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Dr. Susanna Piovano

Susanna Piovano (SP) is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Marine Studies, where she coordinates Marine Biology and Fish and Fisheries Biology and teaches these and other units.

SP obtained her PhD from the University of Turin, Italy, in 2011. SP is a broadly trained conservation biologist interested in marine/aquatic biology and behavioral ecology. SP research is focused on understanding the interactions between animals and biotic and abiotic factors that drive changes in their communities, using laboratory and/or field experiments and observations. SP is committed to link results from her research to applied management and conservation.

SP is Marine Turtle Specialist Group member for the IUCN - Species Survival Commission.

SP is Editorial Board member of Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.

Research interests – SP believes that good management and conservation requires good science and is especially interested in:
· biology and conservation of sea turtles, sharks and rays
· incidental captures in marine fisheries
· effects of environmental changes on behavioral ecology of aquatic animals


Selected publications

(Please note that a copy of my papers is available in USP Electronic Research Repository and/or in Research Gate at www.researchgate.com)

Piovano S., Gilman E., 2017. Elasmobranch captures in Fijian longline fishery. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 27: 381-393.

Piovano S., Swimmer Y., 2017. Effects of a hook ring on catch and bycatch in a Mediterranean swordfish longline fishery: small addition with potentially large consequences. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 27: 372-380.

Gilman E., Chaloupka M., Swimmer Y., Piovano S., 2016. Individual and synergistic effects of pelagic longline gear factors on elasmobranch catch and survival rates: meta-analysis and review. Fish and Fisheries, 17: 748-784.

Clusa M., Carreras C., Pascual M., Gaughran S.J., Piovano S., Avolio D., Ollano G., Fernández G., Tomás J., Raga J.A., Aguilar A., Cardona L., 2016. Potential bycatch impact on distinct sea turtle populations is dependent on fishing ground rather than gear type in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology, 163 (5): 122.

Brodin T., Piovano S., Fick J., Klaminder J., Heynen M., Jonsson M., 2014. Ecological effects of pharmaceuticals in aquatic systems – impacts through behavioural alterations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 369 (1656): 20130580.

Clusa M., Carreras C., Pascual M., Gaughran S.J., Piovano S., Giacoma C., Fernández G., Levy Y., Tomás J., Raga J.A., Maffucci F., Hochscheid S., Aguilar A., Cardona L., 2014. Fine‑scale distribution of juvenile Atlantic and Mediterranean loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology, 161 (3): 509-519.

Bracciali C., Piovano S., Sarà G., Giacoma C., 2014. Seasonal dynamics of damselfish Chromis chromis in the central Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, in press .

Clusa M., Carreras C., Pascual M., Gaughran S., Piovano S., Giacoma C., Fernández G., Levy Y., Tomás J., Raga J.A., Maffucci F., Hochscheid S., Aguilar A., Cardona L., 2013. Fine-scale distribution of juvenile Atlantic and Mediterranean loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology, in press.

Piovano S., Farcomeni A., Giacoma C., 2013. Do colours affect biting behaviour in loggerhead sea turtles? Ethology Ecology and Evolution 25: 12-20.

Piovano S., Farcomeni A., Giacoma C., 2012. Effects of chemicals from longline baits on the biting behaviour of loggerhead sea turtles. African Journal of Marine Science 34: 283-287.

Piovano S., Basciano G., Swimmer Y., Giacoma C., 2012. Evaluation of a bycatch reduction technology by fishermen: A case study from Sicily. Marine Policy 36: 272-277.

Piovano S., Clusa M., Carreras C., Giacoma C., Pascual M., Cardona L., 2011. Different growth rates between loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) of Mediterranean and Atlantic origin in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology 158: 2577-2587.

Piovano S., Kaska Y., Prazzi E., Nannarelli S., Giacoma C., 2011. Low incidence of twinning in the loggerhead sea turtle. Folia Zoologica 60: 159-166.

Piovano S., Clò S., Giacoma C., 2010. Reducing longline bycatch: the larger the hook, the fewer the stingrays. Biological Conservation 143: 261-264.

Piovano S., Swimmer Y., Giacoma C., 2009. Are circle hooks effective in reducing incidental captures of loggerhead sea turtles in a Mediterranean longline fishery? Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 19: 779-785.

Gilman E., Clarke S., Brothers N., Alfaro-Shigueto J., Mandelman J., Mangel J., Petersen S., Piovano S., Thomson N., Dalzell P., Donoso M., Goren M., Werner T., 2008. Shark interactions in pelagic longline fisheries. Marine Policy 32: 1-18.

Piovano S., Balletto E., Di Marco S., Dominici A., Giacoma C., Zannetti A., 2004. Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) by catches on long-lines: the importance of olfactory stimuli. Italian Journal of Zoology 71: 213-216.


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