Alessandro Cresci

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Institute of Marine Research
Ecosystem Acoustics Group
Austevoll Research Station
Sauganeset 16
N-5392 Storebø, NORWAY
Tel. +47 48 50 62 96
Email: alessandro.cresci@hi.no
or alessandrocresci90@gmail.com

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For the period 2020-2022, Alessandro will be a Young Ambassador for the European Marine Board

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. (2015-2019) 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

A comprehensive hypothesis on the migration of European glass eels (Anguilla anguilla)

Cresci, A. 2020. A comprehensive hypothesis on the migration of European glass eels (Anguilla anguilla). Biological Reviews. doi: 10.1111/brv.12609.
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Orientation behavior and swimming speed of Atlantic herring larvae (Clupea harengus) in situ and in laboratory exposures to rotated artificial magnetic fields

Cresci, A., B.J.M. Allan, S. Shema, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. 2020. Orientation behavior and swimming speed of Atlantic herring larvae (Clupea harengus) in situ and in laboratory exposures to rotated artificial magnetic fields. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 526 (2020) 151358.
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Magnetic and celestial orientation of migrating European glass eels (Anguilla anguilla)

Cresci, A. 2020. Magnetic and celestial orientation of migrating European glass eels (Anguilla anguilla). Ph.D. dissertation, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA.
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The relationship between the moon cycle and the orientation of glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) at sea

Cresci, A,. C. M. F. Durif, C. B. Paris, C. Thompson, S. Shema, A. B. Skiftesvik and H. I. Browman. 2019. The relationship between the moon cycle and the orientation of glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) at sea. Royal Society Open Science. 6: 190812, doi: 10.1098/rsos.190812
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Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) imprint the magnetic direction of tidal currents from their juvenile estuaries

Cresci, A, C.B. Paris, C.M.F. Durif, S. Shema, C. Thompson, R. Bjelland, A.B. Skiftesvik & H.I. Browman. 2019. Glass eels (Anguilla anguilla) imprint the magnetic direction of tidal currents from their juvenile estuaries.  Communications Biology (2019) 2:366. doi: 10.1038/s42003-019-0619-8.
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Atlantic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) larvae have a magnetic compass that guides their orientation

Cresci, A., C.B. Paris, M.A. Foretich, C.M.F. Durif, S. Shema, C.J. E. O’Brien, F.B. Vikebø, A.B. Skiftesvik, & H.I. Browman. 2019. Atlantic haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) larvae have a magnetic compass that guides their orientation. iScience. 19: 1173-1178, doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2019.09.001.
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A behavioral protocol to assess the influence of personality on sensitivity to magnetic fields in zebrafish

Cresci, A., R. De Rosa & C. Agnisola. 2019. A behavioral protocol to assess the influence of personality on sensitivity to magnetic fields in zebrafish. Journal of Visual Experiments 145: e59229, doi:10.3791/59229.
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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. DOI: 10.1007/s10211-018-0292-9.
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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. 160: 216-221.
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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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Last updated: July 22, 2020