Selected Publications


Ponti M, Casselli C, Abbiati M (2011) Anthropogenic disturbance and spatial heterogeneity of macrobenthic invertebrate assemblages in coastal lagoons: the study case of Pialassa Baiona (northern Adriatic Sea). Helgoland Marine Research 65 (1): 25-42. doi: 10.1007/s10152-010-0197-0

Ponti M, Fava F, Abbiati M (2011) Spatial-temporal variability of epibenthic assemblages on subtidal biogenic reefs in the northern Adriatic Sea. Marine Biology 158 (7): 1447-1459. doi: 10.1007/s00227-011-1661-3



Abbiati M, Mistri M, Bartoli M, Ceccherelli VU, Colangelo MA, Ferrari CR, Giordani G, Munari C, Nizzoli D, Ponti M, Rossi R, Viaroli P (2010) Tradeoff between conservation and exploitation of the transitional water ecosystems of the northern Adriatic Sea. Chemistry and Ecology 26 (Supplement): 105-119. doi: 10.1080/02757541003693193

Costantini F, Taviani M, Remia A, Pintius E, Shembri PJ, Abbiati M (2010). Live colonies of Corallium rubrum from the Mediterranean deep-sea: a preliminary genetic characterisation. Marine Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.2009.00333.x



Bertasi F, Colangelo MA, Colosio F, Gregorio G, Abbiati M, Ceccherelli VU (2009). Comparing efficacy of different taxonomic resolutions and surrogates in detecting changes in soft bottom assemblages due to coastal defence structures. Marine Pollution Bulletin 58: 686-694.

Fava F, Ponti M, Scinto A, Calcinai B, Cerrano C (2009) Possible effects of human impacts on epibenthic communities and coral rubble features in the marine Park of Bunaken (Indonesia). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 85: 151-156. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2009.02.028

Fauvelot C, Bertozzi F, Costantini F, Airoldi L, Abbiati M (2009). Lower genetic diversity in the limpet Patella caerulea on urban coastal structures compared to natural rocky habitats. Marine Biology, 141: 773-788

Guerra R, Pasteris A, Ponti M (2009) Impacts of maintenance channel dredging in a northern Adriatic coastal lagoon. I: effects on sediment properties, contamination and toxicity. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 85: 134-142. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2009.05.021

Montserrat F, Van Colen C, Provoost P, Milla M, Ponti M, Van den Meersche K, Ysebaert T, Herman PMJ (2009) Sediment segregation by biodiffusing bivalves. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science  83 (4): 379-391. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2009.04.010 

Ponti M, Pasteris A, Guerra R, Abbiati M (2009) Impacts of maintenance channel dredging in a northern Adriatic coastal lagoon. II: Effects on macrobenthic assemblages in channels and ponds. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 85: 143-150. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2009.06.027

Virgilio M, Fauvelot C, Costantini F, Abbiati M, Backeljau T (2009). Phylogeography of the common ragworm Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae) reveals cryptic diversity and multiple colonization events across its distribution. Molecular Ecology 18: 1980-1994



Airoldi L., Balata D., Beck M.W. 2008 - The Gray Zone: relationships between habitat loss and marine diversity and their applications in conservation. J. Exp. Mar Biol. Ecol. 366: 8-15 

Connell S.D., Russell B.D., Turner D.J., Shepherd S.A., Kildea T., Miller D., Airoldi L., Cheshire A. 2008 - Recovering a lost baseline: missing kelp forests from a metropolitan coast. Mar Ecol. Prog. Ser. 360: 63-72

Ponti M, Pinna M, Basset A, Moncheva S, Trayanova A, Georgescu L, Beqiraj S, Orfanidis S, Abbiati M (2008) Quality assessment of Mediterranean and Black Sea transitional waters: comparing responses of benthic biotic indices. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 18 (S1), S62-S75. doi: 10.1002/aqc.952

Sangiorgio F, Basset A, Pinna M, Sabetta L, Abbiati M, Ponti M, Minocci M, Orfanidis S, Nicolaidou A, Moncheva S, Trayanova A, Georgescu L, Dragan S, Beqiraj S, Koutsoubas D, Evagelopoulos A, Reizopoulou S (2008) Environmental factors affecting Phragmites australis litter decomposition in Mediterranean and Black Sea transitional waters. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 18 (S1), S16-S26. doi: 10.1002/aqc.955



Airoldi L., Hawkins S.J., 2007 - Negative effects of sediments on grazing activity and survival of the limpet Patella vulgata. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 332: 235-240.

