The role of biofouling in recreational sailing, yachting and marinas as a pathway for non-indigenous species
Thursday, 20 February 2020
Webinar closed, recording available here
Biofouling on recreational boats is a major pathway for the introduction of non-indigenous species with a potential to becoming invasive. Focused on extensive research conducted in the Mediterranean Sea this webinar will reveal some key points and challenges regarding biofouling that are highly relevant to marine biosafety in all our oceans.
Agnese Marchini, Researcher, Universita di Pavia
Dr. Agnese Marchini graduated in Biology in 2000 and obtained a PhD in Experimental Ecology in 2004 at the University of Pavia, Italy, with a study about fouling communities in the Lagoon of Venice. She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, where she trained on taxonomy of marine amphipods, and a post-doc fellow at the Universities of Pavia and Ferrara, Italy, where she participated to several national and international projects. In particular, she has worked on benthos collected from man-modified habitats (ports, marinas, lagoons) of the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Macaronesia and North-Eastern Atlantic, and has gained a vast experience on nonindigenous species occurring in the fouling communities. Since November 2016, Agnese Marchini is Senior Researcher in Ecology at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia, where she supervises PhD and master theses and internships for incoming international students. She has served as a reviewer for 40 international journals of ecology, marine biology, environmental monitoring, modelling and management, as well as for national and international funding programs. She is member of several scientific boards, including the Working Group on Invasive Alien Species (WGIAS) of the European Commission's Directorate General for Environment (DG Environment); the “Allochtonous species group” of the Italian Society of Marine Biology (SIBM), where she has been coordinator of the Horizon Scanning Exercise on marine alien species for Italy. Agnese Marchini has authored or co-authored 60 peer-reviewed articles and four book chapters; her researches have been presented at 70 scientific conferences. Her researches are covered by several national and international newspapers and she also writes educational articles for Italian magazines and blogs.