Marco V. Bernasconi

Research Interests

Molecular phylogenetics and systematics is the centrepiece of my research projects. Presently, I am particularly interested in investigating the phylogenetic relationships in two crucial families of flies: the Dolichopodidae (or long-legged flies) and the Scathophagidae (dung flies).

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Education and Professional Positions

2006 - present Senior Research Associate at the Zoological Museum, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
2003 - 2005 Postdoc and Research Associate at the Zoological Museum, University of Zurich
2000 - 2002 Postdoc and Research Associate at the Cantonal Institute of Bacteriology, Lugano
2000 Ph.D. at the Zoological Museum, University of Zurich
1996 - 2003 Military service at the Swiss Armed Forces Biological Service (BDA18, Parasitology Group)
1996 - 1999 Scientific Assistant at the Zoological Museum, University of Zurich
1994 - 1999 Scientific Assistant at the Cantonal Institute of Bacteriology, Lugano
1993 - 1995 Teacher for General Science, Mathematics, Geography, Biology, and Chemistry at various Secondary and High Secondary Schools in Ticino
1993 Diploma in Zoology, University of Zurich
1992 Laboratory technician at the Zoological Institute, University of Zurich
1986 - 1993 Study of Biology, University of Zurich

Selected Publications

  • Bernasconi MV., Berger D., Blanckenhorn WU. (2010) Systematic ambiguity in the well-established model system insect Scathophaga stercoraria (Diptera: Scathophagidae): sister species S. soror revealed by molecular evidence. Zootaxa, 2441:27-40
  • Germann C., Kahanpaa J., Pollet M., Pollini L., Bernasconi MV. (2010) The synonymies of Dolichopus lepidus lepidus Staeger, 1842-demasculinisations, lectotype designations and a nomen oblitum (Diptera, Dolichopodidae). Zootaxa, 2560:51-60
  • Germann C., Pollet M., Tanner S., Backeljau T., Bernasconi MV. (2010) Legs of deception: disagreement between molecular markers and morphology of long-legged flies (Diptera, Dolichopodidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 48(3):238-247. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0469.2009.00549.x
  • Pollet M., Germann C., Tanner S., Bernasconi MV. (2010) Hypotheses from mitochondrial DNA: congruence and conflict between DNA sequences and morphology in Dolichopodinae systematics (Diptera : Dolichopodidae). Invertebrate Systematic, 24(1):32-50. DOI: 10.1071/IS09040
  • Rossetti V., Schirrmeister BE., Bernasconi MV., Bagheri HC. (2010) The evolutionary path to terminal differentiation and division of labor in cyanobacteria. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 262(1):23-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2009.09.009
  • Germann C., Pollet M., Tanner S., Backeljau T., Bernasconi MV. (2009) Legs of deception: disagreement between molecular markers and morphology of long-legged flies (Diptera, Dolichopodidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research (Early View)
  • Casati S., Bernasconi MV., Gern L., Piffaretti JC. (2008) Assessment of intraspecific mtDNA variability of European Ixodes ricinus sensu stricto (Acari: Ixodidae). Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 8(2):152-158. DOI: 10.1016/j.meegid.2007.11.007
  • Gugolz D., Bernasconi MV., Breitenmoser-Würsten C., Wandeler P. (2008) Historical DNA reveals the phylogenetic position of the extinct Alpine lynx. Journal of Zoology, 275(2):201-208. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2008.00428.x