Research Interests

I am interested in studying physiological adaptations of ectotherms animals in intertidal ecosystem under global warming scenario, and the the ecological role of intertidal animals controlling the sediment microbiome throughout bioturbation. I also focus my research on studying novel microbial symbiosis in intertidal animal species with particular interest on host - microbes thermal tolerance response.


Selected Publications

  • The stage of soil development modulates rhizosphere effect along a High Arctic desert chronosequence
    F. Mapelli, R. Marasco, M. Fusi, B. Scaglia, G. Tsiamis, E. Rolli, S. Fodelianakis, K. Bou...
    The ISME Journal, (2017)
  • Measuring the role of seagrasses in regulating sediment surface elevation
    M. Potouroglou, J. C. Bull, K. W. Krauss, H. A. Kennedy, M. Fusi, D. Daffonchio, M. M. Man...
    Scientific Reports, (2017)
  • Thermal sensitivity of the crab Neosarmatium africanum in tropical and temperate mangroves on the east coast of Afr...
    M. Fusi, S. Babbini, F. Giomi, S. Fratini, F. Dahdouh-Guebas, D. Daffonchio, C. D. McQuaid...
    Hydrobiologia, (2017)
  • Salicornia strobilacea (Synonym of Halocnemum strobilaceum) Grown under different tidal regimes selects rhizosphere...
    R. Marasco, F. Mapelli, E. Rolli, M. J. Mosqueira, M. Fusi, P. Bariselli, M. Reddy, A. Che...
    Frontiers in Microbiology, (2016)
  • Ecological status and sources of anthropogenic contaminants in mangroves of the Wouri River Estuary (Cameroon)
    M. Fusi, G. M. Beone, N. A. Suciu, A. Sacchi, M. Trevisan, E. Capri, D. Daffonchio, N. Din...
    Marine Pollution Bulletin, (2016)
  • The trade-off between heat tolerance and metabolic cost drives the bimodal life strategy at the air-water interface
    M. Fusi, S. Cannicci, D. Daffonchio, B. Mostert, H.O. Pörtner, and F. Giomi
    Scientific reports, (2016)
  • Contrasting environments shape thermal physiology across the spatial range of the sandhopper Talorchestia capensis
    S. Baldanzi, N. F. Weidberg, M. Fusi, S. Cannicci, C. D. McQuaid and F. Porri
    Oecologia, (2015)
  • Thermal vulnerability of African mangrove crabs at large geographical scales: global warming and the challenge of p...
    M. Fusi, F. Giomi, S. Babbini, D. Daffonchio, C. D. McQuaid, F. Porri and S. Cannicci
    Oikos, (2015)
  • Improved heat tolerance in air drives the recurrent evolution of air-breathing
    F. Giomi, M. Fusi, A. Barausse, B. Mostert, H. O. Pörtner and S. Cannicci
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B, (2014)
  • Mangrove carbon sink: Do burrowing crabs contribute to sediment carbon storage? Evidence from a Kenyan mangrove sys...
    A. Andreetta, M. Fusi, I. Cameldi, F. Cimò, S. Carnicelli and S. Cannicci
    Journal of Sea Research, (2014)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D.; Ecology University of Milan, Milan, Italy, 2013
  • M.Sc.; Evolution of Natural Systems University of Florence, Florence, Italy, 2009
  • B.Sc.; Natural Science University of Florence Italy, Florence, Italy, 2006 

Professional Profile

  • ​2014-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2014: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​British Ecological Society (BES),
  • Italian Society of Microbial Ecology (SIMTREA)

KAUST Affiliations

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE) ​​