School of Marine Studies

School of Marine Studies

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


Past three years publications

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

1.      Jonsson M., Andersson M., Fick J., Brodin T., Klaminder J., Piovano S. (2018) High-speed imaging reveals how antihistamine exposure affects escape behaviors in aquatic insect prey. Science of the Total Environment, in press (

2.      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 (

3.      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 (

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

5.      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. (

6.      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. (

7.    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 (

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