Airoldi L., Beck, M.W., 2007 - Loss, status and trends for coastal marine habitats of Europe. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Annu. Rev., 45: 345-405.

Bulleri F., Branca M.G., Abbiati M., Airoldi L., 2007 - Development of reproductive structures in the introduced green alga, Codium fragile ssp. tomentosoides, in the northern Adriatic sea. Eur. J. Phycol.: 42: 137-144.

Colosio F., Abbiati M., Airoldi L., 2007 - Effects of beach nourishments on sediments and benthic assemblages. Mar. Poll. Bull.: 54: 1197-1206

Guerra R., Pasteris A., Ponti M., Fabbri D. and Bruzzi L. (2007) Impact of dredging in a shallow costal lagoon: MICROTOX® basic solid-phase test, trace metals and Corophium bioassay. Environment International 33 (4): 469-473. (PDF)

Ponti M., Colangelo M.A., Ceccherelli V.U. (2007) Abundance, biomass and secondary production of the macrobenthic assemblages in a coastal lagoon exploited for extensive aquaculture: Valle Smarlacca (northern Adriatic Sea). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science: in press.

Rossi F., Foster R., Montserrat F., Ponti M., Terlizzi A., Ysebaert T., Middelburg J.J. (2007) Human trampling as short-term disturbance on intertidal mudflats: effects on macrofauna biodiversity and population dynamics of bivalves. Marine Biology 151 (6): 2077-2090. (PDF)(HTTP)

Santin S., Willis T.J. (2007) Direct versus indirect effects of wave exposure as a structuring force on temperate cryptobenthic fish assemblages. Marine Biology 151 (5): 1683-1694.



Bulleri F., Airoldi L., Branca M.G., Abbiati M., 2006 - Positive effects of the introduced green alga Codium fragile ssp. tomentosoides on recruitment and survival of mussels. Mar. Biol. 148: 1213-1220

Clarke K.R., Somerfield P.J., Airoldi L., Warwick R.M., 2006 - Exploring interactions by second-stage community analyses. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., 338: 179-192.

Costantini F., Abbiati M., (2006) Development of microsatellite markers for the Mediterranean gorgonian coral Corallium rubrum. Mol Ecol Notes 6: 521-523

Virgilio M., Abbiati M. (2006). Temporal changes in the genetic structure of intertidal populations of Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae). Journal of Sea Research, 56: 53-58

Virgilio M., Airoldi L., Abbiati M., 2006 - Spatial and temporal variations of assemblages in a Mediterranean coralligenous reef and relationships with surface orientation. Coral Reefs 25: 265- 272

Virgilio M, Backeljau T, Abbiati M (2006). Mitochondrial DNA and allozyme patterns of Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae): The importance of small scale genetic structuring. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 326: 157-165



Airoldi L., Abbiati M., Beck M. W., Hawkins S.J., Jonsson P.R., Martin D., Moschella P. S., Sundelöf A., Thompson R. C., Åberg P., 2005 - An ecological perspective on the deployment and design of low- crested and other hard coastal defence structures. Coast. Eng., 52: 1073-1087

Airoldi L., Bacchiocchi F., Cagliola C., Bulleri F., Abbiati M., 2005 - Impact of recreational harvesting on assemblages in artificial rocky habitats. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 299: 55-66 (PDF file)

Bulleri, F., Airoldi, L., 2005 - Artificial marine structures facilitate the spread of a non-indigenous green alga, Codium fragile ssp. tomentosoides, in the north Adriatic Sea. J. Appl. Ecol., 42: 1063-1072

Ponti M, Giaquinta S, Abbiati M (2005) Pialassa Baiona Lagoon, Ravenna. In: Giordani G, Viaroli P, Swaney DP, Murray CN, Zaldivar JM, Marshall Crossland JI (Eds) Nutrient fluxes in transitional zones of the Italian coast. LOICZ, Texel, The Netherlands: 41-48. (Volume in PDF)

Virgilio M., Maci S., Abbiati M. (2005). Comparisons of genotype-tolerance responses in populations of Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae) exposed to copper stress. Marine Biology, 147: 1305 - 1312


Airoldi L., 2004 - Forecasting the effects of enhanced sediment loads to coastal areas: a plea for long-term monitoring and experiments. Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst. 14:S115-S117

Ponti M, Abbiati M (2004) Quality assessment of transitional waters using a benthic biotic index: the case study of the Pialassa Baiona (Northern Adriatic Sea). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 14 (S1): S31-S41.

