THALASSA is the result of two passionate marine biologists for scientific research and science communication. Our mission is to use our scientific expertise to propose customized services for environmental stakeholders such as research laboratories, government agencies and environmental managers and finally bring this scientific knowledge to people.

Our team at your service

Dr. Patricia VENTURA

Executive Director

I am a marine biologist with a Master in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation obtained in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Program (EMBC+) and a PhD thesis in Environmental Science from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. I have a background in eco-physiology (I assessed photosynthetic efficiency and pigment diversity in solar-powered seaslugs), and then I expanded my research lines towards taxonomy (hydroid taxonomy along the south Italian coast), and ecology using both biochemical and cellular approaches (I assessed the effect of changing environments on the sea anemone Anemonia viridis). In addition, I am an enthusiastic and dedicated person looking to engage the public in scientific and educative projects, raising people’s awareness for science and contributing to ensure the preservation of marine resources. Some of my previous experiences include educative projects, developing scientific activities with children and also a sustainable seafood guide to raise public awareness on their role to the preservation of food stocks.

Dr. Alexis PEY


Interested and curious about many things, I have always loved and researched the multidisciplinary side of marine science. Now I have more than 10 years of experience in marine environment that allowed me to specialize in the effect of environmental and climatic disturbances on Mediterranean marine species. My multidisciplinary experiences allowed me to acquire a global vision of the marine ecosystems, from genetic approach of some species to the study of the faunistic and floristic communities of the Mediterranean Sea. For several years, I have the incredible opportunity to travel the Mediterranean thanks to my participation in many European and national projects within the ECOSEAS laboratory and to discover thought dives or ashore valuable and fragile sites.