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Laboratoire d'Ecogéochimie des Environnements Benthiques
UMR 8222




• Ecology and conservation of coral reefs and Mediterranean gorgonians.

• Population dynamics, metapopulation dynamics and conservation of long lived species.

• Conservation and management of mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum).

• Effects of Ocean Acidification and Global climate change.

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Phone : +33 (0)4-30-19-24-96
Mail(s) : lorenzo.bramanti@obs-banyuls.fr

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Researcher CNRS


2013-2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate Laboratoire d'Ecogéochimie des Environnements Benthiques UPMC

2012–2013 Postdoctoral Research Associate CalState University Northridge, California

2009-2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate, ICM-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

2007-2009 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pisa, Italy.

2009 Teacher, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy.

2007 Teacher, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy.

2006 Lecturer, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy.

2006 Lecturer, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy.


  • PhD: Nuria Viladrich (UAB, Spain), Mariana Padron (UPMC, France), Carlotta Benedetti (U. of Pisa, Italy)
  • Master II: Angela Martinez-Quintana, Elisabet Perez Albedejo (UB, Spain), Maricel Guron (UAB, Spain); Andrea Gori (U. of Pisa, Italy), Elisabetta Filosi (U. of Pisa, Italy), Ingrid Razionale (U. of Pisa, Italy),
  • Master I: Maria Fruzzetti (U. of Pisa, Italy), Michele Cecchi (U. of Pisa, Italy), Damiano Bonatti (U. of Pisa, Italy), Luca Gandini (U. of Pisa, Italy), Sara Fabiani (U. of Pisa, Italy), Fanny Argiro (UPMC, France), Sara Atienza (U. of Barcelona, Spain), Chloé Carbonne (U. of Brest, France).



  • Cau A, Bramanti L, Cannas R, Moccia D, Padedda BM, Porcu C, Sacco F, Follesa MC. (2018). Differential response to thermal stress of shallow and deep dwelling colonies of Mediterranean red coral Corallium rubrum (L., 1758). Advances in Oceanography and Limnology 9(1): 13-18. DOI: 10.4081/aiol.2018.727.
  • López-González PJ, Bramanti L, Escribano-Álvarez P, Benedetti MC, Martínez-Baraldés I, Megina C.  2018. Thread-like tentacles in the Mediterranean corals Paramuricea clavata and Corallium rubrum. Mediterranaen Marine Sciences.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/mms.13807.
  • Sbragaglia V, Morroni L, Bramanti L, Weitzmann B, Arlinghaus R, Azzurro E.(2018). Spearfishing promotes a timidity syndrome and increases the safe operating distances of exploited coastal fish: the role of protection against exploitation, risk recognition and body size. ICES Journal of Marine Science. DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsy059.
  • Tsounis G, Edmunds PJ, Bramanti L, Gambrel B, Lasker HR (2018). Variability of size structure and species composition in Caribbean octocoral communities under contrasting environmental conditions. Marine Biology 165:29. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-018-3286-2


  • Bramanti L, Benedetti MC, Cupido R, Cocito S, Priori C, Erra F, Iannelli M, Santangelo G. 2017. Demography of Animal Forests: The Example of Mediterranean Gorgonians. In book: Marine Animal Forests, pp.1-20. [DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-17001-5_13-1].
  • Bramanti L, Lasker HR, Edmunds PJ. (2017). The encrusting alga Peyssonnelia preempts vacant space and overgrows corals in St. John, US Virgin Islands. Reef Encounters 32 (1): 68-70.
  • Padron M, Costantini F, Bramanti L, Guizien K, Abbiati M (2017). Genetic connectivity supports recovery of gorgonian populations impacted by climate change. Aquatic Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst.1–12. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2912.
  • Rossi S, Bramanti L, Gori A, Orejas C. (2017). An Overview of the Animal Forests of the World. In book: Marine Animal Forests, pp.1-26. SPRINGER.[DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17001-5_1-1].
  • Viladrich N., Bramanti L., Tsounis G., Martínez-Quintana A., Ferrier-Pagès C., Rossi C. (2017). Variation of lipid and free fatty acid contents during larval release in two temperate octocorals according to their trophic strategy. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 573:117-128. DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2017.05.008.



  • Lartaud F, Galli G, Raza A, Priori C, Benedetti MC, Cau A, Santangel G, Iannelli M, Solidoro C, Bramanti L 2016. Growth Patterns in Long-Lived Coral Species. In book: Marine Animal Forests, pp.1-32. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17001-5_15-1].
  • Galli G, Bramanti L, Priori C, Rossi S, Santangeo G, Tsounis G, Solidoro C 2016. Modelling red coral (Corallium rubrum) growth in response to temperature and nutrition. Ecological Modelling 337:137-148.
  • Costantini F, Gori A, Lopez-González P,  Bramanti L,  Rossi S,  Gili JM, Abbiati M.2016. Limited genetic connectivity between Mediterranean gorgonian morphotypes along a depth gradient. PLoS ONE 11(8):e0160678.
  • Viladrich N, Bramanti L, Tsounis G, Chocarro B, Martínez-Quitana A, Ambroso S, Madurell T, Rossi S. 2016. Variations of lipid and free fatty acid contents during spawning in two temperate octocorals with different reproductive strategies:surface versus internal brooder. Coral reefs. DOI 10.1007/s00338-016-1440-1.
  • Bramanti L, Edmunds PJ. 2016. Density-dependent recruitment mediates coral population dynamics on a coral reef. Coral Reefs. Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 543–553. DOI 10.1007/s00338-016-1413-4.
  • Cau A, Bramanti L, Cannas R, Follesa MC, Angiolillo M, Canese S, Bo M, Cuccu D, Guizien K. 2016. Habitat constraints and self-thinning shape Mediterranean red coral deep population structure: implications for conservation practice. Scientific report 6.: 23322. DOI: 10.1038/srep23322.


  • Bramanti L, Iannelli M, Fan TY, Edmunds PJ. 2015. Demographic models forecast the effects of climate change on scleractinian corals: Pocillopora damicornis as a case study. Coral Reefs. Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 505–515. [DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1269-z].
  • Raza A, Bramanti L, Perveen R, Shaukat SS 2015. A New record of a hard coral species Galaxea fascicularis (Linnaeus, 1767) of (Scleractinia; Anthozoa; Hexacorallia; Zooantharia; Family Oculinidae, Gray, 1847) collected from Paradise Point, Arabian Sea, Sindh Coast, Pakistan. International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies 2015; 2(5): 13-15.
  • Lenz E, Bramanti L, Lasker HR, Edmunds PJ. long-term variation in of octocoral populations in St. John, US Virgin Islands. Coral Reefs. Vol. 34 Issue 4, p1099-1109. [DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1315-x].
  • Santangelo G, Cupido R, Cocito S, Bramanti L, Priori C, Erra F, Iannelli M. 2015. Effects of increased mortality on gorgonian corals (Cnidaria, Octocorallia): different demographic features may lead affected populations to unexpected recovery and new equilibrium points. Hydrobiologia.  759:171–187. [DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2241-1]


  • Martinez-Quintana A, Bramanti L, Viladrich N, Rossi S, Guizien K. Quantification of Corallium rubrum larvae motility behavior: implications for population connectivity. Marine Biology, Volume 162, Issue 2, pp 309–318 [doi: 10.1007/s00227-014-2599-z].
  • Guizien K and Bramanti L Modelling ecological complexity for marine species conservation: the effect of variable connectivity on species spatial distribution and age structure. Theor Biol Forum. 2014;107(1-2):47-56.
  • Gazeau F, Alliouane S, Bock C, Bramanti L, López Correa M, Gentile M, Hirse T, Pörtner HO, Ziveri P. Impact of ocean acidification and warming on the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis). Frontiers in Marine Science Volume 1, article 62. [doi: 10.3389/fmars.2014.00062].
  • Bramanti L Vielmini I, Rossi S, Tsounis G, Iannelli M, Cattaneo-Vietti R, Priori C, Santangelo G Demographic parameters of two populations of red coral (Corallium rubrum) in the North Western Mediterranean. Marine Biology 161: 1015-1026 [doi: 10.1007/s00227- 013-2383-5].
  • Edmunds PJ, Burgess SC, Putnam HM, Baskett ML, Bramanti L, Fabina NS, Han X, Lesser MP, Madin JS, Wall CB, Yost DM, Gates RD Evaluating the causal basis of ecological success within the scleractinia: an integral Projection Model approach. Marine Biology. 161(12): 2719-2734. [doi:10.1007/s00227-014-2547-y].


