Laboratory of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology is situated in Italy and is focusing on the two streams of ecology,that is both Evolutionary ecology and Functional ecology. Evolutionary ecology lies at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology whereas Functional ecology is the branch of ecology that focuses on the roles, or functions, that species play in the community or ecosystem in which they occur. Functional ecology sits at the nexus of several disparate disciplines and serves as the unifying principle between evolutionary ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics and genomics, and traditional ecological studies. Evolutionary ecology is approach to the study of evolution that incorporates an understanding of the interactions between the species under consideration. The main subfields of evolutionary ecology are life history evolution, sociobiology (the evolution of social behavior), the evolution of interspecific relations (cooperation, predator-prey interactions, parasitism, and mutualism) and the evolution of biodiversity and of communities. This laboratory conducts researches on many studies like role of climate stressors on cryptic speciation, Marine microbes diversity and functioning in different ecological coastal ecosystems etc. The aim of this research project is to further develop and improve the modern tools to study natural microbial communities in coastal areas. The project will use only direct analyses, bypassing the cultivation step, which is often biasing a realistic representation of the organisms present in nature.
The following is the list of scholars from Laboratory of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences