Prof. Anna Occhipinti

(Professore Ordinario)



Laboratorio di Ecologia, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e dell'Ambiente

Università degli Studi di Pavia

Via S. Epifanio 14, I-27100 Pavia, Italia


Tel. +39.0382.984876

Fax +39.0382.304610

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Anna Occhipinti was awarded a degree cum laude in Biological Sciences at the University of Pavia in 1976.



She was a researcher in Pavia from 1977 to 1992, Associate Professor of Ecology at the University of Venice from 1992 to 1994, at the University of Milan from 1994 to 1997 and from 1997 to 2000 at the University of Pavia. Since 2000 she has been Full Professor and has held the Chair of Ecology at the University of Pavia.



She teaches Ecology, Applied Ecology and  Hydrobiology at the Faculty of Science in the first and second level degree courses in Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences and Biotechnology.



Her main expertise is in the field of invasive species ecology: since 1976 she has been working  in marine and brackish water environment, focusing on structure and dynamics of macrobenthos, with particular regard to introduced species and their relationship with the environment, as well as the development of ecological indicators for benthos in the framework of the EU Water Directive 2000/60. She has been collaborating with major international organizations dealing with the issue of “Alien Species” in the Mediterranean (Mediterranean Science Commission - CIESM, Mediterranean Action Plan - RAC/SPA) in Europe (ICES – WGITMO Working Group on Introduction and Transfer of Marine Organisms, WGBOSV Working Group on Ballast and Other Ship Vectors, ERNAIS - European Research Network on Aquatic Invasive Species, MARBEF – Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning, EU Network of Excellence). She was an ICES representative for the EC Consultation (FISH A3/RB/2004025-A3)- 'Rules governing the introduction of exotic species and on containment of stock in aquaculture'. She was partner in the recent EU funded research project IMPASSE “Environmental impacts of alien species in aquaculture”.

She was recently nominated one of 12 experts of the non indigenous species descriptor Task Group in charge of developing recommendations on criteria and standards for determining Good Environmental Status (GES) of the European marine waters as requested by the Marine Strategy Directive (2008/56/EC).

Since 1999 she is the coordinator of the Alien Species Group of the Italian Society of Marine Biology.



She is author or co-author of about 130 papers in national and international scientific journals. She published over 35 papers on different aspects of aquatic invasion biology and co-edited a special issues of Marine Pollution Bulletin on biological invasions.

The article “Global change and marine communities: alien species and climate change” has been awarded the prize for BEST PAPER OF THE YEAR in 2008 by the editor.