Prof. Alan Deidun

Prof. Alan Deidun

Prof. Alan Deidun

 B.Sc.(Hons),P.G.Dip.M.S.P.(Ulster),Ph.D.(Melit.),FRSB

Associate Professor

Room 315
Chemistry & Pharmacology Building
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 3704
Prof. Alan Deidun is Director of the International Ocean Institute - Malta Training Centre and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (London). He is also an Associate Professor at the Physical Oceanography Research Group within the Department of Geosciences of the Faculty of Science of the University of Malta, being primarily trained and with experience as a coastal and marine biologist. He sits on the Board of the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) of Malta. He holds a PhD in biology and has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers in several high-profile academic journals on various aspects of coastal and marine biology. He is currently lecturing within the Master of Science in Applied Oceanography, as well as in a number of other Masters courses at the University of Malta (including the Master in Ocean Governance). He is also currently supervising a number of number of student dissertations at Masters and PhD level and, since 2003, has contributed to numerous University taught and field courses. At the University of Malta, he has acted as Project Manager for the MED-JELLYRISK, SeaofSkills, PANACEA, BIODIVALUE and PERSEUS projects, and Coordinator of the Spot the Jellyfish and Spot the Alien Fish citizen science campaign.

He has coordinated the marine ecology section of numerous (over 30) recent Environmental Baseline Study (EBS), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) studies in connection with large-scale projects ranging from powerstaion extensions, laying of transnational electrical cables on the seabed, development of desalination plants, development of cruise passenger terminals as well as of offshore wind farms
. The main thematics which interest him are coastal (especially beach) and marine ecology, biological oceanography, ecological modeling, remote sensing monitoring of water quality, management and monitoring of marine living resources, ecology of islands, ecology of invasive species, Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s), Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and dynamics of jellyfish outbreaks.

In 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017, he was presented with the Environmental Journalism Award for Malta by the Institute of Maltese Journalism for the environmental column he has penned in The Sunday Times of Malta since 2002.
  • coastal and benthic ecology
  • marine alien species
  • dynamics of jellyfish outbreaks
  • remote sensing monitoring of water quality
  • management of marine living resources
  • Biological oceanography
  • Marine Spatial Planning

A. Deidun, F. Crocetta, A. Sciberras, J. Sciberras, G. Insacco & B. Zava 2017, "The protected taxon Ocypode cursor (Linnaeus, 1758) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Ocypodidae) - documenting its well-established presence in the central Mediterranean", European Journal of Zoology, vol. 84, no. 1, pp. 96-96-103.

Deidun, A., Celik, M. 2017, "Second record of Lagocephalus sceleratus from Maltese waters", Mediterranean Marine Science (collective article), vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 179-179-201.

Deidun, A., Sciberras, J., Sciberras, A., Gauci, A., Balistreri, P., Salvatore, A. and Piraino, S. 2017, "The first record of the white-spotted Australian jellyfish Phyllorhiza punctata von Lendenfeld, 1884 from Maltese waters (western Mediterranean) and from the Ionian coast of Italy", BioInvasions Records, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 119-119-124.

Katsanevakis S, Mackelworth P, Coll M, Fraschetti S, Ma?i? V, Giakoumi S, Jones P, Levin N, Albano PG, Badalamenti F, Brennan R, Claudet J, Culibrk D, D'Anna G, Deidun A, Evagelopoulos A, García-Charton J, Goldsborough D, Holcer D, Jimenez C, Kark S, Sørensen T, Lazar B, Martin G, Mazaris A, Micheli F, Milner-Gulland E, Pipitone C, Portman M, Pranovi F, Rilov G, Smith R, Stelzenmüller V, Vogiatzakis I, Winters G 2017, "Advancing marine conservation in European and contiguous seas with the MarCons Action", Research Ideas and Outcomes, vol. 3, no. e11884.

Triki, H.Z., Laabir, M., Lafabrie, C., Malouche, D., Bancon-Montigny, C., Gonzalez, C., Deidun, A., Pringault, O. and Daly-Yahia, O.K., 2017, "Do the levels of industrial pollutants influence the distribution and abundance of dinoflagellate cysts in the recently-deposited sediment of a Mediterranean coastal ecosystem? ", Science of the Total Environment, vol. 595, pp. 380-380-392.

