Diego Fontaneto
 Research Director

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National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Water Research Institute (IRSA)
Largo Tonolli 50, 28922 Verbania Pallanza, Italy
Broad research topics: Ecology, Zoology, Biodiversity, Phylogenetics, Systematics, Taxonomy, Freshwater Ecology, Phylogeography, Molecular Ecology, Invertebrate Biology, Rotifera.
Research interests: My research interests focus on patterns and processes in biological diversity, including speciation and macroecology, mostly using as a test case microscopic invertebrates such as rotifers.
Speciation. The evolution of distinct species in animals has often been considered a property solely of sexually reproducing organisms. My work deals with differences and similarities in the speciation process between sexual and asexual organisms.
Macroecology. Patterns of diversity in microscopic organisms are hypothesised to differ from macroscopic ones, as small size, desiccation tolerance, and dispersal capability should a
llow micro-organisms to achieve global distributions. I test the predictions of this ubiquity hypothesis in microscopic animals using morphological and molecular taxonomy.
Editorial Board: Biogeographia, DiversityHydrobiologia, Journal of Limnology, and formerly also European Zoological Journal (2012-2017) and PLoS ONE (2012-2016).
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