Keys to evolutionary success: untangling drivers of hyperdiversification

PEOPLE

Nicolas Puillandre

Nicolas PUILLANDRE

Principal Investigator

Nicolas is a molecular systematists, working both at the species and phylogenetic levels to understand the evolutionary dynamics of the conoideans and other members of the neogastropods. He is assistant professor in the MNHN, Paris, member of the team 3E in the Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB).


anya KARAGYOZOVA

Tanya KARA­GYOZOVA

Project Manager

Tanya is in charge of all the administrative tasks linked to the project, including the budget, the organization of the meeting, the missions, the data management plan, etc…


Claudia Ratti

Claudia RATTI

Manager of the neogastropod collection

Claudia is in charge of curating all the biological material that will be studied in the framework of the project, including sorting, tissue-clipping, photographing and databasing thousands of samples.


Dario ZUCCON

Dario ZUCCON

Research ingeneer (starting on the 1st of November 2021)

Dario is taking care of the “Barcoding” task: it consists in sequencing the cox1 gene of a maximum of individuals, to propose species hypotheses that will be used to eventually describe new species and that will serve as a basis to select representatives for the neogastropod phylogeny.


Alessandro Derzelle

Alessandro DERZELLE

Post-Doc (starting on the 1st of January 2021)

Alessandro is a bioinformatician, and his objective is to assemble and annotate the genomes that will be produce in the framework of the project, providing data for the other tasks of the projects (phylogeny, trait determinism, transcriptome annotation…).


Thomas Lemarcis

Thomas LEMARCIS

PhD student (starting on the 1st of January 2021)

Thomas’ PhD project is to design genetic markers to be sequenced on hundreds of specimens using an “exon capture” approach in order to resolve the phylogenetic relationships of the neogastropods.



COLLABORATORS


Sébastien Dutertre

Sébastien Dutertre

Sébastien Dutertre is a CNRS researcher at the Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron (Montpellier, France) with more than 20 years of experience in the field of toxinology, including the discovery, synthesis and characterization of toxins from cone snail venoms. He will be providing expertise for the integration of proteomic data with transcriptomic sequences.


Alexander Fedosov

Alexander Fedosov

Alexander Fedosov is a zoologist with strong expertise in molecular systematics and bioinformatics. He is based in the Russian academy of Science, and is also a correspondent of the MNHN; his main interests are diversity and relationships of the Neogastropoda. His main role in the project – development of analytical pipeline and sampling design for exon-capture based phylogeny of the Neogastropoda.


Alberto Pallavicini

Alberto Pallavicini

Alberto Pallavicini is Associate Professor in Genetics at the University of Trieste where he leads the Applied and Comparative Genomics Laboratory. He has more than 20 years of research experience on transcriptomics, bioinformatics analysis, comparative and functional genomics of non-model organisms with a focus on marine invertebrates.


Maria Vittoria Modica

Maria Vittoria Modica

Maria Vittoria Modica is an invertebrate zoologist, working on the anatomy, phylogeny and evolution of marine snails, with a special focus on the molecular basis of trophic adaptations and venom diversity. She is a research scientist at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN - Naples, Italy).


Yuri Kantor

Yuri Kantor

Yuri Kantor is a specialist in taxonomy, morphology and phylogeny of the Neogastropoda, in the Russian academy of Science; heis also a correspondent of the MNHN. His contribution is a selection of specimens for molecular studies, identification of the material, morphological and anatomical studies for identifying the evolutionary traits of neogastropods.


Marco Gerdol

Marco Gerdol

Marco is a researcher at the University of Trieste, Italy. He is a specialist in comparative genomics, specialized in non-model organisms. He will provide some help in the de novo genome assembly and annotation process.