Biogeography and Evolutionary Biology

Biogeography-and-evolutionary-biology We employ a range of approaches, including  sound analysis, distribution modelling, molecular investigations and morphometrics to unveil evolutionary dynamics over different spatial and temporal scales. Special attention is paid to evolutionary patterns in insular environments and human-driven processes occurred in recent time frames.

Activity start 2007
Publications - Russo D., Mucedda M., Bello M., Biscardi S., Pidinchedda E. & Jones G. (2007). Divergent echolocation call frequencies in insular rhinolophids (Chiroptera): a case of character displacement? Journal of Biogeography 34: 2129-2138. (Q1)
- Russo D., Teixeira S., Cistrone L., Jesus J., Teixeira D., Freitas T., & Jones G. (2009). Social calls are subject to stabilizing selection in insular bats. Journal of Biogeography. 36: 2212–2221. (Q1)
- Russo, D. (2011). Zoogeography: an ecological perspective. Chapter of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (commissioned paper), EOLSS – Unesco. (invited book chapter for Unesco)
- Galimberti A., Spada M., Russo D., Mucedda M., Agnelli P., et al. (2012) Integrated Operational Taxonomic Units (IOTUs) in Echolocating Bats: A Bridge between Molecular and Traditional Taxonomy. PLoS ONE 7(6): e40122. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040122. (Q1)
- Rebelo H., Froufe E., Brito J.C., Russo D., Cistrone L., Ferrand N. & Jones G. (2012). Postglacial colonization of Europe by the barbastelle bat: agreement between molecular data and past predictive modeling. Molecular Ecology 22: 4055-4070. (Q1)
- Dool, S., Puechmaille S., Dietz C., Juste J., Ibanez C., Hulva P., Roue S., Petit E., Jones G., Russo D., Toffoli R., Viglino A., Martinoli A., Rossiter S.J. & Teeling E. (2013) Phylogeography and postglacial recolonisation of Europe by Rhinolophus hipposideros: evidence from multiple genetic markers. Molecular Ecology 22: 4055-4070. (Q1)
- Maiorano L., Amori G., Capula M., Falcucci A., Masi M., Montemaggiori A., Pottier J., Psomas A., Rondinini C., Russo D., Zimmermann N.E., Boitani L., Guisan A. (2013). Threats from Climate Change to Terrestrial Vertebrate Hotspots in Europe. PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0074989. (Q1)
- Tomassini A., Colangelo P., Agnelli P., Jones G., Russo D. (2014). Cranial size has increased over 133 years in a common bat, Pipistrellus kuhlii: a response to changing climate or urbanization? Journal of Biogeography 41: 944-953  (Q1)
- Stoycheva S., Pavlova A., Russo D., Deleva S., Atanassov T. (2014). Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in Besaparski Ridove Special Protection Area (Natura 2000), Southern Bulgaria: Species List, Distribution and Conservation. Acta Zoologica Bulgaricasuppl. 5: 213-220.
- Bogdanowicz W., Hulva P., Černá Bolfíková B., Buś M.M., Rychlicka E., Sztencel-Jabłonka A., Cistrone A. and Russo D. (2015). Cryptic diversity of Italian bats and the role of the Apennine refugium in the phylogeography of the Western Palaearctic. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. DOI: 10.1111/zoj.12248
Permanent staff Danilo Russo (BIO/07)
Temporary or external staff Sonia Smeraldo (PhD Student), Valentina Nardone (PhD student), Dr. Mirko di Febbraro (postdoc), Dr. Leonardo Ancillotto (post-doc),  Dr. Luciano Bosso (postdoc)
Collaborations Prof. Gareth Jones (University of Bristol, U.K.), Prof. Carmi Korine (Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel), Dr. Hugo Rebelo, CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal, Dr Panagiotis Georgiakakis, University of Crete, Greece
Projects EPI - EUROBATS (UNEP): " Exploring the distribution and feeding & roosting habits of Pipstrellus hanaki", 2011, 7.000 euro,  (project partner - coordinator)
Recognitions and awards Invited talks
Talk on changes in skull size in pipistrelle bats over time, Bat Conservation Trust conference, UK

Media coverage (selected)
- National Geographic online 2014, press coverage on Journal of Biogeographic paper:
- Blackwell public release on Journal of Biogeography study published in 2007,
Scientific events  
Technology and know-how transfers