Giovanni Chimienti

University of Bari Aldo Moro

Dr. Giovanni Chimienti is a marine biologist at the University of Bari and at the National Interuniversity Consortium for Marine Sciences (Italy). He is also a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and National Geographic Explorer. His main scientific research is about corals and benthic habitats, with particular reference to taxonomy (order Antipatharia, Alcyonacea and Pennatulacea), biodiversity, and population structures. He uses submersibles and remotely operated vehicles for deep-sea explorations, as well as data collected during fishing operations. He also studies the effects of anthropogenic impacts on coral populations. In the course of his work, Dr. Chimienti has discovered some spectacular mesophotic and deep coral habitats in different areas of the world, described new species and participated in the process of protecting some of the most strategic coral habitats in the Mediterranean Sea. Dr. Chimienti has received several prestigious scientific awards for his research, including from Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Mediterranean Science Commission, the Deep-Sea Biology Society, and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Giovanni Chimienti

1books edited

Latest work with IntechOpen by Giovanni Chimienti

Corals have thrived on the bottom of the ocean for millions of years. These fascinating animals are currently forced to cope with the rapid changes caused by humans to avoid extinction. How are corals changing their way of processing energy from different sources? What do we know about the corals living in the unseen depths of certain seamounts? What is the impact of oil spills and what can we do? How are coral reefs all over the world to be restored? What is the socioeconomic importance of these habitats, and what do we gain or lose with their survival or their demise? By involving scientists and conservationists from different areas of the world, this book answers these and other questions about corals, the habitat they form, and the influence that we have on them.

Go to the book