University of Naples - Federico II

Department of Biology

via Cinthia Monte Sant’Angelo bld 7

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Domenico Fulgione

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. 

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.

Maria Buglione

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research at the University of Naples Federico II. In partcular, I'm working on the characterizing of diet habits in wild boar and Free Living Pig. By using DNA metabarcoding and NGS thecnologies I try to infer about food detection ability in this two forms of Sus scrofa.

I deal also with conservation biology and evolution, working in field and in laboratory on mammals, birds and reptiles. My interest is focused on the study of evolutionary processes under domestication/feralization in Sus scrofa and the insularity of melanic lizards under reverse island syndrome, a case of micro-evolution that lead to repeated adaptive phenotypes.

Furhtermore, I work on the analysis of genetic and ecological characteristics of animals deserving of conservation strategy as Italian hare, Appenine wolf and European otter, using non-invasive techniques.

I graduated in Molecular Biology at the University of Naples "Federico II" and I am currently carrying out PhD in Biology. My main research focuses on the adaptive solutions developed by the domestic form of wild boar (Sus scrofa) in wild environment. Free-living pigs exposed to the natural selection survive through a phenotype that is the result of two possible ways: hybridize with the wild form or adapt in “purity” through the generations reactivating adaptive traits. In both cases the ways in which these populations respond to the natural selection are not known; they can either fix adaptive mutations in a wild environment or regulate the expression of specific genes. To understand the degree of wild gene introgression I use next generation sequencing technologies to identify a large numbers of reliable SNPs (Illumina PorcineSNP60 v2 Genotyping BeadChip) that cover the entire genome. My study also includes comparative approach between wild boar and free-living pig, through analysis of differential expression (qPCR) in target genes involved in the sense of smell, and comparing the composition and variability of the diet through a DNA metabarcoding method (employing in next generation sequencing, NGS).

I also participate in projects of conservation and management of wildlife fauna (Lutra lutra, Canis lupus, Sus scrofa, Lepus spp.).


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

I have a Master's  degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Quality, especially focusing on the conservation of endemic species such as the Italian hare, which allowed me to be involved in both field and laboratory activity, mostly specimen collection for biomolecular analyses. I am currently undertaking a PhD project in Bioethics on human intervention to restore the mountain landscape, in particular open grasslands used for pasture, to increase the biodiversity of species associated with the mosaic of habitats characteristic of the Southern Apennines.

Claudia Troiano

Edda Napolitano

I graduated in Law at the University of Naples Federico II and I am currently carrying out PhD in Bioethics. The theme of my research is: treatment for cancer in pets, valutation, experimental and ethical.


The project addresses to the bioethical question of the relationship man-animal. The “vexata questio” must be interpreted fora way from acient dichotomies. The processo f domestication has forced the animal in “golden cages”. Strarting from the book “Empty cages: facing the challenge of animal right”, my analysis ask itself of the value of individuality of animal, not only the animal alone a san object but as subject of experimentation. It will be necessary to decipher the comunicative way of “iuridically incapable” using the way of hermeneutics of empathy. Beyond the limits of crime of mistreatment under the code penality of article 554-ter, there will be an investigation of the responsability of the health operator and for the owner of the sick animal on therapeutic restraint.