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Elena Desiderà 72dpiPost Doc
Integrative Marine Ecology Department (EMI) - Genoa Marine Centre

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Genova Marine Centre
Villa del Principe Via San Benedetto 2
16126 Genoa, Italy

Tel. +39 081 5833679
E-mail: elena.desidera(at)szn.it
Skype: elesidera

Curriculum Vitae

Supervisor: Paolo Guidetti
Appointed on project: “Benefici socioecologici delle Aree Marine Protette e impatti della pesca”

Research Interests

My main research interests focus on fish ecology and the evaluation of marine protected areas (MPAs) effectiveness. More specifically, I am interested in assessing the effectiveness of fishing restrictions in protecting fish populations, with particular reference to fish reproduction and behavioural ecology. During my PhD I used complementary techniques like underwater visual census (UVC) and passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) to collect fish data and record fish sound production patterns, also related to reproduction. I am deeply interested in surveying the historical and local ecological knowledge held by the main users of the sea, such as small-scale and recreational fishers as well as SCUBA divers.

Selected Publications

Desiderà E, Trainito E, Navone A, et al. (2021). Using complementary visual approaches to investigate residency, site fidelity and movement patterns of the dusky grouper (Epinephelus marginatus) in a Mediterranean marine protected area. Mar Biol 168, 111. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-021-03917-9

Mazzoldi C, Bearzi G, Brito C, Carvalho I, Desiderà E, Endrizzi L, et al. (2019). From sea monsters to charismatic megafauna: Changes in perception and use of large marine animals. PLoS ONE 14(12): e0226810. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0226810

Desiderà E, Magnani L, Navone A, Guidetti P, Mazzoldi C. (2019). First direct evidence of reproductive behaviour of the white grouper, Epinephelus aeneus (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1817). Mediterranean Mar Sci. 20(2), 326-330. https://doi.org/10.12681/mms.19756

Desiderà E, Guidetti P, Panzalis P, Navone A, et al. (2019). Acoustic fish communities: sound diversity of rocky habitats reflects fish species diversity. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 608:183-197. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12812

Preprints, databases and repositories

Di Iorio L, Bonhomme P, ..., Desiderà E, et al. (2020). Spatio-temporal surveys of the brown meagre Sciaena umbra using passive acoustics for management and conservation. bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.03.131326

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