Francesca Messina

Research Scientist: Water Resources

Francesca Messina, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist with The Water Institute of the Gulf’s Natural Systems Modeling and Monitoring group. Her research interest mainly focuses on groundwater, with the aim to explore, model, and analyze the surface-groundwater interactions existing in the Louisiana coastal area.

She developed her modeler experience during her Ph.D. program. Dr. Messina obtained her Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in April 2015 with a thesis entitled "Pore-scale simulation of micro and nanoparticle transport in porous media.” During her doctoral research, she worked with the Groundwater Engineering group, and her research was mainly devoted to modelling flow and colloidal particle transport phenomena in saturated porous media from a microscale point of view.

As an environmental engineer, she has also skills in environmental fluid dynamics, reclamation of polluted sites, pollutant dynamic, and sanitary and environmental engineering.

She received both her bachelor and master degrees in environmental engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy.