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Gender male
Job title Researcher
Department National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Coastal Marine Environment (CNR-IAMC)
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Degree PhD (Ehime University, Japan); Laurea (Genoa University, Italy)
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Pollution , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Pollution
Research Activities Currently I am involved in the EU FP7 project COMMON SENSE - Cost-effective sensors, interoperable with international existing ocean observing systems, to meet EU policies requirements (http://www.commonsenseproject.eu/) as the Scientific PI of the CNR Consortium formed by 3 Institutes (ISMAR, IAMC and ICTP) and Management Committee member (Nov 2013 - Feb 2017), in the EU FP7 project VECTORS - Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors 2011-2014 (http://www.marine-vectors.eu/) as a Steering Committee member and WP6 deputy leader (Synthesis for policymakers and stakeholders) (Feb 2011 - Feb 2015) and in the National Flagship Project RITMARE – The Italian Research for the Sea – coordinated by the Italian National Research Council and funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (http://www.ritmare.it/) as SP3-WP5 leader (Supporting maritime space planning). I act as a member of national technical-scientific committees (e.g. National Strategy for the Adaptation to Climate Change for Italy – Biodiversity and Coastal Ecosystems Working Group; ISPRA - Ministry of Environment, MED-GIG) and international working groups (e.g. ICES-BEWG). My research interests include marine benthic ecology; soft-bottom communities and trophic relationships as traced by C and N stable isotope analysis; assessment of stress indicators in the marine benthos; nutrient cycling in coastal marine ecosystems; environmental pollution; marine directives (WFD; 2006/60/EC and MSFD; 2008/56/EC). I published over 50 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals and books, co-edited the proceedings of international workshops, and routinely act as a referee for several international scientific journals.

Japanese, Spanish
Research Region 2, 3
Skills/Expertise Demonstrated successful experience in large-scale project design, management, supervision and monitoring, as a senior project manager, workpackage Leader, and steering committee member of international research projects, including several EC-funded projects such as IMAC - Integrated Management of East Mediterranean Coastlines; MarBEF - EU Network of Excellence in Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning; BIOCOMBE - The impact of BIOdiversity changes in COastal Marine Benthic Ecosystems; MARBENA: Creating a long term infrastructure for marine biodiversity research in the European Economic Area and the Newly Associated States; ARENA - A Regional Capacity Building and Networking Programme to Upgrade Monitoring and Forecasting Activity in the Black Sea Basin; MAMA - Mediterranean network to Access and upgrade the Monitoring and forecasting Activity in the region. Demonstrated experience of working in international and multi-country contexts, with special reference to the Mediterranean Sea region. Management-related skills acquired in multi-year working experiences both in the private and the public sectors, e.g. acting as a member of the Steering Committee of the Foundation IMC – International Marine Centre (Italy) and participant in UNEP/MAP’s activities (2002-2006), including the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (2006-2007). Proficiency in data bases management and the statistical analysis of scientific data.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Paolo MAGNI)

Zettler M.L., C.E. Proffitt, A. Darr, S. Degraer, L. Devriese, C. Greathead, J. Kotta, P. Magni, G. Martin, H. Reiss, J. Speybroeck, D. Tagliapietra, G. Van Hoey, T. Ysebaert [2013] On the myths of indicator species: issues and further consideration in the use of static concepts for ecological applications PLoS ONE 8(10): e78219. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0078219
Di Pippo F, NTW Ellwood, A Gismondi, L Bruno, F Rossi, P Magni, P De Philippis [2013] Characterization of biofilm-forming cyanobacteria for exopolysaccharide production and potential biotechnological applications Journal of Applied Phycology, DOI 10.1007/s10811-013-0028-1.
