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Azzurra Bastari

Azzurra Bastari

Visiting Postdoc
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Azzurra Bastari received her PhD in February 2016 and currently is a visiting researcher from the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy.

Azzurra is a zoologist who is interested in the conservation and recovery of Adriatic Sea megabenthic communities and in the study of the taxonomy of habitat forming species (Porifera, Cnidaria).

She is actively involved in the Adriatic Recovery Project, with the main goal of promoting the recovery of Adriatic ecosystems and commercial stocks through the establishment of a Fishery Restricted Area (FRA) in international waters of the Adriatic Sea (

During her student career, Azzurra acquired knowledge on using geo-referenced programs (ArcGIS) and statistical software (R) and of all the traditional techniques for the taxonomical classification of Porifera and Cnidaria. Azzurra has skills in underwater sampling (square, transects etc.). Finally, Azzurra has had the opportunity to attend several international education training and activities:

  • She was a visiting scientist at Hopkins Marine Station – Stanford University (Monterey – California) (22 January – 07 April 2015).
  • She was a collaborator of the Project “HyDRa: Hydroid Diversity of the Northern Red Sea” at the Marine Station IUI, Eilat (Israel), founded by the European Project “ASSEMBLE” an EU FP7 research infrastructure initiative comprising a network of marine research stations (26 April - 19 May 2014).
  • In 2013, she won a scholarship in the project RITMARE and studied the "Analisi del macrobenthos in mar Adriatico lungo un gradiente temporale". During that period she analyzed and classified Porifera and Pennatulacea coming from the Adriatic Sea.
  • In 2011, Azzurra was in Indonesia and made underwater sampling of mangrove sponges.