Marco Cantonati serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor (Venia docendi in limnology (phycology)) at the Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck (since 2011) and Keeper Responsible of the Limnology and Phycology Section of the Museo delle Scienze in Trento (Italy) (since 2000). Dr. Cantonati has also been a Research Scientist at the Museo delle Scienze in Trento (since 1995) and Dr. Rer. Nat. (Ph.D.) (1998) at the University of Innsbruck. Dr. Cantonati obtained an M.S. degree in natural sciences (1992) and in biology (1990) at the University of Pavia (Italy). The main current research interest is the biodiversity and ecology of periphyton (benthic algae and cyanobacteria) in special freshwater habitats (springs, mires, high-mountain lakes and streams, infralittoral, and extremely-low alkalinity aquatic environments). Some preferred research topics are conservation of freshwater biodiversity, community ecology, organismal biology, taxonomy, oligotrophic habitats, long-term ecological research, water-level fluctuations, depth distribution of benthic organisms in lakes, evolutionary biology with special attention to the ecophysiology and adaptive biology of benthic cyanoprokaryota and algae, species traits, biological monitors, and biogeography.
Biography Updated on 2 December 2012