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fabio crocettaResearcher
Integrative Marine Ecology Department

Tel.: +39 081 5833217
Fax: +39 081 7641355
e-mail: fabio.crocetta(at)szn.it 

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I’m a marine biologist and zoologist, interested in combining a multidisciplinary approach with the aim to study the North-Eastern Atlantic marine benthic biodiversity, with emphasis on the Mediterranean biota. My research comprises: 1) historical ecology and analysis of material preserved in natural history museums; 2) integrative taxonomy and speciation patters of the native Mediterranean biota; 3) barcoding of the invertebrates from the Gulf of Naples; 4) ecological and faunal dynamics in selected environments (e.g. lagoons, Cystoseira belts); 5) benthic and floating litter and its fouling communities; 6) human-induced changes on biodiversity through alien species introduction, with emphasis on faunal and molecular spread patterns; 7) citizen-science and public engagement through social medias; 8) ECO-EVO-DEVO approaches in model species. My favourite phylogenetic group is constituted by Mollusca, of which I'm also interested in cataloguing and updating taxonomy, nomenclature, and distribution. I currently work as tenured researcher at the Integrative Marine Ecology department in Naples, where I continue working in the research lines listed above in collaboration with Italian and foreign researchers.

Selected Publications

Rizzo L, Minichino R, Virgili R, Tanduo V, Osca D, Manfredonia A, Consoli P, Colloca F, Crocetta F (2022). Benthic litter in the continental slope of the Gulf of Naples (central-western Mediterranean Sea) hosts limited fouling communities but facilitates molluscan spawning. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 181: 113915.

Virgili R, Tanduo V, Katsanevakis S, Terlizzi F, Villani G, Fontana A, Crocetta F (2022). The Miseno Lake (central-western Mediterranean Sea): an overlooked reservoir of non-indigenous and cryptogenic ascidians in a marine reserve. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9: 866906.

Innocenti G, Fratini S, Tiralongo F, Natali C, Crocetta F (2021). The rare Calappa tuerkayana Pastore, 1995 is a juvenile stage of the common Calappa granulata (Linnaeus, 1758) (Brachyura: Calappidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger - A Journal of Comparative Zoology, 293: 9-16.

Kleitou P, Crocetta F, Giakoumi S, Giovos I, Hall-Spencer JM, Kalogirou S, Kletou D, Moutopoulos DK, Rees S (2021). Fishery reforms for the management of non-indigenous species. Journal of Environmental Management, 280: 111690.

Crocetta F, Riginella E, Lezzi M, Tanduo V, Balestrieri L, Rizzo L (2020). Bottom-trawl catch composition in a highly polluted coastal area reveals multifaceted native biodiversity and complex communities of fouling organisms on litter discharge. Marine Environmental Research, 155: 104875.

Tsiamis K, Azzurro E, Bariche M, Çinar ME, Crocetta F, De Clerck O, Galil B, Gómez F, Hoffman R, Jensen K, Kamburska L, Langeneck J, Langer MR, Levitt-Barmats Y, Lezzi M, Marchini A, Occhipinti-Ambrogi A, Ojaveer H, Piraino S, Shenkar N, Yankova M, Zenetos A, Žuljević A, Cardoso AC (2020). Prioritizing marine invasive alien species in the EU through Horizon Scanning. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 30(4): 794-845.

Crocetta F, Caputi L, Paz-Sedano S, Tanduo V, Vazzana A, Oliverio M (2019). High genetic connectivity in a gastropod with long-lasting planktonic larvae. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 96(1): 1-22.

Chiarore A, Bertocci I, Fioretti S, Meccariello A, Saccone G, Crocetta F*, Patti FP* (2019). Syntopic Cystoseira taxa support different molluscan assemblages in the Gulf of Naples (southern Tyrrhenian Sea). Marine and Freshwater Research, 70(11): 1561-1575. (*co-last and co-corresponding authors, alphabetical order)

Pola M, Paz-Sedano S, Macali A, Minchin D, Marchini A, Vitale F, Licchelli C, Crocetta F (2019). What is really out there? Review of the genus Okenia Menke, 1830 (Nudibranchia: Goniodorididae) in the Mediterranean Sea with description of two new species. PLoS ONE, 14(5): e0215037.

Golestani H, Crocetta F, Padula V, Camacho-García Y, Langeneck J, Poursanidis D, Pola M, Yokeş MB, Cervera JL, Jung D-W, Gosliner TM, Araya F, Hooker Y, Schrödl M, Valdés Á (2019). The little Aplysia’s coming of age: From one species to a complex of species complexes in Aplysia parvula Mörch, 1863 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterobranchia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 187(2): 279-330.

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