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Tagliapietra Davide

Tagliapietra Davide

Researcher at the National Research Council since 2001.
Laurea in Biological Sciences, 1984, University of Padua (Italy)
European Master Degree in Environmental Management, 1994, (European Universities Association E.A.E.M.E.)

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

Phone +39 041 2407920


His research is focussed on the benthic ecology of coastal transitional ecosystems (lagoons and estuaries) including: (i) benthic macrofaunal population and community dynamics; (ii) bioindication; (iii) relationships between benthic ecology and hydrogeology (ecohydrology) (iv) habitat typology and classification.

  • Coordinator of the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Site “Lagoon of Venice”.
  • His research team is involved in planning activity and monitoring programs committed by Public Institutions such as the National Institute for the Protection and Environmental Research, the Regional Protection Agency, the Water Authority of Venice.
  • Advisor on 10 MSc and 4 PhD thesis projects in liaison with the University of Venice, Department of Environmental Science.
  • Teaching in International Summer Schools and courses at University level.
  • Founding member of the LaguNet, the Italian scientific association for the study of coastal transitional ecosystems.

He is co-author (2004) of the Italian manual of methods for the study of marine benthos (soft bottom macrobenthos) and co-editor (2006) of the “Atlas of the Lagoon of Venice”, a synthesis of the work of a scientific team composed of a large number of scholars and researchers from the various scientific institutions of the city (web site,
He is referee for international scientific journals (including Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, Hydrobiologia, Marine Ecology, Science of Total Environment, Oceanologica Acta, Aquatic Ecology, Aquatic Conservation, Transitional Water Bulletin).

  • Teichberg, M., Fox, S., Olsen, Y., Valiela, I., Martinetto, P., Iribarne, O., Muto, E. Petti, M., Corbisier, T., Soto-Jiménez, M., Páez-Osuna, F., Castro, P., Freitas, H., Zitelli, A., Cardinaletti, M., Tagliapietra, D., (in Press), Eutrophication and macroalgal blooms in temperate and tropical coastal waters: Nutrient enrichment experiments with Ulva spp., Global Change Biology. Article Online: Oct 14 2009 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02108.x
  • Tagliapietra D., Sigovini M., Volpi Ghirardini A., (2009), A review of terms and definitions to categorize estuaries, lagoons and associated environments, Marine and Freshwater Research: 60 (6) 497–509, DOI: 10.1071/MF08088
  • Magni P., Tagliapietra D., Lardicci C., Balthis L., Castelli A., Como S., Frangipane G., Giordani G., Hyland J., Maltagliati F., Pessa G., Rismondo A., Tataranni M., Tomassetti P., Viaroli P., (2009), Animal-sediment relationships: Evaluating the ‘Pearson–Rosenberg paradigm’ in Mediterranean coastal lagoons, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58(4):478-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2008.12.009
  • Frangipane G., Pistolato M., Molinaroli E., Guerzoni S., Tagliapietra D., (2009), Comparison of loss on ignition and thermal analysis stepwise methods for determination of sedimentary organic matter, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 19 (1): 24–33 DOI: 10.1002/aqc.970
  • Tagliapietra D., Cornello M., Pessa G., (2007), Indirect estimation of benthic secondary production in the Lagoon of Venice (Italy). Hydrobiologia. 588 (1): 205-212
  • Pavoni B., Centanni E., Valcanover S., Fasolato M., Ceccato S., Tagliapietra D., (2007), Imposex levels and concentrations of organotin compounds (TBT and its metabolites) in Nassarius nitidus from the Lagoon of Venice, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 55: 505-511
  • Tagliapietra D., Volpi Ghirardini A. (2006) Notes on coastal lagoon typology in the light of the EU Water Framework Directive: Italy as a case study. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 16: 457–467
  • Tagliapietra D., Cornello M., Volpi Ghirardini A., (2005) Monitoring Transitional Waters Using Reduced Benthic Assemblages, Environment International 31 (7): 1089-1093.
  • Frangipane G., Volpi Ghirardini A., Collavini F., Zaggia L., Pesce A., Tagliapietra D., (2005). Heavy metals in Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae) and salt marsh sediments from the Lagoon of Venice (Italy). Chemistry and Ecology 21 (6): 441-454
  • Tagliapietra D., Pavan, M., Wagner C., (2000), Benthic patterns in a salt marsh basin: a snapshot of Palude della Rosa (Venetian Lagoon, Italy), Wetlands Ecology and Management, 8 (4):287-292
  • Tagliapietra D., Pavan, M. Wagner C., (1998), Macrobenthic community Changes related to Eutrophication in Palude della Rosa (Venetian lagoon, Italy), Estuarine, Coast and Shelf Science, 47 (2):217-226
  • Sabil N., Cherqui A., Tagliapietra D., Coletti-Previero M.A., (1994) Immobilized enzymatic activity in the Venice Lagoon sediment. Water Research, 28 (1): 77-84
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