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Integrative Marine Ecology Department
Villa Dohrn, Ischia

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Research Interests

Over my study path my main interests have always been biodiversity and how and when changes in the marine environment, directly or indirectly related to human activities, can affect marine organism’s responses. This is why I focused my studies and research in fields such as marine ecology and ecotoxicology using different marine invertebrates as model species and using different scientific approaches and laboratory techniques. What I learned it is the importance of combining evolutionary approaches with classic ecotoxicological ones in order to better predict and anticipate threats to biodiversity. Actually, the knowledge about what kind of long term, transgenerational effects climate changes and pollution might have on natural populations is still scarce. In the last years I have focused my attention on the study on the combined effects of ocean acidification and emerging contaminants on different life stages of marine invertebrates such as bivalves and echinoderms from the cellular to the organism’ levels, paying also attention whenever parental effects can buffer the detrimental effects due to ocean acidification or the exposure to pollutants. I am now working as full time researcher at the Villa Dohrn-Benthic Ecology Centre in Ischia, where I will continued to study the possible adaptations of marine organisms to future climate changes scenarios by using the natural laboratories represented by various volcanic CO2 vents present along the coast of Ischia (Italy).

Selected Publications

Munari M, Chemello G, Finos L, Ingrosso G, Giani M, Marin MG, 2016. Coping with seawater acidification and the emerging contaminant diclofenac at the larval stage: A tale from the clam Ruditapes philippinarum. Chemosphere, 160: 293-302.

Range P, Chìcharo MA, Ben-Hamadou R, Pilò D, Fernandez-Reiriz MJ, Labarta U, Marin MG, Bressan M, Matozzo V, Chinellato A, Munari M, El Menif NT, Dellali M, Chìcharo L, 2014. Impacts of CO2-induced seawater acidification on coastal Mediterranean bivalves and interactions with other climatic stressors. Regional Environmental Change, 14 (Suppl 1): 19-30.

Munari M, Marin MG, Matozzo V, 2014. Effects of the antidepressant fluoxetine on the immune parameters and acetylcholinesterase activity of the clam Venerupis philippinarum. Marine Environmental Research, 94: 32-37.

Munari M, Sturve J, Frenzilli G, Sanders MB, Christian P, Nigro M, Lyons BP, 2014. Genotoxic effects of Ag2S and CdS nanoparticles in blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) haemocytes. Chemistry and Ecology, doi.org/10.1080/02757540.2014.894989.

Bressan M, Chinellato A, Munari M, Matozzo V, Manci A, Marceta T, Finos L, Moro I, Pastore P, Badocco D, Marin MG, 2014. Does seawater acidification affect survival, growth and shell integrity in bivalve juveniles? Marine Environmental Research, 99: 136-148.

Matozzo V, Chinellato A, Munari M, Finos L, Bressan M, Marin MG, 2012. First evidence of immunomodulation in bivalves under seawater acidification and increased temperature. PLoS One, 7(3) e33820.

Munari M, Matozzo V, Marin MG, 2011. Combined effects of temperature and salinity on functional responses of haemocytes and survival in air of the clam Ruditapes philippinarum. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 30: 1024-1030.

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