Andrea Cardini.

Andrea Cardini is PhD in animal biology and assistant researcher at the University of Modena, Department of Biology. Andrea's main interests are in evolution of animal form, geometric morphometric and shape analysis, quantum mechanics, theory of caos and analytical phylosophy of logical positivism.

Andrea's research mainstream is about the study of the phylogenetic signal in animal morphology. Form and genes often tell us different stories about the evolution of animals. My work focuses on the ontogenetic, ecological, demographic and biogeographic factors which may have an influence on form and contribute to set  the tempo and mode of morphological evolution. I am also interested in learning, and helping to develop, methods of size and shape analysis using accurate descriptions based on sets of Cartesian coordinates of anatomical landmarks. This interest has led me to explore the potential of techniques for the geometric morphometric analysis of biological form in different fields including conservation biology, biomedicine, forensics and the analysis of animal locomotion. This last study, which is still in progress, will hopefully bring me back to my ‘first love’ as a biology student: the study of animal behavior. In my work on animals, whenever alternatives are available, I am strongly committed to reduce, replace and refine the use of lab animals and their sacrifice for research purposes.

Publications 2009-10:

  • Cardini A., Elton S. - GeMBiD, a ‘Geometric morphometric approach to the study of biological diversity': an example study from the red colobus species complex. International Journal of Primatology, in revision.
  • Elton S., Dunn J., Cardini A. - Clines in vervet monkey skull morphology: investigating the effects of allometry on taxonomic variation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, in press.
  • Sanfilippo P., Cardini A., Sigal I.A., Ruddle J., Chua B., Hewitt A., Mackey D. A - Geometric Morphometric Assessment of the Optic Cup in Glaucoma. Experimental Eye Research, in press.
  • Adams D.C., Cardini A., Monteiro L.R., O’Higgins P., Rohlf F.J. - Morphometrics and Phylogenetics: principal components of shape from cranial modules are neither appropriate nor effective cladistic characters. Journal of Human Evolution, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2010.02.003.
  • Franklin D., Cardini A., Oxnard C. E., 2010 - A Geometric Morphometric Study of Population Variation in Indigenous sub-Saharan African Crania. American Journal of Human Biology, 22: 23-3.
  • Nagorsen D., Cardini A., 2009. Tempo and mode of evolutionary divergence in modern and Holocene Vancouver Island marmots (Marmota vancouverensis) (Mammalia, Rodentia). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 47: 258–267.
  • Sanfilippo P., Cardini A., Mackey D., Hewitt A., Crowston J. 2009 -  Optic disc morphology - rethinking shape. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research, 28: 227-248.
  • Gentilli A., Cardini A., Fontaneto D., Zuffi M.A.L., 2009 - The phylogenetic signal in cranial morphology of Vipera aspis: a contribution from geometric morphometrics. Herpetological Journal, 19: 69-77.
  • Cardini A., Nagorsen D., O’Higgins P., Polly P. D., Thorington Jr R. W., Tongiorgi P., 2009 - Detecting biological uniqueness using geometric morphometrics: an example case from the Vancouver Island marmot. Ecology, Ethology and Evolution, 21: 209-223.
  • Cardini A., Elton S., 2009 - Geographic and taxonomic influences on cranial variation in red colobus monkeys (Primates, Colobinae): introducing a new approach to ‘morph’ monkeys. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 18: 248–263.