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Evolution and Ecology of Fish Reproduction


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Our research group is interested on the reproductive biology of fishes with emphasis on behavioural ecology, sexual pattern, morphology of the reproductive apparatus, and development of secondary sexual traits. We combine field and lab work (ejaculate analyses, immune system analyses, histology and histochemistry) to study:

- Multiple male traits and female choice

- Antimicrobial production and male parental care

- Fertilization dynamics and the influence of sperm competition in gobies

- Nest choice and egg characteristics in demersal spawners

In addition, to contribute to fish management and conservation, we also study mediterranean fish community structure and ecology, using non-destructive methods and fishery data.

Our studies are mainly based at the Umberto D'Ancona Hydrobiological Station in Chioggia.