RESEARCH IN LABEM
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;
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
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)
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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