Francesca Benzoni | Tara, a schooner for the planet

Francesca Benzoni

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Tara Oceans

University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), scientific coordinator of Tara Oceans & coral reef expert. 

“In Tara Oceans, the UNIMIB team was responsible for the scientific coordination of the different teams involved in coral reef studies. During the scientific expedition, reef diversity sampling for different taxa including scleractinian corals took place at four remote and poorly studied localities, namely Djibouti, Saint Brandon’s, Mayotte, and Gambier. The focus of our research in Tara Oceans is on the integration of morpho and molecular approaches to study the evolution and diversity of reef dwelling taxa in the Indo-Pacific, on patterns of coral diversity in the Indo-pacific, and, at the same time, on transversal cooperation with other research groups addressing similar questions in other reef dwelling taxa (i.e., the symbiotic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium, coral associated bacteria, reef algae, and benthic foraminifera).”