Professore Associato


Prof. Francesco Nardi works on different themes in genetics and evolution through the use of molecular markers. He applies these procedures to issues stemming from his own research interests in insect population genetics, evolution and mitochondrial genomics, with special reference to species of economic importance, as well as more fundamental themes in the molecular evolution, structure and evolution of the mitochondrial genome. In the context of numerous collaborations, he has studied the evolution of a wide range of biological entities, from fishes to viruses. Furthermore, Prof. Nardi works on the development and application of novel approaches to the analysis of genetic variability, dating and molecular evolution of the mitocondrial genome using bioinformatic tools.

Office hours

During the spring semester Prof. Nardi will talk to students after lectures; through the rest of the year, in his office. Office hours are mostly free and informal, although an appointment may be requested for urgent issues or by students that are not generally in San Miniato.

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching activities

Completion accademic year: 2022/2023

Course year: 2 Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY A.Y. 2021/2022

Completion accademic year: 2021/2022

Course year: 1 First cycle degree (DM 270) BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES A.Y. 2021/2022

Completion accademic year: 2020/2021

Course year: 1 Second cycle degree (Laurea Magistrale) BIOLOGY A.Y. 2020/2021
Course year: 1 First cycle degree (DM 270) BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES A.Y. 2020/2021

Completion accademic year: 2019/2020

Course year: 1 First cycle degree (DM 270) BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES A.Y. 2019/2020

Completion accademic year: 2018/2019

Course year: 1 First cycle degree (DM 270) BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES A.Y. 2018/2019


Selected publications:

  • Nardi, F., Carapelli, A., Fanciulli, P.P., Dallai, R., & Frati, F. (2001). The Complete Mitochondrial DNA Sequence of the Basal Hexapod Tetrodontophora bielanensis: Evidence for Heteroplasmy and tRNA Translocations. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 18(7), 1293-1304. - view more
  • Nardi, F., Spinsanti, G., Boore, J.L., Carapelli, A., Dallai, R., & Frati, F. (2003). Hexapod origins: Monophyletic or paraphyletic?. SCIENCE, 299(5614), 1887-1889. - view more
  • Nardi, F., Carapelli, A., Dallai, R., Roderick, G.K., & Frati, F. (2005). Population structure and colonization history of the olive fly, Bactrocera oleae (Diptera, Tephritidae). MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, 14(9), 2729-2738. - view more
  • Nardi, F., Carapelli, A., Boore, J., RODERICK G., K., Dallai, R., & Frati, F. (2010). Domestication of olive fly through a multi-regional host shift to cultivated olives: Comparative dating using complete mitochondrial genomes. MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION, 57(2), 678-686. - view more
  • Nardi, F., Carapelli, A., & Frati, F. (2012). Internal consistency as a method to assess the quality of dating estimates using multiple markers. MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS AND EVOLUTION, 62(3), 874-879. - view more