Vecchioni, L., Deidun, A., Marrone, F. & Arculeo, M. 2017, "Molecular evidences confirm a late Pleistocene origin of the Italian and Maltese populations of the freshwater crab, Potamon fluviatile (Herbst, 1785) (Malacostraca, Decapoda).  ", XIII INCONTRO DEI DOTTORANDI IN ECOLOGIA E SCIENZE DEI SISTEMI ACQUATICI. .

Adam Gauci, Alan Deidun, John Abela, Kristian Zarb-Adami 2016, "Machine Learning for benthic sand and maerl classification and coverage estimation in coastal areas around the Maltese Islands
", Journal of Applied Research and Technology, vol. 14, pp. 338-338-344.

Alan Deidun, Adam Gauci, Joel Azzopardi, Denis Cutajar, Hazel Farrugia, Aldo Drago 2016, "Which is the Best Predictor of Sea Temperature: Satellite, Model or Data Logger Values? A Case Study from the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean)", Journal of Coastal Research, vol. 75, pp. 627-627-631.

Alan Deidun, A.S. 2016, "A further record of the blue swimmer crab Portunus segnis Forskal, 1775 (Decapoda: Brachyura: Portunidae) from the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean)", Aquatic Invasions, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 43-43-46.

Alan Deidun, Stephen Attard, Melchiore Camilleri, Joe Vella Gaffiero , Diana Hampson , Alicia Said , Ernesto Azzurro and Menachem Goren 2016, "The first record of the Sargocentron genus from the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean) - who will unravel the current conundrum?", BioInvasions Records, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 123-123-126.

Bosch-Belmar, M., Azzurro, E., Pulis, K., Milisenda, G., Fuentes, V., Yahia, O.K.D., Micallef, A., Deidun, A. and Piraino, S 2016, "Jellyfish blooms perception in Mediterranean finfish aquaculture", Marine Policy, vol. 76, pp. 1-1-7.

Deidun, A., Bonnici, C. 2016, "Yet another first for Malta......first record of the Arabian angelfish (Pomacanthus asfur) [Forsskal, 1775] from the Mediterranean ", Mediterranean Marine Science (collective article), vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 230-230-252.

Ernesto Azzurro, Luca Castriota, Manuela Falautano, Michele Bariche, E. Broglio, Franco Andaloro 2016, " New records of the silver-cheeked toadfish Lagocephalus sceleratus (Gmelin, 1789) in the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas: early detection and participatory monitoring in practice. ", Management of Biological Invasions, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 313-313-319.

Hazel Farrugia, Alan Deidun, Adam Gauci, Aldo Drago 2016, "Defining the Trophic Status of Maltese (Central Mediterranean) Coastal Waters through the Computation of Water Quality Indices Based on Satellite Data", Journal of Coastal Research, vol. 75, pp. 632-632-636.

Alan Deidun 2015, "A MSFD complementary approach for the assessment of pressures, knowledge and data gaps in Southern European Seas: The PERSEUS experience", Marine Pollution Bulletin, .

Alan Deidun, Luca Castriota, Manuela Falautano, Giuseppe Maraventano, Elena Prazzi, Franco Andaloro 2015, "Documenting the occurrence of the Lessepsian fish Stephanolepis diaspros within the Strait of Sicily, central Mediterranean", Journal of the Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 1-1-11.

Alan Deidun & Andreina Fenech-Farrugia, Luca Castriota, Manuela Falautano, Ernesto Azzurro, Franco Andaloro 2015, "First record of the silver-cheeked toadfish Lagocephalus sceleratus (Gmelin, 1789) from Malta", BioInvasions Records, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 139-139-142.

Barbieri, M., Deidun, A., Maltagliati, F. and Castelli, A. 2015, "A contribution to the phylogeography of Pinctada imbricata radiata (Leach, 1814) (Bivalvia, Pteriidae) from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea by means of the mitochondrial COI marker", Italian Journal of Zoology, , pp. 1-1-8.

Crocetta F, Agius D, Balisteri P, Bariche M, Bayhan YK, Cakir M, Ciriaco S, Corsini-Foka M, Deidun A, El Zrelli R, Erguden D, Evans J, Ghelia M, Giavasi M, Kleitou P, Kondylatos G, Lipej L, Mifsud C, Ozvarol Y, Pagano A, Portelli P, Poursanidis D, Rabaoui L, Schembri PJ, Taskin E, Tiralongo F, Zenetos A. 2015, "New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records - December 2015. ", Mediterranean Marine Science, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 682-682-702.

