Valentina Pitacco


scientific associate


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Areas of interest:

Marine biology and ecology

Benthic invertebrates

Biotic indices







2009 University of Trieste and Primorska University. Master’s thesis, mentor prof. dr. Lovrenc Lipej, co-mentors dr. Martina Orlando Bonaca, Donatella Del Piero, title: Macrozoobenthos community in the upper and lower mediolittoral belt along a hydromorphological gradient in the Slovenian part of Adriatic Sea.



2016 University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Department of biology. Doctoral dissertation, mentor prof. dr. Lovrenc Lipej, Title: Mediterranean stony coral (Cladocora caespitosa) as a habitat builder in the gulf of Trieste.





marine biology and ecology

benthic invertebrates

biotic indices





1. PITACCO, Valentina, MISTRI, Michele, ALEFFI, Ida Floriana, LARDICCI, Claudio, PRATO, Susanna, TAGLIAPIETRA, Davide, MUNARI, Cristina. Spatial patterns of macrobenthic alpha and beta diversity at different scales in Italian transitional waters (central Mediterranean). Estuarine, coastal and shelf science. 2019, vol. 222, str. 126-138. ISSN 0272-7714. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2019.04.026. [COBISS.SI-ID 5178959]


2. PITACCO, Valentina, MISTRI, Michele, ALEFFI, Ida Floriana, LARDICCI, Claudio, PRATO, Susanna, TAGLIAPIETRA, Davide, MUNARI, Cristina. The efficiency of Taxonomic Sufficiency for identification of spatial patterns at different scales in transitional waters. Marine environmental research. [Print ed.]. 2019, vol. 144, str. 84-91, ilustr. ISSN 0141-1136. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2019.01.001. [COBISS.SI-ID 5179471]


3. PITACCO, Valentina, MISTRI, Michele, LIPEJ, Lovrenc. Species-Area Relationship (SAR) models as tools for estimating faunal biodiversity associated with habitat builder species in sensitive areas: the case of the Mediterranean stony coral (Cladocora caespitosa). Marine environmental research. [Print ed.]. 2019, vol. 149, str. 27-39, ilustr. ISSN 0141-1136. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2019.05.016. [COBISS.SI-ID 5087055]


4. MISTRI, Michele, PITACCO, Valentina, GRANATA, Tommaso, MORUZZI, Letizia, MUNARI, Cristina. When the levee breaks: effects of flood on offshore water contamination and benthic community in the Mediterranean (Ionian Sea). Marine pollution bulletin. 2019, vol. 140, str. 588-596. ISSN 0025-326X. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.02.005. [COBISS.SI-ID 5179215]


5. PITACCO, Valentina, MISTRI, Michele, INFANTINI, Vanessa, SFRISO, Adriano, SFRISO, Andrea Augusto, MUNARI, Cristina. Benthic studies in LTER sites: the use of taxonomy surrogates in the detection of long-term changes in lagoonal benthic assemblages. Nature Conservation. 2019, vol. 34, str. 247-272. ISSN 1314-3301., DOI: 10.3897/natureconservation.34.27610. [COBISS.SI-ID 5178703]


6. ZUNINO, Serena, PITACCO, Valentina, MAVRIČ, Borut, ORLANDO-BONACA, Martina, KRUŽIĆ, Petar, LIPEJ, Lovrenc. The ecology of the Mediterranean stony coral Cladocora caespitosa (Linnaeus, 1767) in the Gulf of Trieste (northern Adriatic Sea): a 30-year long story. Marine biology research. 2018, vol. 14, issue 3, str. 307-320. ISSN 1745-1000. DOI: 10.1080/17451000.2017.1408915. [COBISS.SI-ID 4618063]



  Link to COBISS, a Slovenian database containing all my publications