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Federica Costantini

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Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Settore scientifico disciplinare: BIO/07 ECOLOGIA

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Temporal variability of the hidden biodiversity of the Gulf of Venice

 

The aim of the project thesis is to investigate the status and changes in hard-bottom species communities in the Gulf of Venice using annual cycles of deployment-retrieval of ARMS (Autonomous reef monitoring structures). ARMS units are passive monitoring systems originally developed during the Census of Marine Life [https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/marine-census.html] project for the collection of marine fauna on and near the sea floor. Similarly to settlement plates, the ARMS units are stacks of plates that mimic the complex structure of the sea bottom. They are deployed on marine substrates and colonized by marine species, and after a period of time they are recovered by a team and taken apart to see who moved in.

The student will characterize the temporal variability of benthic communities growing on ARMS deployed in 2021 and 2022 at the bottom floor of the Acqua Alta Oceanographic Tower (16-meter depth), gulf of Venice, using an integrative approach based on image analysis, visual inspection (morphological taxonomy), and molecular (COI barcoding). The findings of this thesis will serve as a baseline for long-term monitoring of benthic biodiversity changes in the North Adriatic.The student will use an integrative approach bases on image analysis, visual inspection (morphological taxonomy) and molecular (COI barcoding) methods to characterize the temporal variability of the benthic communities growing on ARMS deployed in 2021 and 2022 at the bottom floor of the Acqua Alta Oceanographic Tower (16-meter depth), gulf of Venice. The results of this thesis will be used as baseline for a long-term monitoring of the changes of benthic biodiversity of the North Adriatic.

Since the thesis project is part of the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network ARMS-MBON (https://www.assembleplus.eu/research/ARMS-MBON ), the student will have the opportunity to attend international meetings, courses, and collaborations.

The research activity will be carried out at the Laboratory of Ecological and Environmental Genetics (Via Sant’Alberto, 163, Ravenna) and also includes sampling activities in Venice in July 2023.

AVAILABLE: from October 2022

CONCTACT: Prof.ssa Federica Costantini presso i Laboratori. Mail : federica.costantini@unibo.it [mailto:federica.costantini@unibo.it]

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