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porzio luciaPostDoc
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Research Interests

Macrophytes (i.e. seagrasses and macroalgae) represent the basis of the trophic web and play a structural and functional role in marine benthic systems. My research interest focuses on the anthropic pressures and their impacts on macrophytes and their biodiversity. During my PhD, the effects of acidification have been studied on macroalgae by using an integrated approach in order to evaluate the responses at different organization levels: from species to community. My research activity involves the assessment of the anthropic pressures (i.e. the increasing urbanization and the natural habitats replacement with artificial structures) and the resilience in habitat-forming species, such as Posidonia oceanica and the brown algae Cystoseira sp. and Sargassum sp. Natural habitats and biodiversity loss will be evaluated on long-term timescale, by means of historical data available for the Gulf of Naples.

Journal Papers

Porzio L., Garrard S., Buia M.C. 2013 The effect of ocean acidification on early algal colonization stages at natural CO2 vents. Marine Biology, 160, Issue 8: 2247-2259.

Porzio L., Buia M.C., Hall-Spencer J. 2011. Effects of ocean acidification on macroalgal communities. J. Exp. Mar. Bio. Ecol., 400: 278-287

Gambi M.C., Hall-Spencer J.M., Cigliano M., Cocito S., Lombardi C., Lorenti M., Patti F.P., Porzio L., Rodolfo-Metalpa R., Scipione M.B., Buia M.C. 2010. Using volcanic CO2 vents to study the effects of ocean acidification on benthic biota: highlights from Castello Aragonese d’Ischia (Tyrrhenian Sea). Biol. Mar. Mediterr., 17 (1): 86-88

Porzio L., Lorenti M., Arena C., Buia M.C., 2010. Risposta fotosintetica di alcune specie macroalgali in ambiente acidificato. In: Bottarin R., Schirpke U., Tappeiner U.(Eds.), L’uomo nell’ecosistema: una relazione bilanciata?. Eurac book, 56(vol. 1): 181-187. ISBN: 978-88-88906-55-3

Websites or online articles
Butera E., Fink P., Di Natale M., Mutalipassi M., Massa Gallucci A., Porzio L., Zupo V. (2015). Epiphyte-borne volatile infochemicals influence the behavioral patterns of seagrass-associated mesograzers. ASLO (ID: 25981) available online: (last visited, 29/06/2015)
http://www.sgmeet.com/aslo/granada2015/viewabstract.asp?AbstractID=25981.

Abstracts in international congresses

Grech D., Chiarore A., Mulas M., Porzio L., Buia M.C. 2014. Cystoseira stands in the Gulf of Naples: overview, ongoing research and future perspectives. SZN, Scientific Council and Retreat; 07/2014

Buia M.C., Chiarore A., Mulas M., Porzio L. 2013. Historical Changes in Algal Diversity in the Gulf of Naples. In: Ozhan E. Proceedings of the Global Congress on Integrated Coastal Management: Lessons Learned to Address New Challenges (Marmaris, Turkey 30 October – 03 November 2013), pp. 836-847

Porzio L., Buia M.C., De Stefano M. 2012. Epiphytic diatom community response to ocen acidification. Proceedings of the 22nd International Diatom Symposium (Ghent, 26-31 August 2012).

Porzio L., Arena C., Lorenti M., Buia M.C. 2011. Responses of a Mediterranean macroalgal community to ocean acidification. Proceedings of the 5th European Phycological Congress (Rhodes Island, – 4-9 September 2011).

Porzio L., Arena C., Lorenti M., Buia M.C. 2010. Ecophysiological response of some macrooalgal species to a natural pH gradient. Proceedings of the XX meeting of the Italian Society of Ecology (Rome –27-30 September, 2010).

Porzio L., Arena C., Patti F.P., Lorenti M., Buia M.C. 2010. An integrated approach to study the effects of chronic water acidification. Book of the fourth Mediterranean symposium on marine vegetation (Hammamet, 2-4 December 2010), El Asmi S., Langar H., Belgacem W. edits., CAR/ASP publ., Tunis, 99-104

Porzio L., Arena C., Patti F.P., Lorenti M., Buia M.C. 2010. An integrated approach to study the effects of chronic water acidification. Book of the fourth Mediterranean symposium on marine vegetation (Hammamet, 2-4 December 2010), El Asmi S., Langar H., Belgacem W. edits., CAR/ASP publ., Tunis, 99-104

Porzio L., Buia M.C. 2009. Effects of acidification on benthic macroagal diversity. Proceedings of the XIX meeting of the Italian Society of Ecology (Bolzano –15-18 September, 2009).

Porzio L., Hall-Spencer J.M., Buia M.C., 2008. Macroalgal Community rsponse to increasing CO2. Book of Abstracts of the Second International Symposium on the Ocean in a high CO2 World (Monaco - October 6-9, 2008).

M.C. Buia, L. Porzio, F.P. Patti. The Application of the "CARLIT method" to assess the ecological status of coastal waters in the Gulf of Naples. PNUE-PAM-CAR/ASP, 2007. Book of the third Mediterranean symposium on marine vegetation (Marseilles, 27-29 March 2007), C. Pergent-Martini, S. El Asmi, C. Le Ravallec edits., CAR/ASP publ., Tunis: 253-254.

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