OGS - Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics)

Division of Oceanography - OCE

The Division of Oceanography has currently more than 60 researchers, technologists, technicians and administrative staff. The activities of the division range from scientific research to technological development and are addressed to experimental and theoretical oceanography, with particular reference to physical and biological oceanography, biogeochemistry, marine ecology and modeling of marine systems. 

Web Site: http://www.ogs.trieste.it/

Email: vbandelj@inogs.it

Telephone: +39 0402140629

Ecology and computational hydrodynamics in oceanography (ECHO)

Via Beirut 2-4

34151 - Trieste (Italy)

Cosimo Solidoro - National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics

Partner Coordinator

Research activities focus on numerical analysis and on synthesis, integration and modelling studies of estuarine, coastal and marine systems, with reference to Biogeochemestry and Marine Ecology, Climate Change Impacts, Ecosystem Approach to Fishery and Aquaculture, Sustainable Development, and Integrated Coastal Zone Management. They include developments, analysis and use of a variety of numerical methodologies, ecological models and coupled transport-ecological models of different complexity for the study of: nutrient cycles and trophodynamic; ecosystem response to anthropogenic and climatic forcing; integration of biogeochemistry and ecological process; sustainability of exploitation of renewable resources; aquaculture, fishery and bioeconomic modelling; complexity and applications of chaotic dynamics to simple ecological models; sensitivity and uncertainty analysis; data assimilation and short term forecast of biogeochemical properties of marine system; as well as numerical analysis of multivariate ecological data by means of mono and multivariate statistical techniques and artificial neural networks.
Recent research activities expand further over the human dimensions and the integration among different components of marine systems, including: integration among physical, biogeochemical and ecological aspects, up to the development and use of integrated modelling approaches for the analysis of the dynamics of coastal and marine systems and their capabilities to provide ecosystem goods and services, including fisheries, aquaculture, carbon sequestration and nutrients cycles regulation; integration among socio and biophysical sciences, analysis of socio environmental systems in response to scenarios of global changes and policy options, ecosystem governance, factors preventing efficient implementation of scientifically sound management policies; research in support of the implementation of ecosystem approach to fishery and aquaculture; assessment of the impact of global changes, including ocean acidification, on ecosystems and socio-environmental systems; historical ecology, over-fishing and marine conservation

Vinko Bandelj - National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics

Dr. Vinko Bandelj holds an MD in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Biomonitoring methods for environmental alterations. He is a researcher at the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - OGS.

His main interests are marine ecology, spatial distribution of marine species, advanced statistical analysis of environmental data, marine connectivity studies. 





Recent publications relevant to Reef ReseArch:
Bandelj, Vinko, Giorgio Socal, Young-Seuk Park, Sovan Lek, Joan Coppola, Elisa Camatti, Elisa Capuzzo, Luisella Milani, and Cosimo Solidoro. 2008. “Analysis of Multitrophic Plankton Assemblages in the Lagoon of Venice.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 368 (September): 23–40. doi:10.3354/meps07565.
Bandelj, Vinko, Cosimo Solidoro, Daniele Curiel, Gianpiero Cossarini, Donata Melaku Canu, and Andrea Rismondo. 2012. “Fuzziness and Heterogeneity of Benthic Metacommunities in a Complex Transitional System.” PLoS ONE 7 (12): e52395. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052395.
Curiel, Daniele, Annalisa Falace, Vinko Bandelj, Sara Kaleb, Cosimo Solidoro, and Enric Ballesteros. 2012. “Species Composition and Spatial Variability of Macroalgal Assemblages on Biogenic Reefs in the Northern Adriatic Sea.” Botanica Marina 55 (6): 625–38. doi:10.1515/bot-2012-0166.
Falace, Annalisa, Sara Kaleb, Daniele Curiel, Chiara Miotti, Giovanni Galli, Stefano Querin, Enric Ballesteros, Cosimo Solidoro, and Vinko Bandelj. 2015. “Calcareous Bio-Concretions in the Northern Adriatic Sea: Habitat Types, Environmental Factors That Influence Habitat Distributions, and Predictive Modeling.” PLoS ONE 10 (11): e0140931. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140931.
Solidoro, Cosimo, Mauro Bastianini, Vinko Bandelj, Raffaella Codermatz, Gianpiero Cossarini, Donata Melaku Canu, Elisa Ravagnan, Stefano Salon, and Sebastiano Trevisani. 2009. “Current State, Scales of Variability, and Trends of Biogeochemical Properties in the Northern Adriatic Sea.” Journal of Geophysical Research 114: C07S91. doi:10.1029/2008JC004838.

Fabrizio Gianni - National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics


Fabrizio Gianni is a post-doc researcher at the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (Trieste, Italy). He holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences, earned at the Université Côte d'Azur (France) and he collaborated with many research teams to assess benthic species distribution and diversity in the Mediterranean Sea.
His main research interests include benthic ecology, human impacts on marine communities, ecological modelling, marine conservation and restoration.


Recent publications relevant to Reef ReseArch:


Fricke A, Pey A, Gianni F, Lemee R, Mangialajo L (2018). Multiple stressors and benthic harmful algal blooms (BHABs): potential effects of temperature rise and nutrient enrichment. Marine Pollution Bulletin 131, 552-564. doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.04.012.

Badreddine A, Abboud-Abi Saab M, Gianni F, Ballesteros E, Mangialajo L (2018). First assessment of the Ecological Status in the Levant Basin: application of the CARLIT index along the Lebanese coastline. Ecological Indicators 85, 37-47. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.10.006.

Gianni F, Bartolini F, Pey A, Laurent M, Airoldi L, Mangialajo L. (2017). Threats to large brown algal forests in temperate seas: the overlooked role of native herbivorous fish. Scientific Reports, 7 (1), 6012. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-06394-7.

Kotwicki L, Deidun A, Grzelak K, Gianni F (2014). A preliminary comparative assessment of the meiofaunal communities of Maltese pocket sandy beaches. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 150, pp. 111-119. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2013.12.008.

Gianni F, Bartolini F, Airoldi L, Ballesteros E, Francour P, Guidetti P, Meinesz A, Thibaut T, Mangialajo L (2013). Conservation and restoration of marine forests in the Mediterranean Sea and the potential role of Marine Protected Areas. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, 4:2, 83-101. doi.org/10.1080/19475721.2013.845604.