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saggiomo mariaTechnologist
Research Infrastructures for marine biological resources Department
Environmental Monitoring & Analysis

Tel. +39 081 5833240
Fax: +39 081 5833360
e-mail maria.saggiomo(at)szn.it

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Research interests

Phytoplankton has a key role in matter and energy transfer in food web and in marine ecosystems functioning. Phytoplankton abundance and diversity is sensitive to changes of environmental factors such as light availability, nutrients concentration, temperature, mixing and turbulence, depth of euphotic zone and selective grazing and may respond by shifting in cell size and/or taxonomic composition. Phytoplankton research is classically based on microscopic counts. In recent years, HPLC (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography) analysis of phytoplankton pigments has been used to estimate phytoplankton functional groups. Several accessory pigments can be attributed to specific algal classes and/or types and are therefore used as taxonomical markers. At times these can be species-specific. This chemo-taxonomical approach allows mapping of main functional groups (including smaller size groups that are usually underestimated by microscopic counts and difficult to preserve).

My research activity involves the study of the taxonomic, chemotaxonomic and ecophysiological diversity of phytoplankton in different areas, including extreme environments such as Antarctica.
The research is structured in two different objectives:

  • Vertical distribution of phytoplankton communities in different matrices (ice, water) in the Ross Sea (Antarctica) and analysis of the sympagic, pelagic and benthic tropho-dynamics in relation to the evolution of sea ice dynamics and the chemical and physical properties of the water masses.
  • Temporal dynamics of main phytoplankton groups along the water column at a fixed station in the Gulf of Naples (LTER-MC), as related to with macro-nutrients and water column dynamics, using the chemo-taxonomic approach.

Selected Publications

1. Mangonia O., Saggiomo M., Bolinesia F., Castellano M., Povero P., Saggiomo V., DiTullio G. R.(2019). Phaeocystis antarctica unusual summer bloom in stratified antarctic coastal waters (Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea). Marine Environmental Research 151 – 104733 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2019.05.012

2. Escalera E., Mangoni O, Bolinesi F., Saggiomo M. (2019). Austral Summer Bloom of LoricateChoanoflagellates in the Central Ross Sea Polynya. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 0, 1-4, doi:10.1111/jeu.12720.

3. Rivaro P., Ardini F., Grotti M., Aulicino G., Cotroneo Y., Mangoni O:, Saggiomo M., Celussi M. (2019). Mesoscale variability of iron speciation in the Ross Sea shelf area during summer 2014. Chemistry and Ecology, 1-19.

4. Mangoni O., Saggiomo V., Bolinesi F., Escalera L. and Saggiomo M.(2018). A review of past and present summer primary production processes in the Ross Sea in relation to changing ecosystems Ecological Questions 29 (2018) 3: 75–85. http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/EQ.2018.024.

5. Kumari R., Balestra C., Piredda R., Benes V., Borra M., Passarelli A., Margiotta F., Saggiomo M., Biffali E., Sanges R., Scanlan D.J., Casotti R. (2017). Distribution, community composition and potential metabolic activity of bacterioplankton in an urbanized Mediterranean Sea coastal zone. Applied and environmental microbiology, AEM. 00494-17.

6. Mangoni O., Saggiomo V., Bolinesi F., Margiotta F., Budillon G., Cotroneo Y., Misic C., Rivaro P., Saggiomo M. (2017). Phytoplankton blooms during austral summer in the Ross Sea, Antarctica: Driving factors and trophic implications. PloS one 12 (4), e0176033

7. Saggiomo M., Poulin M., Mangoni O., Lazzara L.i, De Stefano M., Sarno D., Zingone A. (2017) Spring-time dynamics of diatom communities in landfast and underlying platelet ice in Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Journal of Marine Systems 166, 26-36

8. Rivaro P., Ianni C., Langone L., Ori C., Aulicino G., Cotroneo Y., Saggiomo M., Mangoni O. (2017). Physical and biological forcing of mesoscale variability in the carbonate system of the Ross Sea (Antarctica) during summer 2014. Journal of Marine Systems 166, 144-158

