Marco Fusi

marco fusi

Dr Marco Fusi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Biography

The intertidal environment represents for me the most fascinating ecosystem worldwide. Marine life fades into terrestrial habitats through several physiological, morphological and symbiotic adaptations. It is a natural laboratory where environmental stressors shape and guide the evolution of life, especially in the light of the dramatic changes led by rapid global warming. In the tropics, mangroves are intertidal systems that allow us to unravel evolutionary trajectories and unique symbioses. My interest has led me to study these systems for several years around the Indian Ocean, in countries such as Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa, and the East Atlantic Ocean in Cameroon and Guinea-Bissau. Taking part in different European projects, I obtained my MSc (University of Florence) and later my PhD with prof. Daniele Daffonchio at the University of Milan. After my PhD I accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at KAUST where I focused my research on the Red Sea mangrove ecosystem. During this period, I also expanded my expertise to another challenging environment: the desert. In particular, I took part in projects aiming to disentangle the ecological interactions between microbes and desert plants working in the Sahara, Namib and Arabian deserts. I am current a postdoctoral fellow in the research group of Dr. Karen Diele at Edinburgh Napier University where I study the holobiome of mangrove forests with particular focus toward restoration ecology. This position leads to study one of the most biodiverse mangrove forests in the world, in Indonesia, thanks to the NERC project 2018-2021 ‘As good as (g)old’ led by Dr. Diele.

I act also as researcher in the Microlandings project in collaboration of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology where I investigate the role of the microbiome in the animal terrestrialisation.


Research Interests

As an ecologist I am interested in the complex mechanisms of interactions among organisms. My approach embraces different level of investigations, ranging from molecular to physiological and behavioural analysis to study the mechanisms of adaptation that organisms undertake in challenging environments. Tropical and subtropical mangroves, as well as deserts, offer a unique opportunity to study extreme conditions that can allow us to explore unprecedented adaptations and novel forms of symbiosis and interactions that shape the life of extreme environment.



Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marco_Fusi

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Open Science Conference organiser at The Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) held in KAUST in November 2018.
  • Conferences Participation: Several participation at more than 20 scientific conferences about marine ecology and microbial ecology with more than 50 contributions.

 

Editorial Activity

  • PlosOne Editor
  • Editor Frontiers for Young Minds, special issue An Alien place on Earth – The Red Sea as model system.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • FEMS award for best conference poster MD2019 Conference in CataniaRhizosheath microbial community assembly of sympatric desert speargrasses., September 2019, Italy. Title:
  • Unisense ambassador to help in assist the new users of the Field Microsensor Meter on this technology.
  • FEMS award as best oral presentation at Microbial Diversity Conference 2015 Perugia, October 2015, Italy. Presentation title: Gill bacteria association in dual breathing animals living in mangrove ecosystem
  • Honorary Fellow in Zoology and Ecology at the Faculty of Biology, University of Florence (Italy)
  • ECSA Conference best poster prize at Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association conference , June 2012, Venice-Italy. Poster Title: An ontogenetic study at the edge and centre of geographical range in the face of climate change: thermal tolerance of females, eggs and larvae of a mangrove crab.

 

Grant Reviewer

  • External reviewer for grants application for Free University of Bozen Italy

 

Invited Speaker

  • The eco-physiology of coastal habitat mosaics - Invited speaker at University of Val Paraiso Chile within a series of seminars about climate change
  • Invited speaker at Life Science School at University of Essex, Colchester. Title of the presentation: The role of oxygen in the ecology of coastal organisms
  • Invited speaker at Life Science School Seminar at University of Lincoln, Lincoln. Title of the presentation: The role of oxygen in the evolution and relief of thermal stress of coastal organisms

 

