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Prof. Alan Deidun

Prof. Alan Deidun

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

Associate Professor
Geosciences
Faculty of Science
Room 315
Chemistry & Pharmacology Building
University of Malta
Msida
contact+356 2340 3704

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Biography

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 100 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 recent Environmental Baseline Study (EBS), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) studies. 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.

He has also penned since 2001 hundreds of popular science articles for various media portals, including newspapers, magazines and journals and is Council member of the NGO Din l-Art Helwa. He is also a member of the Society of Biology of the UK the Societa di Biologia Marina of Italy of Italy. In 2011, 2012 and 2014, he was presented with the Environmental Journalism Award for Malta by the Institute of Maltese Journalism.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • 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


Selected Publications

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.

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 & 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.

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, .

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, .

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. & 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., 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.

Other

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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