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ALESSANDRO CAU

I am a Marine Ecologist based in Sardinia (Italy), currently working at Laboratory of Marine Ecology and Biology, University of Cagliari.

 

RESEARCH IN LABEM

 
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THE THREAT OF MARINE LITTER AND MICROPLASTICS

In our laboratory, one of our research objectives is to determine, quantify the sources and fate of anthropogenic litter in the marine environment, with particular attention to plastic debris and its ecological implications for organisms dwelling in deep-sea habitats.

MARINE ANIMAL FORESTS

identify ecological processes occurring in coral forests dwelling in the deep sea that drive the distribution of species;

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ANTARCTICA:
PATTERNS AND THREATS

We still have only a very limited understanding of Antarctica.
Answering questions about this secluded environment is essential for understanding the changing world we're living in.

NEWS & PUBLISHED WORKS

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PAPER PUBLISHED IN
MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN

New perspectives on the 'Plastic benefits' paradox that might result in detrimental cascading effects for the precious

red coral Corallium rubrum

NEW PAPER PUBLISHERD IN
DEEP SEA RESEARCH I

Spatial distribution and habitat characterization of
Marine Animal Forests assemblages along nine submarine canyons of
Eastern Sardinia (central Mediterranean Sea)

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PAPER PUBLISHED IN
ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS

The seafloor covers some 70% of the Earth's surface and has been recognized as a major sink for marine litter. Still, litter on the seafloor is the least investigated fraction of marine litter, which is not surprising as most of it lies in the deep sea, i.e. the least explored ecosystem. Although marine litter is considered a major threat for the oceans, monitoring frameworks are still being set up. This paper reviews current knowledge and methods, identifies existing needs, and points to future developments that are required to address the estimation of seafloor macrolitter. It provides background knowledge and conveys the views and thoughts of scientific experts on seafloor marine litter offering a review of monitoring and ocean modeling techniques. Knowledge gaps that need to be tackled, data needs for modeling, and data comparability and harmonization are also discussed. In addition, it shows how research on seafloor macrolitter can inform international protection and conservation frameworks to prioritize efforts and measures against marine litter and its deleterious impacts.

PRESS RELEASE IN FORBES SCIENCE

These Lobsters Can Breakdown Microplastics - And That’s Bad News!

Nice piece just released in Forbes Science, talking about our latest work published in Environmental Science and Technology.

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NEW PAPER PUBLISHED IN
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Benthic Crustacean Digestion Can Modulate
the Environmental Fate of Microplastics in the Deep Sea

PAPER PUBLISHED IN
ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

Microplastics in the crustaceans Nephrops norvegicus and Aristeus antennatus: Flagship species for deep-sea environments?

Trash on Beach
 

CONTACT ME

Thanks for your interest in my research. Get in touch with any questions or comments regarding my work and publications. 

Via Tommaso Fiorelli, 1
09126 Cagliari CA
Italy

(+39) 070 675 6626

 

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