Piero Calosi

Assistant Professor,
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Département de Biologie, Chimie et Géographie
300 Allée des Ursulines, Rimouski, Québec , G5L 3A1
Tel: 418-723-1986 ext. 1797
E-mail: piero_calosi@uqar.ca
Institution page

  • Doctorate in Animal Ecology and Ethology, Biology at the University of Florence
  • Master's degree in Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences - Ecophysiology route - at the University of Florence
  • Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, Biology, at the University of Florence

  • Research
    My research focuses on how physiological systems have evolved, how such evolution helps defining organisms’ biogeography and vulnerability to warming, acidification and de-oxygenation, and whether adaptation to global drivers can occur rapidly enough to prevent local and global extinction.

    Prizes and honours
  • Ocean Acidification in Benthic Communities - Commonwealth Award - 2012
  • Ocean Acidification - Commonwealth Development Award - 2010
  • CETL Plymouth University Staff Developmental Award

  • QCBS students
    Gloria Massamba N'Siala, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2015, End: 2018)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Louis-Miguel Chevin , CNRS Montpellier
    Marie-Hélène Carignan, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2017, End: 2019)

    Thesis title: Les espèces de zooplancton polaires et tempérées ont-t-elles une sensibilité métabolique différente aux vagues de chaleur ?
    Mathilde Chemel, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2017, End: 2019)

    Other (co-)supervisor: Denis Chabot, MPO (IML, Mont-Joli)
    Thesis title: Effets de l’augmentation de la température, de la diminution du pH et de l’hypoxie sur le métabolisme énergétique et la qualité nutritionnelle et organoleptique de la crevette nordique
    Sarah Ouimette, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2016, End: 2018)

    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Jean-Philippe Lessard
    Thesis title: Integrating Life Stage-Related Differences in Odonates’ Physiology into Predictions of their Geographic Distributions
    Fanny Vermandele, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2016, End: 2018)

    Other (co-)supervisor: Philippe Archambault
    Previous students (since 2009)
    Leela Chakravarti, Membre employé(e) / Employed member
    (Start: 2014, End: 2015)
    Thesis title: Plasticité trans-générationelle et changements climatiques
    Mike Jarrold, Membre employé(e) / Employed member
    (Start: 2014, End: 2015)
    Thesis title: Plasticité trans-générationelle et changements climatiques
    Angélique Hoffmann, B.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2015)
    Léa Loubet-Sartrou, B.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2015)
    Vincent Turpin, B.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2016)
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Pierre Blier
    Emma Gibbin, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2014, End: 2017)
    Fanny Noisette, Postdoctoral fellow
    (Start: 2016, End: 2017)

    Thesis title: Effects of temperature on the embryonnic development of the polychete Ophryotrocha labronica
    Spatafora Davide, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2016)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Marco Milazzo, Universita di Palermo
    Kayla Menu-Courey, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2015, End: 2017)

    Thesis title: L'effect de l'acidification des océans sur la survie, les traits d'histoire de vie, et la physiologie du homard Américain juvénile
    Cynthia Thibault, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2016, End: 2017)

    Thesis title: Plasticity of rare and common marin polychaetes face Global Change
    BIO 130 99 - Invertébrés (NA)
    BIO 273 02 - Écologie marine (NA)
    BIO 547 16 - Évolution dans le milieu marin et changements globaux (NA)
    BIO 272 13 - Biologie et écologie des arthropodes aquatiques (Fall / Automne)

    64- Contrasting physiological responses to future ocean acidification among Arctic copepod populations
    Thor P., Bailey A., Dupont S., Calosi P., Søreide J.E., De Wit P., Guscelli E., Loubet-Sartrou L., Deichmann I.M., Candee M.M., Svensen C., King A.L., Bellerby R.G.J.
    2017 Global Change Biology (Date Added: 2017-10-08)

    63- Regional variations in early life stages response to a temperature gradient in the northern shrimp Pandalus borealis and vulnerability of the populations to ocean warming
    Ouellet P., Chabot D., Calosi P., Orr D., Galbraith P.S.
    2017 Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (Date Added: 2017-10-03)

