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Affiliation: National Research Council of Italy, Institute for the Study of Anthropogenic Impact and Sustainability in the Marine Environment

Position, academic degree, rank: research director, PhD

Address: Loc. Sa Mardini, Torregrande 09170 Oristano, Italy



Research area:

benthic ecology, with special reference to the effect of natural factors and anthropogenic pressures on benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in coastal marine and lagoon systems;

development of indicators of ecological and environmental status in application to the European Directives (WFD; 2006/60/EC and MSFD; 2008/56);

food webs studies (δ13C, δ15N analysis), including the effect of invasive species on benthic–pelagic coupling;

biogeochemical processes, including the effect of bioturbation of benthic macroinvertebrates on oxygen and nutrient fluxes;

biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Membership in editorial boards, scientific communities, and other organizations:

associate editor – scientific journal Frontiers in Marine Science.



Giampaoletti J., Sbrana A., Magni P., Gravina M. F. Macrobenthos of the Tortolì Lagoon: A peculiar case of high benthic biodiversity among Mediterranean lagoons. Diversity, 2023, vol. 15, iss. 6, art. no. 783 (12 p.).


Magni P., Gravina M. F. Macrobenthos of lagoon ecosystems: A comparison in vegetated and bare sediments. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, 2023, vol. 14, no. 1, art. no. 11124 (9 p.).


Magni P., Vesal S. E., Giampaoletti J., Como S., Gravina M. F. Joint use of biological traits, diversity and biotic indices to assess the ecological quality status of a Mediterranean transitional system. Ecological Indicators, 2023, vol. 147, art. no. 109939 (14 p.).


Avolio R., Grozdanov A., Avella M., Barton J., Cocca M., De Falco F., Dimitrov A. T., Errico M. E., Fanjul-Bolado P., Gentile G., Paunovic P., Ribotti A., Magni P. Review of pH sensing materials from macro- to nano-scale: Recent developments and examples of seawater applications. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 2022, vol. 52, iss. 6, pp. 979–1021.


Magni P., Semprucci F., Gravina M. F. Joint analysis of macrofaunal and meiofaunal assemblages improves the assessment of lagoonal environmental heterogeneity. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 2022, vol. 266, art. no. 107740 (8 p.).


Brundu G., Magni P. Context-dependent effect of serpulid reefs on the variability of soft-bottom macrobenthic assemblages in three Mediterranean lagoons (Sardinia, Italy). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 2021, vol. 2625, art. no. 107589 (12 p.).


Greathead C., Magni P., Vanaverbeke J., Buhl-Mortensen L., Janas U., Blomqvist M., Craeymeersch J. A., Dannheim J., Darr A., Degraer S., Desroy N., Donnay A., Griffiths Y., Guala I., Guerin L., Hinchen H., Labrune C., Reiss H., Van Hoey G., Birchenough S. N. R. A generic framework to assess the representation and protection of benthic ecosystems in European marine protected areas. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 2020, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 1253–1275.


Zheng X., Como S., Huang L., Magni P. Temporal changes of a food web structure driven by different primary producers in a subtropical eutrophic lagoon. Marine Environmental Research, 2020, vol. 161, art. no. 105128.


Gravina M. F., Cabiddu S., Como S., Floris A., Padedda B. M., Pusceddu A., Magni P. Disentangling heterogeneity and commonalities in nanotidal Mediterranean lagoons through environmental features and macrozoobenthic assemblages. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 2020, vol. 237, art. no. 106688 (13 p.).


Magni P., Como S., Gravina M. F., Guo D., Li C., Huang L. Trophic features, benthic recovery, and dominance of the invasive Mytilopsis sallei in the Yundang Lagoon (Xiamen, China) following long-term restoration. Water, 2019, vol. 11, iss. 8, art. no. 1692 (18 p.).


Semprucci F., Gravina M. F., Magni P. Meiofaunal dynamics and heterogeneity along salinity and trophic gradients in a Mediterranean transitional system. Water, 2019, vol. 11, iss. 7, art. no. 1488 (16 p.).


Zheng X., Como S., Magni P., Huang L. Spatiotemporal variation in environmental features and elemental/isotopic composition of organic matter sources and primary producers in the Yundang Lagoon (Xiamen, China). Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2019, vol. 26, iss. 13, pp. 13126–13137.


Guy-Haim T., Lyons D. A., Kotta J. … Magni P. et al. Diverse effects of invasive ecosystem engineers on marine biodiversity and ecosystem functions: A global review and meta-analysis. Global Change Biology, 2018, vol. 24, iss. 3, pp. 906–924.


Como S., van der Velde G., Magni P. Temporal variation in the trophic levels of secondary consumers in a Mediterranean coastal lagoon (Cabras Lagoon, Italy). Estuaries and Coasts, 2018, vol. 41, iss. 1, pp. 218–232.


Como S., Floris A., Pais A., Rumolo P., Saba S., Sprovieri M., Magni P. Assessing the impact of the Asian mussel Arcuatula senhousia in the recently invaded Oristano Lagoon-Gulf System (W Sardinia, Italy). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 2018, vol. 201, pp. 123–131.