We study the dynamics of DOM in the Mediterranean Sea, our future in a drop of water

La!DOM is an Italian research group that study the crucial role of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) in sea water. Today, its scientific research is internationally recognized. La!DOM is also very active in outreach acvitities and teaching in schools, as well as in collaboration with enterprises.

Our research at the service of schools, enterprises and general public

Our papers

Santinelli, C., Iacono, R., Napolitano, E., Ribera d’Alcalá, M.

Surface transport of DOC acts as a trophic link among Mediterranean sub-basins

Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers - Volume 170, April 2021

Garel M., Panagiotopoulos P., Boutrif M., Repeta D., Sempéré R., Santinelli C., Charrière B., Nerini D., Poggiale JC., Tamburini C.

Contrasting degradation rates of natural dissolved organic carbon by deep-sea prokaryotes under stratified water masses and deep-water convection conditions in the NW Mediterranean Sea

Marine Chemistry - Volume 231, April 2021

Our experiences at the sea and in the laboratory

Our collaborators and friends all over the world

I started interacting with Chiara Santinelli since she was an undergraduate student, when she was a bit shy but already iperactive. Later, she helped me to appreciate to multifaceted role of DOM, which I had only considered for the intriguing polysaccharide exudation by phytoplankton. Since then we have been collaborating in several projects, sharing ideas, gossiping about people, and enjoying our friendship. Besides being a brilliant and very dynamic scientist, Chiara is an ideal mentor for any curious and enthusiastic student.

Maurizio Ribera d'Alcalà, Director of Research, Stazione Zoologica di Napoli

Working with la!DOM was an amazing experience. In a short time, I gained new skills and knowledge under the valuable guidance of Chiara Santinelli, in stimulating and cheerful atmosphere. The biggest asset of the group is professional and yet warm and supportive people, who make it a perfect environment for scientific expansion. I will appreciate every opportunity to return.

Sasa Marcinek, PhD Student at Ruđer Bošković Institute

Thanks to the University of Miami’s Mary Roche Fellowship, I worked with La!DOM in 2016, analyzing seawater samples from the Black Sea. Working with Chiara Santinelli and La!DOM was a highlight from graduate school. Not only was my experience in the lab great, they were gracious in sharing Italian culture and made Pisa feel like a home away from home. I look forward to returning the next chance I get!

Andrew Margolin, Postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia