Born in Venice (Italy) in 1958, I initiated my research career in the early 1980s, working on estuarine projects, first in my birth place, the Lagoon of Venice, and then in the Gullmar Fjord of Sweden and the Swartkops Estuary of South Africa. Eventually my PhD studies led me towards the Southern Ocean, where 10 years of investigations resulted in over 50 publications in the primary international literature. Returned to the estuarine field in 1996, I have worked since on numerous projects involving the ecosystem functioning of estuaries, with special emphasis on the temporarily open/closed systems of southern Africa. In this area, my research interests are focused mainly around aspects of: 1) zooplankton grazing and phytoplankton production; 2) structure of estuarine food webs; 3) biological-physical interactions; 4) benthic-pelagic coupling and; 5) integrated ecosystem functioning. These estuarine components have so far generated over 40 peer-review publications, among which is a book on the “Temporarily Open/Closed Estuaries in South Africa”, which is currently in press with Nova Science Publishers (New York).
Biography Updated on 5 March 2010