Antonella Arcangeli

Antonella Arcangeli
Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) | ISPRA · Department for the Monitoring and Protection of the Environment and for Biodiversity Conservation

PhD Biodiversity and ecosystem analysis

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Introduction
Antonella Arcangeli currently works at the Department for Biodiversity Conservation and Monitoring of the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA). Her current projects are Life CONCEPTU MARIS, 'FLT Mediterranean Monitoring Network _marine species and threats', 'MEDSEALITTER'.
Additional affiliations
January 2013 - December 2015
Università Degli Studi Roma Tre
Position
  • PhD
November 2006 - present
November 2006 - October 2017
Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)
Position
  • Research Officer

Publications

Publications (139)
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1. Cetaceans are key biological indicators of the status of marine waters and are protected under an extensive legislative framework. Research about these highly dynamic species is challenging, so seasonal cycles and patterns of distribution, especially in high sea areas, are still poorly understood. 2. This study contributes to improving knowledge...
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Loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta spend most of their life in large marine areas occupying a variety of habitats where they are exposed to different types of threats. Among these, marine litter is known to pose a risk of entanglement or ingestion. Areas of risk exposure can be identified where the species overlap with litter accumulations, but gat...
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Monitoring Floating Marine Macro Litter (FMML) is a global priority, stressed within international programs, and regulated for the European Seas by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Although some well-defined common protocols exist for the assessment of beach litter and ingested litter, methodologies for FMML monitoring still vary, leading t...
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A pilot study, using the dataset from the research network ‘FLT Med Net’, which regularly monitors transborder regions in the Mediterranean Sea using ferries as platform for systematic surveys, was undertaken to assess common bottlenose dolphin range and population trends within the Natura 2000 EU marine site “Tutela del Tursiops truncatus”. The si...
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Assessing the distribution of marine apex-predators is pivotal to understanding community interactions and defining management goals. However, several challenges arise in both estimates and predictions considering the distinctive and mutable biological/ecological requirements of these species and the influence of human activities. Thus, efforts to...
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Chapter 1.1: Purpose and scope The purpose of this Document is to guide Member States in the review and update of the assessment of their marine waters in respect of each marine region or subregion, according to Article 17(2)(a) in conjunction with Articles 8(1) and 9(1) MSFD, which is due for reporting by 15 October 2024 and in subsequent reportin...
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1. Although Caretta caretta is the most common turtle in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, its distribution is relatively difficult to assess due to the lack of data in offshore waters. 2. The ecological niches in the central-southern Adriatic Sea and the northeastern Ionian Sea were investigated for loggerhead turtles with body sizes ≥20 cm during tw...
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The conservation of the highly mobile marine mammals species is challenging. One of the primary tools for conservation of marine species and the maintenance of ecosystem processes is the establishment of marine protected areas which is based on the identification of areas of high ecological value, or the identification of effective mitigation measu...
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The Mediterranean Sea is a high‐density maritime traffic area, particularly in the Pelagos Sanctuary. Ship strikes pose a substantial threat to fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) according to reports from the IUCN, the IWC, the ACCOBAMS and the EU Habitats Directive. Near miss events (NMEs) were collected, as a proxy indicator of ship strikes for f...
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The Sardinian and Sicilian Channels are considered hotspots of biodiversity and key ecological passages between Mediterranean sub-basins, but with significant knowledge gaps about marine mammal presence and potential threats they face. Using data collected between 2013 and 2019 along fixed transects, inter and intra-annual cetacean index of abundan...
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Presence-only data are typical occurrence information used in species distribution modelling. Data may be originated from different sources, and their integration is a challenging exercise in spatial ecology as detection biases are rarely fully considered. We propose a new protocol for presence-only data fusion, where information sources include so...
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The loggerhead turtle is the most common sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite relevant research efforts, information about its distribution is still scarce, particularly in the open sea where they may be exposed to different threats, among which marine litter is of great concern. Here we investigated the distribution of loggerhead t...
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The loggerhead turtle is the most common sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite relevant research efforts, information about its distribution is still scarce, particularly in the open sea where they may be exposed to different threats, among which marine litter is of great concern. Here we investigated the distribution of loggerhead t...
