Project Description

EMBO Practical course ICME11

2 -13 August 2022, Stelvio National Park | Bicocca University (Italy)

EMBO practical course- Microbial ecology: Integrating traditional and molecular approaches in ecology of glacial habitats (ICME11)

Course Description

The 11th edition of the INTERNATIONAL COURSE IN MICROBIAL ECOLOGY -ICME was granted by EMBO.

Coming-soon  announcment page: https://coming-soon.embo.org/pc22-15

  • Topics  and technique

  • Sampling design and sample collection for  biodiversity on glacial habitats

  • Identifying plant, ground beetle, springtail, chironomid and tardigrade assemblages

  • Theory and practical on bioinformatical analysis

  • 9 Lectures by expert researchers

  • 6 Days at Rifugio Branca

  • 7 Days pratical training at Bicocca University

ORGANIZERS

Andrea Franzetti
Andrea FranzettiUniversity of Milano Bicocca, DISAT -Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, IT

Andrea Franzetti  received the Msc and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Milano – Bicocca, Italy in 2000 and 2007, respectively. He was “FEMS fellow” at the Ulster University (UK) in 2005/2006 and Visiting Research in 2012/2013 at Soderton University (Sweden). He joined the University of Milano Bicocca in 2008 as a research fellow and is currently associate professor of microbiology at the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His main scientific interests are the mechanisms and application of pollutants biodegradation in natural environments, and the ecological processes assembling the microbial community in extreme environments. He has published more than 100 papers on these topics in peer review journals.

Manuela Coci
Manuela CociMicrob&co

Manuela Coci received the Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology from the NIOO-Institute of Ecosystem Study in the Netherlands. Her early scientific interests regarded the microbial  process involved in ammonia-oxidation in aquatic environments, as well as the impact the ecological aspect of antibiotic resistance in the environments. She founded and manage Microb&co through which 11 international courses in Microbial Ecology were organized and 3 EMBO events.  The strengthening of the network of Microbial ecologists provided unique opportunity of growth  to young researchers.

Co-organisers, instructors and keynote speakers

Roberto Ambrosini
Roberto Ambrosini
Università degli Studi di Milano Statale, Department of Science and Environmental Policies, IT

Roberto Ambrosini ‘s research activities focus on the ecology of glacier environments, particularly on the microbial ecology of cryoconite holes and on microplastic pollution in high mountain areas. Other research lines include bird microbiomes and their effects on bird behaviour, genomics of birds and the ecology of bird migration. he has sound experience in the statistical modelling of ecological data.

Mauro Gobbi
Mauro Gobbi
MUSE-Science Museum of Trento, Research & Museum Collections Office, Climate and Ecology Unit, IT

Mauro Gobbi works as Researcher at the MUSE-Science Museum of Trento (Italy). His research activity deals with the effects of climate and land use changes on alpine entomological biodiversity. His main expertise is on arthropod species assemblages living at high altitudes, specifically along the glacier forelands and in the periglacial areas, but he is also interested in plant-insect interactions in climate-limited habitats. He took part in scientific expeditions on high altitude areas of the European Alps, Andes, Pyrenees and Scandinavia with the purpose to investigate the effect of glacial retreat on cryophilic biodiversity.

Valeria Lencioni
Valeria Lencioni
MUSE-Science Museum of Trento, Research & Museum Collections Office, Climate and Ecology Unit, IT

Valeria Lencioni is hydrobiologist with experience on taxonomy, autecology and adaptive biology of freshwater insects (mainly Diptera Chironomidae). Fashinated by extreme habitats, she is studying the vulnerability to environmental changes (due to climate change and pollution) of freshwater ecosystems at high altitude, with an holistic approach, from genes to ecosystems. Recent studies refer to the effects of increasing temperature and chemical pollution by emerging contaminants on composition and functional traits of invertebrate communities in glacier-fed streams. She has two decades of experience in coordinating work packages or projects within national and international frameworks, menthoring PhDs and master students, writing about 80 scientific ISI-papers (in the field of hydrobiology and stress ecology), and in the organisation of scientific events (from international congresses to project meetings, workshops, summer schools) and public events for citizens and non-academic stakeholders

Marco Caccianiga
Marco Caccianiga
Università degli Studi di Milano Statale, Department of Biosciences, IT

Marco Caccianiga‘s main research interests focus on climate/plant relationships, with particular reference to high altitude ecosystems and their response to past and present climate change. He works on biogeography of Alpine plant species; primary succession triggered by glacier retreat focusing on plant and arthropod community succession and on plant functional types; role of glacial and periglacial landforms as potential refugia for cold-adapted plant and arthropod species.
He also worked for Italian national and regional parks on plant biodiversity monitoring and on Habitat monitoring for the EU.

Ewa Poniecka
Ewa Poniecka
University of Warsaw, PL

Valeria Lencioni is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Warsaw (Poland). She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Cardiff University (UK). Her doctoral project focused on biogeochemistry and ecology of microorganisms from cryoconite holes on glaciers. Her research interests cover understanding of glacial microorganisms and development of new methods to unravel the mysteries of the microbial world such as single cell techniques.

