General Info

Carapelli Antonio - Assistant Professor/Ricercatore


Office/Ufficio: +39 (0)577 234410

Laboratory/Laboratorio: +39 (0)577 234398

Fax: +39 (0)577 234476


Research Interest

·    Evolution and phylogenetic relationships of basal hexapods;
·    Molecular evolution of the mitochondrial DNA in arthropods;
·    Analysis of the secondary structure of rRNA genes;
·    Taxonomy of the collembolan genus Isotomurus;
·    Phylogeography and evolution of the Antarctic collembolan species.

Curriculum Vitae

Born in Siena November the 2nd 1967
Address: Department of Evolutionary Biology
University of Siena
Via Aldo Moro 2, 53100 - Siena Italy.
Phone off.: +39-0577-234410
Phone lab.: +39-0577-234398
Fax +39-0577-234476

1992 BS in Biology (Dept. of Evolutionary Biology, U of Siena).
1992 Post graduate training at the U of Marseille.
1993-1995 PhD in Animal Biology (Zoology) at the Dept. of Evolutionary Biology of the U of Siena.
1995 qualified to the profession of Biologist.
1996 postdoctoral training at the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (U of Connecticut).
1997-2001 Fellowship of the U of Siena to study the evolutionary relationships of the apterygotan orders.
2002-2005 Postdoc fellowship (Research Grant - Assegno di Ricerca) at the Dept. of Evolutionary Biology of the U of Siena.

Position currently held
Researcher of the U of Siena at the Dept. of Evolutionary Biology.

Teaching Experience at the U of Siena
1995-present Collaborates to the following courses or masters: Introduction to the Biological Sciences, Zoology, Evaluation and Monitoring of Biodiversity, Bioinformatics and Applied technology to the wine company;
2001-present The mitochondrial genome for the study of the genetic variability (Specialistic degree in Molecular Biology);
2004-2005 Parasitology (first degree Laurea triennale in Biosanitary address);
2006-present Regional Zoology (Specialistic degree in TMRA);
2007-2010 Molecular Techniques for the study of animal biodiversity (Specialistic degree in TMRA);
Bioinformatics (2007-2009) (first degree Laurea triennale in Biology);
Evaluation and Monitoring of Animal Marine Biodiversity (2009-present) (Specialistic degree in Mogam).

2000-present collaborates with undergraduate and PhD students of the biology course during their thesis training. Participate actively in teaching and to the examination board of several Biology courses.

Awards and honors
1999 Marco Osella award, Italian Academy of Entomology.

Invited seminar and symposia
2001 Molecular phylogeny of basal hexapod orders. 62 National Congress of Zoology (UZI; Sanremo, Italy);
2004 The phylogeny of basal hexapods, hints from mitochondrial genomics. 7 International Congress on Apterygota (Rouen, France).

Society memberships
- Italian Society of Zoology (UZI)
- National Order of Biologists.

Thesis and dissertation:
1992 BS degree research. Thesis: "Genetic differentiation of some populations of the genus Orchesella (Insecta, Collembola)".
1996 PhD degree research in Animal Biology (Zoology). Thesis: "Morphological, Genetic and Molecular study of the European species of the genus Isotomurus (Insecta, Collembola)".

Scientific Collaborations
Sistematics and phylogeny of the european species of the genus Isotomurus (Hexapoda; Collembola).
- Prof. Louis Deharveng, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France.
Molecular evolution of rRNAs:
- Prof. Chris Simon, Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut;
- Dr. Felipe Soto-Adames, Dept. of Biology, University of Vermont.
Molecular evolution of mitochondrial DNA:
Phylogeny and evolution of the Strepsiptera (Insecta)
- Prof. Laura Beani, Dept. Of Animal Biology and Genetics Leo Pardi, U of Florence.
Molecular phylogeny of basal hexapodan orders
- Dr. Jeffrey Boore, DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, California (USA).
- Dr. Pietro Lio', Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge (UK).
Molecular evolution of Antarctic Collembola
- Dr. Pete Convey, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge

Selected Publications

1) Carapelli A., Frati F., Fanciulli P. P. & Dallai R. - Taxonomic revision of southern European species of Isotomurus (Collembola, Isotomidae), with description of four new species and the designation of the neotype for I. palustris. Zoologica Scripta. 30: 115-143 (2001).
2) Nardi F., Spinsanti G., Boore J., Carapelli A., Dallai R. & Frati F. - Hexapod origins: Monophyletic or Polyphyletic? Science 299:1887-1889 (2003).
3) Carapelli A., Soto-Adames F. N., Simon C., Frati F., Nardi F. & Dallai R. - Secondary structure, high variability, and conserved motifs for domain III of 12S rRNA in the Arthropleona (Hexapoda; Collembola). Insect Molecular Biology 13(6), 659-670 (2004).
4) Carapelli A., Frati F., Fanciulli P.P., Nardi F. & Dallai R. - Assessing species boundaries and evolutionary relationships in a group of south-western European species of Isotomurus (Collembola, Isotomidae) using allozyme data. Zoologica Scripta 34(1): 71-79 (2005).
5) Carapelli A., Nardi F., Dallai R. & Frati F. A review of molecular data for the phylogeny of basal hexapods. Pedobiologia. 50: 191-204 (2006).
6) Carapelli A., Vannini L., Nardi F., Boore J.L., Beani L., Dallai R. & Frati F. The mitochondrial genome of the entomophagous endoparasite Xenos vesparum (Insecta: Strepsiptera). Gene. 376: 248-259 (2006).
7) Carapelli A., Lio' P., Nardi F., van der Wath E. & Frati F. Phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial protein coding genes confirms the reciprocal paraphyly of Hexapoda and Crustacea. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2007, 7(Suppl 2):S8 (doi:10.1186/1471-2148-7-S2-S8) (2007).
8) Carapelli A., Comandi S., Convey P., Nardi F. & Frati F. The complete mitochondrial genome of the Antarctic springtail Cryptopygus antarcticus (Hexapoda: Collembola). BMC Genomics 2008, 9:315.
9) MacGaughran A., Torricelli G., Carapelli A. Frati F., Stevens M.I., Convey P. & Hogg I.D. Contrasting phylogeographic patterns for springtails reflect different evolutionary histories between the Antarctic Peninsula and Continental Antarctica. Journal of Biogeography. 37: 103-119 (2010).
10) Torricelli G., Carapelli A., Convey P., Nardi F., Boore J.L. & Frati F. High divergence across the whole mitochondrial genome in the “pan-Antarctic” springtail Friesea grisea: evidence for cryptic species. Gene. 449: 30-40 (2010).