    62- Overwintering individuals of the Arctic krill Thysanoessa inermis appear tolerant to short-term exposure to low pH conditions
    Venello T.A., Calosi P., Turner L.M., Findlay H.S.
    2017 Polar Biology (Date Added: 2017-08-16)

    61- Can multi-generational exposure to ocean warming and acidification lead to the adaptation of life history and physiology in a marine metazoan?
    Gibbin, E.M., Chakravarti, L.J., Jarrold, M.D., Christen, F., Turpin, V., Massamba N'Siala, G., Blier, P.U., Calosi, P.
    2017 The Journal of Experimental Biology (Date Added: 2017-07-31)

    60- Low pH conditions impair module capacity to regenerate in a calcified colonial invertebrate, the bryozoan Cryptosula pallasiana
    Lombardi C., Taylor P.D., Cocito S., Bertolini C., Calosi P.
    2017 Marine Environmental Research (Date Added: 2017-02-22)

    59- Long-term exposure to elevated pCO2 more than warming modifies early-life shell growth in a temperate gastropod
    Rühl, S., Calosi, P., Faulwetter, S., Keklikoglou, K., Widdicombe, S., Queirós, A.M.
    2017 ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil (Date Added: 2017-02-05)

    58- Does sex really matter? Explaining intraspecies variation in ocean acidification responses
    Ellis, R.P., Davison, W., Queiros, A.M., Kroeker, K.J., Calosi, P., Dupont, S., Spicer, J.I., Wilson, R.W., Widdicombe, S., Urbina, M.A.
    2017 Biology Letters (Date Added: 2017-02-05)

    57- Regional adaptation defines sensitivity to future ocean acidification
    Calosi, P., Melatunan, S., Turner, L.M., Artioli, Y., Davidson, R.L., Byrne, J.J., Viant, M.R., Widdicombe, S., Rundle, S.D.
    2017 Nature Communications (Date Added: 2017-02-03)

    56- Metabolic and reproductive plasticity of core and marginal populations of the eurythermic saline water bug Sigara selecta (Hemiptera: Corixidae) in a climate change context
    Carbonell, J.A., Bilton, D.T., Calosi, P., Millan, A., Stewart, A., Velasco, J.
    2017 Journal of Insect Physiology (Date Added: 2017-02-03)

    55- Estimating the ecological, economic and social impacts of ocean acidification and warming on UK fisheries
    Fernandes, J.A., Papathanasopoulou, E., Hattam, C., Queirós, A.M., Cheung, W.W.W.L., Yool, A., Artioli, Y., Pope, E.C., Flynn, K.J., Merino, G., Calosi, P., Beaumont, N., Austen, M.C., Widdicombe, S., Barange, M.
    2016 Fish and Fisheries (Date Added: 2016-12-05)

    54- Resilience to ocean acidification: decreased carbonic anhydrase activity in sea anemones under high pCO2 conditions
    Ventura, P., Jarrold, M., Merle, P., Barnay-Verdier, S., Zamoum, T., Rodolfo-Metalpa, R., Calosi, P., Furla, P.
    2016 Marine Ecology Progress Series (Date Added: 2016-12-05)

    53- Metabolic responses to high pCO2 conditions at a CO2 vent site in juveniles of a marine isopod species assemblage
    Turner, L.M., Ricevuto, E., Massa Gallucci, A., Lorenti, M., Gambi, M.-C., Calosi, P.
    2016 Marine Biology (Date Added: 2016-10-11)

    52- Multi-generational responses of a marine polychaete to a rapid change in seawater pCO2
    Rodriguez-Romero, A., Jarrold, M.D., Massamba-N'Siala, G., Spicer, J.I., Calosi, P.
    2016 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2016-10-11)

    51- An in situ assessment of local adaptation in a calcifying polychaete from a shallow CO2 vent system
    Lucey, N.M., Lombardi, C., Florio, M., DeMarchi, L., Nannini, M., Rundle, S., Gambi, M.C., Calosi, P.
    2016 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2016-10-11)

