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Charola, A. Elena

Former Materials Scientist

Positions

Inorganic Porous Building Materials, their deterioration and conservation; Heritage Sites Conservation and Management.

Public Biography

  • A. Elena  Charola is a Research Scientist at MCI and formerly a Scientific Advisor/Program Coordinator at the World Monuments Fund-Portugal. She received her Ph.D. from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. As an independent consultant she worked on a number of high-profile projects for World Monuments Fund: Consultant for the  Easter Island Program; Coordinator of the Scientific Committee  for the Exterior Conservation of the Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal; Lecturer in Advanced Architectural Conservation, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Pennsylvania;  Lecturer at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; Lecturer at the bi-annual UNESCO/ICCROM Stone Conservation Course in Venice. Dr. Charola has published two books and over a hundred scientific papers in the field of stone and masonry deterioration and conservation as well as editing co-editing the proceedings from four international conferences and three publications resulting from the conservation interventions carried out by World Monuments Fund.  In addition, she has lectured extensively at various universities in North America, Europe, and Latin America. At MCI, she conducts research on the biodeterioration of stone surfaces and serves as Senior Editor on our Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press series, Contributions to Museum Conservation.