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lorenti maurizioTechnologist
Integrative Marine Ecology Department

Tel. +39 081 5833509
Fax: +39 081 984201
e-mail maurizio.lorenti(at)szn.it



Born in 1958 and graduated from high school in 1976, he has been trained as a technical collaborator to benthic research at the Stazione Zoologica "A. Dohrn" of Naples (SZN) (1983-1988).
He has been employed at the SZN since 1989 and currently holds the position of senior technical collaborator. He is qualified for scientific diving (ESD license).
He has developed laboratory and in-situ experience in research and research assistance in the field of benthic ecology, with particular reference to coastal systems. Professional interests include invertebrate biodiversity and plant-animal interactions in nearshore vegetated ecosystems, taxonomy and ecology of isopod crustaceans and production ecology of selected seagrass and macroalgal species. He is also interested in the study of non-indigenous species introduced to Italian seas. In this latter context, he has coordinated a sub-activity of the national project V.E.C.T.O.R. (2006-2010) and has acted as technical-scientific referent in the framework of a ISPRA-SZN agreement on Marine Strategy (2013-2014).


Research and research assistance in the field of benthic ecology. Identification of benthic organisms, particularly isopod crustaceans. Sampling design and sample collection of both biotic and abiotic features using specific instrumentation. Underwater observation and experimentation. Collaboration to the structural and functional analysis of benthic communities, also through the use of application software.
Other assignments:
Management of the basic lab instrumentation at the branch center of Ischia. Management of special waste produced at the branch center of Ischia.

Journal Papers

Mazzella L, Buia MC, Gambi MC, Lorenti M, Russo GF, Scipione MB, Zupo V. Plant-animal trophic relationships in the Posidonia oceanica ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea: a review. In: John D, Hawkins SJ, Price JH, editors. Plant-Animal Interactions in the Marine Benthos. Oxford, Clarendon Press; 1992. p. 165-187.

Gambi MC, Lorenti M, Russo GF, Scipione MB, Zupo V. Depth and seasonal distribution of some groups of the vagile fauna of the Posidonia oceanica leaf stratum: structural and trophic analyses. P.S.Z.N. I: Marine Ecology 1992; 13: 17-39.

Gambi MC, Lorenti M, Russo GF, Scipione MB. Benthic associations of the shallow hard bottoms off Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea: zonation, biomass and population structure. Antarct Sci 1994; 6(4): 449-462.

Lorenti M, Mariani S. Isopod assemblages in the Straits of Magellan: structural and functional aspects. Polar Biol 1997; 18: 254-259.

Cookson LJ, Lorenti M. A new species of limnoriid seagrass borer (Isopoda) from the Mediterranean. Crustaceana 2001; 74 (4): 339-346.

Raniello R., Lorenti M, C. Brunet and M. C. Buia. Photosynthetic plasticity of an invasive variety of Caulerpa racemosa in a coastal Mediterranean area: light harvesting capacity and seasonal acclimation. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 2004; 271: 113-120.

Lorenti M,  Buia MC, Di Martino V,  Modigh M. Occurrence of mucous aggregates and their impact on Posidonia oceanica beds. Sci Total Environ 2005; 353 (1-3): 369-379.

Raniello R, Lorenti M, C. Brunet C, Buia MC. Photoacclimation of the invasive alga Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea to depth and daylight patterns and a putative new role for siphonaxanthin. Mar Ecol 2006; 27: 20-30.

Flagella MM, Lorenti M, Buia MC. Temperature response in a shallow-water Mediterranean population of Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea (Caulerpales, Chlorophyta), and a possible strategy of season anticipation. Botanica Marina 2008; 51 (4): 278-284.

Lorenti M, 2010: Checklist della flora e della fauna dei mari italiani. Tanaidacea. Biol Mar Mediterr 2010; 17 (suppl. 1): 487-490.

Lorenti M, Gambi MC, Guglielmo R, Patti FP, Scipione MB, Zupo V, Buia MC. Soft-bottom macrofaunal assemblages in the Gulf of Salerno, Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy, an area affected by the invasion of the seaweed Caulerpa racemosa var. cylindracea. Mar Ecol 2011; 32 (3): 320-334.

Dattolo E, Ruocco M, Brunet C, Lorenti M, Lauritano C, D'Esposito D, De Luca P, Sanges R, Mazzuca S, Procaccini G. Response of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica to different light environments: insights from a combined molecular and photo-physiological study. Mar Environ Res 2014; 101: 225-236.

Garrard SL, Gambi MC, Scipione MB, Patti FP, Lorenti M, Zupo V, Paterson DM, Buia MC. Indirect effects may buffer negative responses of seagrass invertebrate communities to ocean acidification. J Exp Mar Bio Ecol 2014; 461: 31–38.

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