Biodiversity & molecular ecology

Department (DBEM) - Combine state-of-the-art molecular tools with ground-breaking statistical analyses and spatial and temporal modelling to understand changes in presence and distribution of many species occur and the effects of these changes improve management practices and allow native species to adapt to future environmental changes.

A high level of biodiversity, defined as the number of species or total genetic variability in a population or community of plants or animals, is crucial for maintaining ecosystem function, their resilience in the face of global change, and their resistance to pathogen and parasite invasion. In order to maintain and manage this natural resource, the Department measures diversity at all levels – genetic, species and ecosystem – to understand the basic processes of adaptation, speciation and extinction. We also study the impact of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem function, the presence of autoctonous and invasive species, and on human and veterinary health. Using a combination of state-of-the-art molecular technologies (e.g. molecular screening, genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics), as well as spatial/temporal modelling and statistics, we formulate hypotheses about future scenarios, and suggest how to improve strategies for managing natural environments, to maintain genetic and species diversity, and as a consequence, for human well-being.

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EMMA LONA 0461615131

Applied ecology

Research unit (AE) - Investigating the effects of global changes and biodiversity loss on Alpine species, and related eco-systemic interactions

Conservation genetics

Research unit (CG)- Biodiversity is composed of three layers: ecosystem diversity, species diversity and genetic diversity.


Research unit (EG) - Alpine biodiversity and its variability in space and time.