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Marcello Mezzasalma

Marcello Mezzasalma


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External Collaborators
CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
I am mainly interested in the evolution, biogeography and conservation of vertebrates with a particular focus on reptiles and amphibians. I have specific expertise in comparative and evolutionary cytogenetics (karyotype determination, banding techniques and molecular cytogenetics), molecular and phylogenetic analysis, biogeographic and ecological inferences. My favourite study models are amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar and the Mediterranean. I favour interdisciplinary approaches linking chromosome, molecular and morphological diversity and evolution. At this point of my scientific career I am looking at new, innovative multidisciplinary and integrative perspectives to better understand the still poorly known mechanisms of chromosome evolution in vertebrates and its influence on processes of phylogenetic and biogeographic species diversification. After the completion of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoc fellowship at the Natural History Museum, London I am currently a post-doc Researcher in the project "How and why species multiply? Disentangling the evolution of the mantellid frogs of Madagascar to unveil the determinants of species diversification” with the reference PTDC/BIA-EVL/31254/2017, CIBIO, Porto, Portugal.
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