Giacomo Certini is Associate Professor of Pedology at the School of Agriculture of the University of Florence, Italy. His main current scientific interests are: soil carbon sequestration, fire effects on soil, impact of warfare on the environment, and Anthropocene. He is author of 91 scientific articles, 63 of which are published in peer-reviewed ISI journals, including Science. The latter are cited 1332 times in journals indexed by Scopus, with a H-index of 16 (data from Scopus, January 15th, 2016). He is co-author of the textbook "Basi di Pedologia" (in Italian), published in 2010 by Edagricole, and co-editor of the book “Soils. Basic Concepts and Future Challenges”, published in 2006 by the Cambridge University Press and comprising contributes by 23 authors from all over the world. He is serving as an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Wildland Fire since 2007 and SOIL since 2014. He teaches “Pedology” and “Sustainable use of agricultural soils” at the University of Florence.