Alessandro Cresci

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149, USA
Tel. +1 786 602 2992
Email: alessandrocresci90@gmail.com; axc597@miami.edu

Education

B.Sc. (2012) in Biological Sciences, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
M.Sc. (2014) in Biology of Marine Production, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Ph.D. (2015-) in Biological Oceanography, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Areas of expertise and interest

My research is focused on the orientation of early life stages of aquatic animals. In particular, I investigate how during the first phases of their life history, marine animals use the earth’s magnetic field to orient in their environment. My current experimental work is on the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). This species performs a long migration across the Atlantic Ocean and is now critically endangered. The objective is to understand how young eels use the magnetic field to navigate and successfully recruit to the continental waters of Europe. However, my research expands also to fish larvae belonging to multiple different species, in order to provide new insights on their orientation behavior and to evaluate the importance of such behavior in the ecological context. For this purpose, experimental results are integrated in numerical models to understand how the orientation behavior affects the transport and the recruitment of young marine fish.

Publications

Zebrafish “personality” influences the sensitivity to magnetic fields

Cresci A., De Rosa R., Frassinet S., Scanu M., Putman N. F., Agnisola C. 2018. Zebrafish “personality” influences the sensitivity to magnetic fields. Acta Ethologica.
In press

Exposure to teflubenzuron negatively impacts exploratory behavior, learning and activity of juvenile European lobster (Homarus gammarus).

Cresci, A, O.B. Samuelsen, C.M.F. Durif, R.M. Bjelland, A.B. Skiftesvik, H.I. Browman & A.-L Agnalt. 2018. Exposure to teflubenzuron negatively impacts exploratory behavior, learning and activity of juvenile European lobster (Homarus gammarus). Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoenv.2018.05.021
In press

Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) have a magnetic compass linked to the tidal cycle.

Cresci, A., C.B. Paris, C.M.F. Durif, S. Shema, R. Bjelland, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. 2017. Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) have a magnetic compass linked to the tidal cycle. Science Advances 3: e1602007, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602007.
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Earth-strength magnetic field affects the rheotactic threshold of zebrafish swimming in shoals.

Cresci, A., R. De Rosa, N.F. Putman & C. Agnisola. 2017. Earth-strength magnetic field affects the rheotactic threshold of zebrafish swimming in shoals. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 204: 169-176.
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Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) imprint the magnetic direction of tidal currents at estuaries

Cresci, A, C.B. Paris, C.M.F. Durif, S. Shema, C. Thompson, R. Bjelland, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) imprint the magnetic direction of tidal currents at estuaries.

Ontogeny of swimming and orientation in Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) larvae in situ

Cresci, A, B.J.M. Allan, S. Shema, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. Ontogeny of swimming and orientation in Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) larvae in situ.

Ontogeny of swimming and orientation in saithe (Pollachius virens) larvae in situ.

Cresci, A., C.B. Paris, S. Shema, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. Ontogeny of swimming and orientation in saithe (Pollachius virens) larvae in situ.

Sublethal exposure to oil disrupts the orientation of Atlantic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) larvae at sea

Paris, C.B., H.I. Browman, A. Cresci, A.B. Skiftesvik, S. Shema, M. Foretich, C.J. O’Brien, R.M. Bjelland, C.M.F. Durif, F. Vikebø, & S. Meier. Sublethal exposure to oil disrupts the orientation of Atlantic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) larvae at sea.

Ontogeny of swimming and orientation in Atlantic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) larvae measured in situ

Paris, C.B., H.I. Browman, A. Cresci,  A.B. Skiftesvik, S. Shema, M. Foretich, C.J. O’Brien, R.M. Bjelland, C.M.F. Durif & F. Vikebø. Ontogeny of swimming and orientation in Atlantic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) larvae measured in situ.

Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) sense the position of the moon and use it for orientation at sea during new moon

Cresci, A, C.B. Paris, C.M.F. Durif, C. Thompson, R.M. Bjelland, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) sense the position of the moon and use it for orientation at sea during new moon.

Last updated: May 21, 2018