Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn - Naples

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn - Naples

The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN), is a major European research centre for marine biology, operated under the auspices of the Italian ministry of research and education.

Founded in 1873 by the German zoologist Anton Dohrn, the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn focuses its scientific activity on the study of the biology of marine organisms and their interactions with the environment. Its historic aquarium is located in the main building (Villa Comunale) and opens to the general public. The Benthic Ecology laboratory is at Ischia Porto (Naples) and the Turtle point at Bagnoli (Naples). SZN employs 107 permanent staff (48 researchers), 25 contract personnel and 54 students.

Research: Animal Physiology and Evolution, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolution of Plankton and Functional and Evolutionary Ecology.

Marine facilities:

  • 3 coastal research vessels for SCUBA diving and sampling. It includes R/V Vettoria and R/V Frederico Raffaelle with all research equipment and technical support from crews. Research divers operate a scuba diving service.
  • onboard research equipments, ROV, with technical support from vessel crew.

      Platforms: "Wet" platforms: climate-controlled rooms, and 100 tanks with filtered, cooled and UV-sterilized local seawater. It also includes sampling and maintenance of marine organisms, molecular biology (high throughput sequencing, robotic sample handling, bioinformatics), digital imaging (SEM, TEM, light and confocal microscopy, and image elaboration), flow-cytometry, plankton identification, in-situ hybridization.

      Access to marine environments: Posidonia beds, LTER MareChiara for monitoring of environmental data, phyto-, zoo- and bacterioplankton, Biota on rocky and sandy substrata, a high-CO2 volcanic marine site.

      Main marine model organisms used: Amphioxus, Caretta, Ciona, cephalopods, copepods, sea urchins, Posidonia, planktonic microalgae.


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      Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
      Villa Comunale
      80121 Naples
      Tel 39 - 081 - 5833253
      Fax 39 - 081 - 5833285

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