Ferruccio Maltagliati Ph.D.

             

University of Pisa

Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Uomo e dell'Ambiente

(since Jan. 2006) DIPARTIMENTO DI BIOLOGIA

Unit of Marine Biology and Ecology

 

Via Volta, 6

I-56126 Pisa - Italy

phone: +39 050 22 21 406

fax: +39 050 22 21 410

E-mail: fmaltagliati@xxxbiologia.unipi.it *

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I work on marine and brackish-water species employing various classes of molecular markers combined with analysis of variation in various phenotypic attributes in order to study microevolutionary patterns and processes underlying biodiversity.

 

 

Education
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Research
Projects
Teaching
Lab
Publications
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Education

    

      

1989 - M.Sc.(Italian "laurea")  in Biology (summa cum laude) - University of Pisa. Dissertation "Analysis of morphological and genetic variability in populations of Hediste diversicolor and Neanthes succinea (Annelida: Polychaeta)" (in Italian).

 

1997 - Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences - Marine Ecology  at University of Pisa. Dissertation: "Genetic structure and gene flow in Aphanius fasciatus Nardo (Teleostei: Cyprinodontidae)" (in Italian).

 

 

 

Academic positions

   

1989-91. University of Pisa, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente e del Territorio - post-graduate student

1992-93. Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina - Leghorn - fellow

1993-94. University of Pisa, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente e del Territorio - contract research assistant

1994-97. University of Pisa, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Uomo e dell’Ambiente - Ph.D. student

1998. University of Sassari, Dipartimento di Zoologia e Antropologia Biologica - lecturer with an annual appointment

1999-2000. University of Sassari, Dipartimento di Zoologia e Antropologia Biologica - postdoc fellow

2000-today. University of Pisa, Dipartimento di Biologia - associate researcher

 

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Research

    

My scientific interests deal with evolutionary biology and ecology, as well as conservation genetics of marine and brackish-water species. In particular, I am interested in the study of within- and between-population genetic variability and microevolutionary processes, such as gene flow and genetic drift. Analysis of biodiversity at genetic level, with special regard to cryptic diversity (high degree of between-population genetic divergence and, ultimately, sibling species complexes). Target species are of relevance to conservation (threatened species and introduced exotic species) and commercial interest (exploited species). Based on taxa studied, my research activity can be subdivided in the following lines:

 

Genetic variability and gene flow in the brackish-water endangered Mediterranean killifish, Aphanius fasciatus. Historical factors and implications for conservation.

Cryptic biodiversity in marine and brackish-water populations of Syllis gracilis complex (Polychaeta, Syllidae) from the Western Mediterranean.

Population differentiation and cryptic biodiversity in the polychaetes Hediste diversicolor and Perinereis cultrifera (Nereididae) from the Mediterranean.

Structural, morphological and genetic variability in the seagrass, Halophila stipulacea (Hydrocharitaceae), exotic for the Mediterranean.

Genetic variability and gene flow in the Mediterranean Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus. Implications for fisheries management.

Morphological and genetic variability in intertidal marine polychaetes of genus Ophelia (Opheliidae) from Western Mediterranean sandy beaches: taxonomic and ecological implications.

Genetic variability and gene flow in the common octopus, Octopus vulgaris from the Mediterranean. Implications for fisheries management.

Genetic variability in the bivalve Mytilaster minimus (Mytilidae) from different Mediterranean habitat types.

Genetic variability in the ovoviviparous bivalve Gemma gemma (Veneridae) from the east coast of the USA.

Phylogeography of  the Mediterranean edible sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus.

 

 

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Projects

   

SNAMPROGETTI (1992/1993) "Valutazione di impatto ambientale per l'attraversamento in alveo dello Stretto di Messina". Project leader: Prof. G. Cognetti (University of Pisa). FM's role: researcher.

 

NEMED Project (EC, DGXIV - MED92/008, June 1993 - December 1995) "Nephrops norvegicus: comparative biology and fishery in the Mediterraean". Project leader: F. Sardà (CSIC Barcelona, Spain). FM's role: group leader of the Special Action "Genetics".

 

Cofin 1997/1998 - Ministry of University and Scientific and Technological Research "Conservation of biodiversity in brackish-water biotopes along Italian coasts". Project leader: Prof. G. Cognetti (University of Pisa); Research Unit leader: Prof. A. Castelli (University of Sassari). FM's role: researcher.

