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Adriana Bellati

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Education and training

November 2008 - November 2011: Ph.D at the University of Pavia. Dissertation title: "Intra- and inter-population analysis of colour polymorphism in Podarcis muralis (Sauria: Lacertidae) using mitochondrial and nuclear markers" Awarded February 2012 (Supervisor: Prof. Paolo Galeotti) Mark: Magna cum laude.

February 2008: Master Degree (Laurea, equal to MSc.) in Natural Sciences (Conservation of nature); University of Parma, Italy. Dissertation title (in Italian): "Differenziazione genetica e fenologia riproduttiva in due popolazioni di gheppio Falco tinnunculus" (Supervisor: Prof. James Tagliavini). Mark: Magna cum laude.

February 2005Bachelor Degree (Laurea, equal to BSc.) in Natural Sciences (Zoology); University of Milano, Italy. Dissertation title (in Italian): "Confronto tra lo spermatozoo di due specie del genere Urodasys” (Supervisors: Prof. Marco Ferraguti, Dr. Roberto Marotta). Mark: Magna cum laude.

September 1996 - June 2001: Liceo classico. Graduated (Diploma di maturità classica) at Istituto Salesiani Don Bosco, Milano. Mark: 94/100.

Previous and current scientific and/or professional activities

Since 2011: PostDoc at the University of Pavia, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences on the project "Analysis of population genetic structure in reptiles" (Supervisor: Prof. Mauro Fasola, Prof. Paolo Galeotti).

April 2013 - May 2013: Guest researcher at CIBIO (Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos), Vairao, Portugal, on the projects "Morphological and molecular analysis of a new species of Plethodontohyla (Anura:Microhylidae)" and "Phylogeography of the genus Anguis across the Palearctic" (Supervisor: Dr. Angelica Crottini).

July 2013: Guest researcher at IBE-CSIC (Istituto de Biologia Evolutiva), Barcelona, Spain, on the project "Molecular characterization and species delimitation in the Anatololacerta complex" (Supervisor: Dr. Salvador Carranza).

September 2013 - October 2013Guest researcher at CIBIO (Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos), Vairao, Portugal, on the project "Comparative phylogeography of Tarentola mauritanica and its parasites in Italy" (Supervisor: Dr. Angelica Crottini).

May 2011: Guest researcher at Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales de Madrid, Spain, on the project "Relationship between colour polymorphism, chemical signals, parasites and health in male common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis, Laurenti, 1768)" (Supervisors: Dr. Jose Martin, Dr. Pilar Lopèz).

2009 - 2011: Guest researcher at ZooPlantLab, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, on the project "Connessione ecologica e rinaturazione nel sistema delle aree protette del Nord Milanese". Project founded by Fondazione Cariplo.

June - July 2009: Field experience in Costa Rica (South America) with a project on "Divergent evolution in the granular poison-dart frog, Oophaga granulifera (Supervisor: Prof. Heike Pröhl, Department of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany).

2008 - 2012: Experiences as keeper and breeder of lizards in captivity (Podarcis muralis) at University of Pavia (Supervisor: Prof. Paolo Galeotti).

2008 - 2009: Setup of a molecular laboratory at the Department of Animal Biology, at the University of Pavia.

May - September 2008: Post-graduated researcher at ZooPlantLab, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, on the project: "Screening and assessment of inter-specific differences between two allocthonous species of Paradoxornis from Palude Brabbia (Varese) by molecular and morphometric approach" (Supervisor: Dr. Maurizio Casiraghi). Project founded by Regione Lombardia.

June 2006: Field experience on Aride island (Seychelles) with a project on the ethology of Magpie robin Copsychus sechellarum.

Domain of specialization and present investigation interests

I’m an evolutionary biologist and herpetologist with a strong interest in population genetics and phylogeography. My research concerns the study of causes that lead to the evolution and maintenance of intraspecific variation, which I address both with molecular and ecological tools. Many projects I carry on focused on species level, checking for correspondence between molecular divergence and morphological variation in (mainly) reptiles (particularly lizards) and amphibians.

