Livorno, Centro Interuniv. di Biologia Marina

La Spezia, SACLANT Undersea Research Centre



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Stazione Idrobiologica "Umberto D'Ancona"
Isola di San Domenico, Chioggia
80077 (Venezia)   ITALY
Tel : + 39 041 400 051
Fax : + 3 9041 400 051
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Prof. Carlotta Mazzoldi

Type of activities
research only
(Hydrobiological Station)
academic, education
(Palazzo Grassi, nearby the Hydrobiological Station)
policy/planning   envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
Ecology of marine communities, Biology of commercial species, Fish behavior, Ecotoxicology of marine species, Physiology of marine species, Fisheries

Current major projects
Sexual selection of marine fish, Reproductive biology of elasmobranch and sparid fish, Ecotoxicoly of bivalves, Physiology of crustaceans

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 2 others : 4

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 450 teaching : 2,000
others : 250

Conference room
no yes (number of seats: one room of 12 and one room 80)

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 :
the vessel is a motor boat 5.5 m long, equipped with a 100 Hp engine

Other major research facilities and equipment
the field station has 3 aquarium rooms, equipped with running seawater and air supply, 1 thermostatic room, outdoors tanks, 1 wet lab, 3 labs equipped with: stoves, paraffin dispenser, microtome, centrifuge, scales, microscopes, dissecting microscopes, image analysis system, sperm tracker. For field work, the station has tanks and air compressor.

Ecosystem types available nearby
Lagoon environment (the field station is located in the southern part of the Venetian Lagoon); artificial coastal hard substrates (jetties, low crested substrates), natural offshore rocky outcrops, sandy-muddy bottoms. Chioggia has one of the major fishing fleet of the Mediterranean Sea.

Areas of taxonomic expertise
Algae, Teleosts and Elasmobranchs, Bivalves, Crustaceans, Ascidians

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
    In Palazzo Grassi, a museum (Museum of Adriatic Zoology "G. Olivi") hosts the historical collection of Adriatic Fauna, consisting of 1258 specimens, representative of about 700 species. In the museum, 350 specimens are displayed. See web site.

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
The field station has a dorm with 3 bedrooms (2 with 4 beds, 1 with 2 beds), a kitchen, a dining room.

Training courses
yes no
The teaching activities include academic courses of the Master degree in Marine Biology and summer schools on Conservation genetics of marine organisms (2010 and 2011).

Capacity and brief description of library
The major library is in Palazzo Grassi, and has 105 books, including mainly marine biology, fisheries, ecotoxicology books, but also general biology ones. A small library, mainly including field guides and marine biology books, is present at the Hydrobiological Station, and includes 20 books.

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


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