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Conversi Alessandra

Conversi Alessandra

Currently: Senior Scientist, CNR-ISMAR - La Spezia and Experienced Marie Curie Fellow at the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, UK (2012-2014)

Laurea cum laude in Biological Sciences, 1983, University of Rome.
Master of Science in Oceanography, 1987, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA.
Ph.D. in Oceanography, 1992, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Fellowship at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1986-1991.
Dean John Knauss/Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation, Department of Oceanography, Washington DC USA, 1992-1993.
Research Assistant Professor, 1993-1996, at the Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, and then Adjunct Research Professor until 2001.
Researcher, ENEA S. Teresa - La Spezia, 1997-1999.
Researcher, CNR ISMAR Lesina, 2001-2005, then at the CNR ISMAR - La Spezia.
Branch Director - CNR ISMAR of Lesina, 2003-2005.

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Institute of Marine Science U.O.S. of Pozzuolo di Lerici
Forte S.Teresa 19032, Pozzuolo di Lerici - Lerici (SP), Italy

Phone +39 0187 978315


Impacts of climate change on the marine biota, including interdisciplinary connections between biological oceanography, physical oceanography, and climatology. In particular, my research deals with retrospective analyses (decadal scale), and climate oscillations and zooplankton variability. My most recent works focuses on marine regime shifts (PLOS One) and non linear relationships. Additional interests include marine policy, coastal management, deep sea faunal variability.

  • Selected Projects: BIOFUN (BIOdiversity and ecosystem FUNctioning in contrasting southern European deep-sea environments: from viruses to megafauna)., 2007-2010.    VECTOR (Vulnerability of coasts and  marine ecosystems  to climate change, and their role in Mediterranean carbon cycles), 2006-2009.      SINAPSI (Seasonal, INterannual and decAdal variability of the atmosPhere, oceanS and related marIne ecosystems), 2003-04.    U.S. GLOBEC:  North Atlantic intercomparisons of interannual patterns in zooplankton species, in relation to climatic changes, 1996 – 2000.
  • Served on two panels of the Comitato di Indirizzo per la Valutazione della Ricerca (CIVR) per l’esercizio di Valutazione Triennale della Ricerca (VTR 2001-2003)
  • Served on review panels for the European Science Foundation and for the European Community.
  • Served / serves as a project reviewer for the National Science Foundation (USA), the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (USA), INTAS, International Association for the promotion of co-operation with scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Stat Union (EU).
  • Served as Branch Director, CNR-ISMAR-Lesina
  • Serves on the Editorial board of Advances in Oceanography and Limnology.
  • Serves/served as project reviewer for NSF, NOPP, INTAS
  • Advisor on 1 PhD thesis projects in liaison with the University of Milano, 1 PhD thesis projects in liaison with the University of Ancona and another 1 PhD thesis projects in liaison with the University of Plymouth, UK.

Alessandra Conversi

About 30 papers between refereed journals and refereed book chapters. More than 600 citations on Google Scholar. H factor: 11.

The article "The Mediterranean Sea regime shift at the end of the 1980s, and intriguing parallelisms with other European basins", published by Conversi et al (2010) PLoS ONE 5 (5): e10633. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010633, and was one of the 220 articles selected among the 14,000 + CNR scientific papers related to the 2009-2010 period for publication of CNR Highlights 2009-2010 (the article is on pg. 50)

This article has been evaluated by the Faculty of 1000 Biology: Must Read, F1000 Factor 6.0; evaluation Conversi A. et al PLoS One 2010 5 (5): e10633.

The same work has been described on the Almanacco della Scienza, CNR, "Regime shifts to study marine ecosystems," Silvia Mattoni, Almanacco della Scienza, CNR N.4, March 2, 2011.

