The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn was founded in 1873 by the German zoologist Anton Dohrn. The main building is located in the Villa Comunale and operates a historic aquarium open to the general public. The Benthic Ecology laboratory is at Ischia Porto (Naples) and the Turtle point at Bagnoli (Naples). The mission of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn is scientific research in marine biology including the study of the biology of marine organisms and their interactions with the environment. Particular research focus is on animal physiology and evolution, cellular and developmental biology, ecology and evolution of plankton and functional and evolutionary ecology.