Research interests include the study of the biology and evolutionary genetics of aquatic organisms focusing on temporary brackish/hypersaline ecosystems and their biodiversity.

M. Embolon (Greece) Great Salt Lake (USA) Sardegna (Italy) 



The laboratory emphasizes on genetic characterization, development of markers, molecular systematics, phylogeography and phylogenetics of anostracans (Artemia and Branchinella spinosa), Brachionus rotifers, microalgae and various fish (Silurus spp., Aphanius fasciatus, Dicentrarchus labrax and Sparus aurata).




Artemia sp.                          Brachionus sp.                   Sparus aurata

The following PowerPoint presentation (click here) includes more information on:

1. the techniques for the characterisation and genetic identification used in the laboratory,

2. the services provided by the laboratory,

3. available cyst banks and databases    


Some of the research activities are focused on applied research for aquaculture purposes. For Artemia in particular, research activities also include:

1)      biometry of encysted embryos and nauplii and morphometry of adults,

2)      morphology (optical and electron-scanning microscopy),

3)      reproductive, lifespan and hatching characteristics,

4)      diapause deactivation methods,

5)      culture conditions (temperature, salinity and feeding regimes)