Name Dr Stefano Vaglio
Job Title Lecturer in Animal Behaviour
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Sciences
Subject(s) Animal Behaviour and Conservation
Tel 01902 323328
Email S.Vaglio@wlv.ac.uk

Stefano V

Biography

In 2003 Stefano graduated with first class honours in Biology (Behavioural Neurobiology) at Pisa University. Following a career break, he gained his PhD in Anthropology (Primatology) from Florence University in 2009. After that, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Part-time Lecturer at 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.

In 2012 Stefano successfully applied for the EU FP7 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship scheme with his research project Microsmatic primates revisited: Determining the importance of olfaction in primate communication (PrimOlf) and, as a consequence of this achievement, in 2013 he moved from Florence to Durham University as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology. In Durham he co-taught the Primate Behaviour module and contributed to the Current Issues in Biological Anthropology module, served as Van Mildert College Mentor, and acted as a Postdoctoral Rep for the Research Committee and the Board of Studies of the Anthropology Department. He also attended the Durham University Learning and Teaching Award to undertake professional development and to gain accreditation as an HEA Associate Fellow.

The majority of Stefano’s 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, he has also conducted primate fieldwork in Madagascar (white sifakas) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (bonobos). Furthermore, for several years he has been working on applied projects about primate conservation and the sustainability of local communities in Africa and, as a result of this experience, he co-founded a specialized consultancy firm (CarbonSinkGroup) launched in 2011 as a Florence University spin-off of which he is currently Partner.

In 2016 Stefano joined the University of Wolverhampton as a Lecturer in Animal Behaviour, although he also continues his collaboration with Durham University as an Honorary Research Fellow. His teaching is linked very closely to his expertise, including Animal Behaviour and Captivity, Primate Behavioural Ecology and Conservation Biology. He is strongly committed to bringing his research experience in teaching practice and to involving students in his research projects.

Additionally, Stefano is also 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

Areas of Expertise

Stefano’s main areas of research expertise are Chemical Communication and Primate Signalling.

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
  • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
  • Journal of Primatology
  • Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research

Research Interests

Stefano is interested in Animal Communication, Behavioural Ecology, Conservation and Zoo Biology, as well as Welfare Assessment and Management of Captive Animals.

His current research project Microsmatic primates revisited: Determining the importance of olfaction in primate communication (PrimOlf) integrates behavioural ecology, digital imaging, cytology, endocrinology and semiochemistry to address questions relating to reproductive strategies, sexual selection and signalling in primates. This is the first detailed study of olfaction in sexual communication in Old World primates, and the first to integrate information concerning all the potential signals that females exhibit. The project will contribute to our understanding of (i) olfactory communication in primates that, like humans, have traditionally been considered as “microsmatic”, (ii) the information that females provide to different males concerning their fertility, and (iii) the role of multiple signals in mate choice, as well as to the development of a model with potential practical consequences for humans.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)
  • Biochemical Society (BS)
  • International Primatological Society (IPS)
  • Italian Anthropological Association (AAI)
  • Italian Primatological Association (API)
  • Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB)

Publications

Journal papers: indexed international journals

 

Journal papers: non-indexed international journals

  • Fontani, S, Vaglio, S, Baistrocchi, E, Carraro, C & Moggi-Cecchi, J 2010. Welfare assessment in captive ring-tailed lemurs.International Zoo News 57(5): 274-285
  • Vaglio, S, Zavelle de Louvigny, B, Mello, G & Chiarelli, B 2009. Pheromonal communication during pregnancy and mother-infant recognition. International Journal of Anthropology 24(4): 235-242. Angelo Pontecorboli Editore, Firenze, Italia. ISSN: 0393-9383

 

Books: edited

  • Chiarelli, B & Vaglio, S 2006. Bioethics Hanbook. Aracne Editrice, Roma, Italia. ISBN: 88-548-0893-8

 

Books: chapters

  • Vaglio, S & Chiarelli, B 2010. New challenges in the study of pheromones. In Pheromones: Theories, Types and Uses. Gregory IM. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York. ISBN: 978-1-61668-283-5 [Invited]
  • Vaglio, S 2010. Chemical signals during pregnancy. In Vitamins and Hormones, Vol. 83: Pheromones. Litwack G. Academic Press / Elsevier, Burlington, MA. pp 289-304 ISBN: 978-0-12-381516-3 [Invited]
  • Daddi, T, Farro, F, Vaglio, S, Bartoli, G & Iraldo, F 2010. Sustainability actions in Mediterranean Countries through cooperation partnership: the case of the project PAMLED. In WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 131: Environmental Economics and Investment Assessment III. Aravoassis, K & Brebbia, CA. WIT Press, Southampton, UK. pp 213-224. ISBN: 978-1-84564-436-9
  • Vaglio, S 2006. Odori e feromoni nella scelta del partner e nel riconoscimento della prole. In Nascere Uomo. Aspetti Socio-evolutivi della Famiglia e della Nascita. Chiarelli, B, Cersosimo, RM & Innocenti, C. Aracne Editrice, Roma, Italia. pp 142-148. ISBN: 88-548-0825-3

 

