My research interests lies within the fields of marine ecology, ecophysiology and evolutionary ecology. My research line is mainly experimental with emphasis on understanding how marine organisms respond rapidly to environmental stressors and changes. Facing a global change scenario, it is crucial to understand such responses at individual level, as individuality (i.e. individual variability) is one of the key factors in the adaptation to environmental changes. From this perspective investigating phenotypic plasticity, maternal effects, environmental epigenetic, reproductive investment will help to understand better the interaction between individuals and their environment. In general, I strongly believe that inquiring how an expressed phenotypic trait has been shaped by the environment (focussing on the proximate causes), rather than asking what that trait has been selected for (an ultimate, finalist investigation), would give a more measurable and comprehensive explanation of one of the most intriguing aspects of nature, the evolution of species.
CONTRIBUTION TO CCM
Within the Center for Marine Conservation my main focus is to understand the effect of the variation in latitude, upwelling intensity and temperature on the reproductive plasticity of two species of kelp crabs, Taliepus marginatus and Taliepus dentatus, along the coast of Chile. This research is the main focus of the project FONDECYT Postdoctorate (2014-2017) n°3150020.
- Baldanzi S, McQuaid CD, Cannicci S, Porri F (2013) Environmental Domains and Range-Limiting Mechanisms: Testing the Abundant Centre Hypothesis Using Southern African Sandhoppers. PLoS ONE 8(1): e54598. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0054598.
- Baldanzi S, McQuaid CD, Porri F (2015) Temperature effects on reproductive allocation in the sandhopper Talorchestia capensis. Biol. Bull. 228: 181-191. http://www.biolbull.org/content/228/3/181.abstract
Baldanzi S, Fusi M, Weidberg N, McQuaid CD, Cannicci S, Porri F (2015) Contrasting environments shape thermal physiology across the spatial range of the sandhopper Talorchestia capensis. Oecologia. DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3404-5.