 

Cofin 1999/2000 - Ministry of University and Scientific and Technological Research "Biodiversity and environmental stress in brackish waters". Project leader: Prof. G. Cognetti (University of Pisa); Research Unit leader: Prof. A. Castelli (University of Sassari). FM's role: researcher.

 

Ministry of Environment  2002/2003 "Criteria for the assessment of biodiversity for the conservation of brackish-water environments".  Project leader: Prof. A. Castelli (University of Pisa). FM's role: researcher.

 

Sixth  three-year plan of fishery and aquaculture in marine and brackish waters (2002/2004) - Ministry of Agricultural and Forestal Policy "Analysis of the Mediterranean common octopus (Octopus vulgaris Cuvier) by means of molecular markers: implications for fishery management". Project leader: Prof. G. Binelli (University of Insubria). FM's role: group leader of the Research Unit of Pisa.

 

Cofin 2006/2007 - Ministry of Education, University and Research "Microevolution and global warming: Regional differences in phenotypic and genetic patterns in two model Polychaetes". Project leader: Prof. D. Prevedelli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia); Research Unit leader: Prof. A. Castelli (University of Pisa). FM's role: researcher.

 

     

    

Small grants

    

1996. PADI FOUNDATION. Request No. 60. Study of a Halophila stipulacea (Forssk.) Aschers. (Hydrocharitaceae) meadow in the Western Mediterranean Sea: plant phenology and associated community.

 

1997. PADI FOUNDATION. Request No. 17. Morphological and genetic variability of Halophila stipulacea (Forssk.) Aschers. (Hydrocharitaceae) at different spatial scales.

 

1999. PADI FOUNDATION. Request No. 19. Genetic variability and gene flow among populations of Octopus vulgaris Cuv. (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae) from the central Mediterranean Sea.

 

2003. PADI A.W.A.R.E. FOUNDATION. Analysis of genetic structure and gene flow in the Mediterranean edible sea urchin, Paracentrotus lividus (Echinodermata, Echinoidea): implications for conservation and management.

     

 

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Teaching

      

During the year 1997-98, FM was lecturer of the course "Nature Conservation and Protection" at the University of Sassari in Nuoro, Environmental Sciences.

 

In July 2005 FM was 2-credits lecturer of the minicourse "How to assess species genetic structure and measure genetic diversity within and among natural populations? A conservationist approach", within the PhD programme on Environmental Biology: Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Girona, Spain.

 

In June 2006 FM was 2-credits lecturer of the minicourse "How to assess species genetic structure and measure genetic diversity within and among natural populations? A conservationist approach", within the PhD programme on Environmental Biology: Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Girona, Spain. 

    

Seminars: 

Distribution, structure and ecology of coral reefs (1 hour). Dipartimento di Zoologia ed Antropologia Biologica, University of Sassari, March 1998.

Microevolution in marine and brackish habitats (1 hour). Dipartimento di Zoologia ed Antropologia Biologica, University of Sassari, March 1998.

"Aspects of conservation genetics in Aphanius fasciatus (Teleostei, Cyprinodontidae) from brackish-water habitats of the Corsican-Sardinian complex". 1-hour seminar within the teaching activities of the PhD program "Analysis, Protection and Management of Biodiversity". Dipartimento di Biologia Strutturale e Funzionale, University of Insubria, Varese, October 2002.

4-hour seminar within the teaching activities of the course on "Sustainable Development" directed to graduate students in technical-scientific, economic, sociologic and juridical disciplines, organised by the Italian Ministry of Environment and Consorzio Roma Ricerche. Rome, November 2002.

"Conservation of Aphanius fasciatus (Teleostei, Cyprinodontidae): the contribution of population genetics". 3-hour seminar within the teaching activities of the PhD program on "Environmental Biology". Laboratori d'Ictiologia Genètica, University of Girona, Spain, April 2003.

4-hour seminar within the teaching activities of the master on "Biomonitoring and Management of Coastal Environments", organised by the University of Siena. Grosseto, May 2003.

