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saggiomo mariaTechnologist
Section RIMAR Unit MEDA

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e-mail maria.saggiomo(at)szn.it

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Research interests

Phytoplankton has a key role in matter and energy transfer in food web and in marine ecosystems functioning. Phytoplankton abundance and diversity is sensitive to changes of environmental factors such as light availability, nutrients concentration, temperature, mixing and turbulence, depth of euphotic zone and selective grazing and may respond by shifting in cell size and/or taxonomic composition. Phytoplankton research is classically based on microscopic counts. In recent years, HPLC (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography) analysis of phytoplankton pigments has been used to estimate phytoplankton functional groups. Several accessory pigments can be attributed to specific algal classes and/or types and are therefore used as taxonomical markers. At times these can be species-specific. This chemo-taxonomical approach allows mapping of main functional groups (including smaller size groups that are usually underestimated by microscopic counts and difficult to preserve).

My research activity involves the study of the taxonomic, chemotaxonomic and ecophysiological diversity of phytoplankton in different areas, including extreme environments such as Antarctica.
The research is structured in two different objectives:

  • Vertical distribution of phytoplankton communities in different matrices (ice, water) in the Ross Sea (Antarctica) and analysis of the sympagic, pelagic and benthic tropho-dynamics in relation to the evolution of sea ice dynamics and the chemical and physical properties of the water masses.
  • Temporal dynamics of main phytoplankton groups along the water column at a fixed station in the Gulf of Naples (LTER-MC), as related to with macro-nutrients and water column dynamics, using the chemo-taxonomic approach.

Journal Papers

Carella F., Aceto, S., Saggiomo M., Mangoni O., De Vico G. (2014). Gorgonian disease outbreak in the Gulf of Naples: pathology reveals cyanobacterial infection linked to elevated sea temperatures. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 110(3), 69-80

Caroppo C., Cabrini M., Facca C., Lazzara L., Mangoni O.,  Penna A., Saggiomo V., Saggiomo M., Socal G., Totti C. (2014). Evaluation of pelagic environmental Status through the phytoplankton community study. Biol. Mar. Mediterr., 21 (1): 402-405

Mangoni O., Basset A., Bergamasco A., Carrada G.C., Margiotta F., Passarelli A., Rivaro P., Saggiomo M., Saggiomo V. (2013). A case study on the application of the MSFD to Mediterranean coastal systems: the Po plume, as a transitional water system in the Northern Adriatic basin. Transitional Waters Bulletin 7 (2): 175-201.  

Saggiomo M., Mangoni O., Margiotta F., Saggiomo V., Santarpia I., Casotti R. (2013). A Chemotaxonomical approach towards synthetic indicators of phytoplankton composition in the context of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Biol. Mar. Mediterr., 20 (1): 222-223

Margiotta F., Mangoni O., Santarpia I., Saggiomo M., Saggiomo V., Casotti R. (2013) Response of phytoplankton assemblages to terrigenous pressures in the Southern Thyrrhenian Sea. Biol. Mar. Mediterr., 20 (1): 214-215

Mangoni O., Casotti R., Margiotta F., Saggiomo M., Saggiomo V.  (2013). Marine Strategy: Spatio-temporal dynamics of phytoplankton assemblages in different coastal marine areas of the Adriatic Sea. Biol. Mar. Mediterr. 20 (1): 212-213

Saggiomo V., Santarpia I., Saggiomo M., Margiotta F., Mangoni O., (2011). Primary production processes and photosynthetic performance of a unique periantarctic ecosystem: the Strait of Magellan. Polar Biology 34: 1255-1267.

Mangoni O., Margiotta F., Saggiomo M., Santarpia I., Budillon G., Saggiomo V. (2011). Trophic characterization of the pelagic ecosystem in Vlorë Bay (Albania). Journal of Coastal Research 58: 67-79.

Mangoni O., Saggiomo M., Modigh M., Catalano G., Zingone A. and Saggiomo V. (2009). The role of platelet ice microalgae in seeding phytoplankton blooms in Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica): a mesocosm experiment. Polar Biology, 32 (3): 311-323.

Saggiomo M., De Stefano M., Mangoni O., Saggiomo V., Sarno D., Zingone A. (2006). Sympagic diatom in the annual pack ice of Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea, Antarctica. PSA Abstracts Journal of Phycology, 42 (s1): 32


Mangoni O., Margiotta F., Modigh M., Saggiomo M., Santarpia I., Villani G. (2008). The Med Marine Coastal Ecosystems - Characterization of typical benthic and nektonic communities - Guide of scuba diving itineraries - Atlas of the species. V. Saggiomo, C.S. Petrillo (Eds.), Enzo Albano Publisher, Napoli, pp. 1-149.

Book chapters

Saggiomo V., Pugnetti A., Saggiomo M., Santarpia I., Mangoni O. (2010). Produzione Primaria. In: Metodologie di studio del plancton marino; Manuali e Linee Guida  56/2010, ISPRA, SIBM Roma, pp. 325-335. Socal G., Buttino I., Cabrini M., Mangoni O., Penna A., Totti C. (Eds.)

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