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Integrative Marine Ecology Department

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Ischia Marine Center
Punta San Pietro, 80077 Ischia, Naples, Italy

E-mail: federica.ragazzola(at)szn.it

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Resilience and vulnerability of marginal populations to climate change, Ecology and physiology of coralline algae, Skeletal geochemistry and structural integrity, Biomineralization processes, carbon sequestration.

My research interests focus on the effect of climate change on the resilience and vulnerability of marginal populations of macrophytes (calcified and non-calcified) to climatic changes.
In the calcified algae such as coralline algae I am also working on understanding the effect of climate change in the biomineralization processes, with particular emphasis on understanding the controls on trace elements incorporation, and the modification in the ultra-structure of calcifying organisms.

The research activities are carried out both in the field and in mesocosms experiments

Selected Publications

Ragazzola, F., Foster, L. C., Form, A., Anderson, P. S., Hansteen, T. H., & Fietzke, J. (2012). Ocean acidification weakens the structural integrity of coralline algae. Global change biology, 18(9), 2804-2812.

McCoy, S. J., & Ragazzola, F. (2014). Skeletal trade-offs in coralline algae in response to ocean acidification. Nature Climate Change, 4(8), 719.

Fietzke, J., Ragazzola, F., Halfar, J., Dietze, H., Foster, L. C., Hansteen, T. H., Eisen-hauer, A., & Steneck, R. S. (2015). Century-scale trends and seasonality in pH and tem-perature for shallow zones of the Bering Sea. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(10), 2960-2965.

Ragazzola, F., Foster, L. C., Jones, C. J., Scott, T. B., Fietzke, J., Kilburn, M. R., & Schmidt, D. N. (2016). Impact of high CO2 on the geochemistry of the coralline algae Lithothamnion glaciale. Scientific reports, 6, 20572.

Kolzenburg, R., D’Amore, F., McCoy, S. J., & Ragazzola, F. (2021). Marginal populations show physiological adaptations and resilience to future climatic changes across a North Atlantic distribution. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 188, 104522.

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