Magni, P., S. Rajagopal, S. Como, J.M. Jansen, G. van der Velde and H. Hummel [2013] [delta]13C and [delta]15N variations in organic matter pools, Mytilus spp. and Macoma balthica along the European Atlantic coast Marine Biology 160: 541-552
Coppa S., G.A. de Lucia, P. Magni, P. Domenici, F. Antognarelli, A. Satta and A. Cucco [2013] Effect of hydrodynamics on shell orientation and population density of Pinna nobilis in the Gulf of Oristano (Sardinia, Italy) Journal of Sea Research, 76: 201-210
Coppa, S. G.A. De Lucia, G. Massaro, P. Magni [2012] Density and distribution of Patella ferruginea Gmelin, 1791 in a Marine Protected Area (western Sardinia, Italy): constraint analysis for population conservation Mediterranean Marine Science, 13: 108-117
Cucco, A., M. Sinerchia, C. Le Francois, P. Magni, M. Ghezzo, G. Umgiesser, A Perilli, P. Domenici [2012] Coupled empirical and numerical model of fish response to environmental changes Ecological Modelling, 237-238: 132-141
Tagliapietra, D., M. Sigovini and P. Magni [2012] Saprobity: A unified view of benthic succession models for coastal lagoons Hydrobiologia, 686: 15-28
Como, S., P. Magni, G. Van Der Velde, F.S. Blok and M.F.M Van De Steeg [2012] Spatial variations in [delta]13C and [delta]15N values of primary consumers in a coastal lagoon Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 115: 300-308
Padedda, B.M., S. Pulina, P. Magni, N. Sechi and A. Lugliè [2012] Phytoplankton dynamics in relation to environmental changes in a phytoplankton-dominated Mediterranean lagoon (Cabras Lagoon, Italy) Advances in Oceanography and Limnology 3: 147-169
Tagliapietra D., Aloui-Bejaoui N., Bellafiore D., De Wit R., Ferrarin C., Gamito S., Lasserre P., Magni P., Mistri M., Pérez-Ruzafa A., Pranovi F., Reizopoulou S., Rilov G., Solidoro C., Tunberg B., Valiela I. and Viaroli P. [2011] The Ecological Implications of Climate Change on the Lagoon of Venice UNESCO Workshop Report, UNESCO, Venice (Italy)
Katsanevakis S, Poursanidis D, Yokes DB, Ma?i? V, Beqiraj S, Kashta L, Ramzi Sghaier Y, Zakhama-Sraieb R, Benamer I, Bitar G, Bouzaza Z, Magni P, Bianchi CN, Zenetos A. [2011] Twelve years after the introduction of the crab Percnon gibbesi (H. Milne Edwards, 1853) in the Mediterranean: current distribution and invasion rates Journal of Biological Research
Ennouri, R., L. Chouba, P. Magni, M. Kraiem, [2010] Spatial distribution of trace metals (Cd, Pb, Hg, Cu, Zn, Fe and Mn) and oligo-elements (Mg, Ca, Na and K) in surface sediments of the Gulf of Tunis (Northern Tunisia) Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 163: 229-239
Van Hoey, G., Borja A., Birchenough S., Buhl-Mortensen L., Degraer S., Fleisher D., Kerckhof F., Magni P., Muxika I., Reiss H., Schröder A., Zettler M. [2010] The use of benthic indicators in Europe: from the Water Framework Directive to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Marine Pollution Bulletin, 60: 2187-2196
Magni P., D. Tagliapietra, C. Lardicci, L. Balthis, A. Castelli, S. Como, G. Frangipane, G. Giordani, J. Hyland, F. Maltagliati, G. Pessa, A. Rismondo, M. Tataranni, P. Tomassetti and P. Viaroli [2009] Animal-sediment relationships: Evaluating the Pearson-Rosenberg paradigm in Mediterranean coastal lagoons Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58: 478-486
Como S., P. Magni [2009] Temporal changes of a macrobenthic assemblage in harsh lagoon sediments Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 83: 638-646
Bartoli, M., D. Longhi, D. Nizzoli, S. Como, P. Magni, P. Viaroli [2009] Short term effects of hypoxia and bioturbation on solute fluxes, denitrification and buffering capacity in a shallow dystrophic pond Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 381: 39-47
Molinaroli E., S. Guerzoni, G. De Falco, A. Sarretta, A. Cucco, S. Como, S. Simeone, A. Perilli, P. Magni [2009] Relationships between hydrodynamic parameters and grain size in two contrasting transitional environments: the lagoons of Venice and Cabras, Italy Sedimentary Geology, 219: 196-207
Como S., P. Magni, M. Baroli, D. Casu, G. De Falco, A. Floris [2008] Comparative analysis of macrofaunal species richness and composition in Posidonia oceanica, Cymodocea nodosa and leaf litter beds Marine Biology, 153: 1087-1101
Magni P., G. De Falco, S. Como, D. Casu, A. Floris, A.N. Petrov, A. Castelli, A. Perilli [2008] Distribution and ecological relevance of fine sediments in organic-enriched lagoons: the case study of the Cabras lagoon (Sardinia, Italy) Marine Pollution Bulletin, 56: 549-564
Magni P., S. Como, A. Cucco, G. De Falco, P. Domenici, M. Ghezzo, C. Lefrançois, S. Simeone, A. Perilli [2008] A Multidisciplinary and Ecosystemic Approach in the Oristano Lagoon-Gulf System (Sardinia, Italy) as a Tool in Management Plans Transitional Waters Bulletin, 2: 41-62
Magni P., S. Rajagopal, G. van der Velde, G. Fenzi, J. Kassenberg, S. Vizzini, A. Mazzola and G. Giordani [2008] Sediment features, macrozoobenthic assemblages and trophic relationships ([delta]13C and [delta]15N analysis) following a dystrophic event with anoxia and sulphide development in the Santa Giusta lagoon (western Sardinia, Italy) Marine Pollution Bulletin, 57: 125-136
Como S., P. Magni, D. Casu, A. Floris, G. Giordani, G.A. Fenzi, G. Signa, G. Giordani, G. De Falco [2007] Sediment characteristics and macrofauna distribution along a human-modified inlet in the Gulf of Oristano (Sardinia, Italy) Marine Pollution Bulletin, 54: 733-744
Magni, P., S. Como, S. Montani, H. Tsutsumi [2006] Interlinked temporal changes in environmental conditions, chemical characteristics of sediments and macrofaunal assemblages in an estuarine intertidal sandflat (Seto Inland Sea, Japan). Marine Biology, DOI: 10.1007/s00227-006-0298-0.
