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Research Infrastructures for marine biological resources Department

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
80121 Napoli - Italia

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Supervisor: Francesca Margiotta, Ulisse Cardini
Appointed on project: PRIMA Potenziamento Ricerca e Infrastrutture Marine

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Unicellular eukaryotes are at the base of marine food webs and play a crucial role in marine biogeochemical cycles both as primary producers and as primary consumers. Most of the marine primary production originates from unicellular photosynthetic organisms and big part of the daily primary production in the water column is consumed by micro-sized predators. Thus, they have a central role in sustaining important ecosystem services such as climate regulation and fishery. My research interest is centred on micro-plankton eco-physiology and trophodynamics. My current studies are based in the field, on natural populations. By using stable isotopes of nitrogen and carbon as tracers, I am interested in describing flows of energy and matter in marine ecosystems.

Selected Publications

Smerilli, A., Balzano, S., Maselli, M., Blasio, M., Orefice, I., Galasso, C., Brunet, C. (2019). Antioxidant and photoprotection networking in the coastal diatom Skeletonema marinoi. Antioxidants, 8(6), 154.

Flynn, K. J., Mitra, A., Anestis, K., Anschütz, A. A., Calbet, A., Ferreira, G. D.,… Maselli, M., ... & Traboni, C.(2019). Mixotrophic protists and a new paradigm for marine ecology: where does plankton research go now? Journal of Plankton Research, 41(4), 375-391.

Maselli, M., Altenburger, A., Stoecker, D. K., & Hansen, P. J. (2020). Ecophysiological traits of mixotrophic Strombidium spp. Journal of Plankton Research, 42(5), 485-496.

Maselli, M., Anestis, K., Klemm, K., Hansen, P. J., & John, U. (2021). Retention of Prey Genetic Material by the Kleptoplastidic Ciliate Strombidium cf. basimorphum. Frontiers in microbiology, 12.

Hughes, E. A., Maselli, M., Sørensen, H., & Hansen, P. J. (2021). Metabolic Reliance on Photosynthesis Depends on Both Irradiance and Prey Availability in the Mixotrophic Ciliate, Strombidium cf. basimorphum. Frontiers in Microbiology, 12, 1577.

Maselli, M., Van de Waal, D.B. & Hansen, P.J. (2022). Impacts of inorganic nutrients on the physiology of a mixoplanktonic ciliate and its cryptophyte prey. Oecologia 199, 41–52

Maselli, M., Meire, L., Meire, P., & Hansen, P. J. (2022). Effects of Glacial Flour on Marine Micro-plankton:Evidences from Natural Communities of Greenlandic Fjords and Experimental Studies. Protist, 125928.

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