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Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

From the shoreline to the deep ocean, tackling issues from pure ecology
and physiology to aquaculture, marine spatial planning and conservation.

Fabio Badalamenti

Fabio Badalamenti is a Senior Marine Biologist with widespread experience, particularly in relation to coastal zone management and marine ecology of the Mediterranean. His research activities include:

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
Benthic fauna and flora, fish visual censuses, biomass assessment, trophic relationships, energy flow, restocking, acoustic telemetry. Criteria for the institution of MPAs, MPA functioning with special regard to the "reserve effect". Cultural and socio-economic aspects of MPAs. Fishery reserves. Bio-economic effects of fishery exclusion zones. Variation in space and time of both catch and biomass of trawlable assemblages. Marine spatial planning.

Trophic ecology
Food web reconstruction in benthic systems. Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope utilisation in food web reconstruction and assessment of marine organism trophic levels. Trophic level variation within fish length and between areas with different levels of protection.

Long-term monitoring of damage by human activities to Posidonia oceanica meadows. In particular, studies on the effects of dredging for gas pipeline deployment, mitigation of such effects and damage restoration through propagule transplantion.

Fabio is also a specialist in the systematics of Polychaetes. He is currently based at the Italian National Council of Research, CNR.

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

Agnetta D., Bonaviri C., Badalamenti F., Scianna C., Vizzini S. & Gianguzza P., 2013- Functional traits of two co-occurring sea urchins across a barren/forest patch system. Journal of Sea research. 76:170–177

Alagna A., Vega Fernández T., Terlizzi A. & Badalamenti F., 2013 - Influence of microhabitat on seedling survival and growth of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.119:119-125.

Stelzenmüller V. P., Stamford T., Thomsen F., Badalamenti F., et al. 2013 - Monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed areas: A generic framework for implementation of ecosystem based marine management and its application. Marine Policy: 37:149–164.

Badalamenti F. , Pipitone C. , D'anna G. & Fiorentino F., 2012 - The trawling ban in Hong Kong's inshore waters - A round of applause and a plea to learn from others' mistakes. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 64:1513-1514.

D'anna G., Giacalone V. M., Vega Fernandez T., Vaccaro A. M., Pipitone C., Mirto S., Mazzola S. & Badalamenti F., 2012 - Effects of predator and shelter conditioning on hatchery-reared white seabream Diplodus sargus (L., 1758) released at sea. Aquaculture. 356: 91-97.

Gonzalez-Wangueemert M., Vega-Fernandez, T. Perez-Ruzafa A., Giacalone M., D'anna G. & Badalamenti F., 2012 - Genetic considerations on the introduction of farmed fish in marine protected areas: The case of study of white seabream restocking in the Gulf of Castellammare (Southern Tyrrhenian Sea). Journal of Sea Research. 68: 41-48.

Milazzo M., Azzurro E. & Badalamenti F., 2012 - On the occurrence of the silverstripe blaasop Lagocephalus sceleratus (Gmelin, 1789) along the Libyan coast. Bioinvasion Records. 1:125-127.

Sinopoli M., Fanelli E., D'anna G., Badalamenti F. & Pipitone C., 2012 - Assessing the effects of a trawling ban on diet and trophic level of hake, Merluccius merluccius, in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea. Scientia Marina. 76: 677-690.

Badalamenti F., Alagna A., D'anna G., Terlizzi A. & Di Carlo G., 2011 - The impact of dredge-fill on Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows: Regression and patterns of recovery. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 62: 483-489.

Bonaviri C., Vega Fernández T., Fanelli G., Badalamenti F. & Gianguzza P. 2011 – Leading role of the sea urchin Arbacia lixula in maintaining the barren state in south-western Mediterranean. Marine Biology. 158:2505-2513.

D'anna G., Giacalone V. M., Pipitone C. & Badalamenti F., 2011 - Movement pattern of white seabream, Diplodus sargus (L., 1758) (Osteichthyes, Sparidae) acoustically tracked in an artificial reef area. Italian Journal of Zoology. 78: 255-263.

Di Carlo G., Benedetti-Cecchi L. & Badalamenti F., 2011 - Response of Posidonia oceanica growth to dredging effects of different magnitude. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 423: 39–45.

Fanelli E., Cartes J.E., Badalamenti F., D'anna G., Pipitone C., Azzurro E., Rumolo P., & Sprovieri M., 2011 - Meso-scale variability of coastal suprabenthic communities in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea (western Mediterranean). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 91: 351-360.

