Massimo Bernardi

 

 

E-mail: massimo.bernardi@mtsn.tn.it

            massimo.bernardi@bris.ac.uk

Web: http://www.mtsn.tn.it/sezioni/staff.asp?id=5


 

 

EMPLOYMENT:

 

  • 2011-2014: University of Bristol (UK), Museo Scienze Naturali Alto Adige/Naturmuseum Sudtirol (I) and Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali (I), PhD candidate, “Permo-Triassic terrestiral ecosystems in the Dolomites” (Supervisors: Prof. Michael J. Benton, Dr. Marcello Ruta).
  • 2010-2011: Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali (MTSN), Department of Geology. Research collaborator, palaeontology area (Ref. Dr. Marco Avanzini).
  • 2009-2011: Museo Scienze Naturali Alto Adige/Naturmuseum Südtirol, Department of Geology. Palaeontological collections cataloguer  (Ref. Dr. Evelyn Kustatscher).
  • 2008-2010: Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali (MTSN), Department of Geology. Project: Catalogation and valorization of the geological and palaeontological collections of the Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali. Project founded by Provincia Autonoma di Trento (Ref. Dr. Marco Avanzini).

 

EDUCATION:

 

  • Master of Sciences (MSc) in Palaeobiology: pass with distinction. University of Bristol (UK), 2009. Research project: “Phylogenetic stability and temporal constraints: the case of early tetrapods”, supervisors Dr. Marcello Ruta, Dr. Kenneth Angielczyk, Dr. Simon Braddy. (see Bernardi et al., in review)
  • 'Laurea' (BSc) in Natural Sciences: 110/110 hons. University of Padova, 2006. Dissertation: “Il concetto di speice in paleontologia [The species concept in palaeontology]”, supervisor Prof. Alessandro Minelli. (see Bernardi and Minelli, 2011)

 

LANGUAGES:

 

Italian (native), English (good, IELTS 6.5, 2009), some Spanish.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

 

My research interests mainly concern the analysis of the tempo and mode in evolution, analysed form the palaeobiological point of view. I am in particular interested in: history of life, phylogenetics, mass extinctions, evo-devo, palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, ichnology, history of natural sciences.

 

TEACHING AND OTHER ACTIVITIES:

 

  • 2010-2011: lecturer for the University of Padova, MSc in Natural Sciences, course “Processi e Meccanismi Evolutivi [Processes and mechanisms of evolution]” (6 CFU, 48 hours), BIO/05.
  • 2010-present: member of the Project Team, section “History of life/evolution” MuSe, Science Museum, Trento (www.muse2012.eu/index.html).
  • 2010: co-supervisor BSc thesis in Natural Sciences, University of Padova (first supervisor Prof. A. Minelli), candidate A. Boscain. Project title: “Reliability of phylogenetic trees and reliability of the fossil record: the case of early tetrapods” (final mark 110/100 hons.). 
  • 2010: guide (for vertebrate palaeontology) during the 7th International Triassic Field Workshop, “Dolomites – Field trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Tethyan Triassic”, 5-10.9.2010, Dolomites (I).
  • 2010-2011: school teaching and outreach activities for the Geology department of the Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali (Trento, I).
  • 2010: collaborator of the Adamello Brenta Natural Park – Adamello Brenta Geopark (Trentino, I). Task: text writing.
  • 2010: organization of the “Bioweek” temporary exhbition, Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali (Trento, I). Task: management of palaeontological collections.
  • 2009: organization of the “Darwin Year” events, Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali (Trento, I). Task: text writing.
  • 2007-present: collaborator of Pikaia, the Italian website on evolution (www.pikaia.eu), director: T. Pievani (University of Milano Bicocca). Task: articles review.
  • 2006-2007: voluntary assistant to Prof. A. Minelli (University of Padova) for the development of the book "Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution" (Minelli A., Oxford University Press, 2009). Task: abstracting and reviewing of scientific literature on the evolution of life cycles in metazoans.

