La Spezia, SACLANT Undersea Research Centre

Genova, Laboratori di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Animale



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Stazione Zoologica 'A. Dohrn'
Punta S. Pietro
80077 Ischia (Napoli)   ITALY
Tel : + 39 081 583 35 21
Fax : + 39 081 984 201
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr M. C. Gambi

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
biology of benthic diatoms, macroalgae, seagrasses, ecological role & food-web analysis, genetics & reproductive biology of invertebrates

Current major projects
* biodiversity, dynamics and interaction in seagrass ecosystem ;
* key benthic marine organisms : life strategy, genetics and ecological role

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 6 others : 3

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 300 teaching : 100
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 50 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
scuba diving, whinch for small grab, dredge

Other major research facilities and equipment
molecular biology lab. (Centrifuges, PCR CHN), analyzer, spectrophotometer, liophylizer, shuffle, thermostatic conditioned rooms, laminar flow, optic microscopes and stereo microscopes, computer facilities

Ecosystem types available nearby
seagrasses (Posidonia, Cymodocea and Zostera), hard bottom (including caves), soft-bottom, shallow hydrothermal sites, introduced species (Caulerpa), lagoons, rocky banks

Areas of taxonomic expertise
seagrasses, polychaetes, crustaceans (amphipods, isopods & decapods), benthic diatoms, macroalgae

Specimen collections
yes no
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Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
rooms and lab. space

Training courses
yes no
* non permanent international courses on seagrasses and on invertebrates autoecology ;
* non permanent national courses on ecology of seagrass systems

Capacity and brief description of library
basic titles on marine biology & ecology and on the taxonomy of the main marine benthic invertebrates & fishes ;
large complete library at the main station in Naples, easily accessible

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes