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Curriculum vitae – UPDATED JANUARY 2011


Dr. Alan Deidun – BSc (Hons.) PhD CSB MI Biol.

Coastal and Marine Biologist




  1. Family name: DEIDUN

  2. First name: ALAN

  3. Date of birth: 23/01/79

  4. Nationality: MALTESE

  5. Civil status: MARRIED

  6. Education: POST-GRADUATE

    Institution

    [ Date from - Date to ]



    Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:

    University of Malta

    (1997-2001)



    Bachelor of Science (Hons)

    University of Malta

    (2002-2006)



    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology

  7. Language skills: Indicate competence on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 - excellent; 5 - basic)

Language

Reading

Speaking

Writing

MALTESE

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ENGLISH

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ITALIAN

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FRENCH

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5

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  1. Other skills: PADI-certified SCUBA diver, marine ecology consultant




  1. Present position: Lecturer, Physical Oceanography Unit, University of Malta




  1. Years within the firm: 5


LIST OF PUBLICATIONS: LAST UPDATED – JANUARY 2011

Refereed papers in international peer-reviewed journals

1. Deidun, A; Azzopardi, M; Saliba, S.; Schembri, P.J., 2003. Low faunal diversity on Maltese sandy beaches: fact or artefact?, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 58S:83-92.

2. Deidun, A.; Mallia, A.; Mercieca, L.; Schembri, P.J., 2005. Rocky shore biotic assemblages of the Maltese Islands (List Central Mediterranean): A Conservation Perspective. Journal of Coastal Research 21 (1): 157-166.

3. Gauci, M.; DEIDUN, A; Schembri, P.J., 2005. Faunistic diversity of Maltese pocket sandy and shingle beaches: are these of conservation value?, Oceanologia 27 (2): 219-241.

4. Deidun, A.; Schembri, P.J. 2005. The composition of the nocturnal motile fauna from the upper infralittoral fringe of sandy beaches in the Central Mediterranean: are there any implications for conservation?, Biologia Marina Mediterranea 13(1): 355-363.

5. Tigano, C.; Canapa, A.; Ferrito, V.; Barucca, M.; Arcidiacono, I.; Deidun, A.; Schembri, P.J.; Olmo, E. 2006. A study of osteological and molecular differences in populations of Aphanius fasciatus Nardo 1827, from the central Mediterranean (Teleostei, Cyprinodontidae), Marine Biology 149: 1539-1550.

6. Deidun, A., Lanfranco, E., Mifsud, C., Stevens, D., Schembri, M., Curmi, L., Howson, C., Mercer, T., Sotheran, I. & Foster-Smith, R., 2007. Baseline ecological data collection from the marine area around Filfla (Malta, Central Mediterranean). Biologia Marina Mediterranean 14(2): 74-75.

7. Deidun, A., Schembri, P.J., 2008. Long or short beaches – does it make a difference to beach arthropod assemblages? Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 79: 17- 23.

8. Deidun A., Schembri, P.J. 2008. Assessing inter-beach differences in semi-terrestrial arthropod assemblages on Maltese pocket sandy beaches (Central Mediterranean). Marine Ecology 29 Suppl. 1: 108-117.

9. Vella, P. & Deidun, A. (2008). First record of Selene dorsalis (Gill, 1862) (Osteichthyes: Carangidae) in the Mediterranean Sea, from coastal waters off the Maltese Islands. JMBA 2 (published online in November 2008).

10. Deidun, A; Saliba, S. & Schembri, P.J., 2009. Considerations on the ecological role of wrack accumulations on sandy beaches in the Maltese Islands and recommendations for their conservation management. Journal of Coastal Research SI 56 [Proceedings of the 10th International Coastal Symposium, Portugal]: 410-414.

11. Deidun, A., 2009. Biodiversity management considerations in the first designated marine SCI in the Maltese Islands. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 16(1): 107-110. 

12. Schembri, P.J., Deidun, A. & Vella, P., 2009. The first record of Cassiopea andromeda((Scyphozoa: Rhizostomeae: Cassiopeidae) from the central Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 2 (3). doi:10.1017/S1755267209990625 

13. Deidun, A., 2010. Challenges to the conservation of biodiversity on small islands: the Maltese Islands as a case study. International Journal of Arts and Sciences 3(8): 175-187.

14. Farrugia, R.N., Deidun, A., Debono, G., Mallia, E.A., 2009. The potential and constraints of wind farming development at nearshore sites in the Maltese Islands. Wind Engineering 34(1):51-64. 