 

ATTENDED COURSES:

 

  • 2010: Perspectives on the theory of evolution: towards an Extended Synthesis? Workshop. University of Milano Bicocca, 14.12.2010. Lecturers: G.B. Müller, T. Pievani, G. Fusco et al.
  • 2010: Geometric morphometrics workshop. University of Milano Statale, Earth Sciences dept., 9-12.11.2010. Lecturer: A. Cardini.
  • 2010: Phylogeny & comparative methods workshop. SIBE (Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology). Abbiategrasso (MI), 27.8-1.9.2010. Lecturers: J.P. Huelsenbeck, B. Moore, D. Pisani et al.
  • 2010: Geometric morphometrics laboratory for systematics and evolutionary research. Center for Evolutionary Ecology. Pesche (IS), 1-5.2.2010. Lecturer: D. Slice, D. Adams, P. Piras et al.
  • 2009: Summer school on evolutionary developmental biology: “Conceptual and theoretical aspects of evolutionary developmental biology”. Venice, 14-17.9.2009. Lecturers: G.B. Müller, S.A. Newman, R. Jenner, J, Jernvall et al.
  • 2008: SIBE (Italian Society for Evolutionary Biology) summer school on evolution: “The logic of scientific discovery: experimental strategies, statistical methods and inference techniques”. Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, Cogne (AO), 15-18.5.2008. Lecturers: C. Lively, L. Delph, P. Sordino et al.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

Peer-reviewed articles

 

  • Petti F.M., Bernardi M., Todesco R., & Avanzini M. 2011. Dinosaur footprints as ultimate evidence for terrestrial environments in the late Sinemurian Trento carbonate platform. Palaios. 26: 601-606.
  • Bernardi M. & Avanzini M. 2011. Early reptiles locomotor behaviour: insights from an unusual Erpetopus-like trackway. Journal of Paleontology, 85(5): 925-929.
  • Bernardi M. & Minelli A. 2011. Il concetto di specie e la paleontologia: una rassegna introduttiva. Rendiconti della Società Geologica Italiana 13, 26pp. (Monographic)
  • Petti F.M., Bernardi M., Ferretti P., Tomasoni R. & Avanzini M. 2011. Dinosaur tracks in a marginal marine envinronment (Early Jurassic, Trento Platform, NE Italy): ichnology and palaeogeographic implications. Italian Journal of Geosciences, 130(1):27-41.
  • Avanzini M., Bernardi M., Petti F.M. 2011. Boot tracks in a First World War fort (Valmorbiawerk, Trento, Italy). Ichnos, 18(2):72-78.
  • Bernardi M., Petti F.M. & Avanzini M. 2010. Palaeoenvironmental implications of Asteriacites  lumbricalis in the Coste dell'Anglone sinemurian dinosaur ichnosite (NE Italy). Palaeontologia Electronica, 13(3):17A.
  • Bernardi M., Boschele S., Ferretti P. & Avanzini M. 2010. Bichordites monastiriensis from the Oligocene NE Italy. Acta Paleontologia Polonica, 55(3):479-486.
  • Bernardi M., Petti F.M., Ferretti P. & Avanzini M. 2010. Asteriacites lumbricalis von Schlotheim,1820 from the Coste dell’Anglone Lower Jurassic (Sinemurian) dinosaur ichnosite (Valle del Sarca, Trentino, NE Italy). Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 49(2):119-122.
  • Bernardi M., Petti F.M. & Avanzini M. 2010. A webbed archosaur footprint from the Upper Triassic (Carnian) of the Italian Southern Alps. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, 51:65-68.
  • Avanzini M., Petti F.M., Bernardi M. & Tomasoni R. 2010. Crocodyle-like footprints from the Upper Triassic (Carnian) of the Italian Southern Alps. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, 51:61-64.
  • Petti F.M., Avanzini M., Nicosia U., Girardi S., Bernardi M., Ferretti P., Schirolli P. & Dal Sasso C. 2009. Late Triassic (early-middle Carnian) crurotarsan tracks from the Val Sabbia Sandstone (eastern Lombardy, Brescian Prealps, Northern Italy). Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 115(3):277-290.