Fanelli E., Badalamenti F., D'anna G., Pipitone C., Riginella E. & Azzurro E., 2011 - Food partitioning and diet temporal variation by two coexisting sparids, Pagellus erythrinus and Pagellus acarne, in the Gulf of Castellammare (Mediterranean Sea). Journal of Fish Biology. 78: 869–900.

Gristina M., Sinopoli M., F. Fiorentino F., Garofalo G. & Badalamenti F., 2011 – Shelter selection of captive European spiny lobster Palinurus elephas (Fabricius, 1787) under different levels of Octopus vulgaris (Cuvier, 1797) predation threat. Marine Biology. 158: 1331-1337.

Katsanevakis S., Stelzenmüller V., South A., Kirk Sørensen T., Jones P.J.S., Kerr S., Badalamenti F. et al. 2011 - Ecosystem-based marine spatial management: Review of concepts, policies, tools, and critical issues. Ocean and Coastal Management. 54:807-820.

Milazzo M., Palmeri A., Falcón J.M., Badalamenti F., Garcìa-Charton J.A., Sinopoli M., Chemello R. & Brito A., 2011 – Vertical distribution of two sympatric labrid species in the western Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic rocky subtidal: local shore topography does matter. Marine Ecology an Evolutionary Perspective. 32: 521–531.

Sinopoli M., Badalamenti F., D'anna G., Gristina M. & Andaloro F., 2011 - Size influences the spatial distribution and fish-aggregating device use of five Mediterranean fish species. Fisheries Management and Ecology.18: 456-466.

Claudet J., Osenberg C.W., Domenici P., Badalamenti F., et al., 2010 - Marine reserves: Fish life history and ecological traits matter. Ecological Applications. 20: 830-839.

Fanelli E., Badalamenti F., D'anna G., Pipitone C. & Romano C., 2010 - Trophodynamic effects of trawling on the feeding ecology of pandora, Pagellus erythrinus, off the northern Sicily coast (Mediterranean Sea). Marine and Freshwater Research. 61: 408-417.

Giacalone V.M., D'anna G., Badalamenti F. & Pipitone C., 2010 - Weight-length relationships and condition factor trends for thirty-eight fish species in trawled and untrawled areas off the coast of northern Sicily (central Mediterranean Sea). Journal of Ichthyology. 26: 954-957.

Gianguzza P., Bonaviri C., Milisenda G., Barcellona A., Agnetta D., Fernandez T.V. & Badalamenti F., 2010 - Macroalgal assemblage type affects predation pressure on sea urchins by altering adhesion strength. Marine Environmental Research. 70: 82-86.

Bonaviri C., Vega Fernandez T., Badalamenti F., Gianguzza P., Di Lorenzo M. & Riggio S., 2009 - Fish versus starfish predation in controlling sea urchin populations in Mediterranean rocky shores. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 382:129-138.

Fanelli E., Badalamenti F., D'anna G. & Pipitone C., 2009 - Diet and trophic level of scaldfish Arnoglossus laterna in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea (western Mediterranean): contrasting trawled vs. untrawled areas. Journal Marine Biological Association U.K. 89: 817-828.

Fanelli E., Cartes J.E., Badalamenti F., Rumolo P. & Sprovieri M., 2009 - Trophodynamics of suprabenthic fauna on coastal muddy bottoms of the southern Tyrrhenian Sea (western Mediterranean). Journal of Sea Research. 61: 174-187.

Gianguzza P., Badalamenti F., Gianguzza F., Bonaviri C. & Riggio S., 2009 - The operational sex ratio of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus populations: the case of the Mediterranean marine protected area of Ustica Island (Tyrrhenian Sea Italy). Marine Ecology. 30: 125-132.

Gristina M., Fiorentino F., Garofalo G. & Badalamenti F., 2009 - Shelter preference in captive juveniles of European spiny lobster Palinurus elephas (Fabricius, 1787. Marine Biology.156: 2097-2105.

Sweeting C.J., Badalamenti F., D'anna G., Pipitone C. & Polunin N. V. C., 2009 - Steeper biomass spectra of demersal fish communities after trawler exclusion in Sicily. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 66: 195-202.

Vega-Fernandez T., D'anna G., Badalamenti F. & Perez-Ruzafa A., 2009 - Effect of simulated macroalgae on the fish assemblage associated with a temperate reef system. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 376: 7-16. 

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