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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 4 Departments, two focusing on scientific research: 1) Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms; 2) Integrative Marine Ecology, and two dedicated to technological research 3) Research Infrastructures for Marine Biological Resources, 4) 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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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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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

16/02/2021

The ISME Journal

Resolving cryptic species complexes in marine protists: phylogenetic haplotype networks meet global DNA metabarcoding datasets

16/02/2021

Applied Sciences

Biomonitoring of Heavy Metals: The Unexplored Role of Marine Sessile Taxa

16/02/2021

Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

Behavioural Responses of the Colonial Sea Squirt Botrylloides violaceus Oka to Suspended Food Micro‐Particles in Laboratory Cultures

16/02/2021

Bioinspiration & Biomimetics

Protrusion mechanism study in sipunculid worms as model for developing bio-inspired linear actuators

16/02/2021

Journal of Marine Science and Engineering

DOM Biological Lability in an Estuarine System in Two Contrasting Periods

29/01/2021

Aquatic Botany

Phenology and ecology of the alien seagrass Halophila stipulacea in its northern range limit in the Mediterranean Sea

29/01/2021

Perspectives on the Marine Animal Forests of the World - Sergio Rossi • Lorenzo Bramanti (Editors)

Polychaetes as Habitat Former: Structure and Function

29/01/2021

BioInvasions Records

Invasions of the non-indigenous red alga Lophocladia lallemandii (Montagne) F. Schmitz off the Island of Ischia (Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy)

29/01/2021

Biological Reviews

How intelligent is a cephalopod? Lessons from comparative cognition

29/01/2021

Scientific Reports

Testing two competing hypotheses for Eurasian jays’ caching for the future

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