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Conversi Alessandra

Conversi Alessandra

Current Position: Senior Scientist, CNR-ISMAR, La Spezia, Italy, and
Visiting Scientist, Marine Institute, Plymouth University, Plymouth, United Kingdom.

IN EVIDENCE
- Vice-Chair, 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, 11-16 February 2018, Portland, Oregon, USA.
- Lead Guest Editor, Theme Issue “Marine regime shifts around the globe: theory, drivers and impacts”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 2015.
- Keynote Speaker, 50th European Marine Biology Symposium, Helgoland, Germany, 21-25 September 2015.
- Marie Curie experienced Fellow, SAHFOS, Plymouth, UK, 2012-2014.
- Dean John Knauss Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellow, National Science Foundation (NSF) USA, 1992.
- Fulbright Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, USA, 1985.

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California in San Diego, USA, 1992.
Master of Science in Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, 1987.
Laurea Cum Laude in Biological Sciences, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy, 1983.

POSITIONS POST LAUREA
Senior Researcher, CNR ISMAR, La Spezia, Italy, 2007-present.
Visiting Scientist, Plymouth University, UK, 2012-present.
Marie Curie Fellow, SAHFOS, Plymouth, UK, 2012-2014.
Branch Director - CNR ISMAR, Lesina, Italy 2003-2005.
Researcher, CNR ISMAR Lesina, 2001-2005, then at CNR ISMAR La Spezia.
Researcher, ENEA S. Teresa, La Spezia, Italy, 1997-1999.
Research Assistant Professor, 1993-1996, Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA, and then Adjunct Research Professor to 2001.
Dean John Knauss Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellow, at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Oceanography, Washington, DC, USA, 1992.
California Sea Grant Trainee Fellow, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1986-1991.
Fulbright Scholar, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1985.

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

CONTACT
Phone +39 0187 1788915

INTERESTS

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 and non-linear relationships. Additional interests include marine policy, coastal management, social-ecological relationships, marine environment and climate change advocacy.

ACTIVITY
  • Vice-Chair, 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting (The biennial joint conference by the AGU, ASLO and TOS), 11-16 February 2018, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • Selected Projects: SYNRESH (Synchronous Marine Regime Shifts), 2012-2014. 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.
  • Invited Member of Expert Evaluator Panel for the Committee for the Evaluation of Italian Research in Universities and Government Institutions (CIVR, Comitato di Indirizzo per la Valutazione della Ricerca; VTR 2001-2003).
  • Invited Panel Member for reviewing projects for the European Science Foundation and the European Community. Served / serves as a project reviewer for the National Science Foundation (USA), the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP, USA), INTAS, International Association for the promotion of co-operation with scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Stat Union (EU), Black Sea ERANET.
  • Lead Guest Editor, Theme Issue “Marine regime shifts around the globe: theory, drivers and impacts”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 2015, http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/370/1659.toc.
  • Keynote Speaker, 50th European Marine Biology Symposium, Helgoland, Germany, 21-25 September 2015. Topic: Marine regime shifts around the world: non-linear responses to increasing challenges.
  • Editorial board of Advances in Oceanography and Limnology.
  • Co-Tutor, PhD students: University of Ancona (Italy), University of Plymouth (UK).
  • Co-Tutor, Master of Research students: University of Genova (Italy), University of Milano (Italy), University of Plymouth (UK).
PUBLICATIONS

Alessandra Conversi

SELECTED PAPERS

Papworth DJ, Marini S, Conversi A (2016). A Novel, Unbiased Analysis Approach for Investigating Population Dynamics: A Case Study on Calanus finmarchicus and Its Decline in the North Sea. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158230. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158230. Open access: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0158230.

Press Releases related to the article by Papworth DJ, Marini S, Conversi A (2016):

Möllmann C, C. Folke, M. Edwards, and A Conversi, 2015. Marine regime shifts around the globe: theory, drivers, and impacts. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 370: 20130260. Theme Issue Marine regime shifts around the globe: theory, drivers, and impacts, edited by A. Conversi, C. Möllmann, C. Folke and M. Edwards, ISSN 0962-8436. Open access: http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/370/1659/20130260.

Beaugrand G, A. Conversi, S. Chiba, M. Edwards, e al, 2015. Synchronous marine pelagic regime shifts in the Northern Hemisphere. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 370: 20130272. Theme Issue Marine regime shifts around the globe: theory, drivers, and impacts, edited by A. Conversi, C. Möllmann, C. Folke and M. Edwards, ISSN 0962-8436, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2013.0272.

Conversi A, V Dakos, A Gårdmark, et al  S Ling, C Folke, P Mumby, C Greene, M Edwards, T Blenckner, M Casini, A Pershing, C Möllmann, 2015. A holistic view of marine regime shifts. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 370: 20130279. Theme Issue Marine regime shifts around the globe: theory, drivers, and impacts, edited by A. Conversi, C. Möllmann, C. Folke and M. Edwards, ISSN 0962-8436, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2013.0279.

Press Releases related to the works by Conversi and co-authors in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (2015), Theme Issue - Marine regime shifts around the globe: theory, drivers, and impacts:

Wall-Palmer, D., C.W. Smart, M.B. Hart, M.J. Leng. A. Conversi, et al., 2014. Late Pleistocene pteropods, heteropods and planktonic foraminifera from the Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean. Micropaleontology 60(6): 557-578.

Baldrighi E, Lavaleye M, Aliani S, Conversi A, Manini E, 2014. Large Spatial Scale Variability in Bathyal Macrobenthos Abundance, Biomass, a- and b- Diversity along the Mediterranean Continental Margin. PLoS ONE 9(9): e107261. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0107261. Open access: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0107261

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

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

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

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,
http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2012.64.

Socal G, 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.

Pugnetti A, 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.

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.

Relevance:

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.

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.

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