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CNR/ISMAR

Luisa Da Ros

MD in Biological Sciences, University of Padova, Immuno-histochemistry PGD, University of Naples. Senior Researcher at CNR-ISMAR of Venice. Member of ISMAR Scientific Committee (2002-09). LDR has long term experience in physiology of marine bivalve molluscs. She has been working for about 20 years in the field of histopathology, dealing mainly with the monitoring of diseases and stress conditions in edible bivalves. Since 1991 she has focused her research interests on the evaluation of the well-being of marine organisms in relation to the effects of anthropogenic and natural stressors. Main projects leaded: RAS, Pressione antropica e inquinanti prioritari nelle aree marine protette della Sardegna (LR n.7/2007, UE/RegioneSardegna, 2012-2013); TECHRAP, Biological techniques for reproduction and growing of marine polychaetes, funded by Biotech Program of Regione del Veneto (2008-200); COWAMA, Coastal water Management (Interreg-Cards-Phare, 2007- 2009); ICSEL, Integrating knowledge on the ecosystem of the lagoon of Venice, funded by Magistrato alle Acque (Public Works Ministry); EC-IHP UE funded Transnational Access to the Research Facility: Biomarker approach for evaluating a pristine environment, Sandgerdi Marine Centre, Iceland; IMPACTO, UE funded; ECODREDGE, UE funded.

Role in GHOST: Project coordinator

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Tel. +39 041-2407969

 

Loredana Alfarè

Degree in Sociology at University “La Sapienza” in Rome. Since 2000 she developed and coordinated several European projects especially in the frame of Territorial Cooperation Programme (PROGECO, WASMAN, WAREMA) and participated as responsible for the participatory process in CHERPLAN, ADRIPLAN, ALPCITY and DIAMONT . In the frame of Interreg IIIC Programme she has developed and coordinated the Regional Framework Operation INNOREF (Innovation and Resources Efficiency as Driving Forces for Sustainable Growth). The project budget was 5.462.600 Euros and part of it has financed 8 sub-projects for a total of 32 partners. The project has been selected as best practice for project management/monitoring and communication by the INTERACT Programme. In the ’90 she worked in various cooperation projects in African countries dealing with socio-economic and socio-anthropological surveys. She has published several articles on participation process, sustainable tourism and regional development.

Role in GHOST: Responsible for the communication and networking activities.

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Tel. +39 041-2407967

 

Alfredo Boldrin

Alfredo Boldrin, degree in Natural Science, is senior scientist at CNR-ISMAR Institute of Marine Science of Venice. His main field of interest is the Biological Oceanography, studies on bio-geo-chemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen. His area of research is concerned with the study of production, transport and fluxes of suspended matter in relation to hydrologic, chemical and biologic processes. He is interested in problems of coastal management in the framework of national and international projects, in particular on the conservation and protection of living resources and marine environments. Since 2010 he is involved in the study of the anthropogenic impact related to the presence and dispersion of microparticles of plastic in the environment. He is involved in studies in deep and shallow seas, in coastal areas, in estuarine environments and in Antarctica. He participated in several national projects and international EU programes. He is author of more than 120 publications, chapters of books and technical reports, and he has an Industrial design patent.

Role in GHOST :Responsible for the development of ALDFG material recovery recycling strategy. He contributes also to other project actions.

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Tel. +39-041-2407937

 

Eugenia Delaney

Environmental Sciences degree at the University Ca 'Foscari of Venice, since 2003 she holds a PhD in Ecophysiology of Wood Species (Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria). Afterwards she worked for several years (2003 – 2012) as a project manager and technical coordinator in the private sector, where she gained significant experience in managing and implementing multidisciplinary projects. During her career she managed several research projects focusing on the following issues: assessment of contamination effects on coastal ecosystem and human health; evaluation of biodiversity conservation and sustainable management in coastal areas; coastal ecosystem quality assessment, ecological risk assessment and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). She was has responsible for the coordination and implementation of a Study of the level of implementation of ICZM in EU Member States , commissioned by the DG Environment of the European Commission. She has published several articles on international journals.

Role in GHOST: Responsible for financial and administrative aspects.

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Tel. +39 041-2407962

 

Vanessa Moschino

Degree in Biological Sciences at University of Padova (1998). PhD in Ecology-Ecophysiology at University of Algarve, Portugal (2007). Researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences ISMAR-CNR since the 2008. Her scientific interests are in the field of marine ecotoxicology and the research activity is mainly focused on the assessment of the quality of coastal environments thought the biomonitoring approach. In particular, she is interested in the evaluation of the effects of natural and anthropogenic environmental stressors on biomarkers detected on marine bivalves from coastal and transitional environments. In the framework of her research activity she has been involved in many national and international projects. She has published more than 20 international papers, as well as various national papers and international and national proceedings.

Role in GHOST: Responsible for the development of the regulation proposal on AFDLG management and for the set up of the Technical protocol (hands-on manual).

