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CesaroniPh.D. Student
Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms Department

Tel.: +39 081 5833228
Fax: +39 081 7641355
E-mail: rachele.cesaroni(at)szn.it

Curriculum Vitae

Director of Studies: Dr. Sergio Stefanni
Internal Supervisor: Dr. Eugenio Rastelli
External Supervisor: Prof. Alberto Pallavicini
Program: Italian University Ph.D. Student, XXXIV cycle


Research Interests

The deep-sea floor appears as a global DNA repository, which preserves genetic information about organisms living in the sediment, as well as in the water column above it. This information can be used for future monitoring of past and present environmental changes.
The vast majority of the deep-sea environment is unexplored and much remains to be discovered about the distinctive biodiversity associated with the deep seabed. Only a fraction of the deep-sea has been scientifically studied and there are many valid concerns relating to seabed mining, one of which is the disturbance to as-yet-undescribed biota.
Given the nature, scale and location of seabed mining activities, serious and widespread negative impacts on biodiversity are inevitable and likely to be irreversible. The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) is revolutionizing the way we assess biodiversity and has the potential to change practices and policies in management and conservation. In the last decade the studies that used genetic tools for the identification of species have increased exponentially.
The main interests of my research are: 1) to implement innovative molecular and bioinformatic pipelines for eDNA capture and sequencing to retrieve eukaryotes biodiversity in the deep-sea environment; 2) to develop novel descriptors of environmental impact as measure of anthropogenic disturbance considering the growing interest in exploitation of deep-sea mineral resources.

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