Deidun, A., Watson, D., Castriota, L., Mazza, G., Pasolli, L. 2015, "First record of the fangtooth moral eel Enchelycore anatina from Maltese waters (Central Mediterranean). ", Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 315-315-317.

E. Azzurro, J. Ben Souissi, W. Boughedir, L. Castriota, A. Deidun, M. Falautano, R. Ghanem, M. Zammit -Mangion, F. Andaloro 2015, "THE SICILY STRAIT: A TRANSNATIONAL OBSERVATORY FOR MONITORING THE ADVANCE OF NON INDIGENOUS SPECIES", Biologia Marina Mediterranea, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 105-105-106.

FEDERICA FOGLINI, MARIACRISTINA PRAMPOLINI, AARON MICALLEF, LORENZO ANGELETTI, VITTORIA VANDELLI, ALAN DEIDUN, MAURO SOLDATI & MARCO TAVIANI 2015, "Late Quaternary coastal landscape morphology and evolution of the Maltese Islands (Mediterranean Sea) reconstructed from high-resolution seafloor data", GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS, .

Foglini, F., Prampolini, M.C., Micallef, A., Angeletti, L., Vandelli, V., Deidun, A., Soldati, M., Taviani, M. 2015, "Late Quaternary coastal landscape morphology and evolution of the Maltese Islands (Mediterranean Sea) reconstructed from high-resolution seafloor data. ", GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS, vol. 411.

Patrick J. Schembri, Jacqueline Barbara , Alan Deidun , Edwin Lanfranco, Sandro Lanfranco1 2015, "It was only a matter of time: occurrence of Caulerpa taxifolia (Vahl) C. Agardh var. distichophylla (Sonder) Verlaque, Huisman and Procaccini in the Maltese Islands (Chlorophyta, Ulvophyceae, Caulerpaceae)", BioInvasions Records, vol. 4.

S. K. M. GUEROUN, M. J. ACEVEDO, O. KÉFI-DALY YAHIA, A. DEIDUN, V. L. FUENTES, S. PIRAINO, & M. N. DALY YAHIA 2015, "First records of Carybdea marsupialisproliferation (Cnidaria: Cubozoa) along the eastern Tunisian coast (Central Mediterranean). ", Italian Journal of Zoology, , pp. 1-1-6.

Teresa Romeo, Michela D'Alessandro, Valentina Esposito, Gianfranco Scotti, Daniela Berto, Malgorzata Formalewicz, Seta Noventa, Silvia Giuliani, Simona Macchia, Davide Sartori, Angelo Mazzola, Franco Andaloro, Salvatore Giacobbe & Alan Deidun and Monia Renzi 2015, "Environmental quality assessment of Grand Harbour (Valletta, Maltese Islands): a case study of a busy harbour in the Central Mediterranean Sea", Environ. Monit. Assess, vol. 187, pp. 747.

A. Deidun, F. Andaloro, G. Bavestrello, S. Canese, P. Consoli, A. Micallef, T. Romeo, M. Bo. 2014, "First characterisation of a Leiopathes glaberrima forest in Maltese exploited fishing grounds", Italian Journal of Zoology, .

Alan Deidun1* , Fabrizio Gianni2 , David P Cilia3 , Alice Lodola4 , Dario Savini5 2014, "Morphometric analyses of a Pinctada radiata (Leach, 1814) (Bivalvia: Pteriidae) population in the Maltese Islands", Journal of the Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 1-1-12.

Castriota, L., Deidun, A. 2014, "First record of Pontinus kuhlii in Maltese waters", Marine Biodiversity Records, vol. 7, no. e2.

Deidun, A. & Castriota, L. 2014, "First record of Abudefduf cfr saxatilis Linnaeus, 1758 (Perciformes: Pomacentridae) from the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean)", BioInvasions Records, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 53-53-56.

Giuseppe Montesanto, Alan Deidun, Arnold Sciberras, Jeffrey Sciberras, and Bianca Maria Lombardo 2014, "CURRENT DISTRIBUTION OF TWO SPECIES OF TYLOS (ISOPODA: ONISCIDEA) IN THE CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN AND THE INFLUENCE OF BEACH SAND GRAIN-SIZE PARAMETERS", Journal of Crustacean Biology, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 47-47-53.

