Dr. Susanna Piovano

I am Associate Professor at the Discipline of Marine Studies, where I coordinate Marine Biology and Fish and Fisheries Biology, and conduct research primarily on marine megafauna – ranging from sharks and bony fishes to sea turtles – and the shallow waters that provide them habitats.

My 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.

I believe that good management and conservation requires good science, and I am especially interested in:

–        biology and conservation of large marine vertebrates, such as sea turtles, sharks and bony fishes;

–        incidental captures in marine fisheries;

–        effects of pollution and environmental conditions on the behavioural ecology of aquatic animals.

I am available to supervise Master and PhD students; if interested, feel free to stop by my office or send me an email to discuss possible topics.

More recent publications (2017-current)

(Please note that a copy of my papers is available in USP Electronic Research Repository http://repository.usp.ac.fj/; * denotes a USP student/junior staff)


Dehm J*, Singh S*, Ferreira M, Piovano S, Fick J. 2021. Screening of pharmaceuticals in coastal waters of the southern coast of Viti Levu in Fiji, South Pacific. Chemosphere, 130161.

Dutra LX, Haywood MD, Singh S*, Ferreira M, Johnson JE, Veitayaki J, Kininmonth S, Morris CW, Piovano S. 2021. Synergies between local and climate-driven impacts on coral reefs in the tropical Pacific: a review of issues and adaptation opportunities. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 164: 111922.

Álvarez-Varas R, Heidemeyer M, Riginos C, Benítez HA, Reséndiz E, Lara-Uc M, Godoy DA, Muñoz-Pérez JP, Alarcón-Ruales DE, Vélez-Rubio GM, Fallabrino A, Piovano S, Alfaro-Shigueto J, Ortiz-Alvarez C, Mangel JC, Esquerré D, Zárate P, Medrano C, León Miranda F, Guerrero F, Vianna JA, Véliz D. 2021. Integrating morphological and genetic data at different spatial scales in a cosmopolitan marine turtle species: challenges for management and conservation. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 191: 434–453


Dehm J*, Singh S*, Ferreira M, Piovano S. 2020. Microplastics in subsurface coastal waters along the southern coast of Viti Levu in Fiji, South Pacific. Marine Pollution Bulletin 156: 111239.

Gilman E, Chaloupka M, Bach P, Fennell H, Hall M, Musyl M, Piovano S, Poisson F, Song L. 2020. Effect of pelagic longline bait type on species selectivity: a global synthesis of evidence. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 30: 535–551.

Papale E, Prakash S*, Singh S*, Batibasaga A, Buscaino G, Piovano S. 2020. Soundscape of green turtle foraging habitats in Fiji, South Pacific. PLOS ONE 15: e0236628.

Piovano S, Batibasaga A. 2020. Fiji. In: TM Work, D Parker, and GH Balazs, editor. Sea turtles in Oceania – MTSG annual regional report 2020 IUCN/SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group Publication. p. 152–166.

Piovano S, Lemons GE, Ciriyawa A, Batibasaga A, Seminoff JA. 2020. Diet and recruitment of green turtles in Fiji, South Pacific, inferred from in-water capture and stable isotope analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 640: 201–213.

Prakash S*, Piovano S. 2020. Solomon Islands. In: TM Work, D Parker, and GH Balazs, editor. Sea turtles in Oceania – MTSG annual regional report 2020 IUCN/SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group Publication. p. 538–568.

Prakash S*, Tuiono M, Clay S, Qarau P, Philip C, Miller K, Meo S, Tamata L, Sharma-Gounder S, Piovano S. 2020. Temporal and geographic distribution of hawksbill nests in Fiji, South Pacific. Testudo 9: 12–23.

Varea R*, Piovano S, Ferreira M. 2020. Knowledge gaps in ecotoxicology studies of marine environments in Pacific Island Countries and Territories – a systematic review. Marine Pollution Bulletin 156: 111264.


Glaus KBJ*, Adrian-Kalchhauser I, Piovano S, Appleyard SA, Brunnschweiler JM, Rico C. 2019. Fishing for profit or food? Socio-economic drivers and fishers’ attitudes towards sharks in Fiji. Marine Policy 100: 249–257.

Glaus KBJ*, Brunnschweiler JM, Piovano S, Mescam G, Genter F, Fluekiger P, Rico C. 2019. Essential waters: young bull sharks in Fiji’s largest riverine system. Ecology and Evolution 9: 7574–7585.

Hill-Lewenilovo R*, Vuiyasawa R*, Piovano S. 2019. First record of a dugong (Dugong dugon Müller, 1776) in Fiji. Pacific Conservation Biology 25: 324–325.

Jonsson M, Andersson M, Fick J, Brodin T, Klaminder J, Piovano S. 2019. High-speed imaging reveals how antihistamine exposure affects escape behaviours in aquatic insect prey. Science of The Total Environment 648: 1257–1262.

Piovano S, Batibasaga A, Ciriyawa A*, LaCasella EL, Dutton PH. 2019. Mixed stock analysis of juvenile green turtles aggregating at two foraging grounds in Fiji reveals major contribution from the American Samoa Management Unit. Scientific Reports 9: 3150.


Carreras C, Pascual M, Tomás J, Marco A, Hochscheid S, Castillo JJ, Gozalbes P, Parga M, Piovano S, Cardona L. 2018. Sporadic nesting reveals long distance colonisation in the philopatric loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta). Scientific Reports 8: 1435.

Dutra LX, Haywood MD, Singh S*, Piovano S, Ferreira M, Johnson JE, Veitayaki J, Kininmonth S, Morris CW. 2018. Effects of climate change on corals relevant to the Pacific Islands. 132–158.

Piovano S. 2018. Update on hawksbill nesting activities in Fiji. British Chelonia Group Newsletter 241: 9–11.


Marie AD, Miller C, Cawich C*, Piovano S, Rico C. 2017. Fisheries-independent surveys identify critical habitats for young scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) in the Rewa Delta, Fiji. Scientific Reports 7: 17273.

Piovano S, Gilman E. 2017. Elasmobranch captures in the Fijian pelagic 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.