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Dipartimento di Scienze

Spani Federica

Sezione: Scienze molecolari, cellulari, ambientali ed evoluzionistiche
SSD: BIO/05
Incarichi istituzionali:
Gruppi e laboratori di ricerca: Etologia
Email: federica.spani@uniroma3.it
Indirizzo: Altra Sede
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Curriculum

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

07/2016 - Master's Degree cum laude in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management, Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy).
 
09/2014 - Bachelor's Degree cum laude in Biological Sciences, Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)
 
07/2011 - General certificate of high school education, Carlo e Giulia Falletti di Barolo Institute, Rome (Italy)

WORK EXPERIENCE

11/2018
Scientific Committee Member
Forum of young biologists – Job meeting. November 8th, 2018, Ordine Nazionale dei Biologi, Florence (Italy)

11/2018
Organizing Committee Member
XVII National Congress of Italian Freshwater Ichthyologists Association (A.I.I.A.D.). November 7-10th, 2018, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)

11/2017–09/2018
Check tutoring in courses of Botany and Comparative Anatomy
Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)

03/2018–05/2018
Teaching support for courses of Comparative Anatomy and Zoology
Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)

04/2018–05/2018
International research activity
National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. (USA)

03/2018–04/2018
International research activity
American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY (USA)

11/2016–07/2017
Check tutoring in courses of Plant Physiology and General Physiology
Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)
 

03/2017–05/2017
Teaching support for courses of Comparative Anatomy and Zoology
Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)
 

03/2016–05/2016
Research fellowship in non-UE countries
Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)

Hosted in:

  • Computational Biology Institute, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA (https://cbi.gwu.edu/federica-spani)
  • Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA 

 

01/2016–05/2016
Scholarship holder for the course of Comparative Anatomy
Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)
 

03/2015–05/2015
Teaching support for the course of Comparative Anatomy
Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)
 

11/2014–05/2015
Scholarship holder in the course of Inland and Marine Water Ecology
Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)
 

03/2014–05/2014
Scholarship holder in the course of Comparative Anatomy
Department of Sciences, Roma Tre University, Rome (Italy)

Interessi principali

My main interests focus on Comparative Anatomy (BIO/06 –05/B2) and Zoology (BIO/05-05/B1) carried out on (mainly) invertebrates and vertebrates, by applying multi-level approaches.

I explore issues concerning form in animal biology, in the dual structural and evolutive prospective, including all possible implementation aspects in the study of modifications determinated by alteration of environmental health.

From an evolutionary viewpoint all relationships between phylogeny and morphogenesis are analyzed, to highlight interconnection between structure, function and adaptation, through a comparative approach as well.

Particularly my studies are carried out by using theoretic and experimental methods, applied both in fieldwork and museum research activities, to investigate on the structure functional organization and morphogenesis in relation to age (ontogenetic allometry) ecology, behaviour, intra- and interspecific relationships, and animal phylogeny (mainly evolutive allometry).

Specifically, I integrated morpho-functional data with genetic, molecular, biochemical and histological aspects on autochthonous taxa (endemic and non), inclusive their evolutive and conservationist implications, particularly on species of evolutive, biogeographic, ecological, and economic issue of concern.

Aims are also on the asymmetry origin and meanings, and their evolutive modifications (that is deviation from perfect symmetry): fluctuating asymmetry, directional asymmetry, and antisymmetry. These tools are fundamental to ameliorate biological aspects concerning the adaptive degree overall when innovative methods (such as 2D and 3D bio-imaging and post-processing techniques, and appropriate associated statistics) are executed.

Attività di ricerca

CONGRESS PARTECIPATION
XVI Congresso Nazionale A.I.I.A.D.: “La gestione della fauna ittica nell’ottica della conservazione”. October, 21-23rd, 2016, Popoli (Pescara, Italy).

VII Congresso della Società Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica: “Evoluzione 2017”. August, 28-31st, 2017, Roma (Italy).

XXIII Congresso Nazionale Associazione Primatologica Italiana. September, 14-16th, 2017, Trento (Italy).

64° Convegno GEI – Società Italiana di Biologia dello Sviluppo e della Cellula. June 11-14th, 2018, L’Aquila (Italy).

XXVIII Congresso Società Italiana di Ecologia. September 12-14th, 2018, Cagliari (Italy).

79° Congresso Nazionale UZI – Unione Zoologica Italia. September 25-28th, 2018, Lecce (Italy).

IX Convegno Nazionale della Ricerca nei Parchi. October 4-7th, 2018, Bussolengo (Verona, Italy).

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS

E-RIHS (European Reasearch Infrastructure for Heritage Science) ITALIA CALL 2017: Bio-imaging non invasivo applicato a campioni museali di Primati del XIX-XX secolo, per la ricostruzione 3D delle ossa genitali: il Baubellum e il Baculum (acronym: B&B 3D bio-imaging), research group leader, funded by MIUR.

 

SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION

  • Prof. Keith A. Crandall, Director of Computational Biology Institute, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA.
  • Dr. Paolo Piras, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Strutturale e Geotecnica, Università La Sapienza, Via Eudossiana, 18, 00185, Roma (Italy).
  • Prof. Maria Pia Morigi, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Viale Berti Pichat 6/2, 40127 Bologna (Italy).
  • Dr. Lu Yao, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, USA.

