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Marine and Coastal Ecology, Conservation, Restoration (MARECOL)

The Marine and Coastal Ecology, Conservation and Restoration Research Group is active at the Ravenna and Bologna Campuses. Our research focuses on the role of natural and anthropogenic processes in shaping ecosystem structure and functioning. We cover a wide range of themes: community ecology of rocky shores, biogenic reefs, sedimentary environments, wetlands, saltmarshes, and human-built habitats; evolutionary and adaptive processes in marine seaweeds and invertebrates; assessment and mitigation of the effects of human activities and urbanisation; conservation and restoration ecology.

Currently we are studying resistance and resilience of subtidal temperate and tropical biogenic reefs to multiple stressors and to climate and oceanographic changes. We use molecular ecology techniques to study diversity of gorgonian corals and seaweeds, their adaptive potential and genetic connectivity between populations to support marine conservation planning. We investigate how coastal urbanisation, namely harbours and coastal defence structures, affect ecosystems, and we develop and test innovative eco-engineering and nature-based solutions for the design of marine infrastructures and waterfronts that have value to both humans and the environment.

The Adriatic Sea, with a millennial history of human disturbances, is our training field to investigate ecological shifts and mitigation strategies. In the framework of international and national research projects and collaborations we apply our expertise to marine habitats worldwide. Our commitment is to strengthen the research at the interface of ecology, environmental management, and conservation, and ensure that the scientific knowledge about marine processes and human impacts is transferred to the society and the decision making process.


ERC Panels
LS8_2 Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics
LS8_4 Biodiversity, conservation biology, conservation genetics, invasion biology
LS8_8 Environmental and marine biology
PE8_11 Sustainable design (for recycling, for environment, eco-design)

Research topics

Contacts

Marco Abbiati

Professor

Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Via S.Alberto 163

Ravenna (RA)

tel: +39 0544 937311

Laura Airoldi

Associate Professor

Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Via Selmi 3

Bologna (BO)

tel: +39 0544 937311

Marina Antonia Colangelo

Assistant professor

Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Via S.Alberto 163

Ravenna (RA)

tel: +39 0544 937392

fax: +39 0544 937411

Andrea Pasteris

Assistant professor

Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Via S.Alberto 163

Ravenna (RA)

tel: +39 0544 937393

tel: +39 0544 937383

fax: +39 0544 937411

Federica Costantini

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Via S.Alberto 163

Ravenna (RA)

tel: +39 0544 937401