Simone Farina

Roles: Coastal Ecosystems and Biodiversity Area Research Fellow.

Simone Farina is a marine ecologist specialized in macrophyte ecosystem conservation. His research is currently focuses on the impact generated by the lack of sea urchins on ecosystems. In the framework of the “promotion of scientific research and technological innovation in Sardinia”, his studies provide the elements to carry out a management plan based on ecosystem approach for a sustainable sea urchin harvesting. Other research is carried out on the effects of climate change on macrophyte community interactions and structure.


2015 Ph.D., Marine Ecology

2012 M.Sc., Essential and Applied Ecology/Specialty Marine Systems

2004 B.Sc., Marine-Environmental-Sciences

Fields of Interest

  • Water Quality
  • Marine Environment
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Applied Ecology
  • Marine Ecology

Selected publications

Farina, S., Quattrocchi, G., Guala, I., Cucco, A. (2018). Hydrodynamic patterns favouring sea urchin recruitment in coastal areas: A Mediterranean study case, Marine Environmental Research, doi: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.05.013

Boada J., Farina S., Arthur R., Romero J., Prado P., Alcoverro T. (2018) Herbivore control in connected seascapes: habitat determines when population regulation occurs in the life history of a key herbivore. Oikos. doi 10.1111/oik.05060

Farina S., Oltra A., Bartumeus F., Boada J., Romero J., Alcoverro T. (2017) Generation and maintenance of predation hotspots of functionally important herbivore in a patchy habitat mosaic. Functional Ecology. doi 10.1111/1365-2435.12985

Roca G., Romero J., Farina S., Martinez-Crego B., Alcoverro T. (2017) Using seagrasses to identify local and large-scale trends of metals in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. doi 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.09.021

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 youngest. PeerJ 5:e3067; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3067

Farina S., Guala I., Oliva S., Piazzi L., Silva R., Ceccherelli G. (2016) The seagrass effect turned upside down changes the prospective of sea urchin survival and landscape implications. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164294. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164294

Oliva S., Farina S., Pinna S., Guala I., Agnetta D., Ariotti P.A., Mura F., Ceccherelli G. (2016) Determinants of Paracentrotus lividus sea urchin recruitment under oligotrophic conditions: implications for conservation management. Marine Environmental Research 117: 13-20

Boada J., Arthur R., Farina S., Santana Y., Mascaró O.,  Romero J., Alcoverro T. (2015) Hotspots of predation persist outside marine reserves in the historically fished Mediterranean Sea. Biological Conservation 191:67-74. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.06.017

Roca G., Alcoverro T., de Torres M., Manzanera M., Martínez-Crego B., Bennett S., Farina S., Pérez M., Romero J. (2015) Detecting water quality improvement along the Catalan coast (Spain) using stress-specific biochemical seagrass indicators. Ecological indicators 54: 161-170. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.02.031

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

Gera A., Pages J., Arthur R., Farina S., Roca G., Romero J., Alcoverro T. (2014) The effect of a centenary storm on the long-lived seagrass Posidonia oceanica. Limnology and Oceanography 59(6): 1910-1918. doi:10.4319/lo.2014.59.6.1910

Roca G., Romero J., Columbu S., Farina S., Pages J.F., Gera A., Inglis G., Alcoverro T. (2014) Detecting the impacts of harbour construction on a seagrass habitat and its subsequent recovery. Ecological Indicators 45: 9-17.

Farina S., Arthur R., Pages J., Prado P., Romero J., Verges A., Hyden G., Heck  jr K.L., Glenos S., Alcoverro T. (2014). Difference in predator composition alters the direction of structure-mediated predation risk in macrophyte communities. Oikos 123(11): 1311-1322. doi: 10.1111/oik.01382

Pagès JF, Gera A, Romero J, Farina S, Garcia-Rubies A, et al. (2013) The Mediterranean Benthic Herbivores Show Diverse Responses to Extreme Storm Disturbances. PLoS ONE 8(5): e62719. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062719

Pages J., Farina S., Gera A., Arthur R., Romero J., Alcoverro T. (2012). Indirect interactions in seagrasses: fish herbivores increase predation risk to sea urchins by modifying plant traits. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.02038.x.

Prado P., Tomas F., Pinna S., Farina S., Roca G., Ceccherelli G., Romero J. & Alcoverro T. (2012). Habitat and Scale Shape the Demographic Fate of the Keystone Sea Urchin Paracentrotus lividus in Mediterranean Macrophyte Communities. PlosONE 7(4): e 35170doi:10.1371/journal.pone. 00351700.

Farina S., Tomas F., Prado P., Romero J., Alcoverro T. (2009) Seagrass meadow structure alters sea urchin-predator interactions. Marine Ecology Progress Series 377:131-137.

Prado P., Farina S., Tomas F., Romero J., Alcoverro T. (2008) Marine protection and meadow size alter fish herbivory in seagrass ecosystems. Marine Ecology Progress Series 371:11-21.


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