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Marine environmental DNA (eDNA) is an important tool for biodiversity research and monitoring but challenges remain in scaling surveys over large spatial areas, and increasing the frequency of sampling in remote locations at reasonable cost. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of sampling from commercial vessels (Mediterranean ferries) while underw...
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Presence-only data are a typical occurrence in species distribution modeling. They include the presence locations and no information on the absence. Their modeling usually does not account for detection biases. In this work, we aim to merge three different sources of information to model the presence of marine mammals. The approach is fully general...
Technical Report
Risso’s Dolphin Grampus griseus Mediterranean subpopulation has most recently been assessed for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2020. Grampus griseus Mediterranean subpopulation is listed as Endangered under criteria A2bc.
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Background The Mediterranean subpopulation of fin whale Balaenoptera physalus (Linnaeus, 1758) has recently been listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of threatened species. The species is also listed as species in need of strict protection under the Habitat Directive and is one of the indicators for the assessment of Good Environmental Status...
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The Mediterranean marine region is considered one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities due the high occurrence of rare and threatened species, endemism and high species richness. However, several pressure such as losses and alterations of habitats are ongoing and in order to increase conservation in this sea region, many...
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The striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba) is one of the most abundant cetaceans of the Mediterranean Sea. Nevertheless, it is ranked as ‘Vulnerable’ by IUCN Red List experts. To implement conservation strategies within the Mediterranean Sea, it is crucial to understand how striped dolphins are distributed at different geographical scales. The pre...
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Maritime traffic is one of many anthropogenic pressures threatening the marine environment. This study was specifically designed to investigate the relationship between vessels presence and cetacean sightings in the high sea areas of the Western Mediterranean Sea region. We recorded and compared the total number of vessels in the presence and absen...
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1. Sources of data other than those derived from conventional research protocols may contribute valuable information to fill gaps in knowledge about cetacean occurrences and diversity in a given area and help address conservation issues. 2. The performance of a method to examine cetacean communities based on presence records systematically derived...
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The monitoring of highly mobile species such cetaceans and sea turtle is challenging, and long term dataset based on seasonal repeated surveys can deliver primary information for understanding the main drivers of species movements and detecting early sign of changes. The synoptic monitoring of main threats is also a powerful method for a risk asses...
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The Fixed Line Transect FLT MED project allows to conduct a synoptic monitoring of cetaceans, other large pelagic species and their threats in different areas of the Mediterranean Sea. This study focuses on the northern Tyrrhenian Sea, a strategic area crossed by the ferry route that joins Livorno (Italy) to Bastia (Corse). Being the Southeastern s...
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Land-based activities are, undoubtedly, the main source of marine litter, particularly in a highly populated closed sea basin, such as the Mediterranean Sea. Rivers, consequently, act as a pathway of mismanaged waste to the sea. While quantification of inputs is a difficult task, the assessment of abundance, composition trends and baselines, and th...
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The Strait of Sicily is one of the most affected areas by anthropogenic activities of the Mediterranean Sea: maritime traffic and marine litter are two of the main threats for sea turtles living there. The Fixed-Line-Transect Mediterranean Monitoring Network project aims to evaluate their effects and to monitor the abundance and distribution of mar...
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Although the Mediterranean Sea is one of the largest biodiversity hotspots, it is also one of the most polluted seas worldwide. Concentrations of floating litter in the Mediterranean Sea are suspected to be very high, though current data do not allow yet their complete assessment and the identification of sources and accumulation areas. In this co...
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Nowadays marine litter heavily affects the marine environment, especially in the semi enclosed Mediterranean basin. Marine mammals are amongst the most threatened indicative species. To prioritize marine conservation measures, data are needed to analyse litter impact on marine fauna and highlight the dynamic overlap between pressures and the primar...
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The Strait of Sicily is one of the most affected areas by anthropogenic activities of the Mediterranean Sea: maritime traffic and marine litter are two of the main threats for the population of cetaceans living there. The Fixed-Line-Transect Mediterranean Monitoring Network project aims to evaluate their effects and to monitor the abundance and dis...
