Andrea Chiocchio

affiliated with the university


I am an evolutionary biologist interested in all that processes prompting biological diversification. During my PhD, I investigated the evolutionary processes involved in the birth and maintenance of genetic diversity hotspots in temperate regions, using mainly amphibians and micromammals as systems of study.

Currently, I am investigating the evolutionary history of one of the most diverse group of living organisms, Lepidoptera. I am combining molecular data from thousands of species with fossil data in a comparative phylogenetic framework, in order to investigate the patterns and the timing of diversification of the main groups of Lepidoptera. I am particularly interested in developing analytic approaches that handle molecular, ecological and historical information to resolve the evolutionary history of megadiverse taxa.

I have also been working on the systematics and evolution of a group of mimetic moths, the Amata moths, with the aim to understand how mimicry affected the patterns of diversification and speciation.

Recent research outputs

Andrea Chiocchio, Paola Arduino, Rossella Cianchi, Daniele Canestrelli & Alberto Zilli, 2021, In: Organisms Diversity and Evolution. 21, 1, p. 119-133

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