15. Deidun, A., Tsounis, G., Balzan, F., Micallef, A. 2010. Record of the presence of Antipathes spp. in the Maltese Islands, and description of Corallium rubrum and Antipathes spp. fishing activities. Marine Biodiversity Records, Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2010. doi:10.1017/S1755267210000709; Vol. 3; e90; 2010 Published online: 6pp.

16. Deidun, A. Vella, P., Sciberras, A. Sammut, R., 2010. On the increasing occurrence of Lobotes surinamensis in Maltese coastal waters. Aquatic Invasions 5 (Supplement 1): S113-S116.

Refereed works in regional and local journals

17. Deidun, A; Arcidiacono, I; Schembri, P.J., 2002. Present distribution of the threatened Killifish APHANIUS FASCIATUS (Actinopterygii, Cyprinodontidae) in the Maltese Islands. Central Mediterranean Naturalist 3(4): 177-180.

18. Deidun, A.; Schembri, P.J., 2005. A report of nesting on a Maltese beach by the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) (Reptilia: Cheloniidae), The Central Mediterranean Naturalist Volume 4 (Part 2): 137-138.

19. Deidun, A. 2007. Notes on the ecological importance of the beach macrofaunal assemblages at Xatt L-Ahmar, Gozo. The Central Mediterranean Naturalist Volume 4 (Part 3): 191-194.

20. Sciberras, A. Sciberras, J. Deidun, A. 2008. The complete contents of The Central Mediterranean Naturalist, Potamon and The Maltese Naturalist, three natural history periodicals published in the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean) from 1970 to date. The Central Mediterranean Naturalist 4 (Part 4): 289-310.

21. Deidun, A. 2009. Beaches – more than just sand and fun. The Biologist 56(2): 92- 97.

22. Deidun, A. 2009. Lack of comprehensive census data hampers conservation and management of Corallium rubrum colonies. International Workshop – Red Coral Science, Management and Trading: Lessons from the Mediterranean, Naples, Italy. Abstract Booklet.

23. Deidun, A., 2010. Notes on the recent occurrence of uncommon pelagic “jellyfish” species in Maltese coastal waters. Naturalista Siciliano S. IV, XXXIV (3-4): 375-284.

24. Zammit-Mangion, M. & Deidun, A., 2010. Management recommendation for the conservation of threatened Aphanius fasciatus Nardo populations from two wetlands in the Maltese Islands. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 17(1): 356-357.

Refereed papers and abstracts in conference proceedings and newsletters

25. Deidun, A.; Mallia, A.; Schembri, P.J., 2003. Environmental Issues and the Rehabilitation of the Sand Dune Habitat White Tower Bay, Malta (Central Mediterranean), Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment MEDCOAST 03, E. Ozhan (Editor), 7-11 October 2003, Ravenna, Italy :1479:1491

26. Borg, J.; Deidun, A.; Schembri, P.J., 2004. Population ecology of Phaleria acuminata (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) from sandy beaches in the Maltese Islands, Rapp. Comm. Int. Mer Medit 37: 496.

27. Deidun, A.; Schembri, P.J. 2004. Is faunal diversity on Maltese sandy beaches related to intensity of human use?, ‘Proceedings of the First International Conference on the Management of Costal Recreational Resources – Beaches, Yacht Marinas and Coastal Ecotourism’ (Micallef & Vassallo eds), 20-23 October 2004, Malta: 23-28.

28. Muscat, G., Deidun, A. & Schembri, P.J. (2007) Fouling assemblages from two Maltese ports studied as part of the PORTAL project. Proceedings of the CIESM 38th Congress, Istanbul: 548

29. Deidun, A., Saliba, S. & Schembri, P.J. (2007) Banquette faunal assemblages from groomed and ungroomed beaches in the Maltese Islands. Proceedings of the CIESM 38th Congress, Istanbul: 456

30. Schembri, P.J., Borg, J., Deidun, A., Knittweis, L. & Mellado Lopez, T. (2007) Is the endemic Maltese top-shell Gibbula nivosa extinct? Proceedings of the CIESM 38th Congress, Istanbul: 592.

31. Deidun, A. (2008) Quantifying the vulnerability of beach macrofaunal communities – a proposed new vulnerability index. Proceedings of the 39th SIBM Congress, Cesenatico, Italy, June 2009.

