Francesco FRATI

Francesco Frati
Biosketch and CV

Bachelor in Biology (1988) and PhD in Animal Biology (1992) at the University of Siena.

Visiting Fellow at the Dpt. Cell Biology & Anatomy, Cornell Medical College, and visiting post-doc at the Dpt. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut.

Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences (2007-10); Chair of the Department of Evolutionary Biology (2003-2009); Chair of the Steering Committee of the Graduate Program in Evolutionary Biology (2010-2011); Member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Zoological Society (2007-11).

Currently is Vice-Rector of the University of Siena.

Member of the Steering Committee of the Graduate Program in Life Sciences.

Member of the National Academy of Entomology.

Associate Editor of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; Member of the Editorial Board of Pedobiologia.

Research Interests

Systematics, phylogeny and evolution of basal hexapods

Population genetics and phylogeography of Collembola

Molecular evolution of the mitochondrial genome

Origin and evolution of Antarctic Collembola

Traceability of food product by molecular identification

Research Group

Pietro Paolo Fanciulli

Antonio Carapelli

Giacomo Spinsanti

Francesco Nardi

Teaching Activities

Evolutionary Biology (bachelor program in Biology)

Zoology (bachelor program in Biology)

Molecular Evolution (Graduate School in Life Sciences)

Selected Publications

Simon C., Frati F., Beckenbach A., Crespi B., Liu H., Flook P. (1994) Evolution, weighting, and phylogenetic utility of mitochondrial gene sequences and a compilation of conserved Polymerase Chain Reaction primers. Ann. Ent. Soc. of America, 87: 651-701.

Frati F., Simon C., Sullivan J., Swofford D.L. (1997) Evolution of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase II gene in Collembola. J. Mol. Evol., 44: 143-158.

Nardi F. Carapelli A., Fanciulli P.P., Dallai R., Frati F. (2001) The complete mitochondrial DNA sequence of the basal hexapod Tetrodontophora bielanensis: evidence for heteroplasmy and tRNA translocations. Mol. Biol. Evol., 18: 1293-1304.

Nardi F., Spinsanti G., Boore J.L., Carapelli A., Dallai R., Frati F. (2003) Hexapod origins: monophyletic or polyphyletic? Science, 299: 1887-1889.

Nardi F., Carapelli A., Dallai R., Roderick G.K., Frati F. (2005) Population structure and colonization history of the olive fly, Bactrocera oleae (Diptera, Tephritidae). Mol. Ecol., 14: 2729-2738.

Simon C., Buckley T.R., Frati F., Stewart J.B., Beckenbach A.T. (2006) Incorporating molecular evolution into phylogenetic analysis, and a new compilation of conserved Polymerase Chain Reaction primers for animal mitochondrial DNA. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Evol. Syst., 37: 545-579.

Carapelli A., Liò P., Nardi F., van der Wath E., Frati F. (2007) Phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial protein coding genes confirms the reciprocal paraphyly of Hexapoda and Crustacea. BMC Evol. Biol., 7 (suppl.2): S8.

McGaughran A., Torricelli G., Carapelli A., Frati F., Stevens M., Convey P., Hogg I. (2010) Contrasting phylogeographic patterns for springtails reflect different evolutionary histories between the Antarctic Peninsula and continental Antarctica. J. Biogeography, 37: 103-119.

Cicconardi F., Nardi F., Emerson B.C., Frati F., Fanciulli P.P. (2010) Deep phylogeographic divisions and long-term persistence of forest invertebrates (Hexapoda: Collembola) in the North-Western Mediterranean basin. Molecular Ecology, 19: 386-400.

Nardi F., Carapelli A., Boore J., Roderick G.K., Dallai R., Frati F. (2010) Domestication of olive fly through a multi-regional host shift to cultivated olives: comparative dating using complete mitochondrial genomes. Mol.Phylog.Evol., 57: 678-686.