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Curr. Vitae

2009 -2013 PhD in Ecology and Environmental Biology, University of Glasgow (UK). PhD Thesis: “Pre- and post-natal stress programming: from genes to physiology” successfully defended on December, 2013, PhD degree awarded on April 2014
2006 -2009 MSc Nature Conservation, University of Florence (Italy) MSc Thesis: “Endocrine control of territorial aggression in European Stonechats: comparison between migratory and resident populations. MSc with Research Thesis, February 2009 (score: 110/110 cum laude).
2003 -2006 BSc Natural Sciences, University of Bologna (Italy) BSc Thesis: “Study of techniques of estimate and age determination on mandibles of fallow deer (Dama dama)”. BSc with Research Thesis, March 2006 (score: 110/110 cum laude)


2020 „VetTalents“-Programme Vetmeduni Vienna (2020-2021)
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2020 FWF Lise Meitner Fellowship
2018 Vetmeduni Travel Grant for Young Scientists
2018 Conference Travel Grant, Company of Biologists (COB
2017 Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship
2016 Italy Made Me Award 2016
2014 Silver Sponsorship, PrimerDesign
2014 Conference Travel Grant, Society of Experimental Biology (SEB)
2012 Young Investigator Award, International Symposium on Avian Endocrinology 2012 (ISAE2012)
2012 Project Grant, British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN)
2012 Conference Travel Grant, Company of Biologists (COB)
2009 Kelvin-Smith PhD Scholarship, University of Glasgow
2008 Conference Travel Grant, Italian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Appointments/Memberships in Professional Societies

2016 - Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
2016 - Association of Italian Scientists in the UK (AISUK)
2015 - European Ornithological Union (EOU)
2011 -2014 British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN)
2011 - Society for Experimental Biology (SEB)

Editorial board appointments for scientific journals

2018 -2018 Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution: Redaktionsmitglied

Reviewer for scientific journals

  • Behavioral Ecology.
  • Biology Letters.
  • Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research (CJVR).
  • Current Zoology.
  • Developmental Psychobiology.
  • Ecology and Evolution.
  • Ethology.
  • Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
  • Functional Ecology.
  • Hormones and Behavior.
  • Ibis.
  • Interface Focus.
  • Journal of Avian Biology.
  • Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology.
  • Journal of Comparative Physiology A.
  • Journal of Experimental Biology.
  • Molecular Ecology.
  • Peerj.
  • Physiology & Behavior.
  • PLoS One.
  • Science of the Total Environment.
  • Scientific Reports.
  • The Science of Nature.
  • Reviewer/Expert funding organizations

    2019 -2021 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - Germany
    2020 -2020 British Ecological Society - United Kingdom
    2018 -2018 Research Foundation - Flanders - Belgium
    2018 -2018 Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council - United Kingdom

    Organizer of scientific conferences, Chairs

    2018 Emerging techniques in the study of behavioural plasticity
    2015 Early life experiences: merging mechanistic and functional approaches to reveal their meaning
    Member of organizing committee
    2013 Developmental programming: integrating brain, physiology and behaviour
    Member of organizing committee
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