 

General articles

 

  • Bernardi M. 2011. L'evoluzione oltre lo specchio. Darwin, 41:66-67
  • Bernardi M., & Avanzini M. 2011. Asteriacites lumbricalis from the Anisian (Middle Triassic) of Vallarsa (Southern Trentino, NE Italy). Studi Trentini di Scienze Naturali, 88:187-190.
  • Petti F.M., Sarti C., Bernardi M., Deflorian M.C., Ferretti P., Todesco R, & Avanzini M. 2011. Le ammoniti del Giurassico Superiore di Cima Campo (Trentino Alto-Adige) nelle collezioni paleontologiche del Museo Tridentino di Scienze Naturali. Studi Trentini di Scienze Naturali, 88:159-186.
  • Todesco R., & Bernardi M. 2011. Una nuova icnoassociazione nel Triassico medio (Anisico) del Trentino meridionale (val Gerlano, Vallarsa). Studi Trentini di Scienze Naturali, 88:203-218.
  • Bernardi M., Boschele S., Ferretti P. & Avanzini M. 2011. Bichordites monastiriensis: traccia di escavazione di chinidi dai sedimenti oligocenici della Valsugana. Studi Trentini di Scienze Naturali, 88:311-314.
  • Boschele S., Gatto, R., Bernardi M., & Avanzini M. 2011. Fossili cenozoici della Valsugana: catalogo della collezione Boschele, parte 1. Studi Trentini di Scienze Naturali, 88:219-310.
  • Bernardi M. 2009. A Zone (Brescia) tracce fossili di arcosauri. PaleoItalia, 20:21-24.
  • Bernardi M. 2009. Gli stilofori senza capo né coda: probelmatica sull'albero della vita. PaleoItalia, 21:10-13.
  • Bernardi M. 2009. I segreti e l'origine del linguaggio. Natura Alpina, 60(1/2):85-86.
  • Bernardi M. 2008. Prendere il bicentenario con Philosophie: l'evoluzione tra Lamarck e Darwin. Natura Alpina, 59(3/4):137-142.

 

Books and book chapters

 

  • Avanzini M., Bernardi M., & Nicosia U. In press. The Permo-Triassic tetrapod faunal diversity in the Italian Southern Alps. In: The Geology Book II. InTech.
  • Bernardi M. In press. Ossimori evolutivi: quando il tempo non invecchia. In: Gaudino L. & Pascolini M. “Misura”, Multiverso. Forum Edizioni, Università degli Studi di Udine.
  • Avanzini M., Bernardi M., Petti F.M. & Melchiori, L. 2010. Le orme dei dinosauri del Castello di San Gottardo (Mezzocorona). La Vicinia, 144 pp.

 

Abstracts

 

  • Avanzini M., Bernardi M., Petti F.M. 2011. Soldier traks in a First World Wast (Valmorbiawerk, Trentino-Alto Adige). Geoitalia 2011, Epitome.
  • Petti F.M., Sarti C., Bernardi M., Deflorian M.C., Ferretti P., Todesco R, & Avanzini M. 2011. Upper Jurassic ammonites from the First World War fort Lusern (Trentino-Alto Adige): the Lakom collection. Geoitalia 2011, Epitome.
  • Ferretti P., Avanzini M., Bernardi M., Petti F.M., Maganzini N. 2011. An "home-made" geological trail: the experience of the Liceo Galilei (Trento) school garden. Geoitalia 2011, Epitome.
  • Bernardi M., Avanzini M. & Bizzarini, F. 2011. Vertebrate fauna from the San Cassiano Formation (early Carnian) of the Dolomites region. Workshop on Cassian Beds 2011, Abstract volume, p. 10.
  • Petti F.M., Bernardi M., Todesco R. & Avanzini M. 2011. Vertebrate palaeontology and palaeoenvironment of the lower Rotzo formation (Early Jurassic, Trento carbonate platform, NE Italy). Giornate di Paleontologia SPI 2011, Abstract volume.
  • Bernardi M., Ferretti P., Petti F.M. & Avanzini M. 2009 - Asteriacites sp. from the Coste dell'Anglone dinosaur ichnosite (Valle del Sarca, Trentino, NE Italy). Giornate di Paleontologia SPI 2009, Abstract volume.
  • Bernardi M., Boschele S., Ferretti P. & Marco Avanzini M. 2009. Spatangoid (Echinoidea) burrows from the Oligocene of Valsugana (Borgo Valsugana, Trentino, NE Italy). Giornate di Paleontologia SPI 2009, Abstract volume.
  • Petti F.M., Avanzini M., Nicosia U., Girardi S., Bernardi M., Ferretti P., Schirolli P. & Dal Sasso C. Crurotarsan tracks from the zone area (Late Triassic, eastern Lombardy, Northern Italy). Giornate di Paleontologia 2009 SPI, Abstract volume.
  • Petti F.M., Bernardi M., Ferretti P., Tomasoni R., Roghi G., Romano R. & Avanzini M. 2009. Dominance of theropod dinosaur tracks in the Early Jurassic (Sinemurian) Coste dell’Anglone tracksite (Southern Alps, Trentino Alto Adige, Northern Italy). Geoitalia 2009, Epitome 391.

 

On-line

 

  • Bernardi M. 2007-2010. Articles on www.Pikaia.eu the italian website for evolutionary biology [all in Italian]. Luoping biota: una nuova finestra si apre sul Triassico Medio (24.12.2010), 'Wet Will', il dimetrodonte a vela spiegata (14.12.2010), News da Carbonifero: più foreste, più tetrapodi (9.12.2010), C'era una volta 'un gene, una proteina' (10.11.2010), Monte San Giorgio (tutto) è sito UNESCO! (8.9.2010), Dinosauri: i primi 50 milioni di anni (25.6.2010), Nomenclatura biologica senza segreti (10.6.2010), Evoluzione a piccoli balzi: rospi in abito coloniale (17.5.2010), Il polso della situazione: dinosauri e uccelli (11.3.2010), Passeggiate precoci rivoluzionano la storia dei tetrapodi (8.1.2010), A scuola di evo-devo (26.10.2009), Crurotarsi on the beach (25.04.2009), L'origine delle piume (23.3.2009), Cannibalismo sessuale (1.12.2008), Il dinosauro che respirava come gli uccelli (02.10.2008), Dieci 'popolari' momenti nella storia evolutiva della vita animale (1.03.2008), MicroRNA ed evoluzione dei vertebrati (15.02.2008), Bravo aetosauro (2.2.2008), Il più grande artropode mai esistito, uno scorpione d'acqua del Devoniano (22.11.2007) - questo articolo appare anche nella sezione 'Paleontologia e Geologia' de 'L'almanacco dell'evoluzione 2007' di Pikaia.
  • Bernardi M. 2011. Richtofen riff (Sett Sass e Piccolo Sett Sass, Dolomiti). Foto (interpretata) della settimana. Società Geologica Italiana, www.socgeol.it (22-26.08.2011)
  • Bernardi M. 2010. La successione del Triassico inferiore-medio delle Dolomiti: Roda di Vael e Masaré (Gruppo del Catinaccio). Foto (interpretata) della settimana. Società Geologica Italiana, www.socgeol.it (13-20.12.2010)
  • Bernardi M. 2007. Trovato in Germania fossile di uno scorpione gigante. www.repubblica.it (21.11.2007).
  • Bernardi M. 2007. La specie in paleontologia, fra questioni teoriche e scelte operative. BSc thesis published on su www.Pikaia.eu

 

In review and in preparation

 

  • Bernardi M., Angielczyk K., Ruta M. & Braddy S. In review. Phylogenetic stability, tree shape, and character compatibility over time in basal tetrapods. Paleobiology.
  • Bernardi M., Avanzini M. & Bizzarini, F. In review. Vertebrate fauna from the San Cassiano Formation (early Carnian) of the Dolomites region. GeoAlp.
  • Bernardi M., Ferretti P. & Deflorian M.C. In review. Ferdinando Taxis e le origini del Museo di Storia Naturale di Trento. Archivio Trentino.
  • Bernardi M. In review. Recensione del libro “Strane creature” di Tracy Chevalier. Natura Alpina.
  • Petti F.M., Bernardi M., Avanzini & Ashley-ross M.A. Transition between terrestrial-submerged walking and swimming revealed by lower permian amphibian trackways. Palaeontology.
  • Bernardi M., Boschele S. & Sorbi, S. In prep. The Paleogene of Valsugana (Trentino Alto Adige, NE Italy): Vertebrate palaeontology and palaeoenviroment. Bollettino della Scietà Pleontologica Italiana.
  • Bernardi M., Petti F.M. Ferretti P., Tomasoni R. & Avanzini M. In prep. An Early Jurassic vertebrate assemblage from the Trento Platform (NE Italy, Southern Alps).
  • Ferretti P., Boselli L., Monegaglia F., Bernardi M. In prep. Barite e fluorite a Sopramonte (Monte Bondone, Trento): prima segnalazione nella successione vulcanica e sedimentaria eocenica dell’area trentina.