Media Activity

  • Exploring oxygen supersaturation in aquatic habitats. Press release by KAUST University about the paper published in Science Advances: Giomi, F., Barausse, A., Duarte, C.M., Booth, J., Agusti, S., Saderne, V., Anton, A., Daffonchio, D. and Fusi, M., 2019. Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming. Science advances, 5(9), p.eaax1814.
  • LA CAMERA IPERBARICA DEGLI ANIMALI MARINI. Press release about the paper published in Science Advances: Giomi, F., Barausse, A., Duarte, C.M., Booth, J., Agusti, S., Saderne, V., Anton, A., Daffonchio, D. and Fusi, M., 2019. Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming. Science advances, 5(9), p.eaax1814.
  • Dalla flora marina arriva l'ossigeno essenziale per la vita negli oceani super caldi. Press release about the paper published in Science Advances: Giomi, F., Barausse, A., Duarte, C.M., Booth, J., Agusti, S., Saderne, V., Anton, A., Daffonchio, D. and Fusi, M., 2019. Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming. Science advances, 5(9), p.eaax1814.
  • Il mare ha fame di ossigeno: alcuni organismi lo possono aiutare a respirare meglio. Press release about the paper published in Science Advances: Giomi, F., Barausse, A., Duarte, C.M., Booth, J., Agusti, S., Saderne, V., Anton, A., Daffonchio, D. and Fusi, M., 2019. Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming. Science advances, 5(9), p.eaax1814.
  • Le piante marine aiutano a far respirare la fauna in un mare sempre più caldo. Press release about the paper published in Science Advances: Giomi, F., Barausse, A., Duarte, C.M., Booth, J., Agusti, S., Saderne, V., Anton, A., Daffonchio, D. and Fusi, M., 2019. Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming. Science advances, 5(9), p.eaax1814.
  • Nature Middle East Highlights: Desert oasis date palms are selective about their bacteria about the publication - Mosqueira, M. J. et al. Consistent bacterial selection by date palm root system across heterogeneous desert oasis agroecosystems. Sci. Rep. 9:4033 (2019)
  • Nature Middle East Highlights on: Coastal habitats protect marine animals from ocean warming related to the publication - Giomi, F. et al. Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming. Sci. Adv. 5, eaax1814 (2019).

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • British Ecological Society
  • SIMTREA (Italian Society of Agro-Food and Environmental Microbiology) affiliated to FEMS (Federation of European Ecological Societies)

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Invited project presentation at Bunaken National Park Office in Manado where I presented the recent update in the mangrove restore ecology and protection within the framework of the CoReNat Project.
  • Lecture in the Lotta Primary School at Manado (north Sulawesi, Indonesia) about the importance os mangrove ecosystem for the fishermen and for the people in general.
  • Lecture in KAUST high school (Saudi Arabia) about the importance of mangrove ecosystem and about how mangrove ecologist work in the field

 

Reviewing

  • Journal reviewer: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
  • Journal reviewer: Physiology and Behaviour
  • Journal reviewer: Journal of Thermal Biology
  • Journal reviewer: Marine Biodiversity Records
  • Journal reviewer: Biology Letter
  • Journal reviewer: Microbiome
  • Journal reviewer: Molecular Ecology
  • Journal reviewer: Regional Studies in Marine Science
  • Journal reviewer: Global Ecology and Conservation
  • Journal reviewer: Hydrobiologia
  • Journal reviewer: Scientific Reports
  • Journal reviewer: Biomed Research International
  • Journal reviewer: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Journal of Microbiology
  • Journal reviewer: Microbial Biotechnology
  • Journal reviewer: Plos One
  • Journal reviewer: Research in Microbiology
  • Journal reviewer: Science of total environment

 

Visiting Positions

  • Invited researcher at KAUST University (Saudi Arabia) from Prof. Daniele Daffoncio of the Extreme system Microbiology Lab for collaboration within the framework of Mangrove Restoration Ecology carried out in the project CoReNat.
  • Invited researcher at University pf Patras (Greece) from Prof. George Tsiamis for collaboration on invertebrate physiology and microbial symbiosis

 

Date


36 results

Sea urchin chronicles. The effect of oxygen super-saturation and marine polluted sediments from Bagnoli-Coroglio Bay on different life stages of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus

Journal Article
Chiarore, A., Musco, L., Bertocci, I., Gallo, A., Cannavacciuolo, A., Mutalipassi, M., …Munari, M. (2020)
Sea urchin chronicles. The effect of oxygen super-saturation and marine polluted sediments from Bagnoli-Coroglio Bay on different life stages of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus. Marine Environmental Research, 159, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2020.104967
In marinas and harbours, the accumulation of pollutants in sediments, combined with poor exchange of water with the open sea, poses a major environmental threat. The presence ...

High Temperature and Crab Density Reduce Atmospheric Nitrogen Fixation in Red Sea Mangrove Sediments

Journal Article
Qashqari, M. S., Garcias-Bonet, N., Fusi, M., Booth, J. M., Daffonchio, D., & Duarte, C. M. (2020)
High Temperature and Crab Density Reduce Atmospheric Nitrogen Fixation in Red Sea Mangrove Sediments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 232, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2019.106487
Mangrove ecosystems are highly productive and provide important ecosystem services. However, in the Red Sea mangroves are under severe nutrient-limiting conditions, reflected ...

