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Department of


Evolutionary ecology  

Evolutionary ecology

SAINO Nicola


Our group has broad, diverse interests in behavioural ecology, ecology and biological conservation of animal populations. Most of our research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary determinants of phenotypic variation in behavioural and physiological traits (including sex differences), and on the demography of avian populations in the wild. We mostly adopt an experimental approach, but we do not refrain from comparative and meta-analytic studies. Our main model species are the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica), the yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis) and the ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus).

Current research topics include:

  1. The behavioural ecology, the evolution of epigamic signals and the conservation ecology of the barn swallow
  2. The evolution of maternal effects
  3. Climate change effects on migratory birds
  4. Biomarkers of oxidative stress in reproduction and migration physiology
  5. Genetic controlof phenotypic traits.



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