 

FM has been formal supervisor of the following M.Sc. (Italian "laurea") theses:

Laura Camilli (Biology, University of Pisa, 1996-97). Thesis dissertation: Analysis of the genetic structure of Nephrops norvegicus (L., 1758) (Crustacea: Nephropidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. (in Italian)

Annapaola Peru (Natural Sciences, University of Sassari, 1997-98). Thesis dissertation: Investigation on some populations of Syllis gracilis Grübe (Annelida, Polychaeta) from brackish and marine environments. (in Italian)

Luca Fresu (Natural Sciences, University of Sassari, 1997-98). Thesis dissertation: Investigation on some populations of Ophelia bicornis Savigny (Annelida, Polychaeta). (in Italian)

Antonella Marcialis (Environmental Sciences, University of Sassari, 1997-98). Thesis dissertation: Ecological investigation on the Santa Giusta brackish pond (Western Sardinia, Italy). (in Italian)

Anna Pinna (Biology, University of Sassari, 1999-2000). Thesis dissertation: Analysis of the genetic structure of  Sardinian populations of Aphanius fasciatus Nardo (Teleostei: Cyprinodontidae). (in Italian)

Monica Marras (Biology, University of Sassari, 2000-2001). Thesis dissertation: Analysis of the morphological and genetic variability of  Ophelia bicornis Savigny (Annelida, Polychaeta) from Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy). (in Italian)
Manuela Fé (Biology, University of Pisa, 2004-2005). Thesis dissertation: Set up of techniques to investigate the effect of pollution on genetic biodiversity of Balanus amphitrite (Crustacea, Cirripedia). (in Italian)
Lucia Massaro (Natural Sciences, University of Pisa, 2004-2005). Thesis dissertation: Analysis of morphological variability in populations of Hediste diversicolor (Annelida, Polychaeta). (in Italian)
Ingrid Razionale (Ecological and Biodiversity Sciences, University of Pisa, 2004-2005). Thesis dissertation: Investigation on variability of opercular thorns in Ficopomatus enigmaticus (Fauvel, 1923) (Annelida, Polychaeta). (in Italian)
Matteo Barreca (Biology, University of Pisa, 2004-2005). Thesis dissertation: Relationship between distribution of superficial mesozooplanctonic organisms and hydrological parameters in the Strait of Sicily. (in Italian) 

 

 

FM has been supervisor of the following contract research assistant:

Giovanni Vargiu (Dept of Zoology and Anthropology, University of Sassari, 2000-2002). Title of the research: Morphological and genetic variation in the polychaetes Ophelia bicornis and O. barquii from the Western Mediterranean.

 

 

FM has been supervisor of postgraduate research activity within the Erasmus project between the University of Sassari and University of Barcelona (Spain):

Clara Franch Fosch. Title of the research: Morphological study of the killifish Aphanius fasciatus from northern Sardinia in relation to different predation rates.

 

 

 

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ONLY FOR STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF PISA - ACADEMIC YEAR 2004-05

file delle presentazioni usate per le lezioni (formato pdf)

Lezione - corso di Ecologia e Biologia Marina 2 - I° mod. 15 marzo 2005
     
Lezione - corso di Ecologia e Biologia Marina 2 - I° mod. 22 marzo 2005'
     
Lezione - corso di Ecologia e Biologia Marina 2 - I° mod. 22 marzo 2005''
     
Lezione - corso di Conservazione della Natura e delle sue Risorse 17, 19 maggio 2005

 

 

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Lab

 

Conservation Genetics Lab

Most of FM's lab activities are carried out in the lab of the Dipartimento di Zoologia e Genetica Evoluzionistica of the University of Sassari in Sassari (Sardinia), where FM has been working. The analyses carried out in our lab in Sassari focused on the use of molecular markers to quantify within-population and among-population genetic diversity. We use markers such as allozymes, random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPDs), inter simple sequence repeats (ISSRs) and microsatellites (SSRs). A number of undergraduate students are involved in the lab actvities under the supervision of Marco Casu and Piero Cossu. Genetic data are then statistically processed in Pisa.

 

          

People of the lab in Sassari working with FM:

        

Marco Casu, postdoc fellow (phone: +39 079 22 86 62, E-mail: marcasu@ssmain.uniss.it)

Piero Cossu, PhD student (phone: +39 079 22 86 62, E-mail: picossu@ssmain.uniss.it)

   

 

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Selected publications

 

Maltagliati F., Lai T., Casu M., Valdesalici S., Castelli A. (2006) Identification of endangered Mediterranean cyprinodontiform fish by means of DNA inter-simple sequence repeats (ISSRs). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, in press. (abstract)

 

Maltagliati F., Massaro L., Cossu P., Castelli A. (2006) Morphological differentiation in the ragworm, Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta, Nereididae), as revealed by variation of paragnath number and distribution. Italian Journal of Zoology, in press. (abstract)

 

