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foto raffini francescaResearcher
Department of Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms (BEOM)

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Villa Comunale
80121 Napoli - Italia

E-mail: francesca.raffini(at)szn.it
Skype: francesca-raffini
Twitter: @FraRaff_Delfina
Pagina web: https://francescaraffini.weebly.com

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

I am an evolutionary biologist interested in understanding how biological and environmental processes, within and among populations or species, generate astonishing diversity at different levels of biological organization. I am currently focused on investigating the “behavioural dimension” of evolution: how do behavioural traits emerge, change and contribute to individual, population and species’ fitness? Why individuals of several species can exhibit a large variation in their behavioural repertories, even within the same population? To what extent behaviours are inherited and what is their genomic “architecture”? Are the same genetic, epigenetic or enviornmental factors responsible for convergent behaviours, appearing in evolutionarily distant taxa? I aim to address these questions by exploring natural populations of marine organisms through the integration of diverse approaches including behaviour, genomics, ecology, physiology, and evolution.

My current focus is on invertebrates, especially cephalopods, known for their sophisticated behavioural and cognitive repertories. I explore inter-individual variation in behavioural responses to uncover how such differences emerge, what are their drivers, and how they evolved in distant lineages such as vertebrates and invertebrates repeatedly.
In addition to my scientific interests, I am devoted to promoting diversity, uniquness, equity and kindness in research and beyond.

Selected Publications

Bosso L, Smeraldo S, Russo D, Chiusano ML, Bertorelle G, Johannesson K, Butlin RK, Danovaro R, Raffini F (in revision in Biological Invasions) The rise and fall of an alien: why the successful colonizer Littorina saxatilis failed to invade the Mediterranean Sea.

Bertorelle G*, Raffini F*, Bosse M, Bortoluzzi C, Iannucci A, Trucchi E, Morales HE*, Van Oosternhout C* (in press) Genetic load: genomic estimates and applications in non-model animals. Nature Reviews Genetics. doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41576-022-00448-x.

Trucchi E, Benazzo A, Lari M, Iob A, Vai S, Nanni L, Bellucci E, Bitocchi E, Raffini F, Xu C, Jackson SA, Lema V, Babot P, Oliszewski N, Gil A, Neme G, Michieli CT, De Lorenzi M, Calcagnile L, Caramelli D, Star B, de Boer H, Boessenkool S, Papa R, Bertorelle G (2021) Ancient genomes reveal early Andean farmers selected common beans while preserving diversity. Nature Plants 7: 123-128, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-021-00848-7.

Raffini F, Bertorelle G, Biello R, D’Urso G, Russo D, Bosso L (2020) From nucleotides to satellite imagery: approaches to identify and manage the invasive pathogen Xylella fastidiosa and its insect vectors in Europe. Sustainability 12 (11): 4508, doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114508. (review article)

Raffini F*, Schneider RF *, Franchini P, Kautt A, Meyer A (2020) Diving into divergence: differentiation in swimming performances, physiology and gene expression between locally-adapted sympatric cichlid fishes. Molecular Ecology 29 (7): 1219-1234, doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15304.

Raffini F and Meyer A (2019) A comprehensive overview on the developmental and evolutionary basis of adaptation in a textbook model: the cichlid fish Perissodus microlepis. Hydrobiologia 832(2): 65-84, doi: https://rdcu.be/98ze.

Raffini F, Fruciano C, Meyer A (2018) Gene(s) and individual feeding behaviour: exploring eco-evolutionary dynamics underlying left-right asymmetry in the scale-eating cichlid fish Perissodus microlepis. Ecology and Evolution 8(11):5495-5507, doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4070.

Raffini F*, Fruciano C*, Meyer A (2018) Morphological and genetic correlates in the left-right asymmetric scale-eating cichlid fish of Lake Tanganyika. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 124(1): 67-84, doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/bly024.

Raffini F, Fruciano C, Franchini P, Meyer A (2017) Towards understanding the genetic basis of mouth asymmetry in the scale-eating cichlid Perissodus microlepis. Molecular Ecology 26 (1): 77-91, doi: 10.1111/mec.13699.

Fruciano C, Franchini P, Raffini F, Fan S, Meyer A (2016) Are sympatrically speciating Midas cichlid fish special? Patterns of morphological and genetic variation in the closely related Archocentrus centrarchus. Ecology and Evolution 6 (12): 4102-4114, doi:10.1002/ece3.2184.

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