Habiba Zmerli Triki , Ons Kéfi Daly-Yahia, Dhafer Malouche, Yosr Komiha, Alan Deidun, Mouldi Brahim, Mohamed laabir 2014, "Distribution of resting cysts of the potentially toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium pseudogonyaulax in recently-deposited sediment within Bizerte Lagoon (Mediterranean coast, Tunisia)", Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 84, no. 2014, pp. 172-172-181.

S. K. M. Gueroun, O. Kéfi-Daly Yahia, A. Deidun, V. Fuentes, S. Piraino & M. N. Daly Yahia 2014, "First record and potential trophic impact of Phyllorhiza punctata (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) along the north Tunisian coast (South Western Mediterranean Sea)", Italian Journal of Zoology, .

Wafa Boulajfene, Jihen Boukhicha, Alan Deidun, Daniela Berto, Teresa Romeo, Oum Kalthoum Ben Hassine, SabihaTlig-Zouari 2014, "Biomonitoring of the environmental contamination by organotins in the Gulf of Tunis: Occurence of imposex in Stramonita haemastoma (Linnaeus, 1767). ", Marine and Freshwater Research, .

M. BILECENOGLU1, J.E.F. ALFAYA2, E. AZZURRO3, R. BALDACCONI4, Y.Ö. BOYACI5, V. CIRCOSTA6, L.J.V. COMPAGNO6,7, F. COPPOLA6, A. DEIDUN8, H. DURGHAM9, F. DURUCAN5, D. ERGÜDEN10, F.Á. FERNÁNDEZ-ÁLVAREZ11, P. GIANGUZZA12, G. GIGLIO6, M. GÖKO?LU13, M. GÜRLEK10, S. IKHTIYAR9, H. KABASAKAL14, P.K. KARACHLE15, S. KATSANEVAKIS16, D. KOUTSOGIANNOPOULOS17, E. LANFRANCO8, P. MICARELLI18, Y. ÖZVAROL13, L. PEÑA-RIVAS19, D. POURSANIDIS20, J. SALIBA21, E. SPERONE6, D. TIBULLO4, F. TIRALONGO4, S. TRIPEPI6, C. TURAN10, P. VELLA22, M.B. YOKE?23 and B. ZAVA24 2013, "New Mediterranean Marine biodiversity records (December, 2013)", Mediterranean Marine Science, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 462-462-480.

A. Cucco , G. Umgiesser , A. Deidun *, R. Tarasova , J. Azzopardi and A. Gauci 2013, "DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL TOOL TO PREDICT DIFFERENT WATER QUALITY SCENARIOS WITHIN A MARINE PROTECTED AREA (MPA) IN THE MALTESE ISLANDS: THE 2D SHYFEM-BFM MODEL", Proceedings of the 40th CIESM Congress, vol. 1, pp. 154.

A. LODOLA, L. NICOLINI, D. SAVINI, A. DEIDUN, & A. OCCHIPINTI-AMBROGI 2013, "Range expansion and biometric features of Pinctada imbricata radiata (Bivalvia: Pteriidae) around Linosa Island, Central Mediterranean Sea (Italy)", Italian Journal of Zoology, vol. 2013, pp. 1.

Adam Gauci, Aldo Drago, Joel Azzopardi, Alan Deidun, Alana Bonnici 2013, "Oil spill assessment on the Maltese coastal areas", Proceedings of the 40th CIESM Congress, vol. 1, pp. 145.

Deidun, A., Gauci, R., Schembri, J.A., ?egina, E., Gauci, A., Gianni, J., Gutierrez, J.A., Sciberras, A. and Sciberras, J., 2013, "Comparative median grain size assessment through three different techniques for sandy beach deposits on the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean)", Journal of Coastal Research, vol. SI 65, pp. 1757.

Federico Marrone, Alan Deidun, Tiziana Curatolo, Marco Arculeo, Sabrina Lo Brutto 2013, "Species identification of the psammophilous tenebrionid beetles Phaleria acuminata Kuster, 1852 and Phaleria bimaculata (Linnaeus, 1767) from central Mediterranean beaches: geometric morphometrics and molecular insights from species to population level", Zoomorphology, .

