Cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Profile

Dr Stefano Vaglio, MSc (Pisa), PhD (Florence), FHEA

Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

Contact Dr Stefano Vaglio (email at stefano.vaglio@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

I am currently Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour at University of Wolverhampton, where I also serve as Faculty rep on the University Research Concordat Sub-committee and the University Ethics Sub-committee’s Working Group on Animal Research, and Honorary Research Fellow in Anthropology at Durham University. I am Principal Investigator of the EU-funded projects International Zoo Conservation & Management (Erasmus+ Key Action 203 Mobility Project 2019-2022) and The Enriched Primate (Marie Curie Actions 2020-2022).

In 2003 I graduated with first class honours in Biology (curriculum: Behavioural Neurobiology) at Pisa University (Italy). Following a career break, I gained my PhD in Anthropology (curriculum: Primatology) from Florence University (Italy) in 2009. Before joining Durham University's Anthropology Department, I worked as Postdoctoral Fellow on chemical communication in non-human primates and humans at Florence University (Italy), and as Part-time Research Scientist on captive primate welfare and in situ conservation initiatives at Parco Natura Viva-Garda Zoological Park (Italy).

The majority of my research work has focused on captive primates (lemurs, tamarins, mandrills, baboons) housed at European zoological gardens and primate centres. However, I have also conducted primate fieldwork in Madagascar (lemurs) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (bonobos).

From October 2013 to December 2015 I worked at Durham as Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology focusing on my project Microsmatic primates revisited: Determining the importance of olfaction in primate communication. In January 2016 I moved to Wolverhampton as Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, while I continued my research work in collaboration with the Primatology Group at Durham as Honorary Research Fellow.

Additionally, I am Research Associate at ARCA Foundation - Garda Zoological Park, and Member of the Board of Directors of the École Nature Recherche and Trunks & Leaves

Furthermore, for several years I have been working on applied projects about primate conservation and the sustainability of local communities in Africa and, as a result of this experience, in 2011 I co-founded a specialized consultancy firm, CarbonSinkGroup srl (Florence University spin-off).

Current Research

I am a biologist interested in chemical ecology. In particular, I study how animals (mainly non-human primates, but also other mammals and humans) communicate using chemical signals. However, since the majority of my research work has focused on captive animals, I have also developed interest in captive animal welfare.

I use training techniques and combine semiochemistry, behavioural ecology, bioacoustics, digital imaging, cytology and endocrinology to address questions relating to socio-sexual communication and welfare in zoo animals.

Funds, Grants and Awards

  • European Commission (€ 212,934), MSCA IF project EnPrim (PI - Supervisor), 2020-2022
  • European Commission (€ 219,691), Erasmus+ KA 203 project InterZoo (PI), 2019-2022
  • British Academy / Leverhulme (£ 9,187), Small Research Grant (Co-I), 2019
  • Primate Society of Great Britain (£ 1,000), Captive Care Grant, 2018
  • European Commission (£ 1,300), MSCA IF project DiseaseRecognition (Co-Supervisor), 2017-2018
  • University of Wolverhampton (£ 9,720), FSE Annual Funding Competition, 2015-2016
  • Durham University (£ 645), Anthropology Department Research Fund, 2015 
  • European Commission (€ 231,283), MSCA IEF project PrimOlf (PI - Research Fellow), 2013-2015
  • Florence University (€ 80,690), Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2009-2013
  • Eupolis Lombardia (€ 15,125), Research Project, 2009
  • Italian Primatological Association (€ 200), Travel Award (2nd Conference of the EFP), 2007
  • Italian Ministry of Scientific Research and Technology (€ 40,914), PhD Fellowship, 2006-2008
  • Florence University (€ 12,000), Postgraduate Fellowship, 2005

Invited Talks & Other Esteem Indicators

Research students

Current PhD students:

  • Edmund O’Malley (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Emily Elwell (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Rachel Sawyer (Oxford Brookes University)

Past PhD students:

  • Sara Fontani (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

Reviewer Services

Ad hoc funding agency reviewer:

  • Czech Science Foundation

Ad hoc journal reviewer:

  • American Journal of Primatology
  • Biology Letters
  • BMC Veterinary Research
  • Business, Strategy and the Environment
  • Chemical Senses
  • Comptes Rendus Biologies
  • Environment and Pollution
  • International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Journal of Chemical Ecology
  • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • Journal of Primatology
  • Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research
  • Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  • Royal Society Open Science

Research Interests

  • Primate Chemical Ecology
  • Primate Welfare Assessment and Management

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Vaglio, S., Bartels-Hardege, H. & Hardege, J. (2018). Pheromone. In Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Vonk, J. & Shackelford, T. Springer, Cham.
  • Vaglio, S. & Chiarelli, B. (2010). New Challenges in the Study of Phermones. In Pheromones: Theories, Types and Uses. Gregory, I.M. Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers. 225-230.
  • Vaglio, S. (2010). Volatile signals during pregnancy. In Pheromones. Litwack, G. Amsterdam Boston: Elsevier. 83: 289-304.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

Show all publications

Research Groups