Virgilio M., Abbiati M. (2004). Allozyme genotypes and tolerance to copper stress in Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae). Marine Pollution Bulletin, 49: 978-985

Virgilio M., Abbiati M. (2004). Habitat discontinuity and genetic structure in populations of the estuarine species Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 61: 361-367


Airoldi L (2003) The effects of sedimentation on rocky coast assemblages. Oceanogr Mar Biol Annu Rev 41: 161-236

Airoldi L, (2003) Effects of patch shape in intertidal mosaics: roles of area, perimeter and distance from edges. Mar. Biol. 143: 639-650

Anderson MJ, TJ Willis (2003) Canonical analysis of principle coordinates: a useful method of constrained ordination for ecology. Ecology 84: 511-525.

Bacchiocchi F, L Airoldi, 2003 - Structure, distribution, and dynamics of epibiota on different typologies of coastal defence works. Estuar Coast Shelf Sci 56: 1157-1166

Chapman MG, Bulleri F (2003) Intertidal seawalls - new features of landscape in intertidal environments Landscape Urban Plan 62: 159-172

Cristoni C, Colangelo MA, Ceccherelli VU (2003) Spatial scale and meiobenthic copepod recolonisation: testing the effect of disturbance size in a seagrass habitat J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. (in press)

Parsons DM, RC Babcock, RKS Hankin, TJ Willis, JP Aitken, RK O’Dor, GD Jackson (in press) Snapper (Pagrus auratus: Sparidae) home range dynamics: acoustic tagging studies in a marine reserve. Mar Ecol Prog Ser

Pasteris A, Vecchi M, Reynoldson TB, Bonomi G (2003) Toxicity of copper-spiked sediments to Tubifex tubifex (Oligochaeta, Tubificidae): a comparison of the 28-day reproductive bioassay with a 6-month cohort experiment Aquatic Toxicology 65: 253-265.

Sharp NJ, CW Poortenaar, BK Diggles, TJ Willis (2003) Metazoan parasites of yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi, in New Zealand: prevalence, intensity and site preference. N Z J Mar Freshw Res 37: 273-282. 

Virgilio M, Baroncini N, Trombini N, Abbiati M (2003). Relationships between sediments and tissues contamination and allozymic patterns in Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae) in the Pialassa lagoons (North Adriatic sea) Oceanol Acta 26: 85-92

Willis TJ, MJ Anderson (2003) Structure of cryptic reef fish assemblages: relationships with habitat characteristics and predator density. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 257: 209-221. 

Willis TJ, RB Millar, RC Babcock (2003) Protection of exploited fishes in temperate regions: high density and biomass of snapper Pagrus auratus (Sparidae) in northern New Zealand marine reserves. J Appl Ecol 40: 214-227. 

Willis TJ, RB Millar, RC Babcock, N Tolimieri (2003) Burdens of evidence and the benefits of marine reserves: putting Descartes before des horse? Environ Conserv 30: 97-103.


Gianguzza P, L Airoldi, R Chemello, CD Todd, S Riggio (2002) Feeding preferences of Oxynoe olivacea (Opisthobranchia, Saccoglossa) among three Caulerpa species. J Mollus Stud 68: 315-316 

Bulleri F; Bertocci I; Micheli F (2002) Interplay of encrusting coralline algae and sea urchins in maintaining alternative habitats Mar Ecol Prog Ser 243: 101-109

Ponti M, M Abbiati & VU Ceccherelli (2002) - Drilling-platforms as artificial reefs: distribution of macrobenthic assemblages of the "Paguro" wreck (northern Adriatic Sea). ICES J Mar Sci 59: S316-S323.


