Patrizia Ziveri

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Patrizia Ziveri is ICREA Research Professor and Scientific Director at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) Unit of Excellence, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Her scientific career has developed in Italy, USA, the Netherlands and Spain. She earned the PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Padua, Italy, within an exchange program with the University of South Carolina (USC). Her dissertation dealt with the impacts of El Niño climate oscillations on calcareous phytoplankton in the California Borderlands and the Gulf of California, followed by a postdoc at the USC in the group of R. Thunell. She moved to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, first as a researcher joining the groups of J. van Hinte and P. Westbroek, then as professor/senior scientist. Finally she was awarded with a Ramón y Cajal fellowship in Spain at the UAB before joining ICREA in 2014.

Research interests

She is unraveling the impacts of global environmental changes on marine ecosystems and biogeochemistry at various time scales and complexity through multidisciplinary investigation of key marine calcifying groups at the base of the food web. Her work on the oceans in a high CO2 world is focusing on the links between CO2 dynamics, climate change and marine organisms in areas such as the Mediterranean Sea and the Southern Ocean, integrating both modern and past global changes. These changes disturb the capacity of marine systems to provide ecosystem services, which affect economic activities and human welfare. Evolving interests have led to new research on microplastics in the Mediterranean island coastlines, and invited memberships, such as the UN-GESAMP, WG 40, Sources, fate and effects of microplastics, advisory board member of the IAEA project OA-ICC, Monaco and a SOLAS/IMBER carbon group member, WG3 ocean acidification.

Selected publications

– Snelgrove P & Ziveri P 2016, ‘Biodiversity loss’, In Williamson, P., Smythe-Wright, D., and Burkill, P., Eds.  Future of the Ocean and its Seas: a non-governmental scientific perspective on seven marine research issues of G7 interest. ICSU-IAPSO-IUGG-SCOR, Paris, 53pp.

– Milner S, Langer G, Grelaud M & Ziveri P 2016, ‘Ocean warming modulates the effects of acidification on Emiliania huxleyi calcification and sinking’, Limnology & Oceanography, 61, 4, 1322-1336.

– Rosas-Navarro A, Langer G & Ziveri P 2016, ‘Temperature affects the morphology and calcification of Emiliania huxleyi strains’, Biogeosciences, 13, 2913–2926.

– Rembauville M, Meilland J, Ziveri P, Schiebel R., Blain S & Salter I 2016, ‘Planktic foraminifer and coccolith contribution to carbonate export fluxes over the central Kerguelen Plateau’, Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 111,  91–101.

– Lacoue-Labarthe T, Nunes PALD, Ziveri P, Cinar M, Gazeau F, Hall-Spencer JM, Hilmi N, Moschella P, Safa A, Sauzade D & Turley C 2016, ‘Impacts of ocean acidification in a warming Mediterranean Sea: an overview’, Regional Studies in Marine Sciences,  5, 1–11.

– Chaabane S, López Correa M, Montagna P, Kallel N, Taviani M, Linares C, Ziveri P 2016, ‘Exploring the oxygen and carbon isotopic composition of the Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum) for seawater temperature reconstruction’, Marine Chemistry, 186, 11–23.

– Incarbona A*, Martrat B*, Mortyn PG*, Sprovieri M*, Ziveri P*, et al. 2016, ‘Mediterranean circulation perturbations over the last five centuries: Relevance to past Eastern Mediterranean Transient-type events’, Scientific Reports, 6:29623. *These authors contributed equally to this work.

Selected research activities

GESAMP (2016). “Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment: part two of a global assessment” (IMO/FAO/UNESCO-IOC/UNIDO/WMO/IAEA/UN/ UNEP/UNDP Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection). Rep. Stud. GESAMP No. 93, 220 p.