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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 3 Departments, two focusing on scientific research: 1) Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms; 2) Integrative Marine Ecology, and one dedicated to technological research 3) Research Infrastructures for Marine Biological Resources.

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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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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 Section RIMAR was established to provide services and access to research platforms.

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

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The discovery of kleptopredation, a new way of catching prey

A completely new type of interaction among organisms

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Nitric oxide: the small molecule with multiple functions

New insights into the role of nitric oxide in marine organisms. Experiments on sea urchin

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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


Scientific Reports

Biotic and environmental stress induces nitration and changes in structure and function of the sea urchin major yolk protein toposome


The European Zoological Journal

Non-destructive tissue sampling and the use of PCR-RFLPs in two edible sea cucumbers from the north-eastern Atlantic, Holothuria mammata Grube, 1840 and H. sanctori Delle Chiaje, 1823 (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea)



Adenoides sinensis, a new sand-dwelling dinoflagellate species from China and reexamination of Adenoides eludens from an Atlantic strain


Marine Biodiversity

Worming its way into Patagonia: an integrative approach reveals the cryptic invasion by Eulalia clavigera (Annelida: Phyllodocidae)


Regulation and Planning in the Mediterranean Sea

In: Building Industries at Sea: 'Blue Growth' and the New Maritime Economy


Deep-Sea Research Part I

Genetic homogeneity in the deep-sea grenadier Macrourus berglax across the North Atlantic Ocean



A comparison of life-history traits in calcifying Spirorbinae polychaetes living along natural pH gradients


Marine and Petroleum Geology

Petrographic and geochemical characterization of the early formative stages of Northern Adriatic shelf rocky buildups


Quaternary Science Reviews

The giant Mauritanian cold-water coral mound province: Oxygen control on coral mound formation


Science of the Total Environment

Photosynthesis and mineralogy of Jania rubens at low pH/high pCO2: A future perspective

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