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Tel. +39 041-2407983

 

Fantina Madricardo

MSc in Physics, 1999, University of Padova. PhD in Theoretical Physics, 2002, University of Hamburg, Germany. Post-doc (2003-2007) at ISMAR CNR in Venice. Post-doc at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, 2008, Paris. Currently, she is mainly interested in underwater acoustics and geophysics in very shallow waters. She has participated to numerous acoustic surveys in the Venice lagoon and in the Adriatic Sea. She has experience with single beam , multibeam, interferometric and scanning sonar systems. At present she is working on a project of geomorphological and habitat mapping in the lagoon of Venice and in the Po river delta together with geologists, biologists and acousticians (RITMARE). She conjugates the field work to the work of data processing and more theoretical interpretation for the data analysis and the geomorphological reconstruction and habitat mapping. Theoretical issues are still addressed from the point of view of modelling and data processing. In cooperation with the University of Gdansk University (Poland) and Bath University (UK) she is develop new algorithms for automatic analysis of multibeam data for seafloor characterization and habitat mapping. She has presented contributions in several national and international workshops and conferences.

Role in GHOST: Contribution to the acoustic mapping of the seafloor for the identification of ghost nets.

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Tel. +39 041-2407986

 

Nicoletta Nesto

Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Padua (1997) and PhD in Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Modena (2011). Research fellow at ISMAR, she has experience in marine ecotoxicology and her research activity is mainly focused on the evaluation of biological responses of marine organisms to pollutants. She is interested in the study of the reproductive biology and in the development of laboratory rearing techniques for commercially important polychaetes species. She has also experience in dissemination activities and she is author of about 30 papers published in national and international journals.

Role in GHOST: Responsible for the development of the database on rocky habitat biodiversity and for the set up of the notice boards.

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Tel +39 041-2407915

 

Luigi Tosi

Luigi Tosi, laurea degree in Geological Sciences, research scientist at the National Research Council (ISMAR) deals with applied and environmental coastal geology. His main research interests are in hydro- morpho- geological processes and geological hazards in coastal and lagoon environments, particularly, natural and man-induced land subsidence, relative sea level rise, salt water intrusion, and offshore low salinity groundwater. Additional interests include: Late Quaternary coastal geology; geological – geomorphological mapping of coastal areas; human-induced impact on coastal and marine hydro- morphologic processes in the Anthropocene; development of new methodologies for monitoring geo- hydro- morphological processes for effective coastal management. Since 1992 he has been PI/CoPI of more than 40 research projects and author of paper published in the major scientific journals within the Earth Sciences (http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5254-4059). He was the director of the Geological Sheets “Venezia” and “Chioggia-Malamocco” within the National Geological and Geothematic Cartography Project (CARG).

Role in GHOST: Scientific diver and underwater hydro- geo- morphologist.

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Tel +39-041-2407949

 

Sandra Donnici

Degree in Geology, PhD in Environmental Science, she is research scientist at Institute of Marine Sciences (National Research Council of Italy). She is specialized in micropalaeontolgy and her researches are about Quaternary stratigraphy, palaeoecology, environmental reconstruction and classification of coastal environment through benthic foraminifera associations (Atlante dei foraminiferi, 2008). Her current interests are on reconstructing palaeoenvironmental evolution of the Northern Adriatic area through stratigraphic and geophysical methods. For recent results, see Continental Shelf Research (2012) and Sedimentary Geology (2012). Another area of interest is the anthropogenic impact on coastal marine environments (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2012; Ecological Engineering, 2011).

Role in GHOST: Research scientist. She is involved in the geomorfological survey and geologic characterization of the rocky outcrops (Tegnùe).

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Tel +39 041 2407960

 

Tiziano Minuzzo

Degree in Philosophy (2002) at the University of Venice. Since 2006 he has managed IT infrastructure of ISMAR-Venice. In this field he set up the installation of instruments for creating, storing and managing different types of data. Recently he specialized in IT tools like Thredds Data Server, Sensor Observation Service, digital repository (Fedora Commons). He gave user support to researchers and administration staff whit IT support . He has collaborated with national and international research institutions (IRCSS Burlo Grarofolo, OGS, ECMWF, UGS, ICPT).

Role in GHOST: He is responsible for the IT infrastructure of the website.

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Tel +39-041-2407922

 

IUAV

Stefania Tonin

Stefania Tonin is an economist. She is an Associate professor of Applied Economics at the Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environments, University IUAV in Venice. She has a degree in Business Economics, and she holds a PhD in Analysis and Governance of Sustainable Development from the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice. She has wide experience in environmental economic valuation and economics of sustainability. Her main research areas are: economic valuation of environmental goods with stated preference techniques, economic valuation of health risk reduction benefits, economic valuation of environmental damages and management of natural resources. Currently she is involved in a research project related to the economic valuation of marine biodiversity, and in economic valuation of contaminated sites redevelopment and reuse. She wrote several articles published in international and national journals.

