Gruppo di ricerca

    Cristina Mangano

    My research, through the participation in national and international research projects, focuses on the detection and understanding of ecological responses (from species to community level) to anthropogenic-induced changes. I pay particular attention to sustainable solutions to make fishery and aquaculture adaptive in a context of environmental and climate changes. All my recent papers focuses on a combination of systematic review, field observations and modelling activities. I love to divulgate and communicate scientific results and I believe that only an evidence-based approach can ensure a solid science-policy interface.

    Key-words: sustainability, fishery, disturbance, biodiversity, conservation, management

    Mar Bosch Belmar

    My research has focused on the increasing occurrence of jellyfish blooms as an indirect consequence of climate change and their interference on different marine anthropic activities, mainly in Mediterranean finfish aquaculture. Through monitoring and laboratory experimentation I have investigated, from different points of view, the impact that the presence of occasional jellyfish blooms and gelatinous plankton assemblages have on aquaculture daily activities, as well as on farmed fish health. Importantly this research has provided greater clarity and real solutions for better fish farm management. I now want to further my research making use of a mechanistic approach to investigate the combined effects of climate change and anthropogenic disturbances on different Mediterranean coastal ecosystems.

    Key-words: gelatinous zooplankton; jellyfish blooms; Mediterranean aquaculture; climate change; coastal ecosystem

    Antonio Giacoletti

    My current research is about the effects of multiple anthropogenic and environmental stressors on Functional traits and then to Life History (LH) traits of marine organisms, through the application of bioenergetic predictive models based on Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory. Through a DEB application I’m currently exploring the link between Climate Change and LH-traits of some Mediterranean fishery and aquaculture target species, finally mapping complex results to provide easy-to-read reliable predictions. Other interests of mine are the spread of alien species in the Mediterranean sea and the sustainability of modern aquaculture.

    Key-words: Marine Ecology, Functional Ecology, Climate Change, Multiple Stressor, Bioenergetics, DEB model, Aquaculture.

    Guillaume Marchessaux

    My research topic focuses on invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea as indirect consequences of global change and human activities. Through an interdisciplinary approach in ecology (monitoring, lab experiments) and sociology (questionnaires, interviews), I study socio-ecosystems (nature and humans) as a whole. The main objective of my research on invasive species is to quantify their ecological and sociological impacts in order to implement management measures..

    Keywords: Invasive species, interdisciplinarity, conservation, management, ecology, sociology.

    Stefania Russo
    Ph.D. Student

    My research is about large pelagic species, with special focus on the larval stage of Scombridae. The basis of my study is the determination of the distribution, and the analysis of biology and abundance through an integrated approach that considers genetic, biological and ecological aspects.

    Key-words: Marine Ecology, Ittioplancton, Bluefin tuna, larvae.

    Manuel Berlino
    Ph.D. Student

    My PhD thesis project aims to apply an Integrated Ecosystem Approach (IEA) to marine habitats and relative communities which are exposed over time to a natural disturbance represented by a decreasing pH levels of water masses, due to the presence of hydrothermal vents (along a frequency gradient and in the absence of the natural input of carbon dioxide ), and which can be exposed to other anthropogenic disturbance driver represented by local environmental alteration due to fishing pressure.

    Key-words: anthropogenic disturbance, LEK, Ecosystem Functioning.

    Marta Lucchese
    Ph.D. Student

    The title of my Ph.D project is: " The role of C-cycle into the ecosystem functioning of marine systems and the interaction with anthropogenic drivers". I'm currently studying the carbon cycle of marine ecosystems as a proxy of ecosystem functioning. I'm focusing in particular on the effects of climate changes on Posidona oceanica the seagrass that supporting a large carbon burial and the largest sediment organic carbon stocks meadows in Panarea island, an island characterized by carbon dioxide large emission by hydrothermal submarine vents.

    Key-words: Ecosystem functioning, carbon cycle, Ecological stressor, climate change.

    Stella Terzo
    Ph.D. Student

    The title of my PhD project is “The role of benthic animal forest in addressing the ecosystem functioning and in supporting the ecosystem services under anthropogenic changing pressure”. The main topic is the role of deep benthic sessile macrobenthos, forming the so called animal forest, in providing ecosystem functions, such as promoting and maintaining quality of abiotic matrix, bioavailability of nutrients and trophic structure and the study of their response to human impact (fishing pressure) under climate change scenarios (increase of temperature)..

    Key-words: Functioning, Habitat former, animal forest

    Gabriele Di Bona
    Ph.D. Student

    My research focuses on studying the influence that trawling activity has on the life-history traits composition of the benthic community. Through the collaboration with experts in the field of sensors and image analysis, my PhD thesis aims to achieve the following objectives: to define which traits are most influenced by fishing disturbance, to establish an automated recognition of discard quotas, to identify how trawling alters the vulnerability of community and to design possible technological solutions for catch optimization and discard reduction based on ecological thresholds.

    Key-words: fishery, trawling, disturbance, life-history traits, vulnerability.

    Laura Corbari
    Ph.D student

    The title of my PhD project is “Identification of marine litter through remote sensing, hydrodynamic models and samplings: evaluation of impacts on the marine ecosystem”. The goal of the project is to evaluate the potential to detect the marine litter trough the remote sensing, by also integrating hydrodynamic models and samplings. In order to do this, the spectral signature of the polymers, collected from the beach and from the sea, will be evaluated and the satellite images will be analysed. Based on satellite and sampled data, a Lagrangian model will be carried out to predict the aggregation of plastic litter on the sea. Finally, it will analyse the effects of marine litter on marine organisms and their implication on ecosystem functioning.

    Key-words: marine litter, remote sensing, hydrodynamic models

    Martina Gregorietti
    Ph.D student

    As a PhD student, my current interest is focused on integrating fine-scale field data, remote sensing and Species Distribution Models to understand the large-scale processes and factors that underlie the distribution of marine species and their variation in time and space. Vulnerable marine species suitable and sensible areas/seasons will be identified, evaluating the potential risk represented by the different levels of the principal anthropogenic stressors. Moreover, with the collaboration of the Engineering Department of the University of Palermo, the Department of Marine Science of the Aegean University, and the Planetek Italia company, new methodologies based on high-resolution satellite data will be tested to monitor both human pressures and species.

    Keywords: remote sensing, SDMs, risk assessment

    Antonella Ingrassia

    Technical, scientific and administrative support on laboratory and field activities, biochemical analysis and research funds. My experience goes from cell cultures, to genetics and culture media preparation for cells, bacteria, Drosophila and phytoplancton. I am responsible of the functioning and maintenance of scientific equipment, coordination of experiments and teamwork, purchase orders, relationships with suppliers and refunds due to staff transfer.

    Key words: Lab managment, technical and scientific support, lab coordinator.

    Stefania Scalici

    I am a fellowship as an IVY volunteer supporting the activities at the Interreg Italy -Malta Project SenHAR.SenHAR is a project based on the creation of cross-border awareness campaigns with the aim to increase awareness on the importance of biodiversity and its protection, where the knowledge on it, threatening factors and actions, and conservation measures will be translated to citizens! I concentrate on design on the various awareness campaign. In particular I focus on the awareness campaigns related to biodiversity associated with rocky habitats vermetid reef, that risking to disappear due to antrophogenic impact, temperature increase and alien species.

    Key words: Biodiveristy, awareness campaigns, conservation, vermetid reef, divulgation

    Nicoletta Marsiglia
    Martina Russi
    Mario Tantillo