Ziveri, PatriziaResearch Professor at
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB )
Experimental Sciences & Mathematics
Global environmental change on marine ecosystems, ecology, and biogeochemistry at various time scales and complexity is a key theme of her research group, focusing on multidisciplinary investigation of marine calcifying organisms at the base of the food web. With her work on the ocean in a high CO2 world, she is linking the CO2 dynamics, climate change and marine organisms in target regions. Interest on pressing threats to marine systems has led to developing research on ocean acidification (OA) in Africa and in the North Pacific on both climate change and the cycle of microplastics. The study of marine litter and microplastics in Mediterranean island coastlines is an emerging topic in her research group and a new clean laboratory for microplastic studies opened recently at ICTA-UAB. These global change processes can disturb the capacity of marine systems to provide ecosystem services, thereby affecting economic activities and human welfare.