  • Greene CH , E Meyer-Gutbrod, BC Monger, LP McGarry, AJ Pershing, IM Belkin, PS Fratantoni, DG Mountain, RS Pickart, A Proshutinsky, R Ji, JJ Bisagni, SMA Hakkinen, DB Haidvogel, J Wang, E Head, P Smith, PC Reid, A Conversi (2013). Remote climate forcing of decadal-scale regime shifts in Northwest Atlantic shelf ecosystems. Limnol. Oceanogr 58(3), 803-816, DOI: 10.4319/lo.2013.58.3.0803
  • Rees, S., Fletcher, S., Glegg, G., Marshall, C., Rodwell, L., Jefferson, R., Campbell, M., Langmead, O., Ashley, M., Bloomfield, H., Brutto, D., Colenutt, A., Conversi, A., Earll, B., Hamid, I. A., Hattam, C., Ingram, S., McKinley, E., Mee, L., Oates, J., Peckett, F., Portus, J., Reed, M., Rogers, S., Saunders, J., Scales, K. & Wynn, R., 2013. Priority questions to shape the marine and coastal policy research agenda in the United Kingdom. Marine Policy 38: 531?537.
  • Greene CH, BC Monger, LP McGarry, MD Connelly, NR Schnepf, AJ Pershing, IM Belkin, PS Fratantoni, DG Mountain, RS Pickart, A Proshutinsky, R Ji, JJ Bisagni, C Chen, SMA Hakkinen, DB Haidvogel, J Wang, E Head, P Smith, A Conversi (MERCINA Working Group), 2012. Recent Arctic Climate Change and its Remote Forcing of Northwest Atlantic Shelf Ecosystems. Oceanography 25(3):208?213,
  • A. Conversi and S. Marini, 2012. Identifying drivers for zooplankton variability: the genetic programming approach. In: Report of the Working Group on Small Pelagic Fishes, their Ecosystems and Climate Impact (WGSPEC), 27 February ? 2 March 2012, Fuengirola, Spain. ICES CM 2012/SSGEF:10, pp. 46-48.
  • G. Socal, F. Acri, M. Bastianini, F. Bernardi Aubry, F. Bianchi, E. Camatti, A. Conversi, A. De Lazzari, A. Pugnetti, 2011. “The study and the impact of plankton communities over the northern Adriatic pelagic ecosystem”. in: Marine Research at CNR. Edited by E. Brugnoli, G Cavarretta, S. Mazzola, F. Trincardi, M. Ravaioli, R. Santoleri. Vol. DTA/06-2011, pp. 141-151.
  • A. Pugnetti, M. Bastianini, F. Bernardi Aubry, E. Camatti, A. Conversi, G. Socal and M. Ravaioli, 2011. Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) in the marine coastal environment: basic concepts and keystones from the plankton communities. in: Marine Research at CNR. Edited by E. Brugnoli, G Cavarretta, S. Mazzola, F. Trincardi, M. Ravaioli, R. Santoleri. Vol. DTA/06-2011, pp. 903-913..
  • Berline, L., Siokou-Frangou, I., Marasović, I., Vidjak, O., Puelles, M.L.F., Mazzocchi, M.G., Assimakopoulou, G., Zervoudaki, S., Umani, S.F., Conversi, A., Garcia-Comas, C., Ibanez, F., Gasparini, S., Stemmann, L., Gorsky, G. (2012). Intercomparison of six Mediterranean zooplankton time series, Progress in Oceanography 97-100: 76-91. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2011.11.011
  • Mackas, D.L, W. Greve, M. Edwards, S. Chiba, K. Tadokoro, D. Eloire, M.G. Mazzocchi, S. Batten, A.J. Richardson, C. Johnson, E. Head, A. Conversi, T. Peluso,  (2012). Changing zooplankton seasonality in a changing ocean: Comparing time series of zooplankton phenology, Progress in Oceanography 97-100: 31-62. doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2011.11.005
  • Moellmann C, A Conversi and M Edwards (2011). "Comparative analysis of European wide marine ecosystem shifts: a large-scale approach for developing the basis for ecosystem-based management". Biol. Lett. 00, 1–3, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.1213. (January 26, 2011).
  • Conversi A, S. Fonda-Umani, T. Peluso, J. C. Molinero, A. Santojanni, M. Edwards (2010). “The Mediterranean Sea Regime shift at the end of the 1980s, and intriguing parallelisms with other European basins”. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10633. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010633.
  • Reid, P., U Bathmann, SD. Batten, RE Brainard, PH Burkill, F Carlotti, S Chiba, A. Conversi et al (2010). “A global Continuous Plankton Recorder programme” in Proceedings of OceanObs’09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society (Vol. 2), Venice, Italy, 21-25 September 2009, Hall, J., Harrison D.E. & Stammer, D., Eds., ESA Publication WPP-306. OceanObs’09 Community White Paper. Download
  • Conversi A., T. Peluso, S. Fonda-Umani (2009) “The Gulf of Trieste: a changing ecosystem”. J.Geophys. Res., 114, C03S90, doi:10.1029/2008JC004763.
    Fonda Umani S., e A. Conversi, (2008). "Possible climate impacts on the northern Adriatic pelagic ecosystem". In: Climate warming and changes in Mediterranean marine biogeography. CIESM Workshop Series 35: 59-64.