32. Deidun, A. 2008. Dispelling the ‘ecological desert’ perception of sandy beaches. MARBEF Newsletter 8: 30-32.

33. Farrugia, R.N., Deidun, A., Debono, G., Mallia, E.A., 2009. The potential and constraints of wind farm development at nearshore sites in the Maltese Islands. Proceedings of European Seminar OWEMES – Offshore Wind and other Marine Renewable Energies in Mediterranean and European Seas. Brindisi, Italy, 21-23 May 2009.

34. Deidun, A., Galea Bonavia, F. & Schembri, P.J. (2010) Distribution of Tylos spp. on Maltese sandy beaches and observations on Tylos europaeus. Proceedings of the 39th CIESM Congress, Venice, Italy. 39:738.

35. Deidun, A., Pawley, A. & Schembri, P.J. (2010) Distribution and biology of two sympatric Phaleria (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) species on Maltese sandy beaches. Proceedings of the 39th CIESM Congress, Venice, Italy: 39:737

36. Deidun, A. & Drago, A. (2010). An innovative, citizen science-based jellyfish spotting campaign from the Maltese Islands - the Spot the Jellyfish campaign. FAO/GFCM - Report of the 11th meeting of the sub-committee on marine environment and ecosystems (SCMEE). Saint George’s Bay Malta, 29 November-2 December 2010.

Articles in press

37. Deidun, A., Borg, S. Micallef, A. Making the case for Marine Spatial Planning in the Maltese Islands. Ocean Development and International Law.

38. Drago A., Deidun A., Galea Degiovanni M. and Said A. IOI-KIDS –Targeting awareness on the sea with the younger generations. Journal of Marine Education.
39. Deidun, A. & Vella, P. Marine ecological considerations of cruise liner facilities development at two sites in the Maltese Islands. Journal of Coastal Research.
40. Deidun, A., Galea Bonavia, F., Schembri, P.J. Distribution of Tylos spp. in the Maltese Islands and population dynamics of Tylos europaeus. Journal of Coastal Research.
Editorship
The undersigned has acted as editor-in-chief of the local peer-reviewed natural history journal The Central Mediterranean Naturalist since 2007.

Co-authorship of books

Camilleri, A., Falzon, A., Deidun, A. (2003). Malta, Gozo & Comino Off the Beaten Track. A Nature Trust (Malta) and MTA publication, Malta: 176pp.



Chapters in books
Deidun, A. (2010). Environmental politics and public participation: green parties in coalition governments and NGO’s In: Lagana, L. & Scerri, L. (eds.) Systems of Knowledge – a multidisciplinary approach, 2nd edition. Media Centre Publications, Malta: 192-196.
Deidun, A. (2010). Local environmental legislation: the Structure Plan, Local Plans, Public Access and Right of Passage. In: Lagana, L. & Scerri, L. (eds.) Systems of Knowledge – a multidisciplinary approach, 2nd edition. Media Centre Publications, Malta: 197-201.
Deidun, A. (2009). Considerations on the marine dimension of the Maltese Islands. In: Schiavone, M.J. & Callus, L. (eds) Inservi – Hidma Politika 1969-2009. Gabra ta’ kitbiet f’gieh Eddie Fenech Adami. PIN Publications, Pieta: 259-272.

Balzan, F. & Deidun, A. (2010). Notes for a history of coral fishing and coral artefacts in Malta. In: Grima, J.N. (ed.). Malta Historical Society 60th anniversary publication, Veritas Press, Zabbar, Malta: 618pp.



Technical reports

  1. Deidun, A., 2005. Non-technical report compiled for EIS for PA 00087/04, Development of an aquaculture zone to the south-east of Malta, off Zonqor

  2. Point, Marsascala. Marsascala Shop Owners Association: 7pp.




  1. Deidun, A., Micallef, M. & Vella, P., 2006. Ecological Surveying at Ggantija Temples Xag_ra, Gozo (Project Nº GGA.04.01.05). Heritage Malta, Valletta,

  2. Malta: 26pp.




  1. Deidun, A. (2006). Marine scientific surveys around Filfla for its conservation: Desk study April 2006. Report prepared for AIS Environmental Limited and for the Malta Environment and Planning Authority: 13pp.




  1. Deidun, A. & AIS Environmental Ltd. (2006). Marine Scientific Surveys around Filfla for its conservation – draft management plan and monitoring report. Report compiled for AIS Environmental Ltd: 113pp. + figures




  1. Schembri, P.J., Deidun, A. & Muscat, G. (2006). A report on the activities of the Marine Ecology Research Group, Department of Biology, University of Malta (MERG) in connection with Phase 1 of the PORTAL project presented to CIESM: 11pp.




  1. Conrad, L., Cassar, L.F. & Deidun, A. (2007). Draft management plan for the Ramla tat-Torri sand dune. Report compiled for Nature Protection Unit (NPU), MEPA and Nature Trust Malta): 124pp.




  1. Deidun, A. & Vella, P.J. (2006). Ecological appraisal of 4 benthic impact areas within the Grand Harbour for the preparation of an EIS. Port Infrastructure Projects, Trans European Network. Report prepared by EnviroCoop for AIS Environmental Ltd and MMA.




  1. Deidun, A. & Vella, P.J. (2006). Ecological appraisal of a benthic area off the Mgarr Harbour breakwater (Ghajnsielem) for the preparation of an EPS. Port Infrastructure Projects, Trans European Network. Report prepared by EnviroCoop for AIS Environmental Ltd and MMA.




  1. Deidun, A. (2007). The restoration of a damaged sand dune ecosystem at Ramla tat-Torri final report on work conducted on site by Nature Trust (Malta). 16pp.




  1. Deidun, A., Debono, G., Farrugia, R., Mallia, E.A, Sant, T. (2008). AN OFFSHORE WIND FARM AT IS-SIKKA L-BAJDA - AN EVALUATION OF CONCERNS FROM GOVERMMENT STAKEHOLDERS. Report prepared by CoWe (Committee on Wind Energy) for the Ministry for Resources and Rural

  2. Affairs (MRRA): 193pp.




  1. Compilation of Malta Composite Maps within the report ‘Provision of a Pollution Response Service for the Protection of Malta's Seas’, compiled by Briggs Environmental Ltd as commissioned by the MMA.




  1. Deidun, A. (2008). Draft Management Plan for the declaration of a Garigue Heritage Park within the Pembroke SAC. Report prepared for Nature Trust (Malta) and the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA): 122pp.




  1. Deidun, A. & Vella, P.J. 2009. Ecological appraisal of a benthic area off Ta’Barkat, Xghajra, for the preparation of an EIS. Construction of a submarine

  2. outfall for treated urban wastewater (PA 01235/08): 23pp.




  1. EBS/EIA (ecology section) relative to the development of a connecting gas pipeline by Mellitah Gas BV in the Libyan desert




  1. EBS/EIA (ecology section) relative to PA 5790 for the sanctioning of a quarry extension area at Dwejra, San Lawrenz, Gozo




  1. EBS/EIA (ECOLOGY SECTION) RELATIVE TO THE RELOCATION OF THE SEWAGE OUTFALL FOR TREATED URBAN WASTEWATER AT TA’ BARKAT, XGHAJRA (PA /080)




  1. EBS/EIA (ecology section) relative to the proposed extension to the electricity-generating facilities at Delimara powerstation (PA 3152/05)


Popular articles
Over 250 popular articles within the following periodicals and newspapers:


  • Archipelago

  • Vigilo

  • Outlook Newsletter (MEPA)

  • The Sunday Times of Malta

  • The Times of Malta

  • MaltaToday


Participation within the following academic conferences
2001
October: Florence, Italy – MECO (Bases for the integrated sustainable management of Mediterranean sensitive coastal ecosystems) Project conference
2003
October: Ravenna, Italy – 6th International MEDCOAST conference
2004
June: Barcelona, Spain – 37th CIESM (International Commission for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea) congress
October: Malta, Maltese Islands – 1st International Conference on the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources
2005
February: Sopot, Poland - The role of biodiversity in simple, physically driven ecosystems with special focus on sandy sediments
May: Trieste, Italy – 36th SIBM (Societa Italiana di Biologia Marina) annual congress
2006
October: Vigo, Spain – 4th International Symposium on Sandy Beaches
2007
May: Santa Margerita Ligure, Italy – 38th SIBM annual congress
September: Istanbul, Turkey – 38th CIESM congress
2008
May: Cesenatico, Italy – 39th SIBM annual congress
2009
April: Lisbon, Portugal – ICS (International Coastal Symposium) 2009
May: Livorno, Italy – 40th SIBM annual congress
2010
February: Gozo, Maltese Islands – International Journal of Arts and Sciences multi-disciplinary conference
April: Venice, Italy – 39th CIESM congress
May: Rapallo, Italy – 41st SIBM annual congress
October: Grosseto, Italy – 3rd International Conference on the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources
November: Malta, Maltese Islands – MOIG (Mediterranean Oil Industry Group) Technical Sessions
December: Malta, Maltese Islands - Eleventh Session of the Sub-Committee on Marine Environment and Ecosystems (SCMEE) within the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of GFCM (General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean) within FAO