CASU M., MALTAGLIATI F., COSSU P., LAI T., CURINI-GALLETTI M., CASTELLI A., COMMITO J.A. (2005) Fine-grained spatial genetic structure in the bivalve Gemma gemma from Maine and Virginia (U.S.A.), as revealed by Inter-Simple Sequence Repeat markers. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 325: 46-54. (abstract) 

 

MALTAGLIATI F., CASU M., LAI T., IRACI SARERI D., CASU D., CURINI GALLETTI M., CANTONE G., CASTELLI A. (2005) Taxonomic distinction of Ophelia barquii and O. bicornis (Annelida, Polychaeta) in the Mediterranean as revealed by ISSR markers and the number of nephridiopores. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 85: 835-841. (abstract) 

 

COGNETTI G., MALTAGLIATI F. (2005) Editorial. Port activities and international environmental control in the Mediterranean. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 50: 119-120.

 

MALTAGLIATI F., CASU M., CASTELLI A. (2004) Morphological and genetic evidence supports the existence of two species in the genus Ophelia (Annelida, Polychaeta) in the Western Mediterranean. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 83: 101-113. (abstract) 

 

COGNETTI G., MALTAGLIATI F. (2004) Editorial. Strategies of genetic biodiversity conservation in the marine environment. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 48: 811-812.  

 

FERRITO V., MALTAGLIATI F., MAUCERI A., ADORNO A., TIGANO C. (2003) Morphological and genetic variation in four Italian populations of Lebias fasciata (Teleostei, Cyprinodontidae). Italian Journal of Zoology, 70: 115-121. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F., DOMENICI P., FRANCH FOSCH C., COSSU P., CASU M., CASTELLI A. (2003) Small-scale morphological and genetic differentiation in the Mediterranean killifish, Aphanius fasciatus (Cyprinodontidae), from a coastal brackish-water pond and an adjacent pool in Northern Sardinia (Italy). Oceanologica Acta, 26: 111-119. (abstract)  

 

CASU M., MALTAGLIATI F., MELONI M., CASU D., COSSU P., BINELLI G., CURINI-GALLETTI M., CASTELLI A. (2002) Genetic structure of Octopus vulgaris (Mollusca, Cephalopoda) from the Mediterranean Sea as revealed by a microsatellite locus. Italian Journal of Zoology, 71: 473-486. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F., BELCARI P., CASU D., CASU M., SARTOR P., VARGIU G., CASTELLI A. (2002) Allozyme genetic variability and gene flow in Octopus vulgaris (Cephalopoda, Octopodidae) from the Mediterranean Sea. Bulletin of Marine Science, 71: 473-486. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F. (2002) Genetic monitoring of brackish-water populations: the Mediterranean toothcarp Aphanius fasciatus (Cyprinodontidae) as a model. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 235: 257-262. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F., CAMILLI L., LARDICCI C., CASTELLI A. (2001) Evidence for morphological and genetic divergence in Perinereis cultrifera (Polychaeta, Nereididae) from two habitat types at Elba Island (Italy). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 81: 411-414. (abstract)  

 

CAMILLI L., CASTELLI A., LARDICCI C., MALTAGLIATI F. (2001) Evidence for high levels of genetic divergence between populations of the bivalve Mytilaster minimus from a brackish environment and two adjacent marine sites. Journal of  Molluscan Studies, 67: 506-510.  

 

MALTAGLIATI F., PERU A.P., CASU M., ROSSI F., LARDICCI C., CURINI-GALLETTI M., CASTELLI A. (2000) Is Syllis gracilis (Polychaeta: Syllidae) a species complex? An allozyme perspective. Marine Biology, 136: 871-879. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F., CAMILLI L. (2000) Temporal genetic variation in a populations of Aphanius fasciatus Nardo (Cyprinodontidae) from a brackish-water habitat at Elba Island (Italy). Environmental Biology of Fishes, 57: 107-112. (abstract)  

 

COGNETTI G., MALTAGLIATI F. (2000) Biodiversity and adaptive mechanisms in brackish water fauna. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 40: 7-14. (abstract)  

 

PROCACCINI G., ACUNTO S., FAMÀ P., MALTAGLIATI F. (1999) Structural, morphological and genetic variability in Halophila stipulacea (Hydrocharitaceae) populations in the western Mediterranean. Marine Biology, 135: 181-189. (abstract)  

 

