Team members

Prof. Domenico Fulgione

I’m professor in zoology, working principally on vertebrate of conservation interest. My teaching involve general zoology, evolution, conservation and management. I work in the Department of Biology, University of Naples Federico II. Primary interest lies in applied zoology and wildlife management in which has to his credit over 50 publications. Current research is focussed on phylogeography, molecular population genetics and landscape ecology to obtain inferences that are applicable in conservation biology. Such studies are informative in revealing genetic differences within and among populations and may therefore become an important tool for providing detailed analysis of genetics and epidemiology as well of species invasions as of the susceptibility of animals to extinction due to environmental, demographic or genetic stochasticity.


Maria Buglione

I am a Researcher in Zoology at the University of Naples Federico II. I deal with conservation biology and evolution, working in field and in laboratory on mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrate.In particular, my interest is focused on the analysis of genetic and eto-ecological characteristics of animals deserving of conservation and/or management actions as the Italian hare (Lepus corsicanus), the Apennine wolf (Canis lupus), the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) and wild boar (Sus scrofa), or exotic alien species (i.e. Nutria), using non-invasive techniques, as diet analysis by DNA metabarcoding and HTS starting from environmental samples (i.e. excrements). Furthermore, I study the evolutionary processes under domestication/feralization in Sus scrofa and the insularity of melanic insular lizards under reverse island syndrome, a case of micro-evolution that lead to repeated adaptive phenotypes.

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Simona Petrelli

I am currently a postdoc at the University of Naples, Federico II, Biology department. My interests include evolutionary biology, conservation biology and population genetics. During my PhD I refined my knowledge about molecular and field techniques. My main research concerns the return to the wild of Sus scrofa, an evolutionary process that shapes adaptive diversity among animals as a consequence of natural pressure. This study involves field activities and the use of innovative molecular investigation tools such as the genotyping array (Porcine 64K SNP), bioinformatic processing (R and plink), gene expression analysis (real time PCR) and DNA metabarcoding techniques coupled with new generation sequencing. I also participate in projects of wildlife conservation and management (of species such as Lutra lutraCanis lupusSus scrofaLepus spp.) and in the monitoring of alien species (mammals, birds, invertebrates), as well as the adaptive mechanisms of small island melanic populations of the Mediterranean basin.

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Claudia Troiano

I am a postdoct with a PhD in Bioethics. My interests lie mostly in ecological dynamics explored via GIS systems and species distribution modeling, but I also have experience in both fieldwork activities and population genetics analysis. My PhD project was centered on traditional pastoralism as a tool for biodiversity conservation of mountain habitats with special attention to the practice of transhumance, in terms of ecological, cultural and ethical relevance. My general research involves field surveys of biodiversity and remote sensing analysis of both current historical images.

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Sofia Belardinelli

I am currently a PhD student in Bioethics at the University of Naples, Federico II. I hold a master’s degree in Philosophical Sciences from the University of Padua. My research project focuses on the relationships between humans and non-human nature, explored from the perspective of environmental ethics. The study involves field surveys of the biological and cultural diversity in Italian villages and natural reserves, and an assessment of their interconnection, in order to identify and study biocultural diversity hotspots across Italy and interaction with the local pastoral community.

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Eleonora Rivieccio

I am a PhD student in Bioehics, with a Master’s Degree in Molecular Diagnostics, with an interest in population genetics analysis of aquatic and terrestrial fauna.My PhD project focuses on water supply and the exploitation of natural systems with attention of problems in term of ecological, ethical and moral relevance.My research involves field surveys of the biodiversity in Italian natural reserves, in order to definite the best strategic choices that   concerning reflection on the anthropic impact on ecosystems, on renevable sources and on the loss of resilience of fragile systems.

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Research scholarship

Arianna Morena Belfiore
Rossella Lanzieri

Master students

Benedetta De Francesco
Fabio Blaso
Giorgia Peluso

Bachelor students

Mariano Peluso
Federica Di Manso
Pane Bruna

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