Joel Azzopardi, Alan Deidun, Fabrizio Gianni, Adam Pierre Gauci, Berta Angulo Pan, and Michele Cioffi 2013, "Classification of the coastal water bodies of the Maltese Islands through the assessment of a decadal ocean colour data set", Journal of Coastal Research, vol. SI65, pp. 1343.

Mohamed Néjib Daly Yahia, Ons Kéfi-Daly Yahia, Sonia Khadija Maïte Gueroun, Mehdi Aissi, Alan Deidun, Veronica Fuentes and Stefano Piraino 2013, "The invasive tropical scyphozoan Rhopilema nomadica Galil, 1990 reaches the Tunisian coast of the Mediterranean Sea", BioInvasions Records, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 319-319-323.

Cilia, D., Deidun, A. 2012, "Branching out: mapping the spatial expansion of the Lessepsian invader mytilid Brachidontes pharaonis (Fischer, 1870) around the Maltese Islands.", Marine Biodiversity Records, vol. 5, pp. 1-1-8.

Deidun, A., Saliba, S., Schembri, P.J. 2012, "Quantitative assessment and physical characterisation of Posidonia oceanica wrack beached along the Maltese coastline", Biologia Marina Mediterranea, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 307-308.

Deidun, A., Vella, P. 2012, "Marine Ecological Impact Considerations for Cruise Liner Facility Development at Two Coastal Sites in the Maltese Islands.", Journal of Coastal Research, vol. Special Issue 61, pp. 114-114-122.

Micallef, A., Le Bas, T.P., Huvenne, V.A.I., Blondel, P., Huhnerbach, B., Deidun, A. 2012, "A multi-method approach for benthic habitat mapping of shallow coastal areas with high-resolution multibeam data", Continental Shelf Research, vol. In press, no. In press, pp. In press.

Pavesi, L., Deidun, A., DeMatthaeis, E., Tiedemann, R., Ketmaeir, V. 2012, "Mitochondrial DNA and microsatellites reveal significant divergence in the beachflea Orchestia montagui (Talitridae: Amphipoda)", Aquatic Science, .

Schembri, P.J., Deidun, A., Falzon, M.A. 2012, "One Siganus or two? On the occurrence of Siganus luridus and Siganus rivulatus in the Maltese Islands", Marine Biodiversity Records, vol. 5, pp. e71-e71.

Alan DEIDUN, Federico MARRONE, Ignazio SPARACIO, Marco ARCULEO, Tiziana CURATOLO, Arnold SCIBERRAS, Jeffrey SCIBERRAS, Sabrina LO BRUTTO 2011, "Morphological variability in and distributional data on Phaleria bimaculata populations from islands of the Central Mediterranean area", Bulletin of Insectology, vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 215-222.

Deidun, A., Drago, A., Gauci, A., Galea, A., Azzopardi, J., Mélin, F. 2011, "A first attempt at testing correlation between MODIS ocean colour data and in situ chlorophyll-a measurements within Maltese coastal waters", Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2011, edited by Charles R. Bostater Jr., Stelios P. Mertikas, Xavier Neyt, Miguel Velez-Reyes, Proc. of SPIE, vol. 8175, pp. 81750J.

Deidun, A., Galea Bonavia, F., Schembri, P.J. 2011, "Distribution of Tylos spp. in the Maltese Islands and population dynamics of Tylos europaeus.", Journal of Coastal Research., vol. SI64, pp. 369-372.

Deidun, A. & Arrigo, S., Piraino, S. 2011, "The westernmost record of Rhopilema nomadica (Galil, 1990) in the Mediterranean: off the Maltese Islands", Aquatic Invasions, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. S99 - S103.

Deidun, A., Borg, S. & Micallef, A. 2011, "Making the Case for Marine Spatial Planning in the Maltese Islands", Ocean Development and International Law, 42, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 136-154.

Deidun, A., Castriota, L. & Arrigo, S. 2011, "
A tale of two Atlantic fish migrants: records of the lesser amberjack Seriola fasciata and the African hind Cephalopholis taeniops from the Maltese Islands", Journal of the Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 223-223-233.