9. O Mangoni, R Lombardo, I Camminatiello, F Margiotta, A Passarelli, M. Saggiomo (2016). Phytoplankton community to assess the environmental status of the Adriatic Sea via non-linear partial least squares regression. Quality & Quantity 51 (2), 799-812

10. Pepi M., Borra M., Tamburrino S., Saggiomo M., Viola A., Biffali E., Balestra C., Sprovieri M., Casotti R. (2016). A Bacillus sp. isolated from sediments of the Sarno River mouth, Gulf of Naples (Italy) produces a biofilm biosorbing Pb(II). Science of the Total Environment, 562 (588-595)

11. Carella, F.; Aceto, S.; Saggiomo, M.; Mangoni, O.; De Vico, G. (2014) Gorgonian disease outbreak in the Gulf of Naples: pathology reveals cyanobacterial infection linked to elevated sea temperatures. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 110(3), 69-80

12. Mangoni O., Basset A., Bergamasco A., Carrada G.C., Margiotta F., Passarelli A., Rivaro P., Saggiomo M., Saggiomo V. (2013). A case study on the application of the MSFD to Mediterranean coastal systems: the Po plume, as a transitional water system in the Northern Adriatic basin. Transitional Waters Bulletin 7 (2): 175-201.

13. Saggiomo V., Santarpia I., Saggiomo M., Margiotta F., Mangoni O., (2011). Primary production processes and photosynthetic performance of a unique periantarctic ecosystem: the Strait of Magellan. Polar Biology 34: 1255-1267.

14. Mangoni O., Margiotta F., Saggiomo M., Santarpia I., Budillon G., Saggiomo V. (2011). Trophic characterization of the pelagic ecosystem in Vlorë Bay (Albania). Journal of Coastal Research 58: 67-79.

15. Mangoni O., Saggiomo M., Modigh M., Catalano G., Zingone A. and Saggiomo V. (2009). The role of platelet ice microalgae in seeding phytoplankton blooms in Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica): a mesocosm experiment. Polar Biology, 32 (3): 311-323.

16. Kooistra W.H., Zingone A., Saggiomo M., Sarno D. (2006). Biogeography and species diversity within the phytoplankton diatom genus Skeletonema. PSA Abstracts Journal of Phycology, 42 (s1): 26.

17. Saggiomo M., Kooistra W. H., Sarno D., Montresor M., Lopez C.B., Cloern J.E., Hargraves P.H., Zingone A. (2006). Differences in Skeletonema distribution among three distant temperate coastal sites. PSA Abstracts Journal of Phycology, 42 (s1): 31-32

18. Saggiomo M., De Stefano M., Mangoni O., Saggiomo V., Sarno D., Zingone A. (2006). Sympagic diatom in the annual pack ice of Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea, Antarctica. PSA Abstracts Journal of Phycology, 42 (s1): 32

19. Modigh M., Castaldo S., Saggiomo M., Santarpia I. (2003). Distribution of tintinnid species from 42°N to 43°S through the Indian Ocean. Hydrobiologia 503: 251-262.


Mangoni O., Margiotta F., Modigh M., Saggiomo M., Santarpia I., Villani G. (2008). The Med Marine Coastal Ecosystems - Characterization of typical benthic and nektonic communities - Guide of scuba diving itineraries - Atlas of the species. V. Saggiomo, C.S. Petrillo (Eds.), Enzo Albano Publisher, Napoli, pp. 1-149.

Book chapters

Saggiomo V., Pugnetti A., Saggiomo M., Santarpia I., Mangoni O. (2010). Produzione Primaria. In: Metodologie di studio del plancton marino; Manuali e Linee Guida  56/2010, ISPRA, SIBM Roma, pp. 325-335. Socal G., Buttino I., Cabrini M., Mangoni O., Penna A., Totti C. (Eds.)

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