Costanza Bonadonna received her B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Pisa, Italy, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Bristol, U.K. She was then awarded the position of SOEST Young Investigator at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii for two years and was later appointed the position of Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. She is now Full Professor with the Section of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, vice-dean of the Faculty of Science, the Head of the CERG-C Program for the Assessment and Management of Geological and Climate related risk and President-elect of the Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology section of the American Geophysical Union .
Costanza Bonadonna was a recipient of the President’s Award of the Geological Society of London (2001), the IAVCEI Outstanding Recent Graduate (George Walker Award) (2004), the Outstanding Woman in Science Award of the Geological Society of America (2004), and the USF Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award (2005). She was recently selected as Woman Scientist of the Month (April 2020) of the European Platform of Woman Scientists and was the recipient of the XV edition of the International Galileo Galilei Award of the Italian Rotary Clubs for Science (https://www.premiogalilei.it).
She has devoted most of her research to modeling sedimentation from volcanic plumes, exploring new methodologies for the characterization of tephra-fall deposits, and developing probabilistic analyses for the assessment of tephra-fall hazards. She is now also involved in several multidisciplinary projects for the assessment and quantiﬁcation of risk in the effort of developing sustainable risk reduction strategies.