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Marco Abbiati

Full Professor

Department of Cultural Heritage

Academic discipline: BIO/07 Ecology


Biodiversity and conservation of coastal ecosystems. Population genetics. Monitoring of coastal and estuarine environments. Environmental quality and impact assessment.  

My research is dealing with subtidal ecology of benthic assemblages and conservation of marine habitats. My studies focused on patterns of spatial and temporal variability of sandy and rocky bottom assemblages and on the impact of natural and anthropogenic stress on species abundance and distribution. I am author and co-author of more the 90 papers published in international scientific journals and of many presentations to national and international conferences. I have been director of the postgraduate Master Course in Integrated Coastal Zone Management and is teaching Sustainable Development and Environmental Integration in a European Perspective at the Cervia International Summer School Beyond the Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the new Neighbourhood, organised by the “Europe and the Balkans International Network - Centre for Eastern European and Balkan Studies”, established by the University of Bologna. Recently he has developed a  collaboration with Erasmus Mundui, EU-COMET TEMPUS and UNESCO-UNITWIN on ICZM education in Europe.

I have been the principal investigator and scientific leader of numerous research projects funded by the European Union, National authorities and private companies. The EU project Environmental Design of Low Crested Coastal Defence Structures (DELOS) was aimed at developing an environmentally friendly coastal defence schemes and leaded to the publication of the Design Guidelines for LCS (Elsevier, in press). In the frame of the INTEREG IIIB project TWReferenceNET (Management and sustainable development of protected transitional waters) I have contributed to the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in Balkan countries. Since 2002 in collaboration with ENI I am developing a regional-scale approach to assess the effects of gas off-shore platforms on benthic habitats and a study aimed at identifying environmentally friendly options for the decommissioning of off-shore platforms. With the support of the Italian Ministry of Environment and in collaboration with the Israeli Universities I have been developing a methodology for a multi-criteria EIA and a risk analysis to evaluate the effects of Artificial Marine Structures on surrounding benthic systems in the Mediterranean and Red seas.

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