Abbiati M, Basset A (2001) Ecological research and conservation of coastal ecosystems Aquat Conserv 11: 233-234

Airoldi L (2001) Distribution and morphological variation of low-shore algal turfs. Mar Biol 138: 1233-1239

Benedetti-Cecchi L, F Pannacciulli, F Bulleri, P S Moschella, L Airoldi, G Relini, F Cinelli (2001) Predicting the consequences of anthropogenic disturbance: large-scale effects of removing dominant species on rocky shores. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 214: 137-150

de Wit R, Stal LJ, Lomstein BA, Herbert RA, van Gemerden H, Viaroli P, Ceccherelli VU, Rodriguez-Valera F, Bartoli M, Giordani G, Azzoni R, Schaub B, Welsh DT, Donnelly A, Cifuentes A, Anton J, Finster K, Nielsen LB, Pedersen AGU, Neubauer AT, Colangelo MA, Heijs SK (2001) ROBUST: The ROle of BUffering capacities in STabilising coastal lagoon ecosystems Cont Shelf Res 21: 2021-2041

Santangelo G, Abbiati M (2001) Red coral: conservation and management of an overexploited Mediterranean species Aquat Conserv 11: 253-259


Airoldi L (2000) Responses of algae with different life-histories to temporal and spatial variability of disturbance in subtidal reefs. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 195: 81-92

Airoldi L (2000) Effects of disturbance, life-histories and overgrowth on coexistence of algal crusts and turfs. Ecology 81: 798-814

Benedetti-Cecchi L, Bulleri F, Cinelli F (2000) The interplay of physical and biological factors in maintaining mid-shore and low-shore assemblages on rocky coasts in the north-west Mediterranean Oecologia 123: 406-417

Cognetti G, Lardicci C, Abbiati M, Castelli A (2000) The Adriatic Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea In C Sheppard (Ed): Seas at the Millennium - An Environmental Evaluation, Vol. 1, pp.267-284. Elsevier Science Ltd., London. 

Mistri M, Ceccherelli VU, Rossi R (2000) Taxonomic distinctness and diversity measures: responses in lagoonal macrobenthic communities Ital J Zool, 67 2000, pp. 297 – 301


Vecchi M, Reynoldson TB, Pasteris A, Bonomi G (1999). Toxicity of copper-spiked sediments to Tubifex tubifex (Oligochaeta, Tubificidae): a comparison of the 28-day adult reproductive bioassay with an early life stage bioassay Environ Toxicol Chem 18: 1173-1179


Airoldi L, M Virgilio (1998) Responses of turf-forming algae to spatial variations in the deposition of sediments. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 165: 271-282

Airoldi L (1998) Roles of disturbance, sediment stress, and substratum retention on spatial dominance in algal turf Ecology 79: 2759-2770

Benedetti Cecchi L, L Airoldi, M Abbiati, F Cinelli (1998) Spatial variability in the distribution of sponges and cnidarians in a sublitoral marine cave with sulphur water springs. J Mar Biol Ass U K 78: 43-58

Gamenick I, Abbiati M, Giere O (1998) Field distribution and sulphide tolerance of Capitella capitata (Annelida: Polychaeta) around shallow water hydrothermal vents off Milos (Aegean Sea). A new sibling species? Mar Biol 130: 447-453

Maltagliati F, Camilli L, Biagi F, Abbiati M (1998) Genetic structure of Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (L., 1758) (Crustacea: Nephropidae), from the Mediterranean Sea Sci Mar 62: 91-99

Mattison G, Abbiati M, Dando PR, Fitzsimons MF, Pratt SM, Southward AJ, Southward EC (1998) Chemoautotrophic Microbial Mats in Submarine caves with Hydrothermal Sulphidic Springs at Cape Palinuro, Italy Microbial Ecol 35: 58-71

Ponti M, Capra A, Gabbianelli G, Ceccherelli VU (1998) Environmental characterisation and macrobenthic communities of the Northern Adriatic "Paguro" Wreck. Rapport du 35e Congrès de la Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientifique de la mer Méditerranée, Dubrovnik (Croatie): 478-479


Airoldi L, AJ Southward, I Niccolai, F Cinelli (1997) Sources and pathways of particulate organic carbon in a submarine cave with sulphur water springs. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 99: 353-362

Airoldi L, F Cinelli (1997) Sources and biochemical composition of suspended particulate material in a submarine cave with sulphur water springs. Mar Biol 128: 537-545