Deidun, A. & Germanà, A. 2011, "On the increasing occurrence of the Bluespotted Cornetfish Fistularia commersonii (Rüppel, 1838) in the Central Mediterranean (Osteichthyes, Fistulariidae)", Biodiversity Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 19-26.

Deidun, A. 2010, "Notes on the recent occurrence of uncommon pelagic "jellyfish" species in Maltese coastal waters", Naturalista Siciliano, vol. XXXIV, no. 3-4, pp. 375-384.

Deidun, A. & Drago, A. 2010, "An innovative, citizen science-based jellyfish spotting campaign from the Maltese Islands - the Spot the Jellyfish campaign.", , 29 November-2 December 2010.

Deidun, A., Tsounis, G., Balzan, F. & Micallef, A. 2010, "Records of black coral (Antipatharia) and red coral (< i> Corallium rubrum</i>) fishing activities in the Maltese Islands", Marine Biodiversity Records, vol. 3, no. -1.

Deidun, A., Vella, P., Sciberras, A. & Sammut, R. 2010, "New records of Lobotes surinamensis (Bloch, 1790) in Maltese coastal waters", Aquatic Invasions, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. S113-S116.

Farrugia, R., Deidun, A., Debono, G., Mallia, E. & Sant, T. 2010, "WIND ENGINEERING", Wind Engineering, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 51-64.

Schembri, P.J., Deidun, A. & Vella, P.J. 2010, "First record of< i> Cassiopea andromeda</i>(Scyphozoa: Rhizostomeae: Cassiopeidae) from the central Mediterranean Sea", Marine Biodiversity Records, vol. 3, no. -1.

Schembri, P.J., Deidun, A. & Vella, P.J. 2010, "First record of< i> Cassiopea andromeda</i>(Scyphozoa: Rhizostomeae: Cassiopeidae) from the central Mediterranean Sea", Marine Biodiversity Records, vol. 3, no. -1.

Deidun, A. 2009, "Beaches - more than just sand and fun", The Biologist, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 92-97.

Deidun, A. 2009, "Biodiversity management considerations in the first designated marine SCI in the Maltese Islands", Biologia Marina Mediterranea, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 107-110.

Deidun, A. 2009, "Lack of comprehensive census data hampers conservation and management of Corallium rubrum colonies", , 23-26 September 2009, pp. 217.

Farrugia, R.N., Deidun, A., Debono, G., Mallia, E.A. 2009, "The potential and constraints of wind farm development at nearshore sites in the Maltese Islands", , 21-23 May 2009.

Schembri, P.J., Deidun, A., Mallia, A. & Mercieca, L. 2009, "Rocky shore biotic assemblages of the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean): A conservation perspective", .

Sciberras, A. Sciberras, J. Deidun, A. 2009, "The complete contents of The Central Mediterranean Naturalist, Potamon and The Maltese Naturalist, three natural history periodicals published in the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean) from 1970 to date", The Central Mediterranean Naturalist, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 289-310.

Vella, P. & Deidun, A. 2009, "First record of< i> Selene dorsalis</i>(Osteichthyes: Carangidae) in the Mediterranean Sea, from coastal waters off the Maltese Islands", Marine Biodiversity Records, vol. 2, no. -1.

Deidun, A. 2008, "Dispelling the 'ecological desert'perception of sandy beaches: Current research highlights the conservation importance of macrofaunal assemblages on tideless beaches", MarBEF Newsletter, .

Deidun, A. & Schembri, P.J. 2008, "Assessing inter-beach differences in semi-terrestrial arthropod assemblages on Maltese pocket sandy beaches (Central Mediterranean)", Marine Ecology, vol. 29, pp. 108-117.

Deidun, A. & Schembri, P. 2008, "Long or short? Investigating the effect of beach length and other environmental parameters on macrofaunal assemblages of Maltese pocket beaches", Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol. 79, no. 1, pp. 17-23.

Deidun, A., Lanfranco, E., Mifsud, C., Stevens, D., Schembri, M., Curmi, L., Howson, C., Mercer, T., Sotheran, I. & Foster-Smith, R., 2007, "Baseline ecological data collection from the marine area around Filfla (Malta, Central Mediterranean)", Biologia Marina Mediterranea, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 74-75.

Deidun, A., Saliba, S. & Schembri, P.J. 2007, "Banquette faunal assemblages from groomed and ungroomed beaches in the Maltese Islands", Proceedings of the CIESM 38th Congress, Istanbul.

