Antonio Calò - Post Doc researcher
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and MPA networks; MPA effects; fish population dispersal and connectivity; fish early life traits; fish habitat selection; human impact in MPAs; ecosystem approach to fishery; small scale fisheries; marine litter
Otolith microstructure and chemical analysis; biophysical propagule dispersal models; UVC; GIS. Soft skills (trained by NOAA and WWF): science communication/outreach; management of natural assets and the public at large
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Born in Salento (Italy) on September 28th 1987. He is currently a post-doc fellow at the University of Nice (France). Bachelor’s degree (110/110) in Environmental Science and Master’s degree (cum Laude) in Evaluation of Environmental Impacts at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy). PhD in “Biodiversity and Environmental Management” at the University of Murcia (Spain) with a thesis entitled “Dispersal patterns and connectivity among Mediterranean reef fish populations: the case of the saddled sea bream, Oblada melanura [Linnaeus, 1758] in the Western Mediterranean Sea”.


Involved in different regional, national and international projects on Marine Protected Areas, in particular the project 'Initial Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MMMPA) a Marie Curie Action funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme ( MMMPA aimed to train a new generation of MPA scientists and managers, equipping them with a flexible set of skills essential within a wide range of professional environments, including public administration, local authorities, industry and academia.



Irigoyen A, Rojo I, Calò A, Trobbiani G, Sánchez-Carnero N, García-Charton JA (2018). The "Tracked Roaming Transect" and distance sampling methods increase the efficiency of underwater visual censuses. PLoS1



Calò A, Lett C, Mourre B, Pérez-Ruzafa Á, García-Charton JA (2017). Use of Lagrangian simulations to hindcast the geographical position of propagule release zones in a Mediterranean coastal fish. Marine Environmental Research nn: n-n

Cattano C, Calò A, Di Franco A, Firmamento R, Quattrocchi F, Sdiri K, Guidetti P, Milazzo M (2017). Ocean acidification does not impair predator recognition but increases juvenile growth in a temperate wrasse off CO 2 seeps. Marine Environmental Research 132: 33–40



Calò A, Di Franco A, Pennetta A, De Benedetto GE, Pérez-Ruzafa Á, García-Charton JA (2016). Propagule dispersal and larval patch cohesiveness in a Mediterranean coastal fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 544: 213-224

Calò A, Muñoz I, Pérez-Ruzafa Á, Vergara-Chen C, García-Charton JA (2016). Spatial genetic structure in the saddled sea bream (Oblada melanura [Linnaeus, 1758]) suggests multi-scaled patterns of connectivity between protected and unprotected areas in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Fisheries Research 176: 30-38



Di Franco A, Calò A, Pennetta A, De Benedetto GE, Planes S, Guidetti P (2015). Dispersal of larval and juvenile sea bream: Implications for Mediterranean marine protected areas. Biological Conservation 192: 361–368



Calò A, Félix-Hackradt FC, Garcia J, Hackradt CW, Rocklin D, Treviño-Otón J, Garcia-Charton JA (2013). A review of methods to assess connectivity and dispersal between fish populations in the Mediterranean Sea. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology 4:2, 150-175

Di Franco A, Kaicheng Q, Calò A, Di Lorenzo M, Planes S, Guidetti P (2013). Assessing patterns of variability in early life traits: the case study of a Mediterranean coastal fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 476: 227–235


Win-Win: the Marine Protected Area Story. Written and directed by Calò A, Hogg K, Mateos-Molina D. Produced by MMMPA project.