 

REFEREE OF INTERNATIONAL PEER REVIEW JOURNALS

Animal Biodiversity and Conservation; Italian Journal of Zoology; Biological Journal of Linnean Society.

 

PUBLICATION LIST

No Indexed Journal

  • Spani F., Scalici M. Directional asymmetry in the river crab Potamon fluviatile (Herbst, 1785). Italian Journal of Freshwater Ichthyology. (in press)

Indexed Journal

  • Spani F., Scalici M., 2016. Allometric sexual dimorphism in the river crab Potamon fluviatile (Herbst, 1785). Journal of Crustacean Biology, 36(3): 274-278.
  • Scalici M., Traversetti L., Spani F., Bravi R., Malafoglia V., Persichini T., Colasanti M., 2016. Using 3D virtual surfaces to investigate molluscan shell shape. Aquatic Living Resources, 29(2): 207.
  • Scalici M., Traversetti L., Spani F., Malafoglia V., Colamartino M., Persichini T., Cappello S., Mancini G., Colasanti M., 2017. Shell fluctuating asymmetry in the sea-dwelling benthic bivalve Mytilus galloprovincialis (Lamarck, 1819) as morphological markers to detect environmental chemical contamination. Ecotoxicology, 26(3): 396-404.
  • Spani F., Morigi M.P., Bettuzzi M., Scalici M., Carosi M., 2017. Disclosing 3D shape of ossa genitalia in Primates. Folia Primatologica, 88: 200.
  • Spani F.*, Carosi M., Scalici M., Morigi M.P., Bettuzzi M., Colasanti M., 2018. Update available: comprehensive tools for comparative anatomy ver.2.0. European Journal of Histochemistry, 62(1): 13.

  • Scalici M., Colamartino M., Spani F., Traversetti L., Persichini T., Maisano M., Fasulo S., Colasanti M.*, 2018. Relationship between protein post translational modifications and valve shape variability in Mytilus galloprovincialis helps to reveal detrimental ecosystem conditions. European Journal of Histochemistry, 62(1): 15.

  • Scalici M., Spani F.*, Traversetti L, Carpaneto G.M., Piras P., 2018. Cranial shape parallelism in soft-furred sengis: moving on a geographic gradient. Journal of Mammalogy. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyy130.

  • Spani F.*, Scalici M., 2018. Carapace asymmetries in crabs. Crustaceana, 91(11): 1281-1290.

  • Ceschin S.*, Abati S., Traversetti L., Spani F., Del Grosso F., Scalici M. Effects of the invasive duckweed Lemna minuta on aquatic animals: evidence from an indoor experiment. Plant Biosystems. Accepted

 

ABSTRACTS
 
Spani F., Scalici M. Directional asymmetry in the river crab Potamon fluviatile (Herbst, 1785). XVI Congresso Nazionale A.I.I.A.D.: “La gestione della fauna ittica nell’ottica della conservazione”. October, 21-23rd, 2016, Popoli (Pescara, Italy). [Poster and Oral Communication]

Spani F., Scalici M., Carosi M. A sexual selection framework in Primates: raising ossa genitalia again. VII Congresso della Società Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica: “Evoluzione 2017”. August, 28-31st, 2017, Roma (Italy). [Poster]

Spani F., Morigi M.P., Bettuzzi M., Scalici M., Carosi M. Discosing 3D shape of ossa genitalia in Primates. XXIII Congresso Nazionale Associazione Primatologica Italiana. September, 14-16th, 2017, Trento (Italy). [Oral Communication]

Spani F., Carosi M., Scalici M., Morigi M.P., Bettuzzi M., Colasanti M. Update available: comprehensive tools for comparative anatomy ver.2.0. 64° Convegno GEI – Società Italiana di Biologia dello Sviluppo e della Cellula. June 11-14th, 2018, L’Aquila (Italy). [Oral Communication]

Scalici M., Colamartino M., Spani F., Traversetti L., Persichini T., Maisano M., Fasulo S., Colasanti M. Relationship between protein post translational modifications and valve shape variability in Mytilus galloprovincialis helps to reveal detrimental ecosystem conditions. 64° Convegno GEI – Società Italiana di Biologia dello Sviluppo e della Cellula. June 11-14th, 2018, L’Aquila (Italy). [Poster]

Spani F., Scalici M., Colamartino M., Traversetti L., Persichini T., Maisano M., Fasulo S., Colasanti M. Using mussels to assess marine coastal environmental risks. XXVIII Congresso Società Italiana di Ecologia. September 12-14th, 2018, Cagliari (Italy). [Poster and Oral Communication]

Spani F., Gentile G., Scalici M., Carosi M. Ancestral character-state reconstruction of baculum in Primates: why a critical literature review is crucial. 79° Congresso Nazionale UZI – Unione Zoologica Italia. September 25-28th, 2018, Lecce (Italy). [Oral Communication]

Spani F., Scalici M., Carosi M. Corpses conservation: an example of “ex-situ conservation” to preserve knowledge. IX Convegno Nazionale della Ricerca nei Parchi. October 4-7th, 2018, Bussolengo (Verona, Italy). [Oral Communication]