Kryszotof Zawierucha
Kryszotof Zawierucha
Department of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, PL

Kryszotof Zawierucha  loves glaciers, polar and mountain regions, in particular their micro animal world. His scientific interests have evolved from the taxonomy and ecology of tardigrades towards biodiversity and the functioning of cryoconite hole ecosystems (waterfilled reservoirs on the glacier surface’s) where tardigrades play the role of apex consumers. Currently, his is trying to understand how microanimals influence biotic and abiotic components of cryoconite holes, as well as investigating the survivability of cold-loving tardigrades under warm conditions.

Catherine Larose
Catherine Larose
Environmental Microbial Genomics Group, Laboratoire Ampère, École Centrale de Lyon, Université de Lyon, FR

Catherine Larose ‘s research is multidisciplinary, spanning from greenhouse gas emissions, to photochemistry, to toxicology, to environmental sciences and microbiology and climate science. She focuses on ecosystems that are at the forefront of global warming, therefore, much of  her work is centered on the cryosphere where she is interested in the limits of life, colonization, microbial activity, adaptation and biogeochemical cycling. To begin to understand these processes, she applies omic technologies to study microorganisms in different environmental niches such as the atmosphere, terrestrial snowpacks, sea-ice and glacial ice, both in the field and in laboratory settings.

Claudia Canedoli
Claudia Canedoli
University of Milano Bicocca, DISAT -Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences , IT

Claudia Canedoli’s research focuses on valuation and mapping of ecosystem services in terrestrial ecosystems. Her background is both in natural science and urban ecology thus her research projects involved either natural protected areas or urban areas. Another aspect of her research is the investigation of basic ecological themes, mainly related to the links and reciprocal effects of the biophysical structure and biodiversity on the functioning of ecosystems.

Diego Fontaneto
Diego Fontaneto
CNR-IRSA Water Research Institute, IT

Diego Fontaneto is a researcher at the National Research Council of Italy, with a broad interest in biodiversity analyses. His main research topic is on patterns and processes originating and maintaining biological diversity, using as a test case microscopic animals, mostly rotifers.

Alessia Guerrieri
Alessia Guerrieri
Università degli Studi di Milano Statale, Department of Science and Environmental Policies, IT

Alessia Guerrieri did a PhD in Environmental Sciences at University of Milan. Her main research interest is the evolution of ecosystems in recently deglaciated areas. She uses the environmental DNA metabarcoding technique and bioinformatic tools to reconstruct the composition and function of soil communities, and she combines this information with analyses of soil, landscape and climate to identify the drivers of community changes. She investigates colonization patterns of multiple taxonomic groups (from microorganisms to animals and plants) in several glacier forelands from 5 continents, with the final aim of understanding and predicting community dynamics and ecosystem functioning after the retreat of glaciers

Francesca Formicola
Francesca Formicola
University of Milano Bicocca, DISAT -Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences , IT

Francesca Formicola  is a biotechnologist now working as PhD student in Chemical, Geological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Milano-Bicocca, with an high-Level Training Apprenticeship contract with M3R srl (Monitoring and Management of Microbial Resources). Her research is focused on the microbiological aspects of bioremediation processes, using both conventional and molecular methodologies, including NGS sequencing and qPCR. In particular, she is working on the development of new molecular markers and technologies to metabolically characterize microbial community (bacteria, fungi and archaea) in different environmental matrices (soil, groundwater and air).

Francesca Formicola
Francesca FormicolaEmilio Padoa-Schioppa
University of Milano Bicocca, DISAT -Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, IT

Emilio Padoa-Schioppa 

Francesca Pittino
Francesca Pittino
Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, CH

Francesca Pittino is  an Environmental Microbiologist and she started her career in the University of Milano-Bicocca where she did both the PhD and her MSc. She mostly studied bacterial communities in supraglacial environments, especially in cryoconite holes, to describe their ecological trends. From September 2021 she is  working as a Post Doc at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL where she mainly study both endolithic and epilithic cyanobacteria communities in Switzerland. The aims of this study are to investigate cyanobacteria ability in colonizing rock surface comparing different habitats and different substrates and to investigate whether they can produce cyanotoxins, secondary metabolites potentially toxic also to mammals.

Barbara Valle
Barbara Valle
Università degli Studi di Milano Statale, Department of Biosciences, IT

Barbara Valle studies glacial and periglacial communities of plants (vascular plants, bryophytes) and arthropods (with a focus on springtails, ground beetles and spiders). Using these ecological indicators, she analyses the ecology and the biogeography of these peculiar habitats, in particular in relation to their role as refugia for cold-adapted and cryophilic species during the warm periods. One of the main topic of her research is to clarify, using integrative taxonomy, total biodiversity, distribution and ecology of cryophilic springtails, being currently so threatened and still poorly known for European Alps and for other peripheral mountain chains of Europe, despite their great potentiality as biodicators for glacial and periglacial habitats.

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