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Pugnetti Alessandra

Pugnetti Alessandra

Laurea cum laude in Biological Sciences, 1986, University of Milano, PhD in Environmental Science (1990) University of Ferrara

ISMAR Istituto di Scienze Marine-Arsenale - Tesa 104, Castello 2737/F, 30122 Venezia

Phone +39 041 2407992


The main research interest has been addressed to the study of phytoplankton ecology (phenology, photosynthetic activity, role in the trophic web) in lacustrine, transitional and marine environments.
She began her research activity at the Institute for Ecosystem Study (ISE) and then at ISMAR. Her present research activity concerns: 1) the interactions between the phytoplankton and bacteria communities, 2) the relations between autotrophy and heterotrophy in the plankton community, 3) the long-term ecological series.

  • Deputy of the Italian Long-Term Ecological research network (LTER-Italy)
  • Coordinator of the EC Project “EnvEurope” ((Environmental quality and pressure assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring), Life Plus (2010-2013).
  • Celussi M, Pugnetti A. and Del Negro P. 2009. Structural dynamics of bacterioplankton assemblages in the Lagoon of Venice. Est. Coast. Shelf Sci., 84 (1): 154-160.
  • Pugnetti A., Bazzoni A.M., Beran A., Bernardi Aubry F., Camatti E., Celussi M., Coppola J., Crevatin E., Del Negro P. and A. Paoli. 2008. Changes in bomass structure of the plankton communities and trophic status in an highly dynamic ecosystem (Gulf of Venice, Northern Adriatic Sea). Marine Ecology,  29: 367-374.
  • Del Negro P., Celussi  M., Crevatin E., Paoli A., Bernardi Aubry F. and Pugnetti A. 2008. Spatial and temporal prokaryotic variabilità in the northern Adriatic Sea. Marine Ecology, 29: 375-386.
  • Bredemeier M., Tennis P., Sauberer N., Petriccione B., Torok K., Cocciufa C., Morabito G. and Pugnetti A., 2007. Biodiversity assessment and change: the challenge of appropriate methods. In: Hester R.E. & Harrison R.M.: Biodiversity under threat. RCS Publ. (Cambridge, UK): 217-251.
  • Pugnetti, A., E. Camatti, O. Mangoni, G. Morabito, A. Oggioni, V. Saggiomo. 2006. Phytoplankton production in italian freshwater and marine ecosystems: state of the art and perspectives. Chemistry and Ecology, 22 (Supplement): S49-S69.
  • Pugnetti, A., M. Armeni, E. Camatti, E. Crevatin, A. Dell’Anno, P. Del Negro, A. Milandri, G. Socal, S. Fonda Umani and R. Danovaro. 2005. Unbalance between phytoplankton production and bacterial carbon demand in relation with mucilage formation in the Northern Adriatic Sea. The Science of the Total Environment, 353: 162-177
  • Pugnetti, A., F. Acri, L. Alberighi, D. Barletta, M. Bastianini, F. Bernardi Aubry, A. Berton, F. Bianchi, G. Socal and C. Totti. 2004. Phytoplankton  photosynthetyc activity and growth rates: observations in the NW Adriatic Sea. Chemistry and Ecology, 20 (6): 399-409
  • Pugnetti, A. and R. Bettinetti. 1999. Biomass and species structure of the phytoplankton of an high mountain lake (Lake Paione Superiore, Central Alps, Italy). In: Straskrabova, V., C. Callieri and J. Fott. (eds) Pelagic food webs in mountain lakes, J. Limnol., 58 (2): 127-130.
  • Callieri, C. , A. Pugnetti and M. Manca. 1999. Carbon partitioning in the food web of a high mountain lake: from bacteria to zooplankton. In: Straskrabova, V., C. Callieri and J. Fott. (eds) Pelagic food webs in mountain lakes, J. Limnol., 58 (2): 144-151.
  • Ruggiu, D., G. Morabito, P. Panzani and A. Pugnetti. 1998. Trends and relations among basic phytoplankton characteristics in the course of the long-term oligotrophication of Lake Maggiore (Italy). Hydrobiologia 369/370: 243-257
  • Reche, I., A. Pugnetti, L. Cruz-Pizarro and P. Carrillo. 1996. Relationships between bacteria and phytoplankton in a high-mountain lake: importance of the organic carbon released by pelagic algae for bacterioplankton. Arch. Hydrobiol. Spec. Issues Advanc. Limnol.,  48:  31-38.
  • Pugnetti, A., P. Viaroli and I. Ferrari. 1992. Processes leading to dystrophy in a Po River Delta lagoon (Sacca di Goro): phytoplankton-macroalgae interactions. The Science of the Total Environment, Suppl. 1992: 445-456.
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