Alessandro Cresci

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)
Claire Paris Lab
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

Cresci, A., De Rosa, R., Putman, N. F., & 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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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 (in press).

Cresci, A, C.B. Paris, C.M.F. Durif, S. Shema, R. Bjelland, A.B. Skiftesvik, A.-L. Agnalt, O. Samuelsen & H.I. Browman. Learning in juvenile European lobster, Homarus gammarus., is negatively affected by exposure to hydrogen peroxide. (in preparation).

Cresci, A, C.B. Paris, C.M.F. Durif, S. Shema, R. Bjelland, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) orientation is correlated with the position of the moon, even when they cannot see it. (in preparation).

Last updated : 27 April 2017