Conference proceedings and journal abstracts

  • Setchell, JM, Vaglio S, Abbott, KM, Calamai, L, Moggi-Cecchi, J & Knapp, LA 2011. Odour signals sex, male status, individual identity and MHC genotype in an Old World monkey (Mandrillus sphinx). Proceedings of the XII Meeting on Chemical Signals in Vertebrates. Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research, Germany
  • Zaborra, CA, Spiezio, C, Vaglio, S, Sorrentino, V, Sandri, C, Magnone, W. 2013. European bison (Bison bonasus) reintroduction project in the Poloniny National Park. Proceedings of the IX International Conference on Bioshere Reserves in Slovakia. Vydavatel’stvo Technickej univerzity vo Zvolene, Zvolen, Slovak Republic. pp 109-118. ISBN: 978-80-228-2450-7
  • Vaglio, S 2012. Odour signals sex, male status, individual identity and MHC genotype in an Old World monkey (Mandrillus sphinx). Proceedings of the III National Congress of Research in Parks. Parco Natura Viva - Garda Zoological Park, Bussolengo (VR), Italy
  • Setchell, JM, Vaglio S, Abbott, KM, Calamai, L, Moggi-Cecchi, J & Knapp, LA 2011. Odour signals sex, male status, individual identity and MHC genotype in an Old World monkey (Mandrillus sphinx). Proceedings of the XII Meeting on Chemical Signals in Vertebrates. Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research, Germany
  • Setchell, JM, Vaglio, S, Abbott, KM & Knapp, LA 2011. Odour signals sex, male status, individual identity and genetic similarity in mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx). Int J Primatol 32(2) 273-287
  • Setchell, JM, Vaglio S, Abbott, KM & Knapp, LA 2011. Sexual selection, signalling and the MHC in mandrills, Mandrillus sphinx. Am J Phys Anthropol 144(S52):270
  • Vaglio, S, Boscaro, F, Calamai, L & Moggi-Cecchi, J 2010. Sternal marking in mandrills:a chemical and ethological investigation. Proceedings of the V European Conference on Behavioural Biology. Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
  • Vaglio, S 2009. Study of olfactory communication, with special reference to the role of pheromones, in Mandrillus sphinx: three years of research in zoological gardens of the EAZA. Proceedings of the II National Congress of Research in Parks. Parco Natura Viva - Garda Zoological Park, Bussolengo (VR), Italy
  • Fontani, S, Fontanesi, C, Frasson, D & Vaglio, S 2009. Physio-ethological analysis in captive cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) related to welfare and captive management. Folia Primatol 80(6): 25
  • Catalano, G, Vaglio, S, Sineo, L & Caramelli, D 2009. Can ancient DNA approach document the loss of genetic diversity in pygmy chimpanzees? A research program on historic samples of Italian primatological collections. Folia Primatol 80(6): 23
  • Fontani, S, Tognetti, S, Antonelli, A, Pirredda, M, Minicozzi, P, Dani, FR, Boscaro, F, Calamai, L & Vaglio, S 2009. Sternal-marking in captive mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx): a chemical and ethological investigation. Folia Primatol 80(6): 7-8
  • Catalano, G, Vaglio, S, Sineo, L & Caramelli, D 2009. Can ancient DNA approach document the loss of genetic diversity in pygmy chimpanzees? A research program on historic samples of European primatological collections. Atti del XVIII Convegno dell'Associazione Antropologica Italiana. Aracne Editrice, Roma, Italia. pp 95-96. ISBN: 978-88-548-2695-3
  • Vaglio, S, Zavelle de Louvigny, B, Bonometti, E, Mello, G & Chiarelli, B 2009. Pheromonal communication during pregnancy: an hypothesised mechanism of mother-infant recognition. Atti del XVIII Convegno dell'Associazione Antropologica Italiana. Aracne Editrice, Roma, Italia. pp 280-281. ISBN: 978-88-548-2695-3
  • Vaglio, S, Dani, FR, Moggi-Cecchi, J & Chiarelli, B 2008. Scent-marking in mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx): a chemical and ethological investigation. Primate Eye 96(Sp CD-ROM iss - IPS 2008): Abst#169
  • Vaglio, S, Dani, FR, Yadid, Y, Moggi-Cecchi, J & Chiarelli, B 2008. Scent-marking in mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx): preliminary reports of a chemical and ethological investigation. Folia Primatol 79(5): 393-394
  • Vaglio, S, Orioli, L, Mauno, U, Coxe, S, Hurley, M, Faussone, GC, & Chiarelli, B 2008. Conservation of Bonobos (Pan paniscus) through the Kyoto Protocol: The Establishment of the ‘Bonobo Peace Forest’ in the Maringa-Lopori-Wamba Region (Democratic Republic of Congo). Folia Primatol 79(5): 394-395
  • Vaglio, S, Tognetti, S, Dani, FR, Yadid, Y, Moggi-Cecchi, J & Chiarelli, B 2008. Male scent-marking in Mandrillus sphinx: preliminary reports of a chemical and behavioural investigation. Folia Primatol 79(3): 159
  • Manfredini, A, Vaglio, S, Cascino, R, Daddi, T, Battaglia, M & Chiarelli, B 2008. Il Progetto Inter.Eco.Tur.: tra sviluppo sostenibile e protezione ambientale. Atti del XVII Convegno dell'Associazione Antropologica Italiana. Litografia Press, Sestu (CA). pp 428-431. ISSN: 0393-9383
  • Vaglio, S, Annese, M, Carditello, V & Chiarelli, B 2006. The Atlas Project. Journal of Biological Research 81(1): 42-43. ISSN: 1826-8838
  • Vaglio, S, Chiarelli, B & Faussone, GC 2006. Kyoto Protocol and Bonobo Project. Journal of Biological Research 81(1): 38-41. ISSN: 1826-8838
  • Vaglio, S, Chiarelli, B & Ligabue Stricker, F 2006. Analysis on pheromonal communication in primates: a research proposal. Folia