Role in GHOST: Project manager for IUAV and responsible of the design and administration of the survey on economic valuation of Tegnùe ecosystem.

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Tel. +39 041-2572179

 

Margherita Turvani

Margherita EmmaTurvani is Associate Professor of Political Economy in the University IUAV of Venice, Department of Planning & Design in Complex Systems. She has been responsible for a number of national and international research collaboration and programs (C.O.R.I.L.A; PRIN-MIUR; J.R.C. Ispra; European Science Foundation). She is a member of the Council of the PhD program in ‘Planning and public policies for the territory, within the IUAV PhD School. She has been Vice-Director of the PhD Program ‘Analysis and Governance of Sustainable Development’, School for Advanced Studies in Venice, and a member of the Venice Sustainability Advisory Panel, Institute for Sustainable Solution, University of California, San Diego. Since 2003, she has been collaborating with T.E.N. Center, at Venice International University, in the Sino-Italian Program for the Cooperation and the promotion of Sustainable Development in China. At Venice International University she also teaches in the School of Social Science and Humanities. Main research interests are in Sustainabilty & Economics, focusing on Land and Urban Sustainability

Role in GHOST: she is a member IUAV Team

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Tel. +39 041-2572105

 

Laura Fregolent

Laura Fregolent is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environments, University IUAV in Venice. She has a degree in Architecture, and she holds a PhD in Sciences and methods for European city and territory from the University of Pisa. Her researches studies are focused in two main areas: processes of sprawl and interactions between planning tools and principles of sustainable development; relationship between territorial transformations and social dynamics. In these two research fields she analyzes: the structural characteristics of urban and territorial transformations; the possible uses of plans and policies in a sustainable way; how the use of land influenced the insurgence of social movements and the participation practices. She is director of the journal Archivio di studi urbani e regionali published by Franco Angeli (Italy).

Role in GHOST: she collaborates to the organization and analisys of the focus groups.

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Tel. +39 041-2572114

 

Greti Lucaroni

International PhD in Economics and Finance at University of Verona. Degree in Economic and Banking Science at University of Siena. Also she has gotten a master in Environmental Accountancy at University of Perugia. Since 2009 junior researcher at Complex System Community, University of Siena. From 2007 to 2012 tenure track in Environmental Economic at University of Macerata. From 2008 to 2012 research fellowship on environmental economics at University of Siena, Faculty of Political Science. She worked on a research project on “Evaluation of Environmental Resources” from September 2004 to March 2006 at University of Siena. In addition, she works at the Environmental Development and Consultancy Office of MPS Green Bank on several environmental projects. Her present research interests include environmental economics: sustainable development, environmental policy and water governance, sustainable finance, agricultural economics and rural development in the EU and public environmental accountancy.

Role in GHOST: she contributes to the Focus Groups organization.

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Tel. +39 3317646918

 

LAGUNA PROJECT

Federico Riccato

Degree and PhD in Environmental Sciences at University “Ca’ Foscari” in Venice. Since 2006 he has set up the Laguna Project s.n.c., a company active in environmental monitoring along north Adriatic coasts. The company has built up its competence working in collaboration with the department of environmental sciences of the Venice University in many research projects. At present provides a wide range of services and collaborate permanently with local and national authorities and research institutes. He is the coordinator of RAISS project. He has published several articles on fish biology and ecology.

Role in GHOST: Responsible for the ghost-net mapping and evaluation of benthic and fish-fauna communities.

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Tel. +39 340-9437001

 

Riccardo Fiorin

Degree in Environmental Sciences at University “Ca’ Foscari” in Venice. Since 2006 he has set up the Laguna Project s.n.c., a society active in environmental monitoring along north Adriatic coasts. The company has built up its competence working in collaboration with the department of environmental sciences of the Venice University in many research projects. At present provides a wide range of services and collaborate permanently with local and national authorities and research institutes. He is specialised in sampling activities (necton, benthos, plancton) and in lab activities (fish classification, particularly small gobies, benthos sorting and polychaetes taxonomy). He has published several articles on fish biology and ecology, sustainable tourism and regional development.

Role in GHOST: Responsible for the removal of ALDFG impacting on biodiversity.

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Tel. +39 345-2924423

 

Marco Picone

Marco Picone, Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, is a freelance ecologist and he cooperates with Laguna Project since 2012. His main fields of interest are Marine Ecology, Marine Biology, Sediment Management and Ecotoxicology. His area of research is concerned with the study of the effects of anthropogenic stressors (chemical or physical) on behavior, survival, reproduction and life-cycle of marine and estuarine organisms. He is interested in problems of management of living resources in marine and freshwater environments, especially as concern pristine and priority habitats, endangered species, alien and invasive species. He is involved in studies in coastal areas, in estuaries and in freshwater environments. He participated at several national and local projects. He is author of more than 20 publications and technical reports.

Role in GHOST: technical expert for estimation of ALDFG presence and mapping and quantifying ALDFG effects on biodiversity

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Tel +39-338-1458644

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