Airoldi L, F Cinelli (1997) Effects of sedimentation on subtidal macroalgal assemblages: an experimental study from a Mediterranean rocky shore. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 215: 269-288

Corriero G, Santangelo G, Abbiati M (1997) Sponges inhabiting a Mediterranean red coral population P.S.Z.N.I: Mar Ecol 18: 147-155


Abbiati M, Maltagliati F (1996) Allozyme evidence of genetic differentiation between populations of Hediste diversicvolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae) from the Western Mediterranean. J Mar Biol Assoc UK 76: 637-648

Airoldi L, F Cinelli (1996) Variability of fluxes of particulate material in a submarine cave with chemolithoautotrophic inputs of organic carbon. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 139: 205-217

Airoldi L, M Fabiano, F Cinelli (1996) Sediment deposition and movement over a turf assemblage in a shallow rocky coastal area of the Ligurian Sea. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 133: 241-251

Benedetti-Cecchi L, L Airoldi, M Abbiati, F Cinelli (1996) Estimating the abundance of benthic invertebrates: a comparison of procedures and variability between observers. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 138: 93-101

Benedetti Cecchi L, L Airoldi, M Abbiati, F Cinelli (1996) Exploring the causes of spatial variation in an assemblage of benthic invertebrates from a submarine cave with sulphur springs. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 208: 153-168

Southward AJ, MC Kennicutt, J Alcalà-Herrera, M Abbiati, L Airoldi, F Cinelli, CN Bianchi, C Morri & EC Southward (1996) On the biology of submarine caves with sulphur springs: apprisal of 13C/12C ratios as a guide to trophic relations. J Mar Biol Ass U K 76: 265-285


Airoldi L, F Rindi, F Cinelli (1995) Structure, seasonal dynamics and reproductive phenology of a filamentous turf assemblage on a sediment influenced, rocky subtidal shore. Bot Mar 38: 227-237


Abbiati M, Airoldi L, Castelli A, Cinelli F, Southward AJ (1994) Preliminary observations on a dense population of Phyllochaetopterus socialis Claparede at the sulphurous water boundary in a Mediterranean submarine cave. Mém Mus Nation Hist Nat 162: 323-329


Abbiati M, Santangelo G, Novelli S (1993) Genetic variation within and between two Tyrrhenian populations of the Mediterranean alcyonarian Corallium rubrum. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 95: 245-250

Lardicci C, Abbiati M, Crema R, Morri C, Bianchi CN, Castelli A (1993) The distribution of polychaetes along environmental gradients: an example from the Orbetello Lagoon, Italy Mar Ecol - PSZNI 14: 35-52

Santangelo G, Abbiati M, Giannini F, Cicogna F (1993) Red coral fishing trends in the western Mediterranean sea during the period 1981-1991. Sci Mar 57: 139-143


Abbiati M, Maltagliati F (1992) Genetic population structure of Neanthes succinea (Polychaeta: Nereididae). J Mar Biol Assoc UK 72: 511-517.

Abbiati M, Castelli A (1992) Platynereis nadiae sp. n. (Polychaeta: Nereididae) from the Italian coasts. Zool Scr 21: 151-155

Abbiati M, Buffoni G, Caforio G, Di Cola G, Santangelo G (1992) Harvesting, predation and competition effects an a red coral population. Neth J Sea Res 30: 219-228


Abbiati M, Bianchi CN, Castelli A, Giangrande A, Lardicci C (1991) Distribution of polychaetes on hard substrates of the midlittoral-infralittoral transition zone, Western Mediterranean Ophelia 5: 421-432

Abbiati M, Buffoni G, Di Cola G, Santangelo G (1991) Red coral population dynamics: stability analysis and numerical simulation of time evolution of perturbed states. In O. Ravera (Ed.): Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems: Perturbation and Recovery, pp. 219-228, Ellis Horwood Limited. 




Santangelo G, Abbiati M (1989) A study on a coastal red coral population. 2nd Technical consultation on red coral resources of the Western Mediterranean and their rational exploitation FAO Fish Rep 413: 67-72




Abbiati M, Bianchi CN, Castelli A (1987) Polychaete vertical zonation along a littoral cliff in the western Mediterranean Mar Ecol - PSZNI 8: 33-48 




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