Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation
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Laura Airoldi

Personal details

Title:Prof. Dr.
Institute:University of Bologna
Phone:+39 0544 937314

Summary of CV:

Tenure researcher at the University of Bologna. Research experience at: Universities of Sydney and Adelaide, Australia; MBA, UK; University of California Santa Cruz, USA (tot >3 ys). She is teaching Ecology, Marine Habitat Ecology and Applied Marine Botany for the Graduate/Master Diplomas in Biology and Marine Biology at Bologna University. She is currently supervising 2 post docs, 3 PhD students, and 8 undergraduate students. Coordinator and/or PI in several (inter)national research projects (THESEUS, MarUrbe, MarBEF, NaGISA, BIORES, EcoGovernance, DELOS). Editorial Board member Marine Ecology Progress Series, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms and The Open Oceanography Journal. Research focuses on: experimental marine ecology; marine urban ecology; risk assessment, biodiversity and conservation. Author or co-author of >60 peer reviewed papers and 8 book chapters (> 850 citations).

Experience Higher education:

  • 2006 Visiting Researcher, University of Adelaide (3mo, Marco Polo Exchange Fellowship, University of Bologna, Italy)
  • 2005-date Research Fellow and Lecturer in Ecology for the Faculty of Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2004 Visiting Researcher, Long Marine Lab, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, USA (1mo)
  • 2002 Visiting Researcher, Marine Biological Association of the UK (5mo, Exchange Visit Grant, LINKECOL Program, European Science Foundation)
  • 2000-2005 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Bologna (Post-doctoral Fellowship, Italian Ministry of Education, University, and Research - MIUR, Italy)
  • 1997-1999 Post-doctoral Fellow, Sydney University (Australian Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship, Australia)
  • 1996-1997 Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Pisa (Post-doctoral Fellowship, MIUR, Italy)
  • 1994-1995 Postdoctoral Fellow, Pisa University (MAST II Post-doctoral Fellowship, EU MAS2-CT93-0058, European Union)
  • 1991-1994 Doctoral Fellow, University of Genoa and University of Pisa (Doctoral Fellowship, MIUR, Italy)

Participation in Projects:

  • 2009-2013 Co-investig: “THESEUS -Innovative technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate” (EU - FP7 - ENV2009-1, grant 244104, coord B. Zanuttigh)
  • 2008-2010 PI: “BIORES -The resistance and resilience of coastal biodiversity to synergic effects of global and local environmental changes” (PRIN 2007, MIUR, Italy, coord L. Benedetti-Cecchi)
  • 2008-2010 Coord: “MarUrbe - Sustainable Urban Development: solutions to promote the biological and conservation value of marine urban structures” (EU – FP7-PEOPLE-2007-2-1-IEF-219818, recipient S. Perkol-.Finkel)
  • 2008-2010 Coord: “Effects of the Introduction of non-native habitats and species on the functioning of marine coastal ecosystems” (Bologna University, MIUR, recipient G. Fontana)
  • 2007-2009 Coord and PI: “AdriaBio - Past, present and future of marine biodiversity in the Adriatic sea” (University of Bologna Strategic Project, University of Bologna, Italy)
  • 2008 Coord: “Predicting changes in a changing world” (ISA Topic 2008, Institute of Advanced Studies, Italy)

  • 2007-2008 Co-coord: “ECO GOVERNANCE –Ecological foundations for the governance of the Adriatic coastal space: ecology, monitoring and management of transitional aquatic ecosystems” (EU INTEREG/CARDS-PHARE, coord A. Bassett)
  • 2008 Organization and direction of the International Winter School “Detecting biological and environmental changes: design and analysis of monitoring and experiments” (University of Bologna)


  • 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
  • Airoldi L, Balata D, Beck MW 2008 - The Gray Zone: relationships between habitat loss and marine diversity and their applications in conservation. J. Exp. Mar Biol. Ecol. 366: 8-15
  • Airoldi L, Hawkins SJ 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, MW, 2007 - Loss, status and trends for coastal marine habitats of Europe. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Annu. Rev.,45: 345-405
  • 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

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