School of Marine Studies

School of Marine Studies

Dr. Susanna Piovano

I am an Associate Professor at the School 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 sea turtles, sharks and bony fishes;
  • incidental captures in marine fisheries;
  • effects of environmental conditions on behavioural ecology of aquatic animals.

If you have completed your undergraduate studies, feel free to stop by my office to inquire about PG projects.



More recent publications (2017-current)

(Please note that a copy of my papers is available in USP Electronic Research Repository and/or in Research Gate at; * denotes a Post-Graduate student)

1)        Glaus K.B.J.*, Brunnschweiler J.M., 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. (

2)        Piovano S., Batibasaga A., Ciriyawa A., LaCasella E., Dutton P., 2019. Importance of Fijian foraging grounds to green turtle conservation in the South Pacific. Scientific Reports 9: 3150. (

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

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

5)        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. (

6)        Carreras C., Pascual M., Tomás J., Marco A., Hochscheid S., Castillo J.J., 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. (

7)        Marie A.D., 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. (

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

9)        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. (



Disclaimer & Copyright l Contact Us l 
© Copyright 1968 - 2020. All Rights Reserved.
Page updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
School of Marine Studies
Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment
Laucala Bay Road,
Suva, Fiji.
Tel: (+679) 323 2930
Fax: (+679) 323 1526
Email: Contact Us