  • Conversi A.,  F. Crisciani, S. Corti, T. Peluso (2007). “Analisi di variabili climatiche in funzione della comprensione della variabilità planctonica (caso di studio: Golfo di Trieste)” [Analysis of climate variables with regard to understanding planktonic variability (case study: Gulf of Trieste)].  In: Clima & cambiamenti climatici: le attività di ricerca del CNR [In: Climate and climate changes: Research activities at CNR], edited by B. Carli, G. Cavarretta, M. Colacino, and S. Fuzzi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Roma.
  • Spagnoli F., F. Fiesoletti, A. Specchiulli, G. Bartholini, A. Conversi (2004). "Indagine preliminare dello stato trofico del Golfo di Manfredonia - Adriatico Meridionale". Biol. Mar. Medit., 11 (2): 534-538.
  • Specchiulli A., F.Spagnoli, F.Decembrini and A. Conversi, (2003). “The PIT-AGEM Project: an example of integrated, continuous, and punctual coastal monitoring in the Gulf of Manfredonia, adjacent to the Gargano National Park”.  Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata, 44 (1): 69-77.
  • Greene C., A. Pershing, A. Conversi et al. (2003).  “Trans-Atlantic responses of Calanus finmarchicus populations to basin-scale forcing associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation”. Progress in Oceanography, 58 (2-4): 301-312.
  • Drinkwater K., A. Belgrano, A. Borja, A. Conversi, C. Greene, G. Ottersen, A. Pershing (2003).  “The response of marine ecosystems to climate variability associated with the North Atlantic Oscillation”.  In:  The North Atlantic Oscillation: climatic significance and environmental impact, edited by J. Hurrell, Y. Kushnir, G. Ottersen, and M. Visbeck, American Geophysical Union, Washington DC, Geophysical Monograph Series, Vol. 134, pp. 211-234.
  • Ibanez F. and A. Conversi (2002).  “Prediction of missing values and detection of ‘exceptional events:’ a single algorithm”.  Ecological Modelling, 154:9-23.
  • Licandro P., A. Conversi, F. Ibanez and J. Jossi (2001).  “Time series analysis of interrupted long-term data set (1961-1991) of zooplankton abundance in the Gulf of Maine (northern Atlantic, USA)”. Oceanologica Acta, 24 (5): 453-466.
  • Conversi A., S. Piontkovski and S. Hameed (2001). “Seasonal and interannual dynamics of Calanus finmarchicus in the Gulf of Maine (Northeastern US shelf) with reference to the North Atlantic Oscillation”. Deep Sea Research, 48 (1-3): 519-539.
  • McGowan J.A., D.B. Chelton and A. Conversi (1999).  "Plankton patterns, climate, and change in the California Current".  In:  Large Marine Ecosystems of the Pacific Rim, edited by K. Sherman and Q. Tang, Blackwell Science, Boston, pp. 63-105.
  • Conversi A. and S. Hameed (1998). “Common signals between physical and atmospheric variables and zooplankton biomass in the subarctic Pacific”.  ICES Journal of Marine Sciences, 55: 739-747.
  • Conversi A. and S. Hameed (1998). “Correction to ‘Evidence for Quasi Biennial Oscillations in zooplankton biomass in the subarctic Pacific’.” J.Geophys. Res., 103 (C3): 5,647.
  • Conversi A. and S. Hameed (1997). “Evidence for Quasi Biennial Oscillations in zooplankton biomass in the subarctic Pacific.” J.Geophys. Res., 102 (C7): 15,659-15,665.
  • Hameed S. and A. Conversi (1995). Signals in the interannual variations of zooplankton biomass in the Gulf of Alaska. In: Holocene cycles: Climate, sea levels, and sedimentation, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 17, edited by C.W. Finkl, Ch. 4, pp. 21-27, CERF, Charlottesville.
  • Schubel J.R., Gulnick J. and A. Conversi (1995).  "Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) - an idea whose time has come".  In:  Coastal Ocean Space Utilization III, edited by N. Della Croce, S. Connell and R. Abel, pp. 253-261. H&FN Spon, New York.
  • Conversi A. and J. A. McGowan (1994).  "Natural versus human-caused variability of water clarity in the Southern California Bight."  Limnology and Oceanography, 39 (3): 632-648.
  • Conversi A. (1992).  “Variability of water quality data collected near three major Southern California sewage outfalls.”  Ph.D. Dissertation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California in San Diego, La Jolla, California.
  • Conversi A. and J. A. McGowan (1992).  "Variability of water column transparency, volume flow and suspended solids near San Diego sewage outfall (California):  15 years of data."  Chemistry and Ecology, 6: 133-147.
  • Mullin M.M. and A. Conversi (1989).  "Biomass of euphausiid and smaller zooplankton in the California Current - Geographic and interannual comparisons."  Fishery Bulletin, 87 (3): 633-644.
    Conversi A., 1985.  "Uptake and loss of technetium 95-m in the crab Pachygrapsus marmoratus."  J. Environment. Radioactivity, 2 (2): 161-170.
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