Team

    Cristina Mangano
    Researcher

    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
    POSTDOC

    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
    POSTDOC

    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.

    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

    I'm currently involved in the Italia–Malta INTERREG Project “Harmony”. My work focus on the evaluation of seabed integrity across habitat of special ecological interest, such as Maërl beds, exposed to gradients of fishing pressure. During field works I collect evidence thorough interviews with fishermen (Local Ecological Knowledge), and at sea by developing experimental fishing surveys on board of commercial vessels. Back to lab I work on measurements and modelling to analyse ecosystem's component and functioning.

    Key-words: Seabed integrity, LEK, Ecosystem Functioning.

    Marta Lucchese
    Ph.D. Student

    During my thesis I'm currently studying the Mediterranean rocky intertidal algal communities. I'm focusing in particular on the effects of environmental stressor in determining alternate stable states in marine communities.

    Key-words: Algal community, Mediterranean sea, Ecological stressor, Alternate stable states.

    Stella Terzo
    Ph.D. Student

    The main topic of my thesis was the role of different biotic components inside a community in shaping its functioning, affecting at the same time at varying degrees the community responses to an heat wave. In particular I focused on the role of an habitat former, the mussel Mytilaster minimus, in influencing the community functioning in accord to its density.

    Key-words: Functioning, Habitat former, Density, Mytilaster minimus

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    Antonella Ingrassia
    LAB MANAGER

    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.

    Laura Corbari
    ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER

    I am an environmental engineer. I studied subjects like remote sensing and SITDS and I work with Qgis program useful for spatial analysis. Currently, I am involved into the Italia–Malta INTERREG Project “Harmony”.

    Key-words: Remote sensing, Spatial analysis.

    Stefania Scalici
    POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
    Gabriele Di Bona
    POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

    My thesis is focused on the study of habitat structure and on the relation between its characteristics and the associated biodiversity. In particular I'm studying two types of biostructures: vermetid reefs and mussel beds (of the invasive species Brachidontes pharaonis), to find differences between their structural features and the associated biodiversity.

    Key-words: Habitat structure, Habitat heterogeneity, Habitat complexity, Biodiversity, Vermetid reef, Invasive species.

    Nicoletta Marsiglia
    POSTGRADUATE STUDENT
    Chiara Schilleci
    M.SC. STUDENT
    Martina Russi
    M.SC. STUDENT
    Mario Tantillo
    M.SC. STUDENT