Carmelo Fruciano Research Pages
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia), in the Matt Phillips Lab.
Previously I had obtained a Doctorate in Evolutionary Biology (2010) and some post-doctoral experience at the University of Catania (Catania, Italy) under the guidance of my PhD advisor, Professor Venera Ferrito, and in the research group lead by Professor Concetta Tigano.
My doctoral thesis dealt with patterns of molecular and morphological variation at the Mediterranean scale in a small and common (at least in most of the Mediterranean Sea) fish species: Coris julis (Teleostei, Labridae).
Later, I did about four years of postdoc (under different positions and different funding schemes) in the Axel Meyer Lab at the University of Konstanz, working mainly on sympatric speciation of Nicaraguan cichlid fish.
My research interests are quite various. For personal reasons (my long-standing interest in fish as an hobbyist fishkeeper) I like working with fish but, apart from this, I get fascinated by various topics.
In general, I tend to be interested in the relationships between phenotype, genotype and environment.
I'm also broadly interested in the factors producing the extraordinary diversity of life on Earth.
I explore such relationships with various tools like the analysis of DNA sequences, environmental variables and geometric morphometrics.
In particular, my perspective tends often to be phenotype-centered and I have an enthusiastic interest in geometric morphometrics that goes well beyond its use as a simple tool in research.
- 2010 PhD in Evolutionary Biology University of Catania (Catania, Italy)
- 2006 BSc/MSc in Natural Sciences University of Catania (Catania, Italy)
Academic positions held to date
- September 2015-present: Postdoctoral Fellow. Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia), School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences
- March 2013-February 2015: Marie Curie IEF Fellow. University of Konstanz (Konstanz, Germany), Department of Biology
- December 2012-February 2013: Post-doc. University of Konstanz (Konstanz, Germany), Department of Biology
- July-November 2012: DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Konstanz (Konstanz, Germany), Department of Biology
- September 2011-June 2012: Post-doc. University of Konstanz (Konstanz, Germany), Department of Biology
- 2011-current Honorary Fellow (Cultore) in Ethology - University of Catania (Catania, Italy)
- 2010-current Honorary Fellow (Cultore) in: Comparative Anatomy, Evolutionary Biology of Vertebrates, Ecology University of Catania
- 2010; 2012 Post-doctoral research contract University of Catania (Catania, Italy) Department of Animal Biology
- 2009 Tutor in Comparative Anatomy University of Catania (Catania, Italy) Ecological Sciences and Environmental Education BSc course
- 2007 Research Assistant State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, USA) Department of Ecology and Evolution
Publications in peer-reviewed journals
- Fruciano, C. in press. Measurement error in geometric morphometrics. Development Genes and Evolution.
- Franchini, P., Colangelo, P., Meyer, A., Fruciano, C. 2016. Morphometric variation in parapatric Robertsonian races of the house mouse Mus muscuslus domesticus. Ecology and Evolution 6(5): 1353-1362. [Open-access paper on the publisher website]
- Schmieder, D.A., Benitez, H.A., Borissov, I.M., Fruciano, C.. 2015. Bat species comparisons based on external morphology: a test of traditional versus geometric morphometric approaches. Plos One 10(5):e0127043. [Open-access paper on the publisher website]
- Fruciano, C., Pappalardo, A.M., Tigano, C., Ferrito, V. 2014. Phylogeographic relationships of Sicilian brown trout and the effects of genetic introgression on morphospace occupation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 112:387-398.
- Franchini, P.*, Fruciano, C.*, Frickey, T., Jones, J.C., Meyer, A. 2014. The gut microbial community of Midas cichlid fish in repeatedly evolved limnetic-benthic species pairs. Plos One 9:e95027. [Open-access paper on the publisher website]
- Franchini, P.*, Fruciano, C.*, Spreitzer, M.L., Jones, J.C., Elmer, K.R., Henning, F., Meyer, A. 2014. Genomic architecture of ecologically divergent body shape in a pair of sympatric crater lake cichlid fishes. Molecular Ecology. [Published version]
- Gunter, H., Xiong, F., Fan, S., Franchini, P., Fruciano, C., Meyer, A. 2013. Shaping development through mechanical strain: the transcriptional basis of diet-dependent phenotypic plasticity in Astatoreochromis alluaudi. Molecular Ecology 22:4516-4531. [Published version]
- Fruciano, C., Franchini, P., Meyer, A., 2013. Resampling-based approaches to study variation in morphological modularity. Plos One 8(7):e69376. [Open-access paper on the publisher website]
- Fruciano, C., Tigano, C., Ferrito, V., 2012. Body shape variation and colour change during growth in a protogynous fish. Environmental Biology of Fishes 94(4):615-622. [Self-archived PDF] [Published version]
- Fruciano, C., Tigano, C., Ferrito, V., 2011. Geographic morphological variation within and between colour phases in Coris julis (L. 1758), a protogynous marine fish. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104:148-162. [Self-archived PDF] [Published version]
- Fruciano, C., Hanel, R., Debes, P.V., Tigano, C., Ferrito, V., 2011. Atlantic-Mediterranean and within-Mediterranean molecular variation in Coris julis (L. 1758) (Teleostei, Labridae). Marine Biology 158(6):1271-1286. [Self-archived PDF] [Published Version]
- Fruciano, C., Ferrito, V., Tigano, C., 2011. Traditional and geometric morphometrics detect morphological variation of lower pharyngeal jaw in Coris julis (Teleostei, Labridae). Italian Journal of Zoology 78(3):320-327. [Self-archived PDF] [Published version]
- Ferrito, V., Pappalardo, A.M., Fruciano, C., Tigano, C. 2009. Morphology of scale lepidonts in the genus Aphanius (Teleostei, Cyprinodontidae) using SEM. Italian Journal of Zoology 76(2):173-178.
- 2014 - Genomic bases of sympatrically diverging adaptive traits Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
- 2014 - Genomic bases of sympatric divergence in ecologically-relevant adaptive traits University of Sussex, United Kingdom
- 2014 - Genomic bases of sympatrically diverging adaptive traits in Midas cichlid fish Imperial College London, United Kingdom
- 2014 - Genomic bases of variation in an important adaptive trait Zukunftskolleg Workshop on Future Research Directions University of Konstanz, Germany
- 2013 - New approaches to the study of morphological modularity University of Catania, Italy organized by the Doctoral program in Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
- 2011 - Studies on intraspecific variation, fisheries science and the promise of a few analytical methods - King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia