Cristiano Vernesi
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Research activity

Conservation genetics: analysis of genetic/genomic diversity and differentiation in natural populations of mainly vertebrate species from mountain ecosystems. Reconstruction of biogeographical scenarios with molecular tools. Study of biotic and abiotic factors affecting the distribution of genetic diversity, also in relation to environmental features (landscape genetics). aDNA: extraction and typing of DNA from ancient samples for studying processes such as local extinction, domestication and hybridization. Molecular-based taxonomic identification of environmental samples (e.g. air, ice cores). Translation of scientific results into practical management and conservation actions.

Research interests

My interest is the reconstruction of evolutionary scenarios by means of molecular tools. By collecting data on several species from the mountain habitats I aim at understanding whether and which are the correlations among the 3 biodiversity levels: gene, species and ecosystems. Recently, I started research lines to exploit the information embedded in environmental samples that sometimes, like in glaciers, can be tracked back to centuries or even millennia before present.

Curriculum Vitae

Work experience:

  • present-02/2008 researcher, PI, Research and Innovation Centre – Fondazione E. Mach
  • 01/2008-09/2004: researcher, Centro di Ecologia Alpina (Trento, Italy),
  • 01/2000-07/2004: researcher, Dip. Biologia Evoluzionistica, University of Ferrara, (Italy)
  • 07/1997-07/1999: researcher, University of Florence ( Italy), post-doc fellowship


  • 12/1996: PhD in Anthropological Sciences (molecular anthropology, evolution, phylogeny) - University of Florence, Italy.
  • 07/1992: Degree in Biological Sciences (physiology , neuroscience) University of Florence, Italy.

Teaching and academic roles

  • 2008-2000 Master courses in evolutionary genetics, anthropology (University of Ferrara and Florence)
  • PhD students tutoring; peer reviewing in more than 10 ISI journals