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Alice Blanckaert2Post Doc
Research Infrastructures for marine biological resources Department

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
80121 Napoli - Italia

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Supervisor: Ulisse Cardini, Francesca Margiotta
Appointed on project: PRIMA Potenziamento Ricerca e Infrastrutture Marine

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

My main research interest focuses on marine symbiosis. I am particularly interested in understanding how the partners interact within the holobiont (host and symbiont unit) and in relation to the environment, especially in a changing environment (in the context of climate change). During my PhD, I primarily investigated the interaction between the coral host and its associated dinoflagellate. In particular, I focused on how nutrient availability and environmental changes could affect their association. Now, I am looking at the relationship between benthic primary producers, invertebrates, and microbes. I am investigating gas fluxes between the different organisms using dissolved gas measurements and developing mesocosm experiments to assess host – microbe interactions.

Selected Publications

Blanckaert ACA, Biscéré T, Grover R, Ferrier-Pagès C (2023) Species-specific response of corals to imbalanced ratios of inorganic nutrients. International Journal of Molecular Science, 24:3119

Blanckaert ACA, Grover R, Marcus M-I, Ferrier-Pagès C (2023) Nutrient starvation and nitrate pollution impairs the assimilation of dissolved organic phosphorus in coral-Symbiodiniaceae symbiosis. Science of The Total Environment, 858:159944

Blanckaert ACA, Omanović D, Fine M, Grover R, Ferrier-Pagès C (2022) Desert dust deposition supplies essential bioelements to Red Sea corals. Global Change Biology, 28:2341–2359

Blanckaert ACA, de Barros Marangoni LF, Rottier C, Grover R, Ferrier-Pagès C (2021) Low levels of ultra-violet radiation mitigate the deleterious effects of nitrate and thermal stress on coral photosynthesis. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 167:112257

Blanckaert ACA, Reef R, Pandolfi JM, Lovelock CE (2020) Variation in the elemental stoichiometry of the coral–zooxanthellae symbiosis. Coral Reefs, 39:1071–1079

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