to pick just one, it also very much depends on the mood I am in. Overall though, a movie that I love and I would recommend is Moonrise Kingdom from Wes Anderson. I adore the unique twist he gave to a love story, as a scout myself I cannot not laugh at the boy scout scenes, the soundtrack is great, and the visuals, as usual, are on point.

If you could be any animal, what would you be, and why?
If I was an animal, I would be a jellyfish. I love their colors, elegant dancing, and mysterious life. They give me a sense of joy and freedom.

What is on your bucket list?
In my free time I like to create scientific illustrations. My dream is to illustrate a children book talking about plants, insects, anything biology related.

What is your useless talent?
My useless talent is to be able to make a toad face, with my eyes going to the sides, when I am zoning out.

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