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Ostra-Lab specializes in processing sediment samples for the extraction of calcareous microfossils, in particular ostracods (crustaceans). Standard techniques for micropaleontology are used for the treatment of the sediment samples (wet laboratory and fume hoods for sample washing and eventual acid digestion) and for biological samples (fixing in ethanol). The observation and extraction of ostracods from sediment is done under a stereo microscope at small magnifications (x20 to x500) and mainly on dry sediment.
The laboratory collaborates with industries and a number of universities and research centers worldwide.

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Area della Ricerca di Roma 1 - Montelibretti, Via Salaria km 29,300 - 00015 Monterotondo (RM)
Scientific manager + _

Dr. Ilaria Mazzini – Eng. Francesca Trapasso

Security officer + _
Mr. Francesco Versino
Telephone + _
+39. 06.90672750 /  +39. 06.90672746
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Dr. Ilaria Mazzini, Mr. Francesco Versino

  • Endecott sieves ISO 3310-1, ASTM E 11. BS410 e ANFOR
  • Stereomicroscope Zeiss Steni 2000 C
  • Stereomicroscope Leica MZ6 

Salomon, F., Vittori, C., Noirot, B., Pleuger, E., Rosa, C., Mazzini, I., Carbonel, P., Djerbi, H., Bellotti, P., Goiran, J.-P. Reconstruction of the Tiber Deltaic stratigraphic successions near Ostia using the PADM chart and tracking of the bedload-derived facies (Rome, Italy) (2020) Geomorphology, 365, 1-19.

Pleuger, E., Goiran, J.-P., Mazzini, I., Delile, H., Abichou, A., Gadhoum, A., Djerbi, H., Piotrowska, N., Wilson, A., Fentress, E., Ben Jerbania, I., Fagel, N. Palaeogeographical and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the Medjerda delta (Tunisia) during the Holocene (2019) Quaternary Science Reviews, 220, pp. 263-278.

Salomon, F., Goiran, J.-P., Noirot, B., Pleuger, E., Bukowiecki, E., Mazzini, I., Carbonel, P., Gadhoum, A., Arnaud, P., Keay, S., Zampini, S., Kay, S., Raddi, M., Ghelli, A., Pellegrino, A., Morelli, C., Germoni, P. Geoarchaeology of the Roman port-city of Ostia: Fluvio-coastal mobility, urban development and resilience(2018) Earth-Science Reviews, 177, pp. 265-283.

Mazzini, I., Marrone, F., Arculeo, M., Rossetti, G. Revision of Recent and fossil Mixtacandona Klie 1938 (Ostracoda, Candonidae) from Italy, with description of a new species (2017) Zootaxa, 4221 (3), pp. 323-340.

Marchegiano, M., Gliozzi, E., Ceschin, S., Mazzini, I., Adatte, T., Mazza, R., Gliozzi, S., Ariztegui, D. Ecology and distribution of living ostracod assemblages in a shallow endorheic lake: The example of Lake Trasimeno (Umbria, Central Italy) (2017) Journal of Limnology, 76 (3), pp. 469-487.

“Understanding the Corinth Active Rift Development through micropaleontology” IODP Leg 381 “Life on the Lagoon: Reconstructing the Biography of Human-Landscape Dynamics on the Salpi Lagoon, Italy” “nEU-Med, origins of a new economic union (7th-12th centuries)”