My research activity was devoted, in the beginning, to the study of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes, using microcrustaceans (namely Ostracoda) as my main model system. In more detail, I focused on different topics, spanning from Genetic variability in natural populations to Phylogenetics, from ‘Life History Traits’ analysis to Recombination in ‘ancient asexuals’, and from Evolution and maintenance of different reproductive modes to the Mechanisms of dormancy and its evolutionary relevance.
Since I moved to San Michele, I started working on freshwater fish, with a specific interest in conservation genetics of endemic and threatened taxa of the alpine ichytiofauna.
My main interest is in population and conservation genetics of freshwater fish, with particular emphasis on endemic taxa threatened by environmental degradation and anthropogenic pressure, including angling and stocking activities (Salmo marmoratus, S. carpio, S. fibreni, Thymallus thymallus, Esox flaviae, Barbus plebejus, Austropotamobius pallipes).
- Population structure and diversity
- Hybridization and introgression patterns with exotic taxa
- Phylogeography and evolutionary history
- Management and conservation units
- Genetic monitoring of supportive breeding
A secondary but still present research interest is related to the study of population genetics and evolutionary history of different taxa (e.g. Cyanobacteria).
- 2004-present: Researcher, Fondazione Edmund Mach (formerly Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige).
- 2002 – 2004: Post-Doc, Lab. of Molecular Genetics, Istituto Agrario si San Michele a/A (TN), Italy.
- 2000 – 2002: Post-Doc, Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy.
- 1995 – 1999: PhD in Ecologia, Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy.
- 1995: Research assistant, Department of Genetics, University of Leeds, UK.
- 1989 – 1995: Laurea in Scienze Biologiche (5 anni), Istituto di Ecologia, Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy.