My research interests span molecular evolution,
phylogeography, and conservation genetics. Questions that interest me
range from understanding the evolutionary processes in small isolated
populations, to the use of molecular markers to infer current and
historical population processes at various spatial and temporal scales.
I am question driven rather than organism bound. Thus, I work with a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate taxa.
As Director of the YIBS, Molecular Systematics and Conservation Genetics
Center, I facilitate training in the use of molecular tools to approach a
wide variety of organismal and environmentally based questions, for undergraduate and graduate students,
post-doc's and faculty.
As Director of the DNA Analysis Facility in Science Hill, I supervise the operation of a fee for service core facility which provides DNA sequencing and fragment analysis to Yale and non Yale laboratories.
"Laurea" in Biology from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (1978).
Ph.D Yale University (1986).
Curatorial Affiliate, Vertebrate Paleontology, Peabody Museum, Yale University.
Conservation Science panel member for SEI (Sustainable Ecosystems Institute).
Member of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Science Resource Center.
Council Member: Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) and Systematic Biology Society (SSB).
Chair of the SSE International Committee.
Associate Editor for Conservation Genetics, Journal of Heredity, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Zoo Biology
Molecular Approaches to Systematics, Conservation Genetics, and Behavioral Ecology (EEB 375)
Laboratory for Evolutionary Biology (EEB 226Lb)
Laboratory in Molecular Systematics (EEB 315La)
Conservation Genetics (EEB 320)
Molecular Ecology (EEB 326)