General information

The University of Salento is a medium size University in Italy, it has 9 faculties and 17 departments. The activities of project will carried out at Department of Biological Environmental Science and Technologies. The department has 52 faculty members and 39 technicians and administrative. It has facilities for organizing events and for laboratory experiments, field works (it has cars, ships and facilities for sampling) and for analytical work under controlled conditions. Since >15 years, the group of Ecology of University of SALENTO, develops research on the following areas on interest: Structure and function of aquatic ecosystems, mechanisms of community organisation in transitional and coastal water phytoplankton and benthic detritivores; Competitive interactions and niche theory; Ecological implications of individual body size: theory and applications to the monitoring of the ecological status of aquatic ecosystems. Landscape ecology and landscape ecosystem health. The group has long-term expertise in co-operative national and international research projects of different nature, task and objectives, but relevant and complementary to this project proposal. The main current research projects of the group are funded by the EC by the Ministry for the University, the Ministry of the Environment, the ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the regional and country local administrations for applied studies dealing with the health evaluation and monitoring of the coastal marine areas and transitional water ecosystems.

Evidence of special competence and references

The group of Ecology of DiSTeBA of University of Salento has long-term expertise in co-operative national and international research projects of different nature, task and objectives, but relevant and complementary to this project proposal. Specifically the group of Ecology of DiSTeBA has experienced in the field of conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services of transitional water ecosystems

DiSTeBA has coordinated/participated in the following EU projects:Here it is showed a short list of main EU projects and activities: CLEAN, DITTY, EUMAC, ROBUST, NICE- NItrogen Cycling in Estuaries, TWReferenceNET: Conservation and sustainable fruition of protected transitional waters in the CADSES area, Project - IV framework programme: Community complexity and decomposition process in aquatic systems: an ecosystem approach to manage biodiversity, EC Project - INTERREG ITALY-GREECE, Measure 3.1: Protection of the marine environment: structure and processes in the water column, INTERREG ITALY-GREECE Measure 3.2: Conservation of a fragile brackish ecosystem, with actions aimed at the environmental protection of the Alimini lakes (Otranto, Italy), Conservation and sustainable development of River Mouth Ecosystems, Wetlands and Lagoons (NATO ASI EST 981157),  Management and sustainable development of protected transitional waters” INTERREG IIIA/CARDS-PHARE “Eco-Governance”UE- INTERREG IIIA INTERADRIATIC “Ecological foundations for the governance of the Adriatic coastal space:ecology, monitoring and management of transitional aquatic ecosystems”- UE- INTERREG IIIA INTERADRIATIC “RivernetRivers and citizens: functional restoration and sustainable development” .
Five recent publications relevant for Clim.Bio.Med.Net
Basset A., F. Sangiorgio, M. Pinna – 2004 Monitoring with benthic macro-invertebrates: advantages and disadvantages of body size related descriptors. Aquatic Conservation, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 14 S1: 43-58
Sabetta L., A. Fiocca, L. Margheriti, F. Vignes, A. Basset, O. Mangoni, G. Carrada, N. Ruggeri, C. Ianni – 2005 Body size abundance distribution of nano-/micro-phytoplankton guilds in coastal marine ecosystems. Estuarine, Coastal Shelf Science 63: 645-663
Basset A., L. Sabetta, A. Fonnesu, D. Mouillot, T. Do Chi, P. Viaroli, S. Reizopoulou, G. C. Carrada – 2006 Typology in Mediterranean transitional waters: new challenges and perspectives. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 16 (5):441-455
Mouillot D., S. Spatharis, S. Reizopoulou, T. Laugier, L. Sabetta, A. Basset , T. Do Chi – 2006 Alternatives to taxonomic-based approaches to assess changes in transitional water communities. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 16 (5):469-482

Sabetta, L. E. Barbone, A. Giardino, A. Basset – 2007 Macroecological patterns of benthic macroinvertebrates in Italian lagoons. Hydrobiologia 577:127-139