Dr. Alessio Rovere

Junior Research Group Leader

Department: Biogeochemistry and Geology

Phone: +49 421 218 65771

Fax: +49 421 23800 - 30

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Research interests

- Sea level changes during past interglacials, Pleistocene and Pliocene
- UAV, GPS and GIS techniques to assess environmental change
- Coastal erosion and extreme wave events
- Habitat mapping


Peer-reviewed journals

Ávila, S. P., Melo, C., Silva, L., Ramalho, R. S., Quartau, R., Hipólito, A., Cordeirob, R., Rebelob, A. C., Madeira, P., Rovere, A., Hearty, P. J., Henriques, D., Marques da Silva, C., de Frias Martins, A. M., Zazo, C. (2015). A review of the MIS 5e highstand deposits from Santa Maria Island (Azores, NE Atlantic): palaeobiodiversity, palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography. Quaternary Science Reviews, 114, 126-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.02.012

Gatti, G., Bianchi, C.N., Parravicini, V., ROVERE, A., Peirano, A., Montefalcone, M., Massa, F., Morri, C. (2015) Ecological Change, Sliding Baselines and the Importance of Historical Data: Lessons from Combing Observational and Quantitative Data on a Temperate Reef Over 70 Years, PLoS One, vol. 10, p. e0118581.

Rovere, A., Hearty, P. J., Austermann, J., Mitrovica, J. X., Gale, J., Moucha, R., Forte, A.M., Raymo, M. E. (2015). Mid-Pliocene shorelines of the US Atlantic coastal plain–an improved elevation database with comparison to Earth model predictions. Earth-Science Reviews, 145, pp. 117-131. DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.02.007

Casella, E., Rovere, A., Pedroncini, A., Mucerino, L., Casella, M., Cusati, L. A., Cusati, A., Vacchi, M., Ferrari, M., Firpo, M. (2014). Study of wave runup using numerical models and low-altitude aerial photogrammetry: A tool for coastal management. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 149, 160-167.

Rovere, A., Antonioli, F., Bianchi, C.N., (2014) Fixed sea level biological indicators. In: Shennan, I and Horton, B, the new handbook of sea level research, Wiley and Sons, 2014.

Rovere, A.E., Raymo M.E., Mitrovica, J. X., Hearty, P. J., OʼLeary, M. J., & Inglis, J. D. (2014). The Mid-Pliocene sea-level conundrum: Glacial isostasy, eustasy and dynamic topography. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 387, 27–33. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.10.030

Rovere, A., Casella, E., Vacchi, M., Parravicini, V., Firpo, M., Ferrari, M., ... & Bianchi, C. N. (2014). Coastal and marine geomorphology between Albenga and Savona (NW Mediterranean Sea, Italy). Journal of Maps, (ahead-of-print), 1-9.

Vacchi, M., Rovere, A., Chatzipetros, A., & Zouros, N. (2013). An updated database of Holocene relative sea level changes in NE Aegean Sea. Quaternary International doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2013.08.036

Vacchi, M., Montefalcone, M., Parravicini, V., Rovere, A., Vassallo, P., Ferrari, M., et al. (2013). Spatial models to support the management of coastal marine ecosystems: a short review of best practices in Liguria, Italy. Mediterranean Marine Science, 15(1), 172–180. doi:10.12681/mms.535

Rosi, V., Ferrero, T.J., Moreno, M., Gaozza, L., ROVERE, A., Firpo, M., Marques, J.C., Albertelli, G. (2013). The use of nematodes in assessing ecological conditions in shallow waters surrounding a Mediterranean harbour facility. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 1–13.

Rovere, A., Ferraris, F., Parravicini, V., Navone, A., Morri, C., Bianchi, C.N. (2013). Characterization and evaluation of a marine protected area: “Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo” (Sardinia, NW Mediterranean). Journal of Maps.

Vassallo, P., Paoli, C., Rovere, A., & Montefalcone, M. (2013). The value of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica: A natural capital assessment. Marine pollution bullettin doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.07.044

Rovere, A., Raymo, M.E., O'Leary, M.J., Hearty, P.J. (2012). Crowdsourcing in the Quaternary sea level community: insights from the Pliocene. Quaternary Science Reviews 56, 164-166.

