Scientific Publications

Scientific Publications


Di Fiore V., Punzo M., Cavuoto G., Galli P., Mazzola S., Pelosi N., Tarallo D. 2020. Geophysical approach to study the potential ocean wave-induced liquefaction: an example at Magoodhoo Island (Faafu Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean). Marine Geophysical Research 41: 1-19.

Montano S., Maggioni D., Liguori G., Arrigoni R., Berumen M. L., Seveso D., Galli P., Hoeksema B. W. 2020. Morpho-molecular traits of Indo-Pacific and Caribbean Halofolliculina ciliate infections. Coral Reefs, 1-12.

Maggioni D., Saponari L., Seveso D., Galli P., Schiavo A., Ostrovsky A. N., Montano S. 2020. Green Fluorescence Patterns in Closely Related Symbiotic Species of Zanclea (Hydrozoa, Capitata). Diversity 12: 78

Seveso D., Arrigoni R., Montano S., Maggioni D., Orlandi I., Berumen M. L., Galli P., Vai M. 2020. Investigating the heat shock protein response involved in coral bleaching across scleractinian species in the central Red Sea. Coral Reefs 39: 85-98.

Contardi M., Montano S., Liguori G., Heredia-Guerrero J. A., Galli P., Athanassiou A., Bayer I. S. 2020. Treatment of coral Wounds by combining an Antiseptic Bilayer film and an injectable Antioxidant Biopolymer. Scientific reports. 10: 1-10.

Maggioni D., Tatulli G., Montalbetti E., Tommasi N., Galli P., Labra M., Pompa P. P., Galimberti A. 2020. From DNA barcoding to nanoparticle-based colorimetric testing: a new frontier in cephalopod authentication. Applied Nanoscience, 1-8.

Saliu F., Montanto S., Lasagni M., Galli P. 2020. Biocompatible solid-phase microextraction coupled to liquid chromatography triple quadrupole mass spectrometry analysis for the determination of phthalates in marine invertebrate. Journal of Chromatography A, 460852.

Saliu F., Montanto S., Hoeksema B. W., Lasagni M., Galli P. 2020. A non-lethal SPME-LC/MS method for the analysis of plastic-associated contaminants in coral reef invertebrates. Analytical Methods. 12: 1935-1942.

Maggioni D., Schiavo A., cstrovsky A. N., Seveso D., Galli P., Arrigoni R., Berumen M. L., Benzoni F., Montano S. 2020. Zanclea divergens (Hydrozoa, Zancleidae) is a complex of bryozoan-associated species showing different patterns of diversification. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Rotini A., Conte C., Seveso D., Montano S., Galli P., Vai M., Migliore L., Mejia A. 2020. Daily variation of the associated microbial community and the Hsp60 expression in the Maldivian seagrass Thalassia hemprichii. Journal of Sea Research 156, 101835.

Fallati L., Castiglioni S., Galli P., Riva F., Gracia-Lor E., González-Mariño I., Rousis N. I., Shifah M., Messa M. C., Strepparava M.G., Vai M., Zuccato E. 2020. Use of legal and illegal substances in Malé (Republic of Maldives) assessed by wastewater analysis. Science of the Total Environment 698, 134207.

Seveso D., Arrigoni R., Montano S., Maggioni D., Orlandi I., Berumen M.L., Galli P., Vai M. 2020 Investigating the Heat shock protein response involved in coral bleaching across scleractinian species in the central Red Sea. Coral Reefs.

Rotini A, Conte C, Seveso D, Montano S, Galli P, Vai M, Migliore L, Mejia A. 2020 Daily variation of the associated microbial community and the Hsp60 expression in the Maldivian seagrass Thalassia hemprichii. Journal of Sea Research.

Maggioni D, Montano S, Voigt O, Seveso D, Galli P. 2020 A mesophotic hotel: the octocoral Bebryce cf grandicalyx as a host. Under review in Ecology.

