Francesco Ricci


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Chemosynthesis in aquatic environments


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I completed my PhD at the University of Melbourne where I studied population structure and ecophysiology of microbes living in symbiosis with tropical Scleractinian corals. Following my PhD, I developed an interest in understanding how life adapts to extreme environments such as the deep sea and hypersaline lakes. I joined the Greening Lab in 2023, where I investigate chemosynthesis in aquatic systems including deep sea corals, Antarctica, underwater wrecks and aquatic caves.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Microbiology, PhD

Award Date: 7 Mar 2022

Research area keywords

  • Environmental microbiology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Host-symbionts interactions
  • Multivariate statistical analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Microsensors

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