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Department of Anthropology

Research Staff

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

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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

Biography

In 2003 I graduated with first class honours in Biology at Pisa University. Following a career break, I gained my PhD in Anthropology from Florence University in 2009.

Before joining the Anthropology Department, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Part-time Lecturer at the Biology Department of Florence University, focussing on chemical communication in non-human primates and humans, and as a Part-time Research Scientist at the Garda Zoological Park, focussing on welfare assessment and management of captive primates as well as in-situ conservation initiatives.

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

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, I co-founded a specialized consultancy firm launched in 2011 as a Florence University spin-off of which I am currently Partner.

From October 2013 to December 2015 I worked at Durham University as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology. In January 2016 I moved to the University of Wolverhampton as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, while I continue my research work in collaboration with the Primatology Group at Durham University as an Honorary Research Fellow.

Additionally, I am Research Associate at Garda Zoological Park, Member of the Steering Committee of the EU LIFE Northern Bald Ibis project and Member of the Board of Directors of the École Nature Recherche and Trunks & Leaves

Current Research

Please visit my EU-funded research project Microsmatic primates revisited: Determining the importance of olfaction in primate communication (PrimOlf) website.

Esteem Indicators

  • XXVIth ECRO Congress, Athens: Invited Symposium Speaker, 2016
  • 6th EFOR Seminar, Paris: Invited Symposium Speaker, 2015
  • Annual Meeting - CNRS Primatology Station, Rousset-sur-Arc: Invited Speaker, 2015
  • LIFE+ project Reason for Hope: Member of the Steering Committee, 2014-present
  • Primate Conservation Seminar Series - Oxford Brookes University, Oxford: Invited Speaker, 2014
  • Seminar Series - CNRS Primatology Station, Rousset-sur-Arc: Invited Speaker, 2014
  • CarbonSinkGroup s.r.l., Florence University spin-off company: Founder Member & Partner, 2011-present
  • Government workshop Environment, Renewable Resources & Energy Efficiency, Tirana: Invited Speaker, 2011
  • EUPOLIS Lombardia project Kyoto Protocol, Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability: Advisor, 2010
  • CASCADe Africa (FFEM & UNEP) project Bonobo Peace Forest: Team Leader, 2009-2011
  • 2nd Italian Congress of Research in Parks, Bussolengo (Verona): Invited Speaker, 2009
  • 5th Matching Exhibition, Milan: Invited Speaker, 2009
  • Florence University: Declared Cultore della materia per il settore scientifico-disciplinare BIO-08, 2009
  • Project Carbon sequestration calculation in the Samboko-Ituri Forest: Team Leader, 2008
  • MED-PACT (EU) project PAMLED: Member of the Technical and Scientific Committee, 2006-2010
  • INTERREG IIIC SUD (EU) project InterEcoTur: Member of the Technical and Scientific Committee, 2005
  • Commission on Ethnic Relations (IUAES): Regional Representative, 2005

Funds, Grants and Awards

  • University of Wolverhampton (£ 9,720), FSE Annual Funding Competition, 2015-2016
  • Durham University (£ 645), Anthropology Department Research Fund, 2015 
  • European Commission (€ 231,283), Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, 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

International Collaborations

  • Department of Anthropology, New York University - New York, USA (primate reproductive ecology)
  • Garda Zoological Park - Bussolengo, Italy (behaviour, conservation, welfare and management)
  • Mass Spectrometry Center, Florence University - Florence, Italy (chemical investigation)
  • Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University - Inuyama, Japan (Japanese macaques)
  • Primatology Station, CNRS - Rousset sur Arc, France (olive baboons)
  • Veterinary Medical Sciences Department, Bologna University - Ozzano dell'Emilia, Italy (endocrinology)

Research Interns

Past students:

  • Marie-Claire Pagano (University of Birmingham)
  • Lauren Woodland (Durham University)
  • Louise Ducroix (Université de Paris Nord)
  • Maria Rodriguez Villanueva (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • Sarah Howard (Durham University)
  • Kerstin Stucky (Durham University)
  • Rosanna Consiglio (Bournemouth University)
  • Ayong Julia Kim (University of California)
  • Patrick Neilands (University of St Andrews)

Reviewer Services

Ad-hoc funding agency reviewer:

  • Czech Science Foundation

Ad-hoc journal reviewer:

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

Research Interests

  • Primate Behavioural Ecology
  • Primate Olfaction and Signalling
  • Primate Welfare Assessment and Management
  • Zoo Conservation Biology

Selected Publications

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