Barbara Loi

Roles: Aquaculture and Fishery Resources Area Research Fellow.

Barbara Loi is a marine biologist.  Her scientific background is in the reproductive biology of mollusks(such as cephalopods), in assessing the state of exploitation of marine resources, and in monitoring the health of coastal environments using bivalve mollusks as sentinel organisms.

Her current fields of interest involve several biological and ecological aspects of coastal organisms such as growth, the reproductive cycle and feeding behaviour. She is currently studying for her PhD degree. The topic of her research is evaluating how gonad quality (chemical composition, color, and size) in sea urchins changes with different environmental conditions and diets.

Education

From 2014 PhD student (with a fellowship from Viterbo University – La Tuscia, Italy), at Foundation IMC International Marine Centre, Torregrande, Oristano (Italy).

2010-2011 Fellowship for research activities at the Department of Environmental Chemistry, Spanish National Research Council, CSIC (Spain).

2006 Master’s Degree in Marine Biology at Cagliari University (Italy). Final grade: 110/110 cum laude.

2004 Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Bio-ecology at Cagliari University (Italy). Final grade: 110/110 cum laude.

Position

From 2012 Young researcher at Foundation IMC International Marine Centre, Torregrande, Oristano (Italy): Studies on growth, reproductive biology and ecology of the sea urchin. Training and tutoring of students. Environmental education for schools.

2011 Collaborator at the Department of Environmental Chemistry, Spanish National Research Council, CSIC (Spain): biochemical and ecotoxicological analyses on mollusks; study of enzymatic systems after exposition to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals.

2006-2007 Collaborator at the Animal Biology and Ecology Department of Cagliari University (Italy): research on the reproductive biology of cephalopods.

Fields of Interest

  • Reproduction and ecology of coastal organisms
  • Natural and artificial feedings in aquaculture
  • Gonad quality of sea urchins

Selected publications

Sanna R., Siliani S., Melis R., Loi B., Baroli M., Roggio T., Uzzau S., Anedda R. 2017. The role of fatty acids and triglycerides in the gonads of Paracentrotus lividus from Sardinia: Growth, reproduction and cold acclimatization. Marine Environmental Research 130: 113-121.

Loi B., Guala I., Pires Da Silva R., Brundu G., Baroli M., Farina S. 2017. Hard time to be parents? Sea urchin fishery shifts potential reproductive contribution of population onto the shoulders of the young adults. PeerJ 5:e3067.

Ghisaura S., Loi B., Biosa G., Pagnozzi D., Baroli M., Roggio T., Uzzau S., Anedda R., Addis M.F. 2016. Proteomic dataset of Paracentrotus lividus gonads of different sexes and at different maturation stages. Data in Brief.

Ghisaura S., Loi B., Biosa G., Baroli M., Pagnozzi D., Roggio T., Uzzau S., Anedda R., Addis M.F. 2016. Proteomic changes occurring along gonad maturation in the edible sea urchin Paracentrotus lividusJournal of Proteomics 144: 63-72.

Siliani S., Melis R., Loi B., Guala I., Baroli M., Sanna R., Uzzau S., Roggio T., Addis M.F., Anedda R. 2016. Influence of seasonal and environmental patterns on the lipid content and fatty acid profiles in gonads of the edible sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus from Sardinia. Marine Environmental Research 113: 124-133.

Ghisaura S., Biosa G., Pagnozzi D., Anedda R., Baroli M., Loi B., Guala I., Roggio T., Uzzau S., Addis M.F. 2015. Proteomic characterization of the sea urchin roe for understanding and monitoring quality. IX Congress of the European Proteomics Association (EuPA), Milan 23-28 June 2015.

Loi B., Farina S., Brundu G., Guala I., Baroli M. 2015. Reproductive cycle of Paracentrotus lividus at two Sardinian coastal areas. Biologia Marina Mediterranea, 22(1): 97-98.

Loi B., Baroli M., Mossone P. 2014. The research for a sustainable perspective for the management of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividusGlobal Scientia – Global Science and Technology, Issue 5, Pagg. 56-60. ISSN 2053-258X (Print) – ISSN 2053-2598 (Online).

Loi B., Brundu G., Guala I., Frau F., Panzalis P., Bernardi G., Navone A., Baroli M. 2013. Age and growth of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus in Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (Sardinia). Biologia Marina Mediterranea, 20(1): 138 – 139.

Brundu G., Loi B., Baroli M., Frau F., Panzalis P., Bernardi G., Navone A., Guala I. 2013. Change of density and structure of sea urchin population at the MPA Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo. Biologia Marina Mediterranea, 20(1): 122 – 123.

Fernandes D., Loi B., Porte C. 2011. Biosynthesis and metabolism of steroids in molluscs. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 127(3-5): 189-195.

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