Deidun, A., Saliba, S. & Schembri, P.J. 2007, "Banquette faunal assemblages from groomed and ungroomed beaches in the Maltese Islands", Proceedings of the CIESM 38th Congress, Istanbul.

Schembri, P., Borg, J., Deidun, A., Knittweis, L. & Lopez, T.M. 2007, "IS THE ENDEMIC MALTESE TOP-SHELL GIBBULA NIVOSA EXTINCT?", Rapp.Comm.int.Mer Medit, vol. 38, pp. 592.

Tigano, C., Canapa, A., Ferrito, V., Barucca, M., Arcidiacono, I., Deidun, A., Schembri, P.J. & Olmo, E. 2006, "A study of osteological and molecular differences in populations of Aphanius fasciatus Nardo 1827, from the central Mediterranean (Teleostei, Cyprinodontidae)", Marine Biology, vol. 149, no. 6, pp. 1539-1550.

Deidun, A. & Schembri, P.J. 2005, "The composition of the nocturnal motile fauna from the upper infralittoral fringe of sandy beaches in the Central Mediterranean: are there any implications for conservation?", Biologia Marina Mediterranea, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 355-363.

Deidun, A. & Schembri, P.J. 2005, "A report of nesting on a Maltese beach by the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) (Reptilia: Cheloniidae)", The Central Mediterranean Naturalist, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 137-140.

Gauci, M.J., Deidun, A. & Schembri, P.J. 2005, "Faunistic diversity of Maltese pocket sandy and shingle beaches: are these of conservation value", Oceanologia, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 219-241.

Deidun, A. & Schembri, P.J. 2004, "Is faunal diversity on Maltese sandy beaches related to intensity of human use?", , 20-23 October 2004, pp. 23-28.

Deidun, A., Azzopardi, M., Saliba, S. & Schembri, P.J. 2003, "Low faunal diversity on Maltese sandy beaches: fact or artefact?", Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol. 58, pp. 83-92.

Deidun, A., Azzopardi, M., Saliba, S. & Schembri, P.J. 2003, "Low faunal diversity on Maltese sandy beaches: fact or artefact?", Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol. 58, pp. 83-92.

Deidun, A., Mallia, A. & Schembri, P.J. 2003, "Environmental Issues and the Rehabilitation of the Sand Dune Habitat White Tower Bay, Malta (Central Mediterranean", , 7-11 October 2003, pp. 1479-1491.

Deidun, A., Arcidiacono, I. & Schembri, P.J. 2002, "Present distribution of the threatened Killifish APHANIUS FASCIATUS (Actinopterygii, Cyprinodontidae) in the Maltese Islands", The Central Mediterranean Naturalist, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 177-180.

Deidun, A. "A collection of recent ctenophore sightings from Maltese waters.", Journal of the Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment., vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 4-13.

Deidun, A. "Challenges to the conservation of biodiversity on small islands: the Maltese Islands as a case study", International Journal of Arts and Sciences, vol. 3, no. 8, pp. 175-187.

Deidun, A. "NOTES ON THE ECOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE OF THE BEACH MACROFAUNAL ASSEMBLAGES AT IX-XATT L-AHMAR, GOZO (MALTESE ISLANDS)", Central Mediterranean Naturalist, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 187-190.

DEIDUN, A., ARCIDIACONO, I., TIGANO, C. & SCHEMBRI, P.J. "SALPRESENT DISTRIBUTION OF THE THREATENED KILLIFISH APHANIUS FASCIATUS (ACTINOPTERYGII, CYPRINODONTIDAE) IN THE MALTESE ISLANDS.", .

DEIDUN, A., ARCIDIACONO, I., TIGANO, C. & SCHEMBRI, P.J. "SALPRESENT DISTRIBUTION OF THE THREATENED KILLIFISH APHANIUS FASCIATUS (ACTINOPTERYGII, CYPRINODONTIDAE) IN THE MALTESE ISLANDS.", .

