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Patrizia Ziveri

Patrizia Ziveri

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Patrizia Ziveri is ICREA Research Professor at ICTA-UAB where she coordinates the Marine and Environmental Biogeosciences Research Group (MERS) that catalyzes research on the natural and human-driven marine processes and sustainability challenges. Before joining ICREA, she obtained her PhD at the University of Padua (Italy)/University of South Carolina (USA), focusing on the impacts of El Niño climate oscillations on calcareous phytoplankton in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. After a postdoc at USC, she moved to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, as a research scientist/associate professor. She led the first European coordinated effort to address ocean acidification in the Mediterranean Sea (2011-14).  She was the Scientific Director of the ICTA-UAB Center of Excellence ‘María de Maeztu’ (2016-20).

Research interests

Her broad scientific interest is on marine global environmental change, ecology, and biogeochemistry at various time scales and complexity. She focuses on multidisciplinary investigation from target marine organisms at the base of the food web, to marine microplastics and biogeochemical processes. With her research group she works on the ocean in a changing climate and under human pressure. linking CO2 dynamics, climate change and target marine processes. She is interested in pressing threats to the marine environment and their societal relevance such as ocean acidification, warming and oxygen loss in different regions, both in coastal systems and open seas, from social to biogeochemical processes. With her group, she developed a specific laboratory to address microplastics in coastal and open ocean systems. Her research is bridging the natural and social systems on issues of major societal and sustainable development concern.

Selected publications

– Pallacks S, Ziveri P, Martrat B, Mortyn PG, Grelaud M, Schiebel R, et al. 2021, ‘Planktic Foraminifera changes in the western Mediterranean Anthropocene’, Global and Planetary Change, 103549.

– Simon-Sánchez L, Grelaud M, Franci M, Ziveri P 2021, ‘Are methods shaping our understanding of microplastic pollution? A literature review in the seawater and sediment compartments of the Mediterranean Sea‘, Environmental Pollution, 292, B, 118275.

– Balestrieri C, Ziveri P, Grelaud M, Mortyn PG, Agnini C 2021 ‘Enhanced E. ‘huxleyi carbonate counterpump as a positive feedback to increase deglacial pCO2sw in the Eastern Equatorial Pacific‘, Quaternary Sci Rev, 260, 106921.

– Mancini AM, Grelaud M, Ziveri P, et al.  2021, ‘Calcareous nannofossil size and abundance response to the Messinian Salinity Crisis onset and paleoenvironmental dynamics‘, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 36, 9, e2020PA004155.

– Anglada-Ortiz G, Zamelczyk K, Chierici M, Fransson A, Ziveri P, et al. 2021 ‘Planktic calcifiers in acidifying ocean: abundance, distribution and carbon fluxes in the Barents Sea’, Frontiers in Marine Science 8636.

– Guerreiro CV, Baumann K-H, Brummer G-J B, Valente A, Fischer G, Ziveri P, Brotas V, Stuut J-B W 2021 ‘Carbonate fluxes by coccolithophore species between NW Africa and the Caribbean: implications for the biological carbon pump’Limnology & Oceanography, 9999, 1–19.

Selected research activities

– Contributing Lead Author, Chapter 4 “Ecosystems, Climate and Environmental Change in the Mediterranean Basin,Current Situation and Risks for the Future, 1st Mediterranean Assessment Report; – Future priorities for adressing ocean acidification in the Mediterranean Sea, lecture to webinar on Ocean Acidification in the Mediterranean, Monaco Ocean Week 2021;  – Ocean Acidification in Africa Policy Brief prepared for UN COP26; – Advisory board member, IAEA “Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre”, Monaco; – Guarantor, ICTA-UAB “Maria de Maeztu Unit of Excellence”.

ICREA Memoir 2021