Biodiversity and Environment Research Group
Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology Department
Research and Innovation Centre - Fondazione Edmund Mach
Via E. Mach 1, 38010 - S. Michele all’Adige (TN), Italia
Tel +39 0461 615 ???
Education and training
Margherita studied “Science and technology for the environment and the territory” at the University of Padua. She obtained her Master Degree in December 2010, discussing a thesis on phylogeography and genetic variability of the alpine rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta helvetica), for which she has done an internship at FEM-IASMA in 2010.
Since 16th June 2011, Margherita started as a PhD student at FEM-IASMA in the research group of Biodiversity and Environment, lead by Heidi Hauffe. Her PhD is part of the European collaborative project EDENext (Biology and control of vector-borne diseases in Europe), specifically of the WP1, Tick-borne disease.
Margherita will conduct a research on the population structure and dispersal of the wood tick (Ixodes ricinus) using a landscape genetics approach. She will sample, questing and feeding ticks across Trentino and from the main tick hosts species; then she will analyze them using different types of molecular markers. Moreover, Margherita will attempt to optimize a blood meal analysis technique for questing ticks in order to get further information about tick-host relations.
Obtaining knowledge about the dispersal capacity of ticks on a small scale, will give the possibility to provide estimates for parameters critical for the development of predictive models of tick-borne disease risks, also in the face of global change.