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Michele Cesari


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Position: Post-doc in Zoology (SSD BIO05) at the Department of Life Sciences of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Reseach interests: Biodiversity and evolution. Molecular phylogeny and taxonomy. Invasion biology. Population genetics. Evolution of reproductive strategies. Cryptobiosis and adaptations to extreme environments

Research approaches and techniques: Molecular studies based on sequencing of portions of nuclear and mitochondrial genes. DNA barcoding. DNA satellite and Microsatellites. Morphological studies based on Light Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).

Teaching: Biology Lab classes for the degree in Primary Teacher Education, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Publications (10 with most impact)

Cesari, M., Maistrello, L., Piemontese, L., Bonini, R., Dioli, P., Lee, W., Park, C., Partsinevelos, G.K., Rebecchi, L., Guidetti, R. (2017). Genetic diversity of the brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys in the invaded territories of Europe and its patterns of diffusion in Italy. Biological Invasions doi: 10.1007/s10530-017-1611-1.

Morrison, W.R., Milonas, P., Kapantaidaki, D.E., Cesari, M., Di Bella, E., Guidetti, R., Haye, T., Maistrello, L., Moraglio, S.T., Piemontese, L., Pozzebon, A., Ruocco, G., Short, B.D., Tavella, L., Vétek, G., Leskey, T.C. (2017). Attraction of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) haplotypes in North America and Europe to baited traps. Scientific Reports 7: 16941.

Cesari, M., McInnes, S.J., Bertolani, R., Rebecchi. L., Guidetti, R. (2016). Genetic diversity and biogeography of the south polar water bear Acutuncus antarcticus (Eutardigrada, Hypsibiidae) evidence that it is a truly pan-Antarctic species. Invertebrate Systematics 30: 635-649.

Cesari, M., Vecchi, M., Palmer, A., Bertolani, R., Pilato, G., Rebecchi, L., Guidetti, R. (2016). What if the claws are reduced? Morphological and molecular phylogenetic relationships of the genus Haplomacrobiotus May, 1948 (Eutardigrada, Parachela). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178: 819-827.

Cesari, M., Maistrello, L., Ganzerli, F., Dioli, P., Rebecchi, L., Guidetti, R. (2015). A pest alien invasion in progress: potential pathways of origin of the brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys populations in Italy. Journal of Pest Science 88(1):1-7.

Bertolani, R., Guidetti, R., Marchioro, T., Altiero, T., Rebecchi, L., Cesari, M. (2014). Phylogeny of Eutardigrada: New molecular data and their morphological support lead to the identification of new evolutionary lineages. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 76: 110-126.

Rebecchi, L., Cesari, M., Altiero, T., Frigieri, A., Guidetti, R. (2009). Survival and lack of DNA degradation in anhydrobiotic tardigrades. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212: 4033-4039.

Cesari, M., Bertolani, R., Rebecchi, L., Guidetti, R. (2009). DNA barcoding in Tardigrada: the first case study on Macrobiotus macrocalix Bertolani & Rebecchi 1993 (Eutardigrada, Macrobiotidae), Molecular Ecology Resources, 9: 699-706.

Cesari, M., Mularoni, L., Scanabissi, F., Mantovani, B. (2004). Characterization of dinucleotide microsatellite loci in the living fossil tadpole shrimp Triops cancriformis (Crustacea Branchiopoda Notostraca). Molecular Ecology Notes 4(4): 733-735.

Cesari, M., Luchetti, A., Passamonti, M., Scali, V., Mantovani, B. (2003). PCR amplification of the Bag 320 satellite family reveals the ancestral library module and paleoconversion events in B acillus rossius (Insecta Phasmatodea). Gene 312: 289-295.