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Ms Anna Lafratta

Overview of thesis

I am exploring the seagrasses meadows potentiality to be used as archives. They can store biogeochemical elements, such as pollutants and nutrients for millennial, providing a long-term, precise chronicle of coastal history. The purpose of this project is to expand the knowledge about seagrass archives and in particular to assess the usefulness of Australian Posidonia seagrass meadows as natural environmental archives looking at different study cases.

Project link: Seagrass archives reveal centennial-scale metal smelter contamination while acting as metal filters in a high-polluted coastal marine environment


  • Master Degree in Marine Biology at Polytechnic     University of Marche, Ancona, Italy (2007-2010)
  • Bachelor Degree in Environmental Biology at University of Studies of      Perugia, Perugia, Italy (2004-2007)

Other Qualifications

  • Stress and Rescue Diver (2015)
  • Senior First Aid (current)
  • DAN Oxygen Provider (current)
  • FIAS: ARA Advanced Open Water     Diver
  • PADI Open Water Diver


Research Interests

  • Environmental history reconstruction
  • Coastal and marine management
  • Marine zoology and etology

Past Research employment history

  • Volunteer at AIMS (Australian Institute of Marine Science), Perth, April 2013- March 2014
  • Volunteer at ECU (Edith     Cowan University), Perth, April 2013-Setpember 2013

Scholarships and Awards

  • ECU Industrial Scholarship
  • Scholarship-Project     Campus World (Polytechnic     University of Marche, Ancona, Italy).

Recent Publications

Journal Article

  • Bertolino M, Calcinai B, Cattaneo-Vietti R, Cerrano C, Lafratta A, Pansini M, Pica D, Bavestrello G (2013) Stability of the sponge assemblage of Mediterranean coralligenous concretions along a millennial time span. Mar Ecol:1–10
  • Bertolino M, Calcinai B, Capellacci S, Cerrano C, Lafratta A, Pansini M, Penna A, Bavestrello G (2012) Posidonia oceanica meadows as sponge spicule traps. Ita J Zool 79:231-23

Conference Publications/ Presentations

  • Poster at VIII World Sponge Conference (Girona, 20-14 September     2010):
    • M.      Bertolino, B. Calcinai, C. Cerrano, A. Lafratta, M. Pansini, D.      Pica, G. Bavestrello. The paleo sponge assemblage of the      Mediterranean coralligenous.
    • M.      Bertolino, B. Calcinai, C.Cerrano, A. Lafratta, M. Pansini, G.      Bavestrello. Posidonia oceanica      meadows as sponge spicule traps.



PhD Student
Ms Anna Lafratta
Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research
School of Science

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