A number of projects are currently available in the lab. These can be grouped in two main areas:
- Empirical: morphological evolution
- Methodological – method development and bench-marking
Most – but not all – empirical projects involve improving our understanding of fish evolution. In a similar fashion, most – but not all – methodological projects involve geometric morphometric methods. I am also open to new lab members coming with their ideas for projects and discussing them with me.
Perspective undergraduate, master and PhD students, as well as perspective postdoctoral researchers are welcome to join the lab. Please, contact me using the form in the contact page or my institutional e-mail address. Visiting students/researchers are also welcome to inquire with me. Potential international lab members and visitors are also extremely welcome. As regulations and funding opportunities are often country-specific, I will be happy to discuss the details on a case-by-case basis.
Please, notice that I currently have no funding to support PhD students or postdoctoral researchers. However, I will be happy to support applications to external funding by motivated perspective lab members.
A few more career-stage-specific information can be found below.
Perspective postdocs should have previously-published papers in respectable ISI journals. They should also have acquired skills relevant to the project, and a desire to complement them with new skills learned here. I am happy to support applications for funding international postdocs, particularly for funding from their own countries or from international organizations (e.g. the European Union through Marie Curie actions). If you have an idea of a project to do here, send me an email and we'll take it from there!
Please, inquire with me about potential collaborations and projects/activities to be carried during a perspective research stay. We may also discuss potential funding for visits (reciprocal or otherwise) based on the bilateral opportunities available.
My current institution (the IRBIM, which is an instititute of the CNR, the Italian National Research council) is a research institute and, as such, does not grant doctoral degrees. For this reason, perspective doctoral students wishing to join the lab should explore the possibility of co-supervision or similar on my part.
Domestic students –The students should have strong academic track record. A familiarity (ideally) and desire to learn (necessarily) advanced quantitative skills applied to biological data is of paramount importance, as it is an at least basic command of the English language (with the expectation that this will have to reach professional standards over the course of the PhD).
International students – Will be required sufficient working knowledge of the English language. I will be happy to support applications for funding international PhD students, particularly for funding from their own countries or from international organizations (e.g. European Union).
Master projects should result in a published paper. This will allow the student to pursue a career in academia (by starting a PhD) if they wish to pursue one. Carrying out a project resulting in a paper requires substantial dedication, but will be a personally and professionally rewarding experience.
Domestic students – An interest in the research topics pursued by the lab and a strong motivation to put in the necessary work that a research project involves are key pre-requisites. Prior experience with quantitative data analysis (e.g. data analysis in R) is not strictly necessary but particularly welcome.
International students – International Masters/Honours students would typically be involved in visiting internships. In addition to the criteria for domestic students, they should have a reasonable command of the English language to allow working in an English-speaking lab.
Domestic students –Should have a strong academic track record. Most importantly, they should have interest in the research topics pursued by the lab and they should possess strong motivation to put in the necessary work that a research project involves.
International students – International students would typically be involved in visiting internships. In addition to the criteria for domestic students, they should have a reasonable command of the English language to allow working in an English-speaking lab.