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Research Activity
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Research Activity
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The research group of Zoology mainly deals with systematic and life history of marine invertebrates, especially Porifera, Cnidaria and Crustacea. 
The research activity is also oriented towards the description of reproductive cycles, the interaction with habitats and other organisms, biomineralogy, bioerosion processes and biogeography of species.
Long-term studies about abundance or diversity of benthic organisms are allowing to verify the responses to climate change or others environmental disturbance factors on benthic assemblages.
The study activities include scientific diving based on the following sampling methodologies:
Biological sample collection
artificial panels for recruitment studies
sedimentation traps
photo-video surveys
transplantation and environmental recovery techniques
credits: portofinodiversportofino divers
Field activities are complemented with laboratories activities:
comparative morphology (including histology and ultrastructure) 
cell cultures (primmorphs)
breeding of species in aquarium for life cycle studies
image analysis
3D image analysis by micro-CT
morphometric analysis
attività subacquea fotorilievo subacqueo
Researchers working in the laboratory have carried out numerous scientific expeditions in Mediterranean, tropical and polar (Antartica) regions.
In progress research projects:
  • Progetto GREEN BUBBLES http://www.greenbubbles.eu/?lang=it
  • Progetto MedReAct (Catalyse action for the recovery of Mediterranean Marine Ecosystems by ensuring a long term, fair and responsible use of Our Common Sea) https://medreact.org/
  • Progetto MERCES (Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changin European Seas) http://www.merces-project.eu/
  • Progetto Reef ReseArcH (Resistance and resilience of Adriatic mesophotic biogenic habitats to human and climate change threats), funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research https://reefresearch.jimdo.com/
  • Progetto MMMPA 2012 – 2015 - Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement no.: 290056. http://www.mmmpa.eu/
imbarcazione actea
Prof. Carlo Cerrano
071 2204651
Prof. Stefania Puce
071 2204656
Prof. Barbara Calcinai
071 2204283
Dott. Cristina Di Camillo
071 2204649
Dott. Martina Coppari 
Assegnisti, Borsisti, Collaboratori e Dottorandi
Dott. Camilla Roveta
PhD Student
Dott. Torcuato Pulido Mantas
PhD Student
Dott. Afgan
PhD Student
Dott. Chiara Gregorin
PhD Student
Dott. Agnese Riccardi
PhD Student
Dott. Teo Marrocco
PhD Student
Dott. Laura Valisano
  • Digital camera Scion CFW-1612
  • MRS 3500 Semi-Automatic Microtome Ultra-Thin2 
  • Stereomicroscope Nikon Mod. SMZ645
  • Microscope Nikon Mod. MDOYS100
  • Microscope Nikon Mod. Eclipse E200
  • Stereoscope Topcom MS3
  • Microscope Zeiss Axioplan 2 
  • Microscope Olympus AX70 
  • Aquaria
laboratorio di zoologia