  • Bramanti L., Movilla J., Guron M., Calvo E., Gori A., Dominguez-Carriò C., Martinez-Quintana A., Pelejero C., Lopez-Sanz A., Ziveri P., Rossi S. Detrimental effects of ocean acidification on the economically important Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum). Global Change Biology. 19:1897–1908. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12171
  • Gori A, Orejas c, Madurell T, Bramanti L, Martins M, Quintanilla E, Marti-Puig P, Lo Iacono C, Puig P, Requena S, Greenacre M and Gili JM. Bathymetrical distribution and size structure of cold-water coral populations in the Cap de Creus and Lacaze-Duthiers canyons (northwestern Mediterranean). Biogeosciences, 10, 2049–2060.
  • Dufault AM, Ninokawa A, Bramanti L, Cumbo VR, Fan TY and Edmunds PJ. The role of light in mediating the effects of ocean acidification on coral calcification. Journal of Experimental Biology. doi:10.1242/jeb.080549.
  • Tsounis G., Rossi S., Bramanti L., Santangelo G. Management hurdles for sustainable harvesting of Corallium rubrum. Marine Policy 39: 361-364.


  • Gori A., Bramanti L., Lopez-Gonzalez P., Thoma J.N. Gili J.M., Grinyo J., Uceira V. And Rossi S. Characterization of the zooxanthellate and azooxanthellate morphotypes of the Mediterranean gorgonian Eunicella singularis. Marine Biology 159 (7): 1485-1496.
  • Rossi S., Bramanti L., Broglio E. And Gili J.M. Trophic impact of long-lived species indicated by population dynamics in the short-lived hydrozoan Eudendrium racemosum. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 467:97-111.
  • Santangelo G., Bramanti L., Rossi S., Tsounis G., Vielmini I., Lott C., Gili J.M. Patterns of variation in recruitment and post-recruitment processes of the Mediterranean precious gorgonian coral Corallium rubrum. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 411: 7-13.
  • Gori A., Viladrich N, Gili J-M., Kotta M., Cucio C., Magni L., Bramanti L. and Rossi S. Reproductive cycle and trophic ecology in deep versus shallow populations of the Mediterranean gorgonian Eunicella singularis (Cap de Creus, northwestern Mediterranean Sea). Coral Reefs 31(3): 823-837.
  • Cupido R., Cocito S., Manno V., Ferrando S., Peirano A., Iannelli M., Bramanti L., Santangelo G. Sexual structure of a highly reproductive, recovering gorgonian population: quantifying reproductive output. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 469: 25-36.
  • Tsounis G., Martínez L., Viladrich N., Bramanti L., Martínez A., Gili JM., Rossi S. Effects of human impact on the reproductive effort and allocation of energy reserves in the Mediterranean octocoral Paramuricea clavata. Mar Ecol. Prog. Ser. 449: 161-172.


  • Bramanti L., Vielmini I., Rossi S. Stolfa S. Santangelo G. Involvement of recreational scuba divers in emblematic species monitoring: The case of Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum). Journal for Nature Conservation 19 (5): 312-318.
  • Benedetti A., Bramanti L., Tsounis G., Faimali M., Pavanello G., Rossi S., Gili J.M., Santangelo G. Applying cathodically polarized substrata to the restoration of a high value coral. Biofouling, 27:7, 799-809.
  • Arrigoni M., Manfredi P., Panigada S., Bramanti L. and Santangelo G. Life-history tables of the Mediterranean fin whale from stranding data. Marine Ecology 32 (1): 1-9.


  • Santangelo G., Bramanti L. Quantifying the decline in Corallium rubrum populations. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 418: 295–297.
  • Tsounis G., Rossi S., Grigg, R., Santangelo G., Bramanti L., Gili J.M. The Exploitation and Conservation of Precious Corals. Oceanography & Marine Biology: An Annual Review, Volume 48: 161-212.


  • Bramanti L., Santangelo G., Iannelli M. Mathematical modelling for conservation and management of gorgonians corals: young and olds, could they coexist? Ecological Modelling 20 (21): 2851-2856.


  • Rossi S., Tsounis G., Orejas C., Padrón T., Gili J.M., Bramanti L., Teixidó N. and Gutt J. Survey of deep-dwelling red coral (Corallium rubrum) populations at Cap de Creus (NW Mediterranean). Marine Biology 154 (3): 533-545.