Particularly, my current postdoctoral activity focuses on:

1) Study of colour polymorphism in Podarcis muralis, genetic divergence among colour morphs at microsatellite markers and selective mechanisms promoting polymorphism within the species;

2) Molecular characterization of lizard's species complexes (e.g. gen. Anatololacerta, Anguis) by means of species delimitation and multi-locus coalescent-based approaches;

3) Molecular characterization of invasive amphibian taxa (e.g. Pelophylax kurtmuelleri, Pelophylax ridibundus) in Italy and screening for the presence of the chytrid fungus;

4) Molecular tools for the validation of current taxonomy based on morphology (e.g. gen. Plethodontohyla, Rhabdophis, Daphnia pulicaria);

5) Comparative phylogeography between two geckos (Tarentola mauritanica, Hemidactylus turcicus) and their blood parasites in Italy.

Teaching

Since 2010: Co-supervisor of both Master and Bachelor degrees in Biology and Natural Sciences at the University of Pavia and Milano-Bicocca, Milano.

From 2008: "Cultore della materia" in zoology (BIO/05).

From 2012: Teaching assistant for the courses of "Evolutionary Biology" and "Zoology" at the University of Pavia and Milano-Bicocca, Milano.

Communications by invitation

"Genetica delle specie aliene: il caso delle rane verdi in Italia" – 25th October 2011 at Foresteria della Riserva di Naturale Giovetto di Paline, Brescia, Italy - 7th June 2013 at Museo Tridentino di Storia Naturale, Trieste, Italy.

"Genetica non invasiva: un aiuto concreto per la conservazione dell’orso bruno europeo (Ursus arctos)" – 25th October 2011 at Foresteria della Riserva di Naturale Giovetto di Paline, Brescia, Italy.

"Phylogeography and Reptiles: insight into speciation and biodiversity" – 23rd March 2011at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy.

"Color polymorphism, genes and alternative strategies" – 6th December 2010, at the University of Pavia, Italy.

Publications

Full papers published on International indexed journals (ISI)

Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Martín, J., López, P., Bellati, A., Sacchi, R., Fasola, M. & P. Galeotti (in press) Chemical polymorphism in male femoral gland secretions matches polymorphic coloration in Common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis). Chemoecology.

Domeneghetti, D., Bruni, G., Fasola, M. & A. Bellati (2013) Discovery of alien water frogs (gen. Pelophylax) in Umbria, with first report of P. shqipericus for Italy. Acta Herpetologica, 8(2):171-176.

Gvoždík, V., Benkovský, N., Crottini, A., Bellati, A., Moravec, J, Romano, A, Sacchi, R, & D. Jandzik. (2013) An ancient lineage of slow worms, genus Anguis (Squamata: Anguidae), survived in the Italian Peninsula. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 69: 1077-1092.

Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Bellati, A., Cocca, W., Gentilli, A., Scali, S., & M. Fasola (2013) Colour polymorphism and alternative breeding strategies: effects of parent’s colour morph on fitness traits in the common wall lizard. Evolutionary Biology40(3): 385-394.

Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Bellati, A., Di Paoli, A., Ghitti, M., Scali, S., Galeotti, P., & M. Fasola (2013) Colour variation in the polymorphic common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis): an analysis using the RGB colour system. Zoologischer Anzeiger252: 431-439.

Brusa, O., Bellati, A., Meuche, I., Mundy, N.I. & H. Pröhl (2013) Divergent evolution in the polymorphic granular poison-dart frog, Oophaga granulifera: genetics, colouration, advertisement calls and morphology. Journal of Biogeography, 40(2): 394-408.

Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Capelli, A., Ghitti, M., Di Paoli, A., Bellati, A., Scali, S., Galeotti, P. & M. Fasola (2012) Studying the reproductive biology of the common wall lizard using ultrasonography. Journal of Zoology, 287(4): 301-310.

Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Pupin, F., Bellati, A., Cocca, W., Gentilli, A., Galeotti, P. & M. Fasola (2012) Testing the ability to store sperm: an experimental manipulation of mating opportunities in the common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis. Acta Herpetologica, 7(1): 111-118.

Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Bellati, A., Scali, S., Tronconi, D., Galeotti, P. & M. Fasola (2012) Biological correlates of two dorsal pattern types in the Common Wall Lizard, Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768). Herpetozoa, 25(1-2): 3-11.

