Patrizia Ziveri

Patrizia Ziveri

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Patrizia Ziveri is an ICREA Research Professor and Scientific Director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) Center of Excellence ‘María de Maeztu’at the Universitat 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 associate professor/senior scientist. She joined 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 group, focusing on multidisciplinary investigation of marine calcifying organisms at the base of the food web. With her work on the ocean in a changing climate and under human pressure, she is linking CO2 dynamics, climate change and target marine processes and systems. Interest on pressing threats to the marine environment and their societal relevance has led to developing research on ocean acidification, warming and oxygen loss in Africa and in the North Pacific. The study of marine litter and and the cycle of marine microplastics is another research area in her group and a new clean laboratory for microplastic studies opened recently at ICTA-UAB. These interactive global and local change processes alter the marine systems affecting economic activities and human welfare.

Selected publications

– Simon-Sanchez L, Grelaud M, Garcia-Orellana J, Ziveri P 2019, ‘River Deltas as hotspots of microplastic accumulation: The case study of the Ebro River (NW Mediterranean)‘, Science of the Total Environment, 687, 1186-1196.

– Mallo M, Ziveri PReyes-García V & Rossi S 2019, ‘Historical record of Corallium rubrum and its changing carbon sequestration capacity: A meta-analysis from the North Western Mediterranean‘, PLoS ONE 14(12): e0223802.

– Incarbona A, Abu-Zied RH, Rohling EJ & Ziveri P 2019, ‘Reventilation episodes during the sapropel S1 deposition in the eastern Mediterranean based on holococcolith preservation‘, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology,  34, 10, 1597-1609.

– Chaabane S, López Correa M, Ziveri P, TrotterJ, Kallel N, DouvilleE, Taviani; M, Linares C, Montagna P 2019, ‘Elemental systematics of the calcitic skeleton of Corallium rubrum and implications for the Mg/Ca temperature proxy‘, Chemical Geology, 524, 237-258.

– Stoll H,  Guitian J, Hernández Almeida I, Meji LM, Phelps S, Polissar P, Rosenthal Y, Zhang, H, Ziveri P 2019, Upregulation of phytoplankton carbon concentrating mechanisms during low COglacial periods and implications for the phytoplankton pCOproxyQuaternary Science Reviews, 208,1-20.

– Rossi S, Isla E,  Bosch-Belmar M,  Galli G, Gori A,  Gristina M, Ingrosso G,  Milisenda G, Piraino S, Rizzo L, Schubert N, Soares M, Thurstan R, Viladrich N, Willis T & Ziveri P 2019, ‘Changes of energy fluxes in marine animal forests of the Anthropocene: factors shaping the future seascape‘, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 76, 7, 2008–2019.

Selected research activities

‘Climate Change’ presentation at the opening high-level panel of the Blue Oceans Conference, Monrovia, Liberia; Research cruise chief scientist on microplastic dispersion off Ebro River Delta; Member of the SOLAS/IMBER Carbon Res. WG on Ocean Acidification (SIOA) and of the advisory board of IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center; Scientific Director of ICTA-UAB center of excellence.