Schmidt di Friedberg, M.,Malatesta, S., “Indian Ocean Small Islands along the Postcolonial Trajectory: Chagos and the Maldives”, in Bruno Schelhaas, Federico Ferretti, André Reyes Novaes, Schmidt di Friedberg, M. (Eds.), Decolonising and Internationalising Geography – Essays in the History of Contested Science, Cham, Springer, Historical Geography and Geosciences.

Schmidt di Friedberg, M., dell’Agnese, E., Malatesta, S., “Hazard and Resilience: The Case of Two Islands of the Maldives”, Annual Conference of the IGU Commission on Local and Regional Development, June 25 – 28, 2019.


Montalbetti E., Saponari L., Montano S., Seveso D. 2019. Another diner sits at the banquet: evidence of a possible population outbreak of Culcita sp. (Agassiz, 1836) in Maldives. Galaxea – Journal of Coral Reefs Studies 21: 5-6.

Saliu F., Montano S., Garavaglia M.G., Lasagni M., Seveso D., Galli P. 2019 Microplastic and charred microplastic in the Faafu Atoll, Maldives Marine pollution bulletin. 136: 464-471

Montalbetti E., Saponari l., Montano S., Maggioni D., Dehnert I., Galli P., Seveso D. 2019 New insights into the ecology and corallivory of Culcita sp. (Echinodermata: Asteroidea) in the Republic of Maldives Hydrobiologia 827: 353-365

Saliu F., Montano S., Leoni B., Lasagni M., Galli P. 2019 Microplastics as a threat to coral reef environments: Detection of phthalate esters in neuston and scleractinian corals from the Faafu Atoll, Maldives. Marine pollution bulletin 142: 234-241

Manca F., Puce S., Caragnano A., Maggioni D., Pica D., Seveso D., Galli P., Montano S. 2019 Symbiont footprints highlight the diversity of scleractinian‐associated Zanclea hydrozoans (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) Zoologica Scripta 48: 399-41

Fallati L., Polidori A., Salvatore C., Saponari L., Savini A., Galli P. 2019. Anthropogenic Marine Debris assessment with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle imagery and deep learning: A case study along the beaches of the Republic of Maldives. Science of The Total Environment. 133581

Fallati L., Castiglioni S., Galli P., Riva F., Gracia-Lor E., González-Mariño I., Zuccato E. (2020). Use of legal and illegal substances in Malé (Republic of Maldives) assessed by wastewater analysis. Science of The Total Environment, 698, 134207.

Azzurro E., Sbragaglia V., Cerri J., Bariche M., Bolognini L., Soussi JB., Busoni G., Coco S., Chryssanthi A., Fanelli E., Ghanem R., Garrabou J., Gianni F., Grati F., Kolitari J., Letterio G., Lipej L., Mazzoldi C., Milone N., Pannacciulli F., Pešić A., Samuel-Rhoads Y., Saponari L., Tomanic J., Topçu NE., Vargiu G., Moschella P. (2019). Climate change, biological invasions, and the shifting distribution of Mediterranean fishes: A large-scale survey based on local ecological knowledge. Global Change Biology.

Schmidt di Friedberg, M. (2019), “History of the landscape gaze. The image of tourism in the Maldives”, in Eduardo Martínez de Pisón, E., Ortega Cantero N.(Eds.), Paisaje y turismo, Madrid, Instituto del Paisaje de la Fundaciòn Duques de Soria, Ediciones de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid , pp. 97-120

Elena dell’Agnese 2019. ‘Islands within Islands?’ The Maldivian resort, between segregation and integration. Tourism Geographies 21: 749-765

Miguel Barbosa, Neil Coupland, Clara Douglas, Ellen Harrison, Kelly M James, Mark Jones, Christina J McIntyre, Darcy Philpott, Grace E Russell, Kyle Zawada, Maria Dornelas, Clare Peddie. 2019. Peer J.

Song He Vanessa Robitzch Jean‐Paul A. Hobbs Michael J. Travers Diego Lozano‐Cortés Michael L. Berumen Joseph D. DiBattista. 2019. An examination of introgression and incomplete lineage sorting among three closely related species of chocolate‐dipped damselfish (genus: Chromis). Ecology and Evolution. 9: 5468–5478.

