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Lab. nameMeioLab-UNIMORE (Laboratory for the study of meiofauna)  
Principal Investigator M. Antonio Todaro 
ComponentsM. Antonio Todaro  (Principal Investigator )
DescriptionPrimary research interests concern the faunistic, sistematics, biogeography and ecology of lower Metazoa and Crustacea. Studies are focussed on a group of animals, collectively known as the meiofauna. Meiofauna consist of invertebrate animals small enough to live within the interstices of aquatic sediments (1.0-0.063 mm in total body size), and almost every major phylum has interstitial representatives, with some phyla being exclusively meiofaunal. We are interested in reconstructing evolutionary relationships within and among such groups as Gastrotricha, Loricifera, Priapulida, kynorincha and marine Harpacticoida using advanced microscopy and molecular approaches. We are also interested in verifying the physical, chemical and biological factors influencing the distribution and abundance of meiofaunal organisms, and in assessing the impact that stress of natural as well as anthropogenic origin have on marine meiobenthic communities. 
Addressvia Giuseppe Campi, 213/d - 41125 Modena 
KeywordsInvertebrates, biodiversity, evolution, phylogeny, marine biology 
ERC Sectors LS8_2 Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics LS8_2 Population biology, population dynamics, population genetics LS8_3 Systems evolution, biological adaptation, phylogenetics, systematics, comparative biology LS8_4 Biodiversity, conservation biology, conservation genetics, invasion biology LS8_5 Evolutionary biology: evolutionary ecology and genetics, co-evolution LS8_6 Biogeography, macro-ecology LS8_8 Environmental and marine biology  
InstrumentationState-of-the-art light microscopes including stereo- and compound microscopes with DIC, Fluorescence and image analysis capabilities; equipment for meiofauna sampling and processing; equipment for DNA estraction and gene amplification;  
Research Lines Agrifood and Environment

Methodologies  
Web Site www.gastrotricha.unimore.it/Lab-Photo.htm