    50- Will life find a way? Evolution of marine species under global change
    Calosi, P., De Wit, P., Thor, P., Dupont, S.
    2016 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2016-10-11)

    49- Can trans-generational experiments be used to enhance species resilience to ocean warming and acidification?
    Chakravarti, L.J., Jarrold, M.D., Gibbin, E.M., Christen, F., Massamba-N'Siala, G., Blier, P.U., Calosi, P.
    2016 Evolutionary Applications (Date Added: 2016-10-11)

    48- The impact of ocean acidification on the skeletal mechanical properties of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus: laboratory and field observations
    Collard M, Rastrick SPS, Calosi P, Demolder Y, Dille J, Hall-Spencer J, Milazzo M, Mouline L, Widdicombe S, Dehairs F, Dubois P
    2016 ICES Journal of Marine Science (Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    47- The sensitivity of the early benthic juvenile stage of the European lobster Homarus gammarus (L.) to elevated pCO2 and temperature
    Small, D.P., Calosi, P., Boothroyd, D., Widdicombe, S., Spicer, J.I.
    2016 Marine Biology (Date Added: 2016-04-05)

    45- Scaling up experimental ocean acidification and warming research: from individuals to the ecosystem
    Queiros, A.M., Fernandes, J.A., Faulwetter, S., Nunes, J., Rastrick, S.P.S., Mieszkowska, N., Artioli, Y., Yool, A., Calosi, P., Arvanitidis, C., Findlay, H.S., Barange, M., Cheung, W.W.L., Widdicombe, S.
    2015 Global Change Biology (Date Added: 2016-08-09)

    44- Stage-specific changes in physiological optimum during larval development drive life history and population responses to complex cilimate changes in the European lobster, Homarus Gammarus (L.).
    Small, D., Calosi, P., Boothrroyd D, Widdicombe S, Spicer JI
    2015 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    42- To brood or not to brood: Are marine invertebrates that protect their offspring more resilient to ocean acidification?
    Lucey, N.M., Lombardi, C., DeMarchi, L., Schulze, A., Gambi, M.C., Calosi, P.
    2015 Scientific Reports (Date Added: 2016-01-15)

    41- Bird is the word – on the importance of ethical and effective scientific communication
    Dupont, S., Puncher, G., Calosi, P.
    2015 Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (Date Added: 2015-11-09)

    40- A mesocosm study investigating the effects of hypoxia and population density on respiration and reproductive biology in the brittlestar Amphiura filiformis
    Calder-Potts, R., Spicer, J., Calosi, P., Findlay, H., Widdicombe, S.
    2015 Marine Ecology Progress Series (Date Added: 2015-09-30)

    39- Can’t stomach ocean acidification - First evidence of altered sensory quality in a shellfish exposed to decreased pH
    Dupont S, Hall EF, Calosi P, Ludve B
    2014 Journal of Shellfish Research (Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    38- Living in warmer, more acidic oceans retards physiological recovery from tidal emersion in the velvet swimming crab, Necora puber
    Rastrick, S.P.S., Calosi, P., Calder-Potts, R., Foggo, A., Nightingale, G., Widdicombe, S., Spicer, J.I.
    2014 Journal of Experimental Biology (Date Added: 2015-03-02)

