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Foto RizzoResearcher
Integrative Marine Ecology Department

Tel.: +39 081 5833248
Fax: +39 081 7641355
E-mail: lucia.rizzo(at)szn.it
Contatto Skype: luciarizzo83

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

My research activity focus on marine ecology and microbiology. The aim is to assess the effects of bioinvasions and of human activities on biodiversity, structure and functioning of marine ecosystems, by using interdisciplinary approaches.
To date, my research activity stresses on three main topics:
1- the study of dynamics and mechanisms of invasions of Caulerpa cylindracea and interactions between alga and microbial community, exploring the ecological and biogeochemical consequences on the ecosystem functioning
2- the study of the distribution of priority habitats, such as coralligenous habitat, in a view of management and conservation of this habitat affected by several anthropogenic activities, able to determinate severe consequences on associated assemblages. I took part in Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Reaching a “Good Environmental Status”, as recommended by Marine Strategy, requires the knowledge of habitat distribution and ecology, due to great ecological, socioeconomic and patrimonial importance.
3- the potential use of marine invasions for biotechnological applications in the food and health sectors.


Chimenti, G., Angeletti, L., Rizzo, L., Tursi, A., Mastrototaro, F. (2018). Rov vs trawling approaches in the study of benthic communities: the case of Pennatula rubra (Cnidaria: Pennatulacea). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. DOI: 10.1017/S0025315418000851

Rizzo, L., Pusceddu, A., Stabili, L., Alifano, P., Fraschetti, S. (2017). Potential effects of an invasive seaweed (Caulerpa cylindracea, Sonder) on sedimentary organic matter and microbial metabolic activities. Scientific Reports 7:12113. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-12556-4.

Basso, L., Rizzo, L., Piraino, S., Stabili, L. (2017). Metabolic diversity of microbial community associated with Rhizostoma pulmo (Scyphozoa: Rhizostomeae). Journal of Marine Microbiology, 1(1).

Stabili, L., Rizzo, L., Pizzolante, G., Alifano, P., Fraschetti, S. (2017). Spatial distribution of the culturable bacterial community associated with the invasive alga Caulerpa cylindracea in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Environmental Research, 125, 90-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.02.001.

Stabili, L., Fraschetti, S., Acquaviva, M.I., Cavallo, R.A., De Pascali, S., Fanizzi, F.P., Gerardi, C., Narracci, M., Rizzo, L. (2016). The Potential Exploitation of the Mediterranean Invasive Alga Caulerpa cylindracea: Can the Invasion Be Transformed into a Gain? Marine Drugs, 14(11), 210. DOI:10.3390/md14110210.

Pusceddu, A., Fraschetti, S., Scopa, M., Rizzo, L., Danovaro, R. (2016). Meiofauna communities, nematode diversity and C degradation rates in seagrass (Posidonia oceanica L.) and unvegetated sediments invaded by the algae Caulerpa cylindracea (Sonder). Marine environmental research, 119, 88-99. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2016.05.015.

Rizzo, L., Fraschetti, S., Alifano, P., Pizzolante, G., Stabili, L. (2016). The alien species Caulerpa cylindracea and its associated bacteria in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology, 163(1), 1-12.

Rizzo, L., Fraschetti, S., Alifano, P., Tredici, M.S., Stabili, L. (2016). Association of Vibrio community with the Atlantic Mediterranean invasive alga Caulerpa cylindracea. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 475, 129-136. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2015.11.013.

Boero, F., Foglini, F., Fraschetti, S., Goriup, P., Macpherson, E., Planes, S., ... & CoCoNet Consortium (2016). CoCoNet: towards coast to coast networks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential. SCIRES-IT-SCIentific RESearch and Information Technology, 6, 1-95.

Martin, C.S., Giannoulaki, M., De Leo, F., Scardi, M., Salomidi, M., Knitweiss, L., Pace, M.L., Garofalo, G., Gristina, M., Ballesteros, E., Bavestrello, G., Belluscio, A., Cebrian, E., Gerakaris, V., Pergent, G., Pergent-Martini, C., Schembri, P.J., Terribile, K., Rizzo, L., Ben Souissi, J., Bonacorsi, M., Guarnieri, G., Krzelj, M., Macic, V., Punzo, E., Fraschetti, S. (2014). Coralligenous and maërl habitats: predictive modelling to identify their spatial distributions across the Mediterranean Sea. Scientific Reports, 4.DOI 10.1038/srep05073.

Databases and repositories

Stabili, L., Rizzo, L., Pizzolante, G., Alifano, P. Fraschetti, S. (2016). Bacterial community associated with the invasive alga Caulerpa cylindracea in five sites in the Mediterranean Sea. GenBank Submissions Sequences KX499298-KX499326.

Stabili, L., Rizzo, L., Pizzolante, G., Alifano, P., Fraschetti, S. (2014). Functional and molecular diversity of the microbial community living on the invasive alga Caulerpa racemosa surface in different sites of the Mediterranean. Sea GenBank Submissions Sequences KJ660319-KJ660324.

Rizzo, L., Fraschetti, S., Alifano, P., Tredici, M.S., Stabili, L. (2014). Epibiotic Vibrios on the invasive alga Caulerpa racemosa of the Mediterranean Sea GenBank Submissions Sequences KM014009-KM014042.

Rizzo, L., Fraschetti, S., Alifano, P., Pizzolante, G., Stabili, L. (2014). Heterotrophic bacteria associated to the surface of Caulerpa racemosa. GenBank Submissions Sequences KM189196-KM189228.

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