Rovere, A., Furlani, S., Benjamin, J., Fontana, A., Antonioli, F. (2012). MEDFLOOD project: MEDiterranean sea-level change and projection for future FLOODing. Alpine and Mediterranean Quaternary, 25 (2), 2012, iii-v.

Vacchi, M., Rovere, A., Zouros, N., Firpo, M. (2012). Assessing enigmatic boulder deposits in NE Aegean Sea: importance of historical sources as tool to support hydrodynamic equations. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 12, 1109–1118.

Vacchi, M., Rovere, A., Zouros, N., Desrouelles, S., Caron, V., Firpo, M. (2012). Spatial distribution of sea-level markers on Lesvos Island (NE Aegean Sea): Evidence of differential relative sea-level changes and the neotectonic implications. Geomorphology 159-160 (2012) 50–62

Bianchi, C., Parravicini, V., Montefalcone, M., Rovere, A., Morri, C., (2012). The Challenge of Managing Marine Biodiversity: A Practical Toolkit for a Cartographic, Territorial Approach. Diversity 4, 419–452.

Gatti, G., Montefalcone, M., Rovere, A., Parravicini, V., Morri, C., Albertelli, G, Bianchi, C.N. (2012). Seafloor integrity down the harbor waterfront: the coralligenous shoals off Vado Ligure (NW Mediterranean), Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, 3:1, 51-67

Vacchi, M., Rovere, A., Schiaffino, C., Ferrari, M. (2012). Monitoring the effectiveness of re-establishing beaches artificially: methodological and practical insights into the use of video transects and SCUBA-operated coring devices. International Journal of the Society for Under

Rovere, A., Vacchi, M., Firpo, M., Carobene, L. (2011). Underwater geomorphology of the rocky coastal tracts between Finale Ligure and Vado Ligure (western Liguria, NW Mediterranean Sea). Quaternary International 232: 187-200.

Rovere, A., Antonioli, F., Enei, F., Giorgi, S. (2011). Relative sea level change at the archaeological site of Pyrgi (Santa Severa, Rome) during the last seven millennia. Quaternary International 232: 82-91.

Vacchi, M., Rovere, A., Firpo, M., Zouros, N. (2011). Bulder deposits in Southern Lesvos: an evidence of the 1949's Chios-Karabourum tsunami? Proceedings of the 2nd INQUA-IGCP-567 International Workshop on Active Tectonics, Earthquake Geology, Archaeology and Engineering, 251-254. ISBN: 978-960-466-093-3.

Vacchi, M., Rovere, A., Zouros, N., Firpo, M. (2011). Mapping shorelines in Lesvos Island: new contribution to the late Quaternary relative sea level changes and to the neotectonics of the area. Proceedings of the 2nd INQUA-IGCP-567 International Workshop on Active Tectonics, Earthquake Geology, Archaeology and Engineering, 247-250. ISBN: 978-960-466-093-3.

Hengesh, J., Whitney, B.B., Rovere, A. (2011). A Tectonic Influence on Seafloor Stability along Australia’s North West Shelf. Proceedings of the Twenty-first (2011) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference Maui, Hawaii, USA, June 19-24, 2011 ISBN 978-1-880653-96-8 (Set); ISSN 1098-6189 (Set); www.isope.org

Parravicini, V., Rovere, A., Vassallo, P., Micheli, F., Montefalcone, M., Morri, C., Paoli, C., Albertelli, G., Fabiano, M., Bianchi, C.N., (2011). Understanding relationships between human uses and coastal eco system status: a geospatial modelling approach. Ecological Indicators. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.07.027

Montefalcone, M., Rovere, A., Parravicini, V., Albertelli, G., Morri, C., Bianchi, C.N. (2011) Evaluating change in seagrass meadows: A time-framed comparison of Side ScanSonar maps. Aquatic Botany doi:10.1016/j.aquabot.2011.05.009.

Bianchi, C.N., Morri, C., Chiantore, M., Montefalcone, M., Parravicini, V., Rovere, A. (2011) Mediterranean Sea biodiversity between the legacy from the past and a future of change. In: Stambler, N. (Ed) Life in the Mediterranean Sea: A Look at Habitat Changes. Nova Publishers.

Rovere, A., Parravicini, V., Firpo, M., Morri, C., Bianchi, C.N. (2011). Combining geomorphologic, biological and accessibility values for marine natural heritage evaluation and conservation. Aquatic Conservation: marine and freshwater ecosystems 21: 541-552.