    37- Evolution in an acidifying ocean
    Sunday, J.M., Calosi, P., Dupont, S., Munday, P.L., Stillman, J.H., Reusch, T.B.H.
    2014 Trends in Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    36-Ocean acidification alters the photo-physiology but preserves the metabolic relationship of the zooxanthellae-anemone symbiosis
    Jarrold MD, Calosi P, Verberk WCEP, Rastrick SPS, Atfield A, Spicer J
    2013 Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology ( Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    35- Elevated temperature elicits greater effects than elevated pCO2 on the development, feeding and metabolism of northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) larvae
    Arnberg M, Calosi P, Spicer JI, Tandberg AHS, Nilsen M, Westerlund S, Bechmann RK
    2013 Marine Biology (Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    34- Structural and functional vulnerability to elevated pCO2 in marine benthic communities
    Christen N, Calosi P, McNeill CL, Widdicombe S
    2013 Marine Biology (Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    33- Metabolic adaptation and acclimatisation to ocean acidification in marine ectotherms: an in situ transplant experiment at a shallow CO2 vent system
    Calosi P, Rastrick SPS, Lombardi C, Deguzman H, Davidson L, Marlene J, Giangrande A, Hardege JD, Shulze A, Spicer JI, Gambi MC
    2013 Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences (Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    32- Calcifying algae respond differently to the rate and magnitude of ocean acidification
    Kamenos NA, Burdett HL, Aloisio E, Findlay HS, Martin S, Longbone C, Dunn J, Widdicombe S, Calosi P
    2013 Global Change Biology (Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    31- Marine gastropod shell plastic responses to the combined effects of ocean acidification and elevated temperature
    Melatunan S, Calosi P, Rundle SD, Widdicombe S, Moody AJ
    2013 Marine Ecology Progress Series (Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    30- Ocean acidification and climate change: Advances in ecology and evolution
    Godbold, J.A., Calosi, P.
    2013 Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    29- Physiological plasticity preserves the metabolic relationship of the intertidal non-calcifying anthozoan-Symbiodinium symbiosis under ocean acidification
    Jarrold, M.D., Calosi, P., Verberk, W.C.E.P., Rastrick, S.P.S., Atfield, A., Spicer, J.I.
    2013 Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    28- Multiple physiological responses to multiple environmental challenges: An individual approach
    Calosi, P., Turner, L.M., Hawkins, M., Bertolini, C., Nightingale, G., Truebano, M., Spicer, J.I.
    2013 Integrative and Comparative Biology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    26- Distribution of sea urchins living near shallow water CO2 vents is dependent upon species acid-base and ion-regulatory abilities
    Calosi, P., Rastrick, S.P.S., Graziano, M., Thomas, S.C., Baggini, C., Carter, H.A., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Milazzo, M., Spicer, J.I.
    2013 Marine Pollution Bulletin (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    25- Physiological and behavioural impacts of exposure to elevated pCO2 on an important ecosystem engineer, the burrowing shrimp Upogebia deltaura
    Donohue P, Calosi P, Bates AH, Laverock B, Rastrick S, Mark FC, Strobel A, Widdicombe S
    2012 Aquatic Biology (Date Added: 2016-07-04)

