Core Group

Core Group
Action Chair
Sergio Rossi
Università del Salento Lecce
My specialties involve marine natural resources and biological oceanography. My primary focus is on global change indicators of stress in coastal benthic populations, marine invertebrate ecology and marine wildlife conservation and restoration.
Action Co-Chair
Louise Allcock
National University of Ireland Galway
I study systematics and ecology of extreme habitats. My marine animal forest work focuses on the deep-sea, especially corals and sponges in submarine canyons.
Action Grant Holder
Maddalena Laggini
Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare
I have a degree in Economics&Busyness, I’m an expert in European Project, more than 15 years (FP6, FP7, H2020, Horizon Europe, ENI CBC, Interreg MED and others grant and tenders). I’m experienced in the preparation, submission, of proposal, Implementation and reporting. I work for CoNISMa (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare), an Italian Reseach Organization
Grant Awarding Coordinator
Enrique Isla
Instituto de Ciencias del Mar-CSIC
My main research line is marine biogeochemistry, especially related to C and Si. Analyzing the fluxes of these elements along the water column and their distribution in the sedimentary column, I attempt to reconstruct the environmental conditions in which the observed material was generated. Most of my scientific work has been carried out in the Antarctic, but I have also worked in the Mediterranean and the South Pacific.
Science Communication Coordinator, WG8 Co-Leader
Juanita Zorrilla-Pujana
SUBMON Association for the Conservation of Marine Biodiversity
I’m involved in environmental education, communication and ocean literacy projects focused on participatory actions and outreach for the conservation and protection of marine ecosystems.
WG1– Co-leader
Lucia Rizzo
Institute of Sciences of Food Production - Italian National
Research Council (ISPA – CNR)
My research activities focus on marine ecology and microbiology. The aim is to assess the effects of human activities on biodiversity, structure and functioning of marine ecosystems in the climate change framework, by using interdisciplinary approaches.
WG2 Leader
Covadonga Orejas
Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC)
Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO-CSIC) I am a deep-sea benthic ecologist with main focus in the study of the ecology of cold-water coral dominated communities and other vulnerable marine ecosystems. With my research I aim to contribute to the preservation of these precious animal communities.
WG2– Co-leader
Marina Carreiro-Silva
OKEANOS - Instituto de Investigação em Ciências do Mar da Universidade dos Açores
I am a marine biologist specialized in the ecology of coral ecosystems. My primary research focuses on the study of the diversity, spatial distribution, and functioning of cold-water corals, linking those with their ecophysiological responses to climate change and human activities under ex-situ experimental conditions.
WG3 Leader
Lorenzo Bramanti
Observatoire Oceanologique Banyuls sur mer
I work on Marine Animal Forests ecology, population dynamics and conservation from polar to tropical, temperate, and sub-temperate latitudes and mesophotic habitat. In the Mediterranean Sea I focus on the functional ecology of gorgonians and on the conservation and restoration of the Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum).
Maria Salomidi
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
I am a Marine Ecologist and Researcher at the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, focusing on the ecological assessment, conservation and restoration of vulnerable marine species and habitats.
WG4 Leader
Ruth Thurstan
Centre for Ecology and Conservation
United Kingdom
Ruth explores changes to marine social-ecological systems through time using historical sources and interdisciplinary methods.
Carlos Jimenez
Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre
Carlos research topics include natural and anthropogenic disturbances in benthic habitats (deep/shallow water) within the context of environmental and historical ecology, and epibenthic ecology of modern and ancient shipwrecks.
WG5 Leader
Nadine Schubert
CCMAR - Centro de Ciências do Mar
I am a marine ecologist, specialized in ecophysiology of marine benthic organisms. My primary research focuses on assessing organisms and community performance under different environmental conditions and consequently the impact stressors (e.g., climate change) have on marine ecosystems.
Martina Coppari
DiSVA, Polytechnic University of Marche
My research interests focus on the biology and ecology of benthic suspension feeders, particularly on their trophic and reproductive ecology. I am also interested in the monitoring of the effects of climate change and anthropic activities on these benthic communities to foster marine conservation strategies
WG6 Leader
Mark Johnson
National University of Ireland Galway
I am a marine ecologist and Professor of Marine Environment at NUI Galway. I am interested in ecological pattern and models that allow us to understand ecological processes and ecosystem services.
Paolo Vassallo
Università di genova
My main fields of research are related to system ecology, spatial ecology and ecosystem functioning. I am mainly interested in the assessment of the natural capital and ecosystem functions value of coastal and marine systems
WG7 Leader
Baruch Rinkevich
National Institute of Oceanography
A marine biologist, working on immunology and developmental biology of colonial marine invertebrates (mainly on corals and tunicates: regeneration, torpor, aging, astogeny, pattern formation, fission and fusion), population genetics of marine invertebrates, stem cells biology, cell cultures from marine invertebrates, genotoxicity, DNA barcoding of the marine biota and active restoration of coral reefs.
Louis Hadjioannou
CMMI Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute
I specialize in marine biodiversity/ecology of the eastern Mediterranean and focus on the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances in priority habitats and vulnerable species, conservation and monitoring of marine protected areas (MPA).
WG8 Leader
Patrizia Ziveri
ICREA-ICTA, Universitat Autonoma Barcelona
Research Professor at ICTA-UAB where she coordinates the Marine and Environmental Biogeosciences Research Group (MERS) that catalyzes research on the natural and human-driven marine processes and sustainability challenges. She led the first European coordinated effort to address ocean acidification in the Mediterranean Sea