A horizon scan of priorities for coastal marine microbiome research

Journal Article
Trevathan-Tackett, S. M., Sherman, C. D., Huggett, M. J., Campbell, A. H., Laverock, B., Hurtado-McCormick, V., …Macreadie, P. I. (2019)
A horizon scan of priorities for coastal marine microbiome research. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1509-1520. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-019-0999-7
Research into the microbiomes of natural environments is changing the way ecologists and evolutionary biologists view the importance of microbes in ecosystem function. This is...

Developmental stages and gut microenvironments influence gut microbiota dynamics in the invasive beetle Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)

Journal Article
Chouaia, B., Goda, N., Mazza, G., Alali, S., Florian, F., Gionechetti, F., …Montagna, M. (2019)
Developmental stages and gut microenvironments influence gut microbiota dynamics in the invasive beetle Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Environmental Microbiology, 21(11), 4343-4359. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14797
Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) is a highly polyphagous invasive beetle originating from Japan. This insect is highly resilient and able to rapidly adapt t...

Revealed: how underwater plants and corals can help animals survive marine heatwaves

Other
Fusi, M. (2019)
Revealed: how underwater plants and corals can help animals survive marine heatwaves. https://theconversation.com/revealed-how-underwater-plants-and-corals-can-help-animals-survive-marine-heatwaves-123839
Fusi, M. (2019). Revealed: how underwater plants and corals can help animals survive marine heatwaves. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/revealed-how-underwater-pl...

How seagrasses secure our coastlines

Journal Article
Fusi, M., & Daffonchio, D. (2019)
How seagrasses secure our coastlines. Frontiers for Young Minds,

Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming

Journal Article
Giomi, F., Barausse, A., Duarte, C. M., Booth, J., Agusti, S., Saderne, V., …Fusi, M. (2019)
Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming. Science Advances, 5(9), https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax1814
Ocean warming affects the life history and fitness of marine organisms by, among others, increasing animal metabolism and reducing oxygen availability. In coastal habitats, an...

Environmental latitudinal gradients and host specificity shape Symbiodiniaceae distribution in Red Sea Porites corals

Journal Article
Terraneo, T. I., Fusi, M., Hume, B. C., Arrigoni, R., Voolstra, C. R., Benzoni, F., …Berumen, M. L. (2019)
Environmental latitudinal gradients and host specificity shape Symbiodiniaceae distribution in Red Sea Porites corals. Journal of Biogeography, 46(10), 2323-2335. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13672
Aim To assess the diversity of algal symbionts of the family Symbiodiniaceae associated with the coral genus Porites in the Red Sea, and to test for host-specificity and envir...

Phenomics and Genomics Reveal Adaptation of Virgibacillus dokdonensis Strain 21D to Its Origin of Isolation, the Seawater-Brine Interface of the Mediterranean Sea Deep Hypersaline Anoxic Basin Discovery

Journal Article
Zeaiter, Z., Marasco, R., Booth, J. M., Prosdocimi, E. M., Mapelli, F., Callegari, M., …Crotti, E. (2019)
Phenomics and Genomics Reveal Adaptation of Virgibacillus dokdonensis Strain 21D to Its Origin of Isolation, the Seawater-Brine Interface of the Mediterranean Sea Deep Hypersaline Anoxic Basin Discovery. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.01304
The adaptation of sporeformers to extreme environmental conditions is frequently questioned due to their capacity to produce highly resistant endospores that are considered as...

The role of fungi in heterogeneous sediment microbial networks

Journal Article
Booth, J., Fusi, M., Marasco, R., Michoud, G., Fodelianakis, S., Merlino, G., & Daffonchio, D. (2019)
The role of fungi in heterogeneous sediment microbial networks. Scientific Reports, 9, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-43980-3
While prokaryote community diversity and function have been extensively studied in soils and sediments, the functional role of fungi, despite their huge diversity, is widely u...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • KAUST Red Sea Research Center Grant for developing an R course for Ecological Application. Funded for 5K US$.
  • KAUST Centre Competitive Funding - Red Sea Research Center. Project Title: Role of oxygen availability in shaping the bacterial microbiome of mangrove animal ectotherm species. Funded for 35K US$.

Current Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • MSc Supervision at Universita' degli studi di Firenze and Milano. Candidate: Giulia Liberatori. Title: Prime evidenze di simbiosi batteriche in granchi di mangrovia - First evidence in bacterial symbiosis of mangrove crab