    24- The effect of chronic and acute low pH on the intracellular DMSP production and epithelial cell morphology of red coralline algae
    Burdett, H.L., Aloisio, E., Calosi, P., Findlay, H.S., Widdicombe, S., Hatton, A.D., Kamenos, N.A.
    2012 Marine Biology Research (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    23- The comparative biology of diving in two genera of European Dytiscidae (Coleoptera)
    Calosi, P., Bilton, D.T., Spicer, J.I., Verberk, W.C.E.P., Atfield, A., Garland, T.
    2012 Journal of Evolutionary Biology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    21- Life-history and thermal tolerance traits display different thermal plasticities and relationships with temperature in the marine polychaete Ophryotrocha labronica La Greca and Bacci (Dorvilleidae)
    Massamba-N'Siala, G., Calosi, P., Bilton, D.T., Prevedelli, D., Simonini, R.
    2012 Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    20- Dispersal ability rather than ecological tolerance drives differences in range size between lentic and lotic water beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)
    Arribas, P., Velasco, J., Abellán, P., Sánchez-Fernández, D., Andújar, C., Calosi, P., Millán, A., Ribera, I., Bilton, D.T.
    2012 Journal of Biogeography (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    19- Will variation among genetic individuals influence species responses to global climate change?
    Pistevos, J.C.A., Calosi, P., Widdicombe, S., Bishop, J.D.D.
    2011 Oikos (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    18- Predicted levels of future ocean acidification and temperature rise could alter community structure and biodiversity in marine benthic communities
    Hale, R., Calosi, P., Mcneill, L., Mieszkowska, N., Widdicombe, S.
    2011 Oikos (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    17- Exposure to elevated temperature and Pco 2 reduces respiration rate and energy status in the periwinkle Littorina littorea
    Melatunan, S., Calosi, P., Rundle, S.D., John Moody, A., Widdicombe, S.
    2011 Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    16- Determinants of the PIC: POC response in the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi under future ocean acidification scenarios
    Findlay, H.S., Calosi, P., Crawfurd, K.
    2011 Limnology and Oceanography (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    15- Reduced salinities compromise the thermal tolerance of hypersaline specialist diving beetles
    Sánchez-Fernández, D., Calosi, P., Atfield, A., Arribas, P., Velasco, J., Spicer, J.I., MilláN, A., Bilton, D.T.
    2010 Physiological Entomology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    13- Impact of medium-term exposure to CO2 enriched seawater on the physiological functions of the velvet swimming crab Necora puber
    Small, D., Calosi, P., White, D., Spicer, J.I., Widdicombe, S.
    2010 Aquatic Biology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    12- What determines a species' geographical range? Thermal biology and latitudinal range size relationships in European diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)
    Calosi, P., Bilton, D.T., Spicer, J.I., Votier, S.C., Atfield, A.
    2010 Journal of Animal Ecology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    11- Short-term exposure to hypercapnia does not compromise feeding, acid-base balance or respiration of Patella vulgata but surprisingly is accompanied by radula damage
    Marchant, H.K., Calosi, P., Spicer, J.I.
    2010 Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    10- The sandhopper Talitrus saltator (Crustacea: Amphipoda) as a biomonitor of trace metal bioavailabilities in European coastal waters
    Fialkowski, W., Calosi, P., Dahlke, S., Dietrich, A., Moore, P.G., Olenin, S., Persson, L.E., Smith, B.D., Špegys, M., Rainbow, P.S.
    2009 Marine Pollution Bulletin (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    9- Macrophysiology: A conceptual reunification
    Gaston, K.J., Chown, S.L., Calosi, P., Bernardo, J., Bilton, D.T., Clarke, A., Clusella-Trullas, S., Ghalambor, C.K., Konarzewski, M., Peck, L.S., Porter, W.P., Pörtner, H.O., Rezende, E.L., Schulte, P.M., Spicer, J.I., Stillman, J.H., Terblanche, J.S., Van Kleunen, M.
    2009 American Naturalist (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    8- Thermal tolerance and geographical range size in the Agabus brunneus group of European diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)
    Calosi, P., Bilton, D.T., Spicer, J.I., Atfield, A.
    2008 Journal of Biogeography (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    7- Thermal tolerance, acclimatory capacity and vulnerability to global climate change
    Calosi, P., Bilton, D.T., Spicer, J.I.
    2008 Biology Letters (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    6- The diving response of a diving beetle: Effects of temperature and acidification
    Calosi, P., Bilton, D.T., Spicer, J.I.
    2007 Journal of Zoology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    4- Substratum-mediated heart rate responses of an invertebrate to predation threat
    Kamenos, N.A., Calosi, P., Moore, P.G.
    2006 Animal Behaviour (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    3- Physiological responses to hyposmotic stress in the supralittoral amphipod Talitrus saltator (Crustacea: Amphipoda)
    Calosi, P., Ugolini, A., Morritt, D.
    2005 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - A Molecular and Integrative Physiology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    2- Mediterranean Talitrus saltator (Crustacea, Amphipoda) as a biomonitor of heavy metals contamination
    Ugolini, A., Borghini, F., Calosi, P., Bazzicalupo, M., Chelazzi, G., Focardi, S.
    2004 Marine Pollution Bulletin (Date Added: 2014-10-03)

    1- Optocardiographic recording of heart rate in Talitrus saltator (Amphipoda: Talitridae)
    Calosi, P., Chelazzi, G., Ugolini, A.
    2003 Physiological Entomology (Date Added: 2014-10-03)