RINDI F., MALTAGLIATI F., ROSSI F., ACUNTO S., CINELLI F. (1999) Algal flora associated to a Halophila stipulacea (Forssk.) Aschers. (Hydrocharitaceae) stand in Western Mediterranean. Oceanologica Acta, 22: 421-429. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F. (1999) Lactate dehydrogenase isozyme patterns of the endangered Mediterranean killifish Aphanius fasciatus (Teleostei: Cyprinodontidae). Italian Journal of Zoology, 66: 171-174. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F. (1999) Genetic divergence in natural populations of the Mediterranean killifish Aphanius fasciatus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 179: 155-162. (abstract)  

 

LARDICCI C., ROSSI F., MALTAGLIATI F. (1999) Detection of thermal pollution: variability of benthic communities at two different spatial scales in an area influenced by a coastal power station. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 38: 296-303. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F. (1998) Allozyme differences between two endangered Mediterranean killifishes, Aphanius iberus  and A. fasciatus (Teleostei: Cyprinodontidae). Italian Journal of  Zoology, 65: 303-306. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F. (1998) Does the Mediterranean killifish Aphanius fasciatus Nardo (Teleostei: Cyprinodontidae) fit the one-dimensional stepping-stone model of gene flow? Environmental Biology of Fishes, 53: 385-392. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F., CAMILLI L., BIAGI F., ABBIATI M. (1998) Genetic structure of Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (L., 1758) (Crustacea: Nephropidae), from the Mediterranean Sea. Scientia Marina, 62 (suppl. 1): 87-95. (abstract)  

 

MALTAGLIATI F. (1998) A preliminary investigation of allozyme genetic variation and population geographical structure in Aphanius fasciatus from Italian brackish water habitats. Journal of Fish Biology, 52: 1130-1140. (abstract)  

 

ABBIATI M., MALTAGLIATI F. (1996) Allozyme evidence of genetic differentiation between populations of Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae) from the Western Mediterranean. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 76: 637-647. (abstract)  

 

ABBIATI M., MALTAGLIATI F. (1992) Genetic population structure of Neanthes succinea (Polychaeta: Nereididae). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 72: 511-517. (abstract)  

      

 

     

 

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Additional information

 

 

I am one of the Advisors of K I L L I - D A T A online: a site with all available top quality information on killifish (oviparous cyprinodont fish) including a data base

 

 

Links to some of my posters

 

Genetic structure of Octopus vulgaris in the Mediterranean: insights from allozyme analysis. Millennium Cephalopod Conference, CIAC 2000, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, July 2000.

 

Conservation genetics of the Mediterranean toothcarp Aphanius fasciatus in the Sardinian-Corsican region: insights on the geographical allozymic genetic structure. Annual Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, “Fish Biodiversity and Conservation”, University of Leicester, Leicester, England, July 2001.

 

Patterns of genetic diversity of the Mediterranean killifish, Aphanius fasciatus, in the Corsican-Sardinian complex (Western Mediterranean). The role of contemporary and historical events. International Symposium "Phylogeography in Southern European Refugia: Evolutionary Perspectives on the Origins and Conservation of European Biodiversity. Vairao, Portugal. March 2002.

 

Small-scale analysis of genetic structure in Gemma gemma (Eulamellibranchia: Veneridae) from Maine and Virginia as revealed by inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers. XXXII Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Groton, Connecticut, USA, March 2003.

 

Allozymes and number of nephridiopores support the occurrence of two Ophelia species (Annelida, Polychaeta) in Western Mediterranean: is it a case of ecological speciation? XXXII Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting, Groton, Connecticut, USA. March 2003.

 

One-dimensional stepping stone model of gene flow in the killifish Aphanius fasciatus. XXXVIII European Marine Biology Symposium, Aveiro, Portugal, September 2003.

 

Genetic structure of the ragworm, Hediste diversicolor (O.F. Müller, 1776)  (Polychaeta, Nereididae), as revealed by inter simple sequence repeat markers. First Congress of the Italian Society of Evolutionary Biology, Ferrara, Italy, August 2005.

 

Phylogeographic analysis of the edible sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus (Lamarck, 1816) (Echinodermata, Echinoidea). First Congress of the Italian Society of Evolutionary Biology, Ferrara, Italy, August 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

Manuscript reviewer

 

I have acted as manuscript reviewer for the following scientific journals:

 

MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES
MARINE BIOLOGY
JOURNAL OF FISH BIOLOGY
HEREDITY
MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN
JOURNAL OF THE MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE U.K.
GENETICA
P.S.Z.N.I. MARINE ECOLOGY
OCEANOLOGICA ACTA
SARSIA
NZ JOURNAL OF MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH
MICRON
ITALIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY
BIOLOGIA MARINA MEDITERRANEA

 

 

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