DEIDUN, A., LANFRANCO, E., MIFSUD, C., STEVENS, D., SCHEMBRI, M., CURMI, L., HOWSON, C., MERCER, T., SOTHERAN, I. & FOSTER SMITH, R. "BASELINE ECOLOGICAL DATA COLLECTION FROM THE MARINE AREA AROUND FILFLA (MALTA. CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN) CAMPIONAMENTO PRELIMINARE IN UN AREA MARINA ATTORNO L'ISOLOTTO DI FILFLA (MALTA, MEDITERRANEO CENTRALE)", .

Deidun, A., Pawley, A. & Schembri, P.J. "DISTRIBUTION AND BIOLOGY OF TWO SYMPATRIC PHALERIA SPECIES (COLEOPTERA: TENEBRIONIDAE) ON MALTESE SANDY BEACHES", .

Deidun, A., Saliba, S. & Schembri, P. "Considerations on the Ecological Role of Wrack Accumulations on Sandy Beaches in the Maltese Islands and Recommendations for Their Conservation Management", .

Drago, A., Deidun, A., DeGiovanni, M.G. & Said, A. "INTERNATIONAL OCEAN INSTITUTE--KIDS: TARGETING AWARENESS ON THE SEA WITH THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS", .

Muscat, G., Deidun, A. & Schembri, P.J. "FOULING ASSEMBLAGES FROM TWO MALTESE PORTS STUDIED AS PART OF THE PORTAL PROJECT", .

Zammit-Mangion, M., Deidun, A., Vassallo-Agius, R. & Magri, M. "Management of Threatened Aphanius Fasciatus at Il-Maghluq, Malta", .

  • GSC5101 - Global Ocean Governance Framework and Managing our Relations with the Oceans
  • GSC5102 - Managing Marine Space and its Potential as an Economic Resource - Project Study
  • GSC5103 - Multilateral Diplomacy and International Rule-making and Regional Sea Governance Policy Simulation Exercise
  • IMS5025 - Space, Place and Tradition
  • IMS5026 - The Maltese Natural Heritage
  • OMS5001 - Scientific Baseline of Oceanography
  • OMS5002 - Practical Baseline of Oceanography
  • OMS5003 - Essentials of Operational Oceanography
  • OMS5005 - Oceanography Boot Camp - Field survey involving instrument deployment and laboratory data analysis
  • OMS5006 - Ocean Governance
  • OMS5007 - Applications and Services in Operational Oceanography
Involvement in regional and EU-funded projects:

Italia-Malta 2007-2013 projects:
PANACEA
Italia-Malta 2007-2013 strategic projects (proposal stage):
BioDiValue
ENPI CBCMED call (proposal stage):
MEDJELLYRISK
FP7:
PERSEUS

Publications in progress:

Deidun, A. & Vella, P. Marine ecological considerations of cruise liner facilities
development at two sites in the Maltese Islands. Journal of Coastal Research.

Pavesi, L., Deidun, A., DeMatthaeis, E., Tiedemann, H., Ketmaeir, V. Mitochondrial
DNA and microsatellites reveal significant divergence but little geographic structure
in the beachflea Orchestia montagui (Talitridae: Amphipoda). Aquatic Science.

Cilia., D. & Deidun, A. Branching out: mapping the spatial expansion of the
Lessepsian invader mytilid Brachidontes pharaonis (Fischer, 1870) around the Maltese
Islands. Marine Biodiversity Records.

Research work in progress:

- development of coupled BFM-POM 2D model for Dwejra area;
- comparative morphometric and molecular study of the alien pearl oyster species
Pinctada radiata;
- comparative analyses of sediment size parameters through 3 different techniques;
- characterisation of local beach meiofaunal assemblages

Affiliations and memberships:
Society of Biology of London (Chartered Biologist)
Marine Biological Association on the UK
Estaurine, Coastal and Shelf Science Association (ECSA)
Societa Italiana di Biologia Marina (SIBM)

Awards:

2007

Winner of the JCI (Junior Chamber International) Award for Moral and/or Environmental
Leadership Category

2008

Winner of the Prix d’Honneur for Natural History Journalism by the NGO Din L-Art
Helwa

2009

Winner of the prestigious Young Outstanding Person of the Year Award for Malta 2009;
Winner of the JCI (Junior Chamber International) Award for Moral and/or Environmental
Leadership Category

2009

Winner of the Prix d’Honneur for Natural History Journalism by the NGO Din L-Art
Helwa

2010
Environmental Journalism Award (1st place), within annual Malta Journalism Awards
organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalism

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