Gianni Brundu

Roles: Aquaculture and Fishery Resources Area Research Fellow.

Gianni Brundu is a researcher about reproduction and breeding of invertebrate species, as the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus and the pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas, rearing of larvae and juveniles, induction of adults for reproduction. Reproduction induction of mugilidae Mugil cephalus, breeding of larvae and juveniles; farming of micro and macro algae species as food in aquaculture.

Research on plants and animal communities of lagoon and coastal marine environments. Implementation of research and monitoring projects (EU, National and Regional) with particular reference to the evaluation of the functioning of lagoon and coastal ecosystems. Collecting and processing of ecological data on priority habitat and species of conservation and commercial interest.

Transfer of skills and experience, training and tutoring of students.



2017  Ph.D. in “Ecology and sustainable management of the environmental resources”, Tuscia University, Viterbo (Italy). Project “The role of sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus (Lamarck, 1816) in an environmentally sustainable rearing system (IMTA)” 

2010  Stage post-degree “Monitoring of the environmental quality in the Mediterranean lagoons through analysis of macrobenthic communities”, National Research Council (CNR) U.o.S. of Lesina, Foggia (Italy).

2007  Degree in Marine biology “On the ecology of Pinna nobilis L., 1758 (Mollusca: Bivalvia) in the Gulf of Oristano”, Cagliari University (Italy).


From 2012 Researcher at the Foundation IMC International Marine Centre, Torregrande Oristano (Italy).

Field of Interest

  • Aquaculture
  • Marine biology
  • Marine ecology

Selected publications

BRUNDU G., Chindris A.C., 2018. Nutrients uptake and growth of Ulva lactuca (Linnaeus, 1753) in grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) wastewater versus natural estuarine water. Chemistry and Ecology DOI 10.1080/02757540.2018.1452918.

BRUNDU G., Scolamacchia M., Graham P., Carboni S., Giménez Papiol G. (2018). OstrInnova: sperimentazione di nuove attrezzature per l’allevamento di ostrica concava Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg, 1793) in Sardegna. Aquafarm 2018. 15-16 febbraio 2018, Pordenone, Italia.

BRUNDU G., Vallainc D. (2017) Stocking density influences the growth of juvenile sea urchins, Paracentrotus lividus (Lamarck, 1816). Aquaculture Europe 2017. 17-20 ottobre 2017, Dubrovnik, Croazia.

Andreotti V., Chindris A.C., BRUNDU G., Vallainc D., Francavilla M., Garcìa J., 2017. Bioremediation of aquaculture wastewater from Mugil cephalus (Linnaeus, 1758) with different microalgae species. Chemistry and Ecology DOI 10.1080/02757540.2017.1378351.

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; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3067.

BRUNDU G., Carboni S. (2016). Suitable rearing method and diets enhance the production of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus (Lamarck, 1816). Aquaculture Europe 2016 – Food for thought. 20-23 Settembre 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland.

BRUNDU G., Vian Monleón L., Vallainc D., Carboni S. (2016). Effects of larval diet and metamorphosis cue on survival and growth of sea urchin post-larvae (Paracentrotus lividus; Lamarck, 1816). Aquaculture, 465, 265-270.

BRUNDU G., Vallainc D., Baroli M., Figus A.M., Pinna A., Carboni S. (2016). Effects of on-demand feeding on sea urchin larvae (Paracentrotus lividus; Lamarck, 1816), development, survival and microalgae utilization. Aquac. Res,

Loi B., Farina S., BRUNDU G., Guala I., Baroli M. (2015). Reproductive cycle of Paracentrotus lividus at two Sardinian coastal areas. Biol. Mar. Mediterr., 22 (1): 97-98, ISSN: 1123-4245.

Guala I., Nikolić V., Iveša L., Jakl Z., Šijan M., Prvan M., Krstinić P., BRUNDU G., Di Carlo G., Rajković Ž. (2014). Development of the national monitoring protocol for Posidonia oceanica meadows in Croatia: a pilot project. Proceedings of the 5th Mediterranean Symposium on Marine Vegetation (Portorož, Slovenia, 27-28 October 2014). LANGAR H., BOUAFIF C., OUERGHI A., edits., RAC/SPA publ., Tunis: 80-85.

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). Biol. Mar. Mediterr., 20 (1): 164-165, ISSN: 1123-4245.

Guala I., BRUNDU G., Vallainc D., Mossone P. (2013). Assessment of conservation status of Posidonia oceanica and anchoring pressure as a tool for a proper management of recreational boating. Biol. Mar. Mediterr., 20 (1): 164-165, ISSN: 1123-4245.

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). Biol. Mar. Mediterr., 20 (1): 164-165, ISSN: 1123-4245.

BRUNDU G., Palombo L., Manca L., Guala I., Vallainc D., Loi B., Baroli M. (2013). Preliminary study on Ficopomatus enigmaticus in three lagoons of the Province of Oristano (Sardinia). VI Congresso Lagunet. Transitional water: research, management and local community. Cagliari, 29-31 Ottobre 2012.

Addis P., Secci M., BRUNDU G., Manunza A., Corrias S., Cau A. (2009). Density, size structure, shell orientation and epibiontic colonization of the fan mussel Pinna nobilis L. 1758 (Mollusca: Bivalvia) in three contrasting habitats in an estuarine area of Sardinia (W Mediterranean). Sci. Mar., 73 (1): 143-152.

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