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Marta Galloni

Associate Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: BIO/02 Systematic Botany

Curriculum vitae

PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH: Bologna (Italy), 13 September 1971

QUALIFICATIONS
- Degree in Biological Science: University of Bologna. 1998. Thesis: “Dendroflora of the Bologna district”. Grades: 110/110.
- Post-degree training: 1998-99. First semester at the Herbarium of Bologna (University of Bologna): identification and recording of herbarium specimens. Second semester at Ambiental S.L. company, Murcia (Spain): environmental management (grant from the European Program “Leonardo da Vinci”).
- Ph.D. 2003. University of Firenze, “Reproductive biology and pollination ecology of Leguminosae-Cytiseae”.
- Post-doctoral research. from june 2004 to march 2005. Project title: Pollination modalities and efficiency in Leguminosae-Faboideae: ecological and evolutionary aspects”. Department of Evolutionary and Experimental Biology, University of Bologna -Italy.
- Researcher position in Systematic Botany: april 2005, Department of Evolutionary and Experimental Biology, University of Bologna -Italy.

RESEARCH ACTIVITY
MG started her research activity studying the systematics and local distribution of woody species of the italian flora, paying particular attention to the genera Rubus, Rosa, Salix. She has been co-author and illustrator of the book: “Guida alle piante legnose dell' Emilia-Romagna”. She then started to investigate the reproductive biology of wild mediterranean legume species. Fom year 2000 MG participated in several research projects financed by the University of Bologna, the National Research Council and the Ministry of University and Research (CNR 2000 “Biodiversity and Ecosystems. Molecular and cytogenetic diversity and phylogenesis of rare species of the italian flora”, PRIN 2000 “Biodiversity genesis, pattern and conservation in the Mediterranean flora: geographic, reproductive and molecular bases”, PRIN 2003 “Endemism biology and evolution in the Mediterranean flora”, PRIN 2005 "Integrated approach to plant speciation and phylogeny in the Mediterranean”). From april to august 2005 MG got a Marco Polo research grant from Alma UE (University of Bologna) to attend the Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Montpellier (France), collaborating with the équipe of John Thompson 2005 on a research project concerning the reproduction and viability of the protected perennial Paeonia officinalis.
At the present MG is carrying out her research activity at Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences of the University of Bologna, focusing on reproductive ecology of wild flowering species. Main objectives are to provide insights into population dynamics and reproductive patterns of rare entomophilous plant species with narrow and/or fragmented distribution, with special emphasis on pollination. Plant's mating system, reproductive output and pollen limitation are investigated to elucidate the repercussions of plant-pollinator interactions for gene flow and population persistence and to obtain combined information on biological traits (reproductive mode, dispersal behaviour) and demography of populations (size and structure). Main findings concern the role of floral rewards on insects' attraction and behaviour, and thus on plant's reproductive success; the evaluation of the pressure of deficit in pollinator service and pollen supply on population stability; the evolution and the adaptive value of pollination systems; the identification of possible effects of risk factors on populations' future persistence and the development of conservation strategies.
Since 2003 MG is referee for several international scientific journals, e.g. Plant Biology, Plant Biosystems, Australian Journal of Botany, Flora, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Acta Oecologica, Botanica Helvetica.

GRANTS
- Local Scientific Coordinator of the research unit of the PRIN 2008 project - “Reproductive success in plants: the role of floral rewards and signals. Limiting factors and adaptation of pollination system in isolated populations” (National scientific coordinator: Prof. Ettore Pacini, Univ. Di Siena) (2009-2011).
- Scientific Coordinator of the European Project Life+ Nature & Biodiversity LIFE NAT IT212 “Plant-Pollinator Integrated CONservation approach: a demonstrative proposal” (2011-2015)

TEACHING
At the University of Bologna MG teaches “Biodiversity Laboratory” to master students in Biodiversity and Evolution, and “Plant Species Conservation” for the course “Biodiversity Conservation” to master students in Sciences and Management of Nature. She has been supervisor of several BSc, MSc and PhD students.