Giorgio Castellan

Giorgio Castellan

&  Institute of Marine Science - National Research Council ISMAR-CNR

Research interests

I study the biodiversity, ecology and the functioning of mesophotic and deep ecosystems, with particular attention to the Mediterranean Sea. My activities encompass the analysis of environmental variables that influence the distribution of organisms and the composition of benthic communities, also focusing on global climate change and the future conditions of the oceans. My studies include the application of different habitat mapping techniques and the development of statistical models to predict the distribution of megabenthic communities. I'm also interested in the protection of mesophotic and deep-sea Mediterranean communities.


  Please note that only publications relevant to mesophotic reefs are indexed.

A brachiopod biotope associated with rocky bottoms at the shelf break in the central Mediterranean Sea: Geobiological traits and conservation aspects | article
Angeletti L, Canese S, Cardone F, Castellan G, Foglini F, Taviani M (2020)
Aquat Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst 30:402-411

Application of hyperspectral imaging to underwater habitat mapping, Southern Adriatic Sea | article
Foglini F, Grande V, Marchese F, Bracchi VA, Prampolini M, Angeletti L, Castellan G, Chimienti G, Hansen IM, Gudmundsen M, Meroni AN, Mercorella A, Vertino A, Badalamenti F, Corselli C, Erdal I, Martorelli E, Savini A, Taviani M (2019)

Drawing the borders of the mesophotic zone of the Mediterranean Sea using satellite data | article
Castellan G, Angeletti L, Montagna P, Taviani M (2022)
Sci Rep 12:5585

Research keywords
Research platform experience
  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  Sonar / Multibeam
  Drop / Towed Video
  Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Research summary (from publications)