Patrizia Ziveri

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Patrizia Ziveri is ICREA Research Professor and Scientific Director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) Unit of Excellence ‘María de Maeztu’, Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). She started to work on marine global change in the 1990’s during her PhD dissertation at the Univ. of Padua (Italy), and Univ. of South Carolina (USA), focusing on the impacts of El Niño climate oscillations on calcareous phytoplankton in the Eastern Pacific. After a postdoc at USC, she moved to the Vrije Univ. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, first as a researcher then as professor/senior scientist. She was awarded with a Spanish ‘Ramón y Cajal fellowship at the UAB before joining ICREA in 2014. She coordinates the Marine and Environmental Biogeosciences Research Group  (MERS) that catalyzes research on the natural and human-driven marine processes addressing major marine global change and sustainability challenges.

Research interests

Global environmental change on marine ecosystems, ecology, and biogeochemistry at various time scales and complexity is a key theme of her research, focusing on multidisciplinary investigation of marine calcifying groups at the base of the food web. With her work on the ocean in a high CO2 world, she is linking the CO2 dynamics, climate change and marine organisms in target regions. Interest on pressing threats to marine systems has led to developing research on ocean acidification (OA) in Africa and in the North Pacific on both OA  and the cycle of microplastics. The study of marine litter and microplastics in Mediterranean island coastlines is an emerging topic in her research group and a new clean laboratory for microplastic studies opened this year at ICTA-UAB. These changes can disturb the capacity of marine systems to provide ecosystem services, thereby affecting economic activities and human welfare.

Selected publications

- Mallo M, Ziveri P, Mortyn G, Schiebel R & Grelaud M 2017, 'Low planktic foraminiferal diversity and abundance observed in a 2013 West-East Mediterranean Sea transect', Biogeosciences, 14, 2245-2266.  

- Oviedo A, Ziveri P & Gazeau F 2017, 'Coccolithophore response to increasing pCO2 in Mediterranean oligotrophic waters', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 186, Part A, 58-71.

- D’Amario B, Ziveri P, Grelaud M, Oviedo A & Kralj M 2017, 'Coccolithophore haploid and diploid distribution patterns in the Mediterranean Sea: can a haplo-diploid life cycle be advantageous under climate change?', Journal of Plankton Research, 39, 5, 781 - 794 - Cushing Prize winner.

- Manno C, Bednaršek N, Tarling GA, Peck VL,... & Ziveri P 2017, 'Shelled pteropods in peril: Assessing vulnerability in a high CO2 ocean', Earth-Science Reviews, 169, 132-145.

- Ziveri P, Delpiazzo E, Bosello F, Eboli F & van den Bergh J 2017, 'Adaptation policies and strategies as a response to ocean acidification and warming in the Mediterranean Sea', In: Handbook on the Economics and Management for Sustainable Oceans, Editors: Svansson LE, Nunes PALD, Kumar P & Markandya A, 339-352.

Selected research activities

  • Keynote speaker: "The present impacts and the future risks for the Mediterranean Sea ecosystems " at "Human impacts on Mediterranean marine ecosystems and the economy"/ Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Principality of Monaco.
  • Co-principal investigador to NSF-funded research cruise on ocean acidification and microplastics in the North Pacific, Hawaii-Alaska transect.
  • Ocean acidification research in Africa: invited lectures on "Establishing ocean acidification research in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region  (Tanzania) and Ocean acidification dynamics and impacts in the Gulf of Guinea, west Africa: the state of knowledge and research gaps (Senegal).
  • WP4 leader of 'Severo Ochoa and Maria Maeztu' Alliance for research excellence in Spain.
  • Director of Ph.D. dissertation of Barbara D'Amario, UAB, 09/2017.