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Corals - Habitat Formers From the Shallow to the Deep

Giovanni Chimienti

University of Bari Aldo Moro

Dr. Chimienti is part of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, consultant for FAO and National Geographic Explorer. He is an expert on corals and highly active in marine explorations in many areas of the world.


Taxonomy Systematic Morphology Genetic Population Structure Community Biodiversity Habitat Mapping Anthropogenic Impacts Physiology Acclimation Humans and Corals

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Corals play a key structural role in creating marine habitats from the shallow, euphotic zone to the deep, aphotic one. Stony corals can structure coral reefs and frameworks; arborescent octocorals and antipatharians can create coral forests; pennatulaceans can form large aggregations on soft bottoms known as sea-pen fields. All these coral habitats support a rich associated community, unique symbiotic relationships, and a suite of ecosystem goods and services. This book aims to collect contributions that present new findings and insights for an increased understanding of corals sensu lato, in many different fields of study.

The book also welcome chapters that provide a comprehensive overview about corals zoology, encompassing Taxonomy, Systematic and evolution using morphologic and/or molecular approaches; corals ecology, including population structure and dynamic, associated biodiversity and models of distribution; mapping and characterization of coral habitats, including suggestions for proper conservation measures; anthropogenic impacts affecting corals at different latitudinal and bathymetric ranges, with particular attention to the fishery, pollution and climate changes; corals adaptations to a rapidly-changing environment, with insight on the still poorly-known physiology, acclimation strategies and resilience; direct or indirect interactions between corals and humans, with examples of a possible coexistence between sustainable economic and social activities (e.g. tourism) with healthy coral habitats. All these topics are likely to add few more tiles to the still-incomplete mosaic of knowledge about corals from tropical to polar latitudes, from shallow reefs to the unseen depths of the ocean.

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Date completed: October 27th 2021

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Review results due: April 13th 2022

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Expected publication date: June 12th 2022

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Giovanni Chimienti

University of Bari Aldo Moro

Giovanni Chimienti held his PhD in Evolutionary and Environmental Sciences during 2016 and is currently Researcher in Zoology at the Department of Biology, University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy). He is also part of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, consultant for FAO and National Geographic Explorer. His main scientific research is about corals and benthic environments, with particular focus on mesophotic and deep ones. Chimienti’s studies concern coral taxonomy (Order Antipatharia, Alcyonacea and Pennatulacea), biodiversity and population structure of benthic habitats. He uses submersibles and remotely operated vehicles for deep-sea explorations, as well as data collected during fishing operations. Moreover, he is developing non-invasive models to assess population structure and dynamics in vulnerable coral species using visual methods. Chimienti has received several prestigious scientific awards for his studies, including from the Italian Marine Biology Society, the Italian Zoological Union, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Mediterranean Science Commission, the Deep-Sea Biology Society, and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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