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Daniele Scarponi

Associate Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: GEO/01 Paleontology and Paleoecology


Keywords: Mediterranean Neogene/Quaternary Mollusks Stratigraphic Paleobiology Paleoecology Conservation Paleobiology

My research encompass biological and geological sciences, with particular focus on paleoecology, taphonomy, stratigraphic paleiobiology and Conservation Paleobiology. Data are collected over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, methods emphasize computer-intensive statistical techniques, and goals include non-applied (basic) as well as applied projects.


The key themes include:

    1. Stratigraphic Paleobiology. Projects focus on the fossil record of mollusk association, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, and numerical integration of paleoecological and sequence stratigraphic patterns.

      2. Taphonomy. Research focuses on fossilization processes and the resulting quality of the fossil record, with emphasis on quantitative taphonomic methods, long-term biases in the quality of the geological record, and time-averaging and temporal resolution within fossil assemblages (i.e., benthic mollusks mainly).

      3. Diversity of Mediterranean Conoidea. Study of the most recent fossil record (<5 Ma) aimed at reconstructing diversity patterns of this important Superfamily of predators. Scarponi and Della Bella showed that the Turride and Drillidae in the Mediterranean decreased by at least 80% following the Plio-Pleistocene Climate deterioration.

      4. Conservation paleogiology.By looking at the fossil (or subfossil) record we can reconstruct pre-human ecosystems, their shifting baselines and assess possible anthropogenic impacts.