Fabrizio Gianni - PhD
Conservation biology, Marine Ecology, Benthic habitats, Marine Protected Areas, Communication & Outreach
Marine reserve planning and management, Experimental design, Field sampling, Statistical software (Primer), GIS, Graphics software (Adobe), Presentation software (Prezi, Powerpoint), Scuba diving, Photography, Aquariology
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My PhD is part of an European Project: Monitoring of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MMMPA); a Marie Curie Fellowship. The MMMPA consortium includes 5 Universities, 1 Research centre, 5 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and 3 enterprises in several countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Ten early stage researchers and four experienced researchers are involved to study different aspects of marine biodiversity (e.g. coralligenous assemblages, coastal lagoon, fishery, marine forests, etc.). MMMPA project aims to train researchers in the management of MPAs, equipping them with a flexible set of skills essential within a wide range of professional environments, including public administration, local authorities, industry and academia.

The goal of my PhD thesis is:

1) assessing the evolution of Cystoseira forests, a genus of habitat forming macroalgae, in the MPAs involved in the project;

2) developing a monitoring protocol of marine forests at Port-Cros National Park, in order to create a replicable tool useful also for other MPA managers;

3) trying to restore Cystoseira forests where they disappeared (e.g. on artificial barriers) or where they are degraded, through propagules and/or the transplantation of adult plants collected in pristine forests.



Airoldi L., Ballesteros E., Buonuomo R., Van Belzen J., Bouma T.J., Cebrian E., De Clerk O., Engelen A.H., Ferrario F., Fraschetti S., Gianni F., Guidetti P., Ivesa L., Mancuso F.P., Micheli F., Perkol-Finkel S., Serrao E.A., Strain E.M. and Mangialajo L. (2014). Marine forests at risk: solutions to halt the loss and promote the recovery of Mediterranean canopy-forming seaweeds.Proceeding of the 5th Mediterranean Symposium on Marine Vegetation, Portoroz, Slovenia, 27-28 October 2014, pp. 28-33.
Gianni F and Mangialajo L (2014). “Are Mediterranean MPAs protecting marine forests?”. Proceeding of the 5th Mediterranean Symposium on Marine Vegetation, Portoroz, Slovenia, 27-28 October 2014, 28-33.
Deidun A, Gianni F, Cilia DP, Lodola A and Savini D (2014). Morphometric analyses of a Pinctada radiata (Leach, 1814)(Bivalvia: Pteriidae) population in the Maltese Islands”.Journal of the Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment,20(1).
Kotwicki L, Deidun A, Grzelak K and Gianni F (2014). “A preliminary comparative assessment of the meiofaunal communities of Maltese pocket sandy beaches”.Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science,150, 111-119.
Gianni F, Bartolini F, Airoldi L, Ballesteros E, Francour P, Guidetti P, Meinesz A, Thibaut T, Mangialajo L (2013). “Conservation and restoration of marine forests in the Mediterranean Sea and the potential role of Marine Protected Areas”. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, 4:2, 83-101
Azzopardi J, Deidun A, Gianni F, Gauci AP, Pan BA, Cioffi M (2013). “Classification of the coastal water bodies of the Maltese Islands through the assessment of a decadal ocean colour data set”. JCR, 65, 1343-1348.
Deidun A, Gauci R, Schembri JA, Šegina E, Gauci A, Gianni F, Gutierrez JA, Sciberras A, Sciberras J (2013). “Comparative median grain size assessment through three different techniques for sandy beach deposits on the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean)”. JCR, 65, 1757-1761.


Cours, résumé de PhD, etc.