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Salvatrice Vizzini

Professor of Ecology
Salvatrice Vizzini

Salvatrice Vizzini graduated in Biology in 1997, got her PhD in 2001 and held PostDoc positions from 2001 to 2004 at the University of Palermo (Italy). From 2005 to 2014 she was Researcher in Ecology and since 2015 she is Associate Professor of Ecology at the University of Palermo. She is the head of the Stable Isotope Ecology Laboratory of the Department of Earth and Marine Sciences. Currently she teaches the courses of Applied Ecology (Natural and Environmental Sciences), Ecology of Marine Coastal Ecosystems (Natural and Environmental Sciences) and Marine Ecology (Master in Marine Ecology), and she is in the board of professors of the PhD course in Earth and Marine Sciences.

Her research activity is focused on the ecology of coastal environments with particular attention on trophic ecology using stable isotopes and fatty acids as trophic markers; environmental contamination and contaminant transfer in food chains; blue carbon and the role of vegetated habitats as carbon sinks; aquaculture and its environmental effects. Currently, she focuses also on climate change using shallow CO2 vent systems as natural laboratories to study the ecological effects of ocean acidification.

She is Associate Editor of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.

She is co-author of 51 papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Latest Publications

  • Signa G, Mazzola A, Costa V, Vizzini S (2015). Bottom-up control of macrobenthic communities in a guanotrophic coastal system. Plos One 10(2): e0117544. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0117544
  • Di Leonardo R, Mazzola A, Tramati C, Vaccaro A, Vizzini S (2014). Highly contaminated areas as sources of pollution for adjoining ecosystems: The case of Augusta Bay (Central Mediterranean). Marine Pollution Bulletin 89:417-426
  • Costa V, Mazzola A, Vizzini S (2014). Holothuria tubulosa Gmelin 1791 (Holothuroidea, Echinodermata) enhances organic matter recycling in Posidonia oceanica meadows. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 461: 226-232
  • Apostolaki E, Vizzini S, Hendriks I, Olsen YS (2014). Seagrass ecosystem response to long-term high CO2 in a Mediterranean volcanic vent. Marine Environmental Research 99:9-15
  • Gianguzza P, Visconti G, Gianguzza F, Vizzini S, Sarà G, Dupont S (2014). Temperature modulates the response of the thermophilous sea urchin Arbacia lixula early life stages to CO2-driven acidification. Marine Environmental Research, 93:70-77