Madeleine A. Emms Pablo Saenz‐Agudelo Emily C. Giles Remy Gatins Gerrit B. Nanninga Anna Scott Jean‐Paul A. Hobbs Ashley J. Frisch Suzanne C. Mills Ricardo Beldade Michael L. Berumen. 2019. Comparative phylogeography of three host sea anemones in the Indo‐Pacific. Journal of Biogeography. 47: 487– 500


F Saliu, S Montano, MG Garavaglia, M Lasagni, D Seveso, P Galli. 2018. Microplastic and charred microplastic in the Faafu Atoll, Maldives. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 136, 464-471

D Seveso, S Montano, D Maggioni, F Pedretti, I Orlandi, P Galli, M Vai. 2018. Diel modulation of Hsp70 and Hsp60 in corals living in a shallow reef. Coral Reefs. 37: 801-806

L Saponari, E Montalbetti, P Galli, G Strona, D Seveso, I Dehnert, S Montano. 2018. Monitoring and assessing a 2-year outbreak of the corallivorous seastar Acanthaster planci in Ari Atoll, Republic of Maldives, Environmental monitoring and assessment 190: 346

L Saponari, P Galli, S Montano. 2018. First record of Phycocaris simulans (Decapoda; Hippolytidae) from the Republic of Maldives. Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies. 20: 11-12

D Maggioni, R Arrigoni, P Galli, ML Berumen, D Seveso, S Montano. 2018. Polyphyly of the genus Zancleaand family Zancleidae (Hydrozoa, Capitata) revealed by the integrative analysis of two bryozoan-associated species, Contributions to Zoology 87: 87-104

D Seveso, S Montano, D Maggioni. 2018. In the shadow of the lionfish: interspecific association involving red emperor snapper (Lutjanus sebae) in Madagascar. Coral Reefs 37: 1181

R Arrigoni, D Maggioni, S Montano, BW Hoeksema, D Seveso, T Shlesinger, T I Terraneo, M D Tietbohl, M L Berumen. 2018. An integrated morpho-molecular approach to delineate species boundaries of Millepora from the Red Sea. Coral Reefs. 37: 967-984

D Maggioni, L Saponari, S Montano. 2018. Shrimps with a coat: an amphipod hiding in the mantle of Coriocella hibyae (Gastropoda, Velutinidae). Coral Reefs. 37: 647-647

S Montano, D Maggioni. 2018. Camouflage of sea spiders (Arthropoda, Pycnogonida) inhabiting Pavona varians. Coral Reefs. 37: 153-153

M P Miglietta, D Maggioni, Y Matsumoto. 2018. Phylogenetics and species delimitation of two hydrozoa (phylum Cnidaria): Turritopsis (McCrady, 1857) and Pennaria (Goldfuss, 1820). Marine Biodiversity.

S E T van der Meij, F Benzoni, M. L. Berumen, T. Naruse. 2018. New distribution records of the gall crab Opecarcinus cathyae van der Meij, 2014 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Cryptochiridae) from the Red Sea, Maldives and Japan. Marine Biodiversity. 48: 1611–1613

E Beli, G Aglieri, F Strano, D Maggioni, M J Telford, S Piraino and C B. Cameron. 2018. The zoogeography of extant rhabdopleurid hemichordates (Pterobranchia: Graptolithina), with a new species from the Mediterranean Sea. Invertebrate Systematics. 32: 100-110

E Dell’Agnese. 2018. “One island, one resort”. Il turismo enclave alle Maldive come eterotopia pianificata. Bollettino Della Società Geografica Italiana. 14: 27-39.

H R Galea, C G Di Camillo, D Maggioni, S Montano, P Schuchert. 2018. A reassessment of Halopteris polymorpha (Billard, 1913) (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa), with descriptions of three new species. Revue suisse de Zoologie 125: 21-59

Malatesta S. (2018), International actors as policymakers? Discussing the influence of international actors on the environmental policies of small island states, Small States & Territories Journal, 1, 1, pp. 95-110.