Magni, P., and Montani, S. [2006] Seasonal patterns of pore-water nutrients, benthic chlorophyll a and sedimentary AVS in a macrobenthos-rich tidal flat Hydrobiologia, 571: 297-311
Magni, P., G. De Falco, C. Falugi, M. Franzoni, M. Monteverde, E. Perrone, M. Sgro, C. Bolognesi [2006] Genotoxicity biomarkers and acetylcholinesterase activity in natural populations of Mytilus galloprovincialis along a pollution gradient in the Gulf of Oristano (Sardinia, western Mediterranean). Environmental Pollution, 142: 65-72.
Magni, P., S. Micheletti, D. Casu, A. Floris, G. Giordani, A. Petrov, G. De Falco, A. Castelli [2005] Relationships between chemical characteristics of sediments and macrofaunal communities in the Cabras lagoon (western Mediterranean, Italy). Hydrobiologia, 550: 105-119.
Magni, P., J. Hyland, G. Manzella, H. Rumhor, P. Viaroli, A. Zenetos (Editors) [2005] Proceedings of the Workshop Indicators of Stress in the Marine Benthos, Torregrande-Oristano (Italy), 8-9 October 2004. Paris, UNESCO/IOC, IMC, 2005. iii + xx pp. IOC Workshop Report n. 195. Available: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0013/001397/139719e.pdf.
Hyland, J., L.W. Balthis, I. Karakassis, P. Magni, A. Petrov, J.R. Shine, O. Vestergaard, R. Warwick [2005] Organic carbon content of sediments as an indicator of benthic stress. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 295: 91-103.
Magni, P., S. Montani [2005] Tidally mediated changes of nutrient concentration. In: J.H. Lehr, J. Keeley, J. Lehr and T.B. Kingery III (Eds.), Water Encyclopedia, Vol. IV Oceanography, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 4: 81-85.
Magni, P., S. Montani [2005] Physical and chemical variability in tidal streams. In: J.H. Lehr, J. Keeley, J. Lehr and T.B. Kingery III (Eds.), Water Encyclopedia, Vol. IV Oceanography, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 4: 128-133.
Magni, P., S. Micheletti, D. Casu, A. Floris, G. De Falco, A. Castelli [2004] Macrofaunal community structure and distribution in a muddy coastal lagoon. Chemistry and Ecology, 20(1): S397-S407.
De Falco, G., P. Magni, L. Teräsvuori, G. Matteucci [2004] Sediment grain size and organic carbon distribution in the Cabras lagoon (Sardinia, west Mediterranean). Chemistry and Ecology, 20(1): S367-S377.
Viaroli, P., Bartoli M., Giordani G., Magni P., Welsh D.T. [2004] Biogeochemical indicators as tools for assessing sediment quality/vulnerability in transitional aquatic ecosystems. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, S1: S19-S29.
Magni, P., Malej, A., Moncheva, S., Vanden Berghe, E., Appeltans, W., Cuvelier, D., van Avesaath, P.H., Hummel, H., Heip, C.H.R., Mees, J., (Eds.) [2004] Electronic conference on ?The Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea: New challenges for marine biodiversity research and monitoring? - Summary of discussions, 6 to 24 September, 2004. Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende, Belgium. viii, 108 pp.
Magni, P. [2003] Biological benthic tools as indicators of coastal marine ecosystems health. Chemistry and Ecology, 19: 363-372.
Montani, S., P. Magni, N. Abe [2003] Seasonal and interannual patterns of intertidal microphytobenthos in combination with laboratory and areal production estimates. Marine Ecology Progress Series 249: 79-91.
Magni, P., S. Montani, K. Tada [2002] Semidiurnal dynamics of salinity, nutrients and suspended particulate matter in an estuary in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan, during a spring tide cycle. Journal of Oceanography, 58(2): 389-402.
Magni, P. [2000] Distribution of organic matter in a tidal estuary of the Seto Inland Sea, Japan, and its relationship with the macrozoobenthic communities. In Ad hoc Benthic Indicator Group - Results of Initial Planning Meeting. IOC Technical Series No. 57, UNESCO 2000, pp. 20-25.
Magni, P., Montani, S., Takada, C., Tsutsumi, H. [2000] Temporal scaling and relevance of bivalve nutrient excretion on a tidal flat of the Seto Inland Sea, Japan. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 198, 139-155.
Magni, P., N. Abe, S. Montani [2000] Quantification of microphytobenthos biomass in intertidal sediments: layer-dependent variation of chlorophyll a content determined by spectrophotometric and HPLC methods. La Mer, 38(2): 57-63.
Magni, P., Montani, S. [2000] Physical and chemical variability in the lower intertidal zone of an estuary in the Seto Inland Sea, Japan: seasonal patterns of dissolved and particulate compounds. Hydrobiologia, 432, 9-23.

Created: 2005-05-10 Last Updated: 2015-05-15 by Paolo MAGNI