Freshwater ecology (Dr. Pizzul)

Dr. Elisabetta Pizzul

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Dr. Elisabetta Pizzul is researcher of Ecology (Bio/07) at the Life Science Department of the Trieste University.

Born in Gorizia on July 13, 1964, she graduated at the Trieste University in 1990. She began the service as researcher by the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences in July 1995 and she was confirmed in her role in October 1998.

Through the years, she was the chief in many projects regarding ecological analyses in lotic environments in the Friuli Venezia Giulia. Her studies have focused the distribution of fish species, the composition of fish communities, and the safeguard of species listed in European Directives (such as Salmo marmoratus and Thymallus thymallus); she led studies regarding morphological analysis of lotic ecosystems and their fish communities in the context of hydrological and environmental monitoring plans in relation to the problem of water diversion for hydropower purposes and she led  studies about the application of biotic indices in lotic environments, in agreement with the European Directive 2000/60/EC. In this context, in 2009 she began a collaboration with ARPA Friuli Venezia Giulia, in order to apply the Index of the Ecological Status of Fish Communities (ISECI) in sites included in the Regional Water Protection Plan (PRTA).

In the last years, the scientific activities have focused on the characterization of allochthonous species in Friuli Venezia Giulia (Silurus glanis), the taxonomy of pike populations (genus Esox), the feeding and the reproduction of salmonids in alpine and prealpine streams (Salmo trutta, Salmo marmoratus), the decomposition of the organic matter within temporary wetland areas and, finally, the macrobenthic invertebrates in freshwater ecosystems. In particular, the macrobenthic invertebrates have been studied  as bioindicators and in relation to the important role they play within trophic webs, in decomposition processes of the organic matter and in the energy transfer through the trophic levels in freshwater ecosystems, both lotic as lentic.

Since 2014 Elisabetta Pizzul is  the President of the Italian Freshwater Ichthyologists Association.



Last update: 01-22-2020 - 21:30