Lecturing duties
Full-time lecturing posts outside University
October 2004 – October 2007:
Lecturer in Biology (A Level) and Environmental Science (Internediate Level) at the St. Aloysius’ College Sixth Form
Full-time lecturing posts at University
October 2007 – June 2009:
Lecturer in Biology (A Level) and Environmental Science (Internediate Level) at the Junior College of the University of Malta
June 2009 – date:
Lecturer within the International Ocean Institute – Malta Operational Centre (IOI-MOC) of the University of Malta
October 2009 – January 2010:
Lecturing within selected credits offered by the Institute for Maltese Studies
October 2009 – date:
Lecturing within selected credits offered by the Institute for Small Islands Studies
Visiting lecturer duties at University
2004-2009, within the following study-units:


  1. Biology and Society – Department of Biology

  2. Biology and Tourism – Department of Biology within Institute for Tourism Studies

  3. Foundation Course in Biology – Department of Biology

  4. Introductory Cell Biology (BIO 0070) – Department of Biology within the Institute for Health Sciences

  5. Introductory Biochemistry (BIO 0080) - Department of Biology within the Institute for Health Sciences

  6. Field Biology (BIO 3060) – Department of Biology

  7. IOI (International Ocean Institute) Course on Regional Seas Governance – IOI-MOC

Posts held
October 2001 – October 2006:
Research Assistant, MERG, Department of Biology, University of Malta
October 2001 – June 2004:
Laboratory demonstrator, Biology Department, University of Malta
October 2002 – June 2004:
MATSEC Biology Board Member (paper setter, reviewer and corrector at different times)
October 2004 – June 2006:
Biology museum curator, Department of Biology, University of Malta
October 2004 – October 2007:
Teacher of Biology and Environmental Science, St. Aloysius College Sixth Form
October 2007 – June 2009:
Lecturer in Biology and Environmental Science, Junior College, University of Malta
May 2008 – September 2008:
Chairman, Committee on Wind Energy, MRAE
June 2009 – date:
Lecturer, IOI-MOC, University of Malta
Membership of learned societies
Since 2005 – Member of the Societa Italiana di Biologia Marina (SIBM)
Since 2007 – Member of the Society of Biology (London)
Since September 2009 – Chartered Biologist within Society of Biology (London)
Since 2009 – Member of the Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Association (ECSA – UK)
Scientific grants received and participation in regional projects
2003 - Marquis Scicluna Trust Fund
2004 - Italo-Maltese Cultural Protocol
2005 – Italo-Maltese Cultural Protocol
2007 – Italo-Maltese Cultural Protocol
2008 – Italo-Maltese Cultural Protocol
2009 - University of Malta Research Committee Grant 31-383
2009 – Italo-Maltese Cultural Protocol
2010 – University of Malta Research Committee Grant 31-383
2010 - Italo-Maltese Cultural Protocol
2011-2012 – Coordinator obo IOI-MOC of recently-approved Interreg project PANACEA (revised budget: 1.22 million euros)
Submitted regional proposals awaiting approval
The undersigned has contributed to refining IOI-MOC’s participation in the following project

funding proposals still awaiting approval:


Funding mechanism: ENPI-CBCMED

Project title: SEAMONET

Submitted: October 2009
Funding mechanism: FP7 – Oceans of Tomorrow

Project title: PERSEUS

Submitted: January 2011
Funding mechanism: FP7

Project title: Oceanworld

Submitted: January 2011-01-05
Submitted regional proposals not approved
The undersigned has contributed to refining IOI-MOC’s participation in the following project

funding proposals which have not been approved:


Funding mechanism: Interreg

Project title: PANACEA

Submitted: March 2010

Awards received
2007

Winner of the JCI (Junior Chamber International) Award for Moral and/or Environmental Leadership Category

2008

Winner of the Prix d’Honneur for Natural History Journalism by the NGO Din L-Art Helwa



2009

Winner of the prestigious Young Outstanding Person of the Year Award for Malta 2009; Winner of the JCI (Junior Chamber International) Award for Moral and/or Environmental Leadership Category

2009

Winner of the Prix d’Honneur for Natural History Journalism by the NGO Din L-Art Helwa



2010

Environmental Journalism Award (1st place), within annual Malta Journalism Awards organised by the Institute of Maltese Journalism




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