De Marchi, G., Fasola, M., Chiozzi, G. & A. Bellati (2012) Sex discrimination of crab plovers (Dromas ardeola) by discriminant function analysis of morphometric traits. Waterbirds, 35(2): 332-337.

Bellati, A., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Nistri, A., Galimberti, A., Casiraghi, M., Fasola, M. & P. Galeotti (2011) Molecular survey of morphological subspecies reveals new mitochondrial lineages in Podarcis muralis (Squamata: Lacertidae) from the Tuscan Archipelago (Italy). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 49(3): 240-250.

Full papers published on not indexed journals

Doria, G., Petri, M., Bellati, A., Tiso, M. & E. Pistarino (in press) Rhabdophis in the Museum of Genova with with description and molecular analysis of a new species from Sumatra (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae, Natricinae). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova.

Bellati, A. (2011) Genetic survey of polymorphic populations of Podarcis muralis (Sauria: Lacertidae) using molecular markers. Scientifica Acta, 5: 46-54.

Proceedings in International and National Conferences

Bernini, G., Bellati, A., Pellegrino, I., Negri, A., Galeotti, P. A molecular approach to conservational issues: the case of Austropotamobius italicus (Crustacea: Decapoda) in Northern Italy. 5th Congress of the Italian Society of Evolutionary Biology, 28th-31st August 2013.

Bellati, A., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Cocca, W., Sacchi, R., Casiraghi, M., Fasola, M., Galeotti, P. Molecular evidence of genetic differentiation among sympatric colour morphs of the common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis). 8th International Symposium on the Lacertids of the Mediterranean basin. Koper, 3rd-6th June 2013.

Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Martín, J., López, P., Bellati, A., Sacchi, R., Fasola, M., Galeotti, P. Comparison of femoral gland secretion’s chemical composition between male colour morphs in common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis). 8th International Symposium on the Lacertids of the Mediterranean basin. Koper, 3rd-6th June 2013.

Sacchi, R., Mangiacotti, M., Scali, S., Sannolo, M., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Bellati, A., Galeotti, P., Fasola, M., Zuffi, M.A.L. Condition dependent sexual dimorphism in the common wall lizard: a geometric morphometric study in the Tuscan Archipelago. 8th International Symposium on the Lacertids of the Mediterranean basin. Koper, 3rd-6th June 2013.

Bellati, A., Galeotti, P., Sacchi, R., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Cocca, W., Casiraghi, M., Fasola, M. Colour polymorphism, alternative breeding strategies and assortative mating in common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis): effects on fitness traits and genetic divergence among morphs. Simposio di Evoluzione della Società Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica. Ferrara, 15th-16th December 2012. 

Sacchi, R., Scali, S., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Bellati, A., Ghitti, M., Cocca, W., Gentilli, A., Pupin, F., Rubolini, D., Di Paoli, A., Mangiacotti, M., Capelli, A., Maiocchi, V., Cavigioli, L., Tettamanti, S., Galeotti, P., Fasola, M. Colour polymorphism in Common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis): causes and consequences. IX Congresso Nazionale della Societas Herpetologica Italica. Bari, 26th-30th September 2012.

Bellati, A., Razzetti, E., Resteghini, M., Sacchi, R., Pellitteri Rosa, D., Casiraghi, M., Galeotti, P., Fasola, M. First molecular characterization of invasive alien populations of Pelophylax kurtmuelleri (Gayda, 1940). IX Congresso Nazionale della Societas Herpetologica Italica. Bari, 26th-30th September 2012.

Bellati, A., Sticco, M., Galimberti, A., Sandionigi, A., Scali, S., Casiraghi, M. Prima caratterizzazione molecolare del complesso Natrix natrixLXXII Congresso Nazionale dell’Unione Zoologica Italiana. Bologna, 5th-8th September 2011.

Tiberti, R., Bellati, A., Cocca, W., Galimberti, A. Approccio integrato per la caratterizzazione di popolazioni alpine di Daphnia. LXXII Congresso Nazionale dell’Unione Zoologica Italiana. Bologna, 5th-8th September 2011.