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The identification of significant habitats for highly mobile marine vertebrates is essential for their conservation. Evidence is often difficult to obtain for deep‐diving species such as sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), where standard visual survey methods are not sufficient to detect the species. Sperm whales rely on sound for most of their...
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Marine litter is a major form of pollution in the Mediterranean, but despite legislative requirements, additional information is still needed to evaluate basin-scale amounts, trends, and potential threats for the biota, especially for Habitats Directive listed species, such as cetaceans. Through repeated sampling of floating macro-litter along a fi...
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Land-based activities are, undoubtedly, the main origin of marine litter, particularly in a highly populated closed sea basin as the Mediterranean Sea. While quantification of inputs is a difficult task, the assessment of trends baselines and the identification of sources are of crucial importance in order to support policy makers for improvement o...
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Rivers are the major input pathways for litter entering into the sea. For this reason, the Joint Research Centre is coordinating a network of 36 research bodies that monitors, with the same protocol, floating litter (>2.5 cm) from fixed observation points located nearby the rivers’ mouths (RIMMEL project). In Italy, one of the surveyed rivers is th...
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Marine litter is a major source of pollution in the Mediterranean basin, but despite legislative requirements, scant information is available for the ongoing assessment of this threat. Using higher size classes as proxy for litter distribution, this study gave a synoptic estimation of the amount, composition, and distribution of floating macro-litt...
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Spatially explicit risk assessment is an essential component of Marine Spatial Planning(MSP), which provides a comprehensive framework for managing multiple uses of the marine environment, minimizing environmental impacts and conflicts among users. In this study, we assessed the risk of the exposure to high intensity vessel traffic areas for the th...
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CONISMA, CNR and CIRCE, involved Italian research units (RUs) working on cetaceans to join a National Network answering the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requirements by sharing monitoring data. Data obtained during the 2016 monitoring campaigns by 13 RUs are presented here.
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Cetacean strandings are a constant phenomenon that occurs on coastlines; mortality is related to several factors but commercial fishing is considered one of the main pressures, in the Mediterranean, that can impact small cetacean species such as common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba). Since all ei...
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The Sicilian Channel is a key area for the Mediterranean biodiversity due to high levels of productivity. It is considered one among the large aggregation area in the Mediterranean Sea for marine mammals although they risk to be threatened by intense naval traffic and highly frequent marine litters. The use of ferries as observational platforms for...
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Starting in December 2014 a systematic cetacean monitoring project that employs ferry as research platform, started along a trans-regional fixed line transect of 1300km, that lies in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea. During the first two years of study (December 2014-December 2016) 61 surveys were carried out, about 16500km (340 hours) of effort were co...
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Although the Mediterranean Sea is one of the largest biodiversity hotspots, it is also one of the most polluted seas worldwide. Concentrations of floating litter in the Mediterranean Sea are suspected to be very high, though current data do not allow yet their complete assessment and the identification of sources and accumulation areas. In this con...
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Monitoring cetacean's variability in presence and distribution over their large, mostly pelagic, range is extremely challenging. This paper investigates, during one year period (October 2012-September 2013), the seasonal variations in occurrence of cetacean species over three ecologically different sectors (Sardinian-Balearic Seas, Bonifacio Strait...
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Considering the vagrant behavior of cetaceans, information on their wide distribution is essential for an efficient conservation plan within the Mediterranean region. Cetacean research is continuously undergoing and EU Directives and International agreement (such as the Habitat-Directive, MSFD, ACCOBAMS, EcAp) call on states to undertake surveillan...
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Every year technology becomes more advanced and accessible. Despite that, many research groups still rely on pen and paper to collect and store data on the field and then need to pass it manually to some kind of digital format in order to store it. This method is time consuming and many times is not precise enough when data collected need to be acc...
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In December 2014 a systematic survey of cetaceans started in the Adriatic and Ionian Sea, employing ferry as platform of observation simultaneously with maritime traffic and floating marine macro litter monitoring. During the first monitoring season (December 2014-November 2015) 9000 km (190 hours) of effort were conducted in good weather condition...
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Relationship between fishing capacity, a pertinent indicator of anthropogenic pressure, and cetacean strandings, in Sicily, was investigated. Results showed a similar trend and a strong correlation both in time and in space with different values according to the fishing gear.