Andrea Gori is Beatriu de Pinos fellow at the Department of Ecology, Universitat de Barcelona. His research focuses on the study of the ecology and ecophysiology of marine ecosystem engineering species (primarily gorgonians, soft and stony corals) to provide understanding for the sustainable management and conservation of marine ecosystems located from the coastal area to the continental shelf and slope. His research experience began during the undergraduate studentship with the development of the project to obtain a degree in Biological Sciences at the Università Roma Tre (Rome, Italy), it continued during the PhD thesis at the Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC) (Barcelona, Spain), and it has been enriched by acquiring ecophysiological knowledge during the postdoctoral position at the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM) (Monaco, Principality of Monaco) and at the Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Two main hallmarks have characterized the research developed by Andrea Gori:
(1) the multidisciplinary approach to the study of benthic suspension feeders ecology combining field work with experimental studies, as the best way to achieve an understanding of the complex ecological phenomena. In this sense, his research ranged from the study of gorgonian taxonomy, the spatial distribution patterns of gorgonian and coral abundances, the state of their populations, as well as their reproductive ecology, biochemical composition, trophic ecology and ecophysiological processes;
(2) the combination of SCUBA diving with the use of Remotely Operated Vehicles and manned submersibles for the extensive study of benthic species over their entire spatial distribution, as the best way to achieve a comprehensive understanding of their ecology and the variability of their responses to environmental features and human induced stressors.
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