Dr. Morgana Tagliarolo is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal working on the ecophysiology of estuarine communities. She received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Biology from the University of Trieste (Italy) and a PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Western Brittany (France). Dr. Tagliarolo arrived in South Africa in 2013 as a post-doctoral fellow investigating the thermal limits of intertidal organisms at Rhodes University. Her primary research interests focus on understanding the physiological and metabolic adaptations of coastal and estuarine organisms.
Estuaries play a critical role in carbon cycle and represent an important transition between the sea and the riverine area. Knowledge and identification of the relationships between the different coastal ecosystems is the key to understanding the functioning and the energetic dynamics of natural systems. This project aims at unraveling those mechanisms that drive the connectivity and structure of estuarine ecosystems and also evaluating the effect of anthropic pressure on these connections.
This work aims to fill some of the gaps in estuarine ecology by developing new research linking biomass and metabolic rates in estuarine communities. Moreover, this study will provide the first estimations of carbon emissions of South African sub-tropical estuaries through a direct quantification of production, respiration and photosynthesis.