University of Naples - Federico II

Department of Biology

via Cinthia Monte Sant’Angelo bld 7

tel e fax +39 081 679130

Domenico Fulgione

Daniela Rippa

Valeria Maselli

Doctorate degree in Evolutionary Biology; Research Associate of Zoology in the Department of Biology of the University of Naples Federico II. Member of the Society for Conservation Biology. Primary interest lies in applied zoology and wildlife management in which has to his credit over 40 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. 

She completed her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Naples Federico II. For her dissertation, she studied the evolution of sparrows and partridges related to anthropogenic activity. Successively, her research focuses primarily on the study of genetic diversity, conservation and management of wildlife fauna (particularly on Alectoris graeca, Lepus spp. and Sus scrofa). She is interested in understanding the effects of environmental heterogeneity and fragmentation on genetic pattern  within and between populations. Her studies also includes landscape analysis implemented with ecological modelling techniques and GIS. She currently works  on  the phylogeography and the genetic structure of the population of wild boar in southern Italy. She analyses the genetic consequence of the domestication for wild boar.

I am very keen on nature and animals are my passion. I am a zoologist working in field and in laboratory on mammals, birds, cephalopods reptiles with a special focus on insularity.  I implemented landscape and population analysis with ecological modelling techniques, GIS, and specific biological software as QGis, Vortex and Biomapper applied to a wide range of wild animals. For my PhD dissertation, I studied the genetic diversity, conservation and management of wild boar related to anthropogenic activity. I analysed the phylogeography and the genetic structure of the population of wild boar in Southern Italy, and the genetic consequence of the domestication for wild boar. I study biodiversity and population dispersion in fragmented landscape and islands. The main techniques used are spatial analysis and population genetics with hyper variable markers that allow to model dispersion and colonization. These models are particularly useful for research dealing with evolution and conservation topics. Linked to the conservation in the insular biology on which I worked corroborating the Reverse Island Syndrome.

Martina Trapanese

I graduated in Molecular Biology at the University of Naples "Federico II". At the moment, I am carrying out PhD in Biology at the University of Naples "Federico II". The interest of her research is the study of the Reverse island syndrome in lizard as a case of micro-evolution that lead to repeated adaptive phenotypes. Specifically, this study will be addressed collecting information on different islands, in which melanic and pale subspecies of lizard were described. To understand whether natural selection plays a key role in shaping this diversity is necessary to study the environmental conditions acting on each island and relative phenotype. She will perform a comparative analysis involving: estimates of predation pressure, colour pattern in term of reflectance percentage of the lizards, geometric morphometrics, aggressiveness, sexual interaction, reproductive effort and immunity. She will also perform a molecular analysis as real time pcr for gene expression and microsatellite for inference about population genetics.

Maria Buglione

I graduated in Molecular Biology at the University of Naples Federico II and I am currently carrying out PhD in Biology. My main research focus on the analysis of trophic niche of Italian wolf (Canis lupus) using DNA metabarcoding in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. This methodology allows to simultaneously identify the taxon of various prey DNA present in scat of wolf. I combine this molecular approach with, microscope analysis of undigested material. This is a noninvasive study, particularly useful in elusive and endangered species, like wolf and it can be carried out without a priori knowledge of available food resources. The study of food webs and their dynamics is fundamental to understand how the food habits of different species affected the community. Predators, such as wolf, regulate the function of ecosystem through the effects of consumer-resource and competitive interactions shaping the diversity, distribution and abundance of other species in the community.

She is a Master Student and works on the population genetic of lizard between island and mainland, for island biodiversity conservation.


She is a Master Student and works on the population genetic of ciclostome, for freshwater biodiversity conservation.


Simona Petrelli

Viviana Maresca

Lucilla graduated in Natural Science with a Master in GIS and she developed a passion for field activities on birds, mammals and terrestrial invertebrates. 

She developed analysis of ecological community throughout biological indicators, population structure, spred and distribution, landscape analysis.

She is a consultant of the Regional Working Group for settlement technical meetings investigations of projects undergo Impact Assessment (known regional prot. No. 890152 of 23_11_2011).

Teamwork is the prerogative of her activities, working as a trainer for the matters under her responsibility.

Currently Lucilla starts a PhD in Biology working on ecological and conservation model for evaluation of management actions.

In particular, she tries to define the conservation status of a Site of Community Importance (SCI), through the use of indicators and the effectiveness conservation measures adopted.

Lucilla Fusco

Sabatino Troisi

Claudio Enrico Rusch

Scientific collaborator