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Prof. Joseph A Borg

Prof. Joseph A Borg

B.Sc.,M.Sc.,Ph.D.(Plym.),C.Biol.,M.R.S.B.,M.M.B.A.,F.I.B.M.S.

Associate Professor
Biology
Faculty of Science
Room 227
Biomedical Sciences Building
University of Malta
Msida
contact+356 2340 2850

Head of Department
Biology
Faculty of Science
Room 227
Biomedical Sciences Building
University of Malta
Msida
contact+356 2340 2850

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Biography

Obtained BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Malta, and a PhD degree from the University of Plymouth (UK). His teaching interests are in the areas of animal biology, ecology and marine biology. His research activities are mainly focused on ecological assessment and monitoring, with particular emphasis on themes concerning marine ecology. He is involved in research on the ecology of seagrass and algal habitats, and on the environmental impacts of aquaculture. Dr Borg has been carrying out marine environmental surveys since 1991, using scientific diving and other in situ survey techniques, as well as remote sensing procedures.

In 2006 he chaired the Local Organising Committee of the Mediterranean Seagrass Workshop (MSW2006) which was hosted by the Department of Biology (University of Malta). He is currently committee member of the Mediterranean Seagrass Association - Seagrass 2000, a non-profit association that promotes Mediterranean seagrass research, and member of several international working groups dealing with interactions between aquaculture and the environment, and the development of sustainable mariculture. He publishes regularly and acts as reviewer for several leading international marine biology journals. Currently, he is Review Editor for the journal Aquaculture Environment Interactions.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Ecological assessment and monitoring
  • Marine ecology
  • Aquaculture-environment interactions
  • Ecology of seagrass and algal habitats
  • Crustacean ecology
  • Anthropogenic impacts on marine and terrestrial habitats


Selected Publications

Mangion, M., Borg, J.A. & Thompson, R. & Schembri, P.J 2014, "Influence of tuna penning activities on soft bottom macrobenthic assemblages", Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 79, pp. 164-174.

Vázquez Luis, M., Borg, J.A., Sanchez, J.,P. & Bayle-Sempere, J.T. 2012, "Habitat colonisation by amphipods: Comparison between native and alien algae", Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol. 432-433, pp. 162-170.

Evans, J., Borg, J.A. & Schembri, P.J. 2011, "Distribution, habitat preferences and behaviour of the critically endangered Maltese top-shell Gibbula nivosa (Gastropoda: Trochidae)", Marine Biology, vol. 158, pp. 603-611.

Borg, J.A., Rowden, A.A., Attrill, M.J., Schembri, P.J. & Jones, M.B. 2010, "Spatial variation in the composition of motile macroinvertebrate assemblages associated with two bed types of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica. ", Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 406, pp. 91-104.

Claudet, J., Osenberg, C.W., Domenici, P., Badalamenti, F., Milazzo, M., Falcón, J.M., Bertocci, I., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Garcia-Charton, J.A., Goni, R., Borg, J.A., Forcada, A., De Lucia, A., Pérez-Ruzafa, A., Afonso, P., Brito, A., Guala, I., Le Direach, L., Sanchez-Jerez, P., Somerfield, P.J. & Planes, S. 2010, "Marine reserves: fish life history and ecological traits matter", Ecological Applications, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 830-839.

Borg, J.A., Micallef, M.A. & Schembri, P.J. 2006, "Spatio-temporal variation in the structure of a deep water Posidonia oceanica meadow assessed using non-destructive techniques", Marine Ecology, vol. 27, pp. 320-327.

Borg, J.A., Rowden, A.A., Attrill, M.J., Schembri, P.J. & Jones, M.B. 2006, "Wanted dead or alive: high diversity of macroinvertebrates associated with living and 'dead' Posidonia oceanica matte", Marine Biology, vol. 149, pp. 667-677.

Borg, J.A., Attrill, M.J., Schembri, P.J., Rowden, A.A. & Jones, M.B. 2005, "Architectural characteristics of two bed types of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica over different spatial scales", Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol. 62, pp. 667-678.

Pergent-Martini, C., Leoni, V., Pasqualini, V., Ardizzone, G.D., Balestri, E., Bedini, R., Belluscio, A., Belsher, T., Borg, J.A., Boudouresque, C.F., Boumaza, S., Bouquegneau, J.M., Buia, M.C., Calvo, S., Cebrian, J., Charbonnel, E., Cinelli, F., Cossu, A., Di Maida, G., Dural, B., Francour, P., Gobert, S., Lepoint, G., Meinesz, A., Molenaar, H., Mansour, H.M., Panayotidis, P., Peirano, A., Pergent, G., Piazzi, L., Pirotta, M., Relini, G., Romero, J., Sanchez-Lizaso, J.L., Semroud, R., Schembri, P.J., Shili, A., Tomasello, A. & Velimirov, B. 2005, "Descriptors of Posidonia oceanica meadows: Use and application", Ecological Indicators, vol. 5, pp. 213-230.

Barbera, C., Bordehore, C., Borg, J.A., Glemarec, M., Grall, J., Hall-Spencer, J., De La Huz, C., Lanfranco, E., Lastra, M., Moore, P.G., Mora, J., Pita, M.E., Ramos Espla, A.A., Rizzo, M., Sanchez-Mata, A., Seva, A., Schembri, P.J. & Vella, C. 2003, "Conservation and Management of northeast Atlantic and Mediterrenean maerl beds.", Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater, vol. Ecosystems 13, no. S65-S67, pp. 65-76.

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