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procaccini gabrieleSenior Researcher
Head EMI Department

Tel. +39 081 5833363
Fax: +39 081 7641355
e-mail: gabriele.procaccini(at)szn.it
Skype: gprocaccini


Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

My main aim is at studying the evolutionary history of populations and species along natural clines and the plasticity of the adaptive response to climate and environmental changes in marine organisms, with particular focus on marine plants. The research focuses on two main directions:
- Understanding the role of environmental and evolutionary factors in shaping the spatial distribution of genotypes at a population, meta-population and geographic scale. Species-specific SSR markers are applied to study the phylogeographic patterns and population genetic structure in seagrasses, Mediterranean invasive seaweeds, planktonic diatoms and commercially important marine species. A particular focus is on the role of the Mediterranean biogeographic barriers, in relation to the dispersal potential of species, marine currents’ regime and post-glacial re-colonization patterns, in shaping the distribution of genetic diversity of populations and species.
- Understanding the genetic basis of seagrass response diversity to environmental constrains and to stressors associated with human impacts and climate change. The analysis of gene expression in response to different environmental conditions is performed through RT-qPCR and RNA-Seq along natural environmental clines and in controlled conditions (mesocosms). A multidisciplinary approach that covers different levels of analysis (e.g. physiological, proteomic and transcrittomic) is ensured through numerous international collaborations. The results are interpreted in an ecological and evolutionary context.

Selected Publications

Marín-Guirao L., Entrambasaguas L., Dattolo E., Ruiz J.M., Procaccini G. 2017 Mechanisms of resistance to intense warming events in an iconic seagrass species. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8, 1142

Procaccini G., Ruocco M., Marín-Guirao L., Dattolo E., Brunet C., D’Esposito D., Lauritano C., Mazzuca S., Serra I.A., Bernardo L., Piro A., Beer S., Björk M., Gullström M., Buapet P., Rasmusson L.M., Felisberto P., Gobert S., Runcie J.W., Silva J., Olivé I., Costa M.M., Barrote I., Santos R. 2017 Depth-specific fluctuations of gene expression and protein abundance modulate the photophysiology of seagrass meadows. Scientific Reports 7:42890, DOI: 10.1038/srep42890

Procaccini G., Ruocco M., Marín-Guirao L., Dattolo E., Brunet C., D’Esposito D., Lauritano C., Mazzuca S., Serra I.A., Bernardo L., Piro A., Beer S., Björk M., Gullström M., Buapet P., Rasmusson L.M., Felisberto P., Gobert S., Runcie J.W., Silva J., Olivé I., Costa M.M., Barrote I., Santos R. 2017 Depth-specific fluctuations of gene expression and protein abundance modulate the photophysiology of seagrass meadows. Scientific Reports 7:42890, DOI: 10.1038/srep42890

Dattolo E., Marín -Guirao L., Ruiz J., Procaccini G. 2017 Long-term acclimation to reciprocal light conditions reveals depth-related selection in the marine foundation species Posidonia oceanica. Ecology and Evolution 7:1148–1164, DOI:10.1002/ece3.2731

Catanese G., Watteaux R., Montes I., Barra M., Rumolo P., Borme D., Nardelli B., Botte V., Mazzocchi M. G., Genovese S., Di Capua I., Iriondo M., Estonba A., Ruggeri P., Tirelli V., Caputo-Barucchi V., Basilone G., Bonanno A., Iudicone D., Procaccini G. 2017 Insights on the drivers of genetic divergence in the European anchovy. Scientific Reports, 7: 4180, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-03926-z

Olsen J.L., Rouzé P., Verhelst B., Lin Y-C, Bayer T., Collen J., Dattolo E., De Paoli E., Dittami S., Maumus F., Michel G., Kersting A., Lauritano C., Lohaus R., Töpel M., Tonon T., Vanneste K., Amirebrahimi M., Brakel J., Boström C., Chovatia M., Grimwood J., Jenkins J.W., Jüterbock A., Mraz A., Stam W.T., Tice H., Bornberg-Bauer E., Green P.J., Pearson G.A., Procaccini G., Duarte C.M., Schmutz J., Reusch T.B.H., & van de Peer Y. 2016. Genome re-engineering from land to sea by the seagrass Zostera marina. Nature 530 (7590): 331-335

Jahnke M., Pagès J.F., Alcoverro T., Lavery P.S., McMahon K.M., Procaccini G. 2015 Should we sync? Seascape-level genetic and ecological factors determine seagrass flowering patterns. Journal of Ecology, 103: 1464-1474 doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12470

Jahnke M., Olsen J.L., Procaccini G. 2015 A meta-analysis reveals a temporal mismatch between genetic diversity metrics and environmental status in the long-lived seagrass Posidonia oceanica Molecular Ecology 24 (10): 2336-2348, doi: 10.1111/mec.13174

Serra I.A., Innocenti A.M., Di Maida G., Calvo S., Migliaccio M., Zambianchi E., Pizzigalli C., Arnaud-Haond S., Duarte C.M., Serrao E., Procaccini G. 2010 Genetic structure in the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica. Disentangling past vicariance events from contemporary patterns of gene flow. Molecular Ecology, 19: 557–568

Procaccini G., Olsen JL, Reusch TBH 2007 Contribution of genetics and genomics to seagrass biology and conservation. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 350: 234-259

Book chapters

Waycott M., Procaccini G., Les D., and Reusch THB 2006 Genetic studies in seagrasses: molecular systematics to population genetics and beyond. In: AWD Larkum, R.J Orth and C. Duarte (eds) Seagrass: Biology, Ecology and Conservation. Springer, The Netherlands

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