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Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

Explore the Mediterranean Sea to understand and protect the Global Ocean

Founded in 1872, the SZN is among the most influential research Institutions in the field of marine biology and ecology.

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The SZN carries on advanced research on the biology, ecology and evolution of marine organisms.

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A core activity of the SZN is the higher education and formation of young scientists to lead pure and applied research.

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Research Departments

The research at the SZN is organized in 5 Departments, three focusing on scientific research: 1) Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms; 2) Integrative Marine Ecology, 3) Marine Animal Conservation and Public Engagement and two dedicated to technological research 4 Research Infrastructures for Marine Biological Resources, 5) Marine Biotechnology.

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Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms

Studies the fundamental biological mechanisms that allow animals to deal with the challenges of Life on Earth.

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Ecosustainable Marine Biotechnology

The mission of the Marine Biotechnology Department is to conduct and promote scientific research regarding the possible applications of marine natural products in the biomedical and environmental sectors

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Integrative Marine Ecology

Promotes interdisciplinary research on biodiversity, structure and functioning of marine ecosystems.


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Research Infrastructures for marine biological resources

The Department of Research Infrastructures for marine biological resources (RIMAR) provides high technology services and access to infrastructure and research platforms to the national and international scientific community, as well as support third mission activities such as third-party contracts

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Marine Animal Conservation and Public Engagement

Research activities aim at conservation of large marine vertebrates and correct management and reproduction of marine fauna in controlled environment.

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A summary of the most recent research activities carried out in our laboratories.

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Virus-induced spore formation as a defense mechanism in marine diatoms

Virus-induced spore formation as a defense mechanism in marine diatoms

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Species-specific gamete interaction during sea urchin fertilization

Roles of the egg jelly and vitelline layer

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Sea turtles are now texting their whereabouts directly to the researchers

Loggerhead sea turtles are abundant in the Western Mediterranean.


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Last Publications

10/11/2022

Environmental Pollution

Floating macro-litter pollution in the northern South China Sea

10/11/2022

International Journal of Molecular Sciences

Gene Expression Detects the Factors Influencing the Reproductive Success and the Survival Rates of Paracentrotus lividus Offspring

07/10/2022

Mediterranean Marine Science

Bridging the knowledge gap on the distribution and typology of vermetid bioconstructions along the Maltese coastline: an updated assessment

07/10/2022

Free Radical Biology and Medicine

First evidence of dermo-protective activity of marine sulfur-containing histidine compounds

05/10/2022

Frontiers in Remote Sensing

Large-scale monitoring of Indo-Pacific finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides) using multiple static acoustic sensors

21/09/2022

Ecological Indicators

Modeling intraspecific variation in habitat utilization of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin using self-organizing map

13/09/2022

Veterinary Sciences

Symblepharon, Ankyloblepharon, and Salt Gland Dysfunction in a Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)

07/09/2022

Frontiers in Physiology

A preliminary attempt to investigate mirror self-recognition in Octopus vulgaris

07/09/2022

Nature communications

Small-scale fisheries catch more threatened elasmobranchs inside partially protected areas than in unprotected areas

20/07/2022

Global Change Biology

Marine heatwaves drive recurrent mass mortalities in the Mediterranean Sea

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