Bellati, A., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Nistri, A., Galimberti, A., Casiraghi, M., Fasola, M., Galeotti, P. Variabilità morfologica e divergenza molecolare: uno studio sulle sottospecie di Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768) dell’Arcipelago toscano/Variability of morphological and molecular divergence: a study of the subspecies of Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768) in the Tuscan Archipelago. LXXII Congresso Nazionale dell’Unione Zoologica Italiana. Bologna, 5th-8th September 2011. 

Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Cavagnini, F., Bellati, A., Razzetti, E. Catasto di stagni e pozze per la tutela degli Anfibi in Oltrepò Pavese/Land register of ponds and pools for the protection of amphibians in Oltrepò Pavese (Northern Italy). VIII Congresso Nazionale della Societas Herpetologica Italica. Chieti, 22nd-26th September 2010.

Bellati, A., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Galimberti, A., Casiraghi, M., Nistri, A., Fasola, M., Galeotti, P. Mitochondrial analysis of polymorphic insular populations of Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768) from the Tuscan Archipelago (Italy), ascribed to different morphological subspecies. VII International Symposium on the Lacertids of the Mediterranean Basin. Palma di Maiorca, 6th-9th September 2010.

Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Di Paoli, A., Ghitti, M., Bellati, A., Fasola, M., Galeotti, P. Analysis of colour morphs variation in Podarcis muralis by using RGB scale. VII International Symposium on the Lacertids of the Mediterranean Basin. Palma di Maiorca, 6th-9th September 2010.

Bellati, A., Pellitteri-Rosa, D., Sacchi, R., Galimberti, A., Casiraghi, M., Nistri, A., Fasola, M., Galeotti, P. Comparing morphological variability and molecular divergence: a preliminary study in Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768) from the Tuscan Archipelago (Italy). IV Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica. Milano, 2nd-4th September 2010.

Galimberti, A., Crottini, A., Boto, A., Serra, L., Barbuto, M., Bellati, A., Baccei, SG., Casiraghi, M. Molecular tools help resolving a taxonomic anigma: the case of Paradoxornis webbianus and Paradoxornis alphonisianus (Aves: Paradoxornithidae). IV Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica. Milano, 2nd-4th September 2010.

Galimberti, A., Romano, D., Genchi, M., Paoloni, D., Vercillo, F., Bizzarri, L., Barbuto, M., Ferri, E., Bellati, A., Ragni, B., Casiraghi, M. DNA barcoding discriminates between potentially cryptic species related to Taenia taeniaeformis harbored by italian wild and domestic cats. 2nd Conference of the European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL2). Braga, Portugal, 12nd-4th June 2010

Barbuto, M., Montesanto, G., Alfano, N., Galimberti, A., Bellati, A., Caruso, D., Lombardo, B., Casiraghi, M. Integrated approach for the identification of oniscidea isopods. 2nd Conference of the European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL2). Braga, Portugal, 12nd-4th June 2010.

Barbuto, M., Bellati, A., Bruni, I., Casiraghi, M., Cozzolino, S., Cristofolini, G., Crottini, A., De Mattia, F., Ferri, E., Frati, F., Galimberti, A., Labra, M., Mantovani, L., Minelli, A., Moretti, C., Musacchio, A., Stracka, D. Il network nazionale di Biosistematica – www.biosistematica.unimib.it. 69° Congresso Unione Zoologica Italiana. Senigallia, Ancona, Italia, 22nd -25th September 2008.

Casagrande, S., Bellati, A., La Fata, I., Tagliavini, J. Differenziamento genetico e fenologia riproduttiva in una popolazione di gheppio Falco tinnunculus. 69° Congresso Unione Zoologica Italiana. Senigallia, Ancona, Italia, 22nd -25th September 2008.

Mantovani, L., Bellati, A., Galimberti, A., Casiraghi, M. Il DNA Barcoding e l’identificazione di insetti (Diptera) rilevanti in ambito forense nel Nord Italia (Milano). 69° Congresso Unione Zoologica Italiana. Senigallia, Ancona, Italia, 22nd -25th September 2008.

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