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caputi luigiPost-doc: Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Plankton
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Research interests

The main aim of my work is to study the response of marine communities to the environmental variations. I am currently studying the mesoscale response during the natural iron fertilization-induced bloom in the Marquesas Islands, South Pacific (the STEFI project) in the frame of the TARA Oceans campaign.
During the STEFI project, an holistic approach was used to investigate the response to the Island Mass Effect and to the related iron-induced bloom by the living organisms, from viruses to meso-plankton. Taking advantage of the impressive quantity of data produced during the TARA Oceans project, my aims are, in collaboration with the STEFI project scientific community, to:

  • Understand the role of the abiotic vectors in the bloom in the Marquesas Islands, ie how nutrients and trace metals influence the onset, the progression and the decay of the bloom in space and time.
  • Investigate the community response at the population level, from viruses to the mesoplankton, using an integrative approach (HPLC, chemtax, microscopy taxonomi and metabarcode).
  • Infer the biodiversity shift during the progression of the bloom event and potentially extrapolate the food chain variations across time and space.
  • Study the functional response of the prokaryotes and eukaryotes communities using the metagenome and the metatranscriptome of the STEFI projects, with a particular focus on the micro- and meso-zooplankton response. Moreover, some specific functions (response to iron, stress response and developmental response) will be more in depth analyzed

Journal Papers

Affinito O, Andreakis N, Caputi L, Marino R, Pannone R, Sordino P and G Procaccini. High connectivity and directional gene flow in European Atlantic and Mediterranean populations of Ciona intestinalis sp. A. Marine ecology . Marine Ecology 01/2015;  DOI:10.1111/maec.12226

Vassalli QA, Anishchenko E, Caputi L, Sordino P, D’Aniello S, Locascio, A.: Regulatory elements retained during chordate evolution: Coming across tunicates. Genesis. 2015 Jan;53(1):66-81. doi: 10.1002/dvg.22838.

Arienzo M, Toscano F, Di Fraia M, Caputi L, Sordino P, Guida M, Aliberti F, Ferrara L: An assessment of contamination of the Fusaro Lagoon (Campania Province, southern Italy) by trace metals. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 09/2014; 186(9).DOI:10.1007/s10661-014-3816-4

Caputi L, Crocetta F, Toscano F, Sordino P, Cirino P: Long-term demographic and reproductive trends in Ciona intestinalis sp. A. Marine Ecology 10/2013; 36(1). DOI:10.1111/maec.12125

Dassi E, Malossini A, Re A, Mazza T, Tebaldi T, Caputi L, Quattrone A: AURA: Atlas of UTR Regulatory Activity. Bioinformatics 01/2012; 28:142-144.

Sordino P, Andreakis N, Brown ER, Leccia NI, Squarzoni P, Tarallo R, Alfano C, Caputi L, D'Ambrosio P, Daniele P, D'Aniello E, D'Aniello S, Maiella S, Miraglia V, Russo MT, Sorrenti G, Branno M, Cariello L, Cirino P, Locascio A, Spagnuolo A,  Zanetti L, Ristoratore F: Natural Variation of Model Mutant Phenotypes in Ciona intestinalis. PLoS ONE 06/2008; 3(6):e2344. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0002344

Caputi L, Borra M, Andreakis N, Biffali E, Sordino P: SNPs and Hox gene mapping in Ciona intestinalis. BMC Genomics 02/2008; 9:39. DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-9-39

Piscopo S, Moccia F, di Cristo C, Caputi L, Di Cosmo A, Brown ER: Pre- and postsynaptic excitation and inhibition at octopus optic lobe photoreceptor terminals; implications for the function of the 'presynaptic bags'. European Journal of Neuroscience 11/2007; 26(8):2196-203. DOI:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2007.05833.x

Caputi L, Andreakis N, Mastrototaro F, Cirino P, Vassillo M, Sordino P: Cryptic speciation in a model invertebrate chordate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 06/2007; 104(22):9364-9. DOI:10.1073/pnas.0610158104

Andreakis N Caputi L, Sordino P: Characterization of highly polymorphic nuclear microsatellite loci from the ascidian Ciona intestinalis. Molecular Ecology Notes 12/2006; 7(4):610 - 612. DOI:10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01649.x

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