Rovere, A., Parravicini, V., Vacchi, M., Montefalcone, M., Morri, C., Bianchi, C.N., Firpo, M. (2010). Geo-environmental cartography of the Marine Protected Area “Isola di Bergeggi” (Liguria, NW Mediterranean Sea). Journal of Maps DOI: v2010, 505-519. doi:10.4113/jom.2010.1137.

Roghi, F., Parravicini, V., Montefalcone, M., Rovere, A., Morri, C., Peirano, A., Firpo, M., Bianchi, C.N. (2010). Decadal evolution of a coralligenous ecosystem under the influence of human impacts and climate change. Biologia Marina Mediterranea.

Rovere, A., Montefalcone, M., Vassallo, P., Paoli, C., Vacchi, M., Morri, C., Bianchi, C.N., Firpo, M., Albertelli, G., Fabiano, M. (2010). Posidonia oceanica through time: modern and paleoecological perspectives from the Bergeggi - Vado Ligure area (Sv). Biologia Marina Mediterranea 17 (1), 157-160.

Rovere, A., Vacchi, M., Firpo, M. (2010). Submerged shorelines off the Gallinara Island (Ligurian Sea, NW Mediterranean). Rendiconti online della Società Geologica Italiana 11, 46-47.

Vacchi, M., Rovere, A., Zouros, N., Firpo, M. (2010) Spatial distribution of the paleo-shorelines in Lesvos Island. Evidence of differential coastal uplift in the area? Rendiconti online della Società Geologica Italiana 11, 53-54.

Burlando, M., Firpo, M. Queirolo, C., Rovere, A., Vacchi, M. (2010) From Geoheritage to Sustainable Development: Strategies and Perspectives in the Beigua Geopark (Italy), Geoheritage. DOI 10.1007/s12371-010-0019-4.

Rovere, A., Vacchi, M., Parravicini, V. , Bianchi, C.N., Zouros, N., Firpo, M. (2010). Bringing Geoheritage underwater: definitions, methods and application in two Mediterranean marine areas. Environmental Earth Sciences 64(1): 133-142

Rovere, A., Bellati, S., Parravicini, V., Firpo, M., Morri, C., Bianchi, C.N. (2009). Abiotic and biotic links work two ways: effects on the deposit at the cliff foot induced by mechanical action of date mussel harvesting (Lithophaga lithophaga). Estuaries And Coasts 32, 333-339. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-008- 9127-7.

Carobene, L., Firpo, M., Rovere A. (2008). Le variazioni ambientali nell’area di Vado Ligure dal neolitico ad oggi. Il Quaternario – Italian Journal Of Quaternary Sciences 21(2), 433-456.

Rovere, A., Vacchi, M., Parravicini, V., Morri, C., Bianchi, C.N., Firpo, M. (2008). Bringing geoheritage underwater: methodological approaches to evaluation and mapping. In Regolini-Bissig G., Reynard E. (Eds). Mapping Geoheritage, Lausanne, Institut de Géographie, Travaux et Recherches 35, 65-80.

Parravicini, V., Donato, M., Rovere, A., Montefalcone, M., Albertelli, G., Bianchi, C.N. (2007). Indagine preliminare sul coralligeno dell’area di Bergeggi (SV): tipologie ed ipotesi sul suo mantenimento. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 14(2), 162-163.

Rovere, A., Parravicini, V., Firpo, M., Morri, C., Albertelli, G., Bianchi, C.N. (2007). Emergenze naturalistiche dell’Area Marina Protetta di Bergeggi (Sv): Integrazione di aspetti biologici, ecologici e geomorfologici. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 14(2); p. 86-87.

Rovere, A., Parravicini, V., Donato, M., Riva, C., Diviacco, G., Coppo, S., Firpo, M., Bianchi, C.N. (2006). Indagini sulle secche di Punta Manara: un approccio ecotipologico. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 13(2), 210-211.

Parravicini, V., Rovere, A., Donato, M., Morri, C., Bianchi, C.N. (2006). A method to measure three- dimensional substratum rugosity for ecological studies: an example from the date-mussel fishery desertification in the north-western Mediterranean. Journal Of The Marine Biological Association Of The United Kingdom 86, 689-690.