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Zoology and Anthropology

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The Zoological staff investigates animal and protist diversity in an evolutionary framework. Population genetics and molecular phylogeography of vertebrates are carried out for purpose of conservation and management of investigated species, relying also on ancient DNA analyses of specimens resident in museum collections, and with special attention for the forensic science and the development of molecular tools to tackle poaching activity. Both naturalistic and biotechnological approaches are used for studying taxonomic and phylogenetic relationships of protist ciliates, with a specific focus on symbiotic associations and the production of biologically active compounds. The research activity is performed in the frame of granted projects supported by national and international networks.

The Anthropology staff investigates natural history of the human species and his bio-cultural diversity under an evolutionary framework and an interdisciplinary perspective. Research activities are funded by national and international grants. They investigate the adaptive and demographic dynamics of extinct and modern human populations at different levels of the biological scale through the most innovative analytical and bioinformatics tools.

Research lines are highly differentiated

  • Biodiversity and systematics (taxonomy and phylogeny) of ciliated protists
  • Characterization, genomics and ecology of symbiosis between protists and bacteria
  • Applied environmental microbiology
  • Molecular evolution, conservation genetics, museum and forensic DNA of vertebrates
  • Ecology and cultural adaptations of prehistoric human populations
  • Human evolutionary genomics
  • Morphological and functional evolution of non-human primates and man
  • Set-up of genetic markers for eco-ethological studies
  • Primate population genetics

Staff is involved in the teaching of the following disciplines:

  • Antropologia
  • Antropologia dello Scheletro
  • Applied Protozoology and Parasitology
  • Biodiversity and Functional Morphology of Ciliophora
  • Biologia Animale (Modulo dell’insegnamento Biologia Cellulare ed Animale)
  • Biologia della Conservazione Animale
  • Evolutionary Biology and Symbiosis
  • Biotecnologie dei Protisti
  • Cicli di Seminari in Biodiversità, Ecologia, Evoluzione
  • Ecologia Microbica
  • Ecologia Umana
  • Evoluzione Molecolare dell'Uomo
  • Geoarcheologia
  • I Protisti nei Processi Industriali
  • Metodi e Tecniche in Preistoria
  • Molecular Phylogeny and Systematics
  • Primate Adaptation and Evolution
  • Protistologia
  • Seminars in Conservation and Evolution
  • Tecniche di Microscopia Elettronica in Biologia
  • Teoria e Processi dell’Evoluzione
  • Zoologia
  • Zoologia Generale e Sistematica
  • Zoologia Marina


Staff of the Zoology-Anthropology Unit

Full Professors

Prof. Giulio Petroni
Prof. Franco Verni

Associate Professors

Prof. Filippo Barbanera
Prof. Giovanni Boschian
Prof. Sergey Fokin
Prof. Damiano Marchi
Prof. Sergio Tofanelli

Assistant Professors

Dott. Graziano Di Giuseppe
Dott. Letizia Modeo (RTD-B)
Dott. Claudia Vannini

Technical and Administrative Staff

Dott. Fulvio Bartoli
Dott. Sonia Cammellini
Dott. Fabrizio Erra
Sig. Francesco Paolo Frontini
Sig. Simone Gabrielli
Dott. Monica Guerrini
Dott. Michele Melai
Sig. Luca Taglioli





Via Volta, 4 - Piano 1°, 2°

I-56126 Pisa

Tel. 050 2211381 - Fax 050 2211393



Via Derna, 1 - Piano 5°

I-56126 Pisa

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