Schmidt Di Friedberg M., Malatesta S: (in press) Indian Ocean Small Islands in the Postcolonial Trajectory: Chagos and the Maldives. In: B. Schelhaas, F. Ferretti, M. Heffernan, A.R. Novaes & Schmidt di Friedberg M., Decolonising and Internationalising Geography: Essays in the History of Contested Science, Springer, London.

Voigt, B Ruthensteiner, L Leiva, B Fradusco, G Wörheide. 2018. A new species of the calcareous sponge genus Leuclathrina (Calcarea: Calcinea: Clathrinida) from the Maldives. Zootaxa 4382: 147–158

W de Gier and C H J M Fransen. 2018. Odontonia plurellicola sp. n. and Odontonia bagginsi sp. n., two new ascidian-associated shrimp from Ternate and Tidore, Indonesia, with a phylogenetic reconstruction of the genus (Crustacea, Decapoda, Palaemonidae). Zookeys. 765: 123–160.

C B Boyko and S E T Van Der Meij. 2018. A trifecta of Swiftian symbioses: stony corals, gall crabs and their parasites (Scleractinia; Brachyura: Cryptochiridae; Isopoda: Epicaridea and Cirripedia: Rhizocephala). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 184: 304–329

J D DiBattista, M E Alfaro, L S John, H. Choat, J P A Hobbs, T H. Sinclair‐Taylor, L A Rocha, J Chang, O J Luiz, P. Cowman, M Friedman, M L Berumen. 2018. Ice ages and butterflyfishes: Phylogenomics elucidates the ecological and evolutionary history of reef fishes in an endemism hotspot. Ecology and Evolution. 8:10989–11008


Montano S, Maggioni D. 2017 Camouflage of seaspiders (Arthropoda, Pycnogonida) inhabiting Pavona varians. Coral Reefs

Maggioni D., Galli P., Berumen M., Arrigoni R., Seveso D., Montano S. 2017 Astrocoryne cabela gen. nov., sp. nov. (Hydrozoa: Sphaerocorynidae), a new sponge-associated hydrozoan Invertebrate Systematics

Fallati L, Savini A, Sterlacchini S, Galli P. 2017 Land use and land cover (LULC) of the Republic of the Maldives: first national map and LULC change analysis using remote-sensing data
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 189 (8), 417

Maggioni D, Puce S, Galli P, Seveso D, Montano S. 2017 Description of Turritopsoides marhei sp. nov. (Hydrozoa, Anthoathecata) from the Maldives and its phylogenetic position
Marine Biology Research, 1-10

Contestabile P, Lauro ED, Galli P, Corselli C, Vicinanza D. 2017 Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Assessment around Malè and Magoodhoo Island (Maldives). Sustainability 9 (4), 613

Seveso D, Montano S, Reggente MAL, Maggioni D, Orlandi I, Galli P. 2017 The cellular stress response of the scleractinian coral Goniopora columna during the progression of the black band disease. Cell Stress and Chaperones 22 (2), 225-236

Montano S., Maggioni D., Galli P., Hoeksema BW A cryptic species in the Pteroclava krempfi species complex (Hydrozoa, Cladocorynidae) revealed in the Caribbean. Marine Biodiversity 47 (1), 83-89

Montano S, Galli P, Hoeksema BW 2017 First record from the Atlantic: a Zanclea-scleractinian association at St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean. Marine Biodiversity. 47: 81-82

Maggioni D, Montano S, Arrigoni R, Galli P, Puce S, Pica D, Berumen ML. 2017
Genetic diversity of the Acropora-associated hydrozoans: new insight from the Red Sea Marine Biodiversity, 1-11

Malatesta S, Schmidt di Friedberg M. 2017 Environmental policy and climate change vulnerability in the Maldives: From the ‘lexicon of risk’ to social response to change
Island Studies Journal, 12: 53-70

Schmidt di Friedberg M, Malatesta S. 2017 La risposta sociale al cambiamento. Il ruolo delle donne in una comunità insulare: il caso di Faaf-Magoodhoo (Rep. of the Maldives) – The Social Response to Change. The role of women within an island: the case of Faaf-Magoodhoo,
Geotema, 52.