PhD in environmental biology and Assistant Professor of Environmental Botany. I am interested in the study of the biological effects of air pollution on sensitive organisms, especially lichens, to be used as biomonitors. My research group works in cooperation with several teams in Italy and abroad, especially Greece, Slovakia and Portugal. Author of >100 scientific papers in refereed journals. Coordinator of several scientific research projects and member of the editorial board of several international journals. President of the Italian Lichen Society (2011-2014); member of the Steering Committee of the Foundation for Climate and Sustainability (2012-2015); member of the Steering Committee of BioMAP - Biomonitoring of Atmospheric Pollution.
Biological effects of pollutants on sensitive organisms (especially lichens). The main sectors investigated are:
- agricultural activities (nitrogen, glyphosate, pharmaceuticals)
- waste management (incineration, landfilling, composting)
- renewable energy production (geothermal, biomass)
- cement production (quarries, cement plants)
Teacher of Environmental Botany for the degree in Biology and of Plant as Bioindicators for the master of science in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability
Lucadamo L., Corapi A., Loppi S., De Rosa R., Barca D., Vespasiano G., Gallo L., 2016. Spatial variation in the accumulation of elements in thalli of the lichen Pseudevernia furfuracea (L.) Zopf trasplanted around a biomass power plant in Italy. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 70: 506-521.
Pellegrini E., Falcone L., Loppi S., Lorenzini G., Nali C., 2016. Impact of mechanical mowing and chemical treatment on phytosociological, pedochemical and biological parameters in roadside soils and vegetation. Ecotoxicology, 25: 279-290.
Paoli L., Munzi S., Guttova A., Senko D., Sardella G., Loppi S., 2015. Lichens as suitable indicators of the biological effects of atmospheric pollutants around a municipal solid waste incinerator (S Italy). Ecological Indicators, 52: 362-370.
Loppi S., Pozo K., Estellano V.H., Corsolini S., Sardella G., Paoli L., 2015. Accumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by lichen transplants: comparison with gas-phase passive air samplers. Chemosphere, 134: 39-43.
Vannini A., Guarnieri M., Bačkor M., Bilová I., Loppi S., 2015. Uptake and toxicity of glyphosate in the lichen Xanthoria parietina (L.) Th.Fr. Environmental Science & Pollution Research, 122: 193-197.
Paoli L., Maslaňáková I., Grassi A., Bačkor M., Loppi S., 2015. Effects of acute NH3 air pollution on N-sensitive and N-tolerant lichen species. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 122: 377-383.
Paoli L., Guttova A., Grassi A., Lackovicova A., Senko D., Sorbo S., Basile A., Loppi S., 2015. Ecophysiological and ultrastructural effects of dust pollution in lichens exposed around a cement plant (SW Slovakia). Environmental Science & Pollution Research, 22: 15891-15902.
Paoli L., Guttova A., Grassi A., Lackovicova A., Senko D., Loppi S., 2014. Biological effects of airborne pollutants released during cement production assessed with lichens (SW Slovakia). Ecological Indicators, 40: 127-135.
Loppi S., 2014. Lichens as sentinels for air pollution at remote alpine areas (Italy). Environmental Science & Pollution Research, 41: 2563-2571.
Vannini A., Nicolardi V., Bargagli R., Loppi S., 2014. Estimating atmospheric mercury concentrations with lichens. Environmental Science & Technology, 48: 8754-8759.
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