  • Bramanti L., Rossi S., Tsounis G., Gili J.M., Santangelo G. Settlement and early survival of red coral on settlement plates: some clues for demography and restoration. Hydrobiologia 580: 219-224.
  • Santangelo G., Bramanti L., Iannelli. Population dynamics and conservation biology of the over-exploited Mediterranean Red coral. Journ Theor Biol 244: 416-423.


  • Santangelo G. and Bramanti L. Ecology through time: an overview. Rivista di Biologia/Biology Forum 99: 395-424.
  • Tsounis G., Rossi S., Laudien J., Bramanti L., Fernandez N., Gili J.M., Arntz W. Diet and seasonal prey capture rates in Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum L.). Marine Biology 149 (2): 313 325.


  • Bramanti L., Magagnini G., De Maio L., Santangelo G. Recruitment, early survival and growth of the Mediterranean red coral Corallium rubrum (L 1758), a 4-year study. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 314: 69-78.
  • Santangelo G., Bisconti M., Santini F., Bramanti L. It happened…Estinzioni e conservazione: il ruolo dei modelli nello studio e nella tutela della diversità biologica. Rivista di Biologia /Biology Forum 98: 13-38.


  • Santangelo G., Maggi E., Bramanti L. and Bongiorni L. Demography of the overexploited Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum L. 1758). Scientia Marina .67 (Suppl 3) 199 – 204.


  • Bramanti L., Magagnini G., Santangelo G. Settlement and recruitment: the first stages in the life cycle of two epibenthic suspension feeders (Corallium rubrum and Anomia ephippium). Ital. J. Zool., 70: 175-178.
  • Santangelo G., Carletti E., Maggi E., Bramanti L. Reproduction and population of the sexual structure of the overexploited Mediterranean red coral Corallium rubrum. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 248: 99-108.


2005 Rossi S., Bramanti L., Tsounis G. and Gili J.M. – 2005. Recuperaciòn del coral rojo. Investigaciòn y Ciencia. Enero 2005:40-41.


2013 Post doctoral grant Program LITEAU IV Project ROC CONNECT 2013 NSF (National Science Foundation) Collaborative research - RUI-Ecology and functional biology of octocoral communities (Non PI, significant collaborator)

2012 NSF grant Calstate University: effects of Ocean Acidification on the early life stages of scleractinian corals

2009 Post Doc Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship at Instituto de Ciencias del Mar, Barcelona: “Mediterranean red coral management and conservation”. Coordinator: Prof. J.M. Gili.

2007 Post Doc Fellowship at Department of Biology, University of Pisa: “Study of the Mediterranean Corallium rubrum populations (supervisor prof. G. Santangelo).

2006 Luigi e Francesca Brusarosco Fellowship: Post Doc fellowship from SItE (Italian Society of Ecology) at ICM-CSIC of Barcelona, Spain, (supervisor Prof J.M Gili).

2001 Three year grant from University of Pisa for a Ph.D. position in Evolutionary Biology


• Reviewing manuscripts for Journals including Biological Conservation, PLOS ONE, Marine Biology, Invertebrate Biology, Aquatic Biology and Scientia Marina, Marine Ecology Progress Series.

• Work in divulgation for college students with the company Seaproject s.a.s. working with local schools for the awareness of children. I work in whale watching programs with local agencies both in Spain and Italy.

Awards and Distinctions


2006 Giovanni Santangelo and Lorenzo Bramanti. Metodo per la riproduzione di corallo rosso e altri antozoi (system for the reproduction of red coral and other anthozoans). Patent n.PI2006A000126

French and foreign diplomas

Undergraduate: University of Pisa, Italy. Major: Marine Biology. Degree: Biological Sciences, 2000

Graduate: University of Pisa, Italy Major: Evolutionary Biology; Degree: Ph.D., 2004


1. University of Pisa, Italy (PI: Prof. G. Santangelo) - 2007-2009

2. ICM-CSIC, Barcelona (PI: Prof. J.M. Gili) – 2009-2011

3. CalState University Northridge (PI: Prof. P.J. Edmunds) 2012-2013

4. UPMC-LECOB, Observatoire Oceanologique Banyuls sur mer (PI: Dr K. Guizien)


Lorenzo Bramanti (lorenzo.bramanti @ obs-banyuls.fr) - 02/11/18

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