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Minoia LorenzoPh.D Student
Integrative Marine Ecology Department (EMI)

Genoa Marine Centre (GMC)
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn–National Institute of Marine Biology, Ecology and Biotechnology
Villa del Principe, Piazza del Principe 4, 16126 Genoa, Italy
Tel.: +39 3403610850
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Contatto Skype: lollo.ari
Curriculum Vitae

Director of Studies: Letizia Marsili/Massimiliano Bottaro
Program: University of Siena, XXXVII cycle
PhD Student in “Environmental, Geological and Polar Sciences and Technologies”

Research Interests

Marine ecosystems have been affected by human activities for centuries. While overfishing is known to be the main threat to cartilaginous fish, there are other stressors that require our attention. Exposure to pollutants introduced into the marine environment through human activities is one of them. Elasmobranchs are particularly vulnerable to pollutants because of their position in the food web and their long life span, which makes them more susceptible to contaminants. As sharks are susceptible to contamination, this makes them a tool for assessing the contamination status of an environment. This project aims to study the concentration of pollutants in the tissue of different shark species in the western Mediterranean Sea. We want to understand which pollutants are present in shark tissues and the differences in concentration between species. This information will allow us to understand the levels of pollution that sharks are exposed to and give us an insight into the levels of contamination in the marine environment. In addition, this study aims to evaluate the concentration of pollutants in commonly fished shark species and assess the threat their consumption may pose to human health.

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