 

Exhibitions

 

I am the curator, together with Kustatscher E., Avanzini M., e Petti F.M. of the temporary exhibition “Dino&co. Dinosaurs of the Dolomites”. The exhibition is now in Bolzano Natural History Museum  ( 18.10.2011 – 8.4.2012) and will then travel to Trento and other towns in Italy. Media coverage by Corriere della Sera Online (18/10/2011).

 

Translations

 

I have translated form Italian to English the informative material for the geological trail to Monte Peller (2010, Val di Non, Trentino) for the Adamello-Brenta National Park, and the geological guide book to the Geopark Bletterbach (Avanzini M. & Kustatscher E. 2011. Bletterbach: stories in the rocks) for the UNESCO Geopark Bleterbach (Aldino, BZ).

 

FOUNDINGS:

 

2010: Bolzano Province, University and Research department, “The PT-Terrestrial Ecosystems of the Dolomites”, 292.400,00 Euros (D. 315/40.3, 29.10.2010).

 

PRIZES:

 

2009: finalist for the Curry Prize (Geologists’ Association), as best Palaeobiology MSc thesis, University of Bristol.

2006: Student prize. Cassa Rurale di Pergine, Pergine Valsugana (TN).

2003: Student prize. Cassa Rurale di Pergine, Pergine Valsugana (TN).


 

PhD PROJECT:

Terrestrial ecosystems around the P/T boundary in the Dolomites (NE Italy)

The most severe extinction event of the Earth history happened about 251 million years ago, at the Permian-Triassic boundary. During this event up to 95% of all marine species and about 70% of terrestrial vertebrate species became extinct. Nonetheless, surprisingly little is known about the causes, effects and timing of this mass extinction and successive biotic recovery in terrestrial ecosystems. Our knowledge of the event is mainly based on the study of marine successions in Europe and Asia, while the paucity of continental deposits of the right age restricts the study of terrestrial ecosystems only to the few continuous successions preserved in South Africa, China, Russia, Australia and Antarctica.

The Dolomites are one of the few localities in the world where an integrated study of the different components of the terrestrial ecosystems is possible. An in depth study of this area may, thus, shed new light on the ongoing debates about the causes of mass extinction and its biotic recovery across the Permian-Triassic boundary. Here we propose to study several outcrops from the Late Permian and Early-Middle Triassic from a multidisciplinary point of view integrating the contributions of scientists coming from different academic traditions and areas (palaeobotany, palynology, vertebrate and invertebrate palaeontology, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and biostratigraphy). The use of modern and innovative methods and technologies applied both to the fossils and to the stratigraphical sequences could contribute to reconstruct the evolutionary sequence of terrestrial ecosystems spanning almost 50 million of years across the Permian-Triassic boundary. They will enable to estimate the extinction rate and the tempo and mode of the biotic recovery of different plant and animals groups during and after the catastrophic event.

Supervisors and referee

 

Prof. Michael J. Benton                   

               

                Dept. of Earth Sciences

                University of Bristol

                Wills Memorial Building

                Queen's Road BS8 1RJ 35131

                Bristol

                England

                Mike.Benton@bristol.ac.uk

 

Dr. Marcello Ruta                             

               

                Dept. of Earth Sciences

                University of Bristol

                Wills Memorial Building

                Queen's Road BS8 1RJ 35131

                Bristol

                England

                M.Ruta@bristol.ac.uk

 

Dr. Marco Avanzini           

               

                Sezione di geologia

                Museo delle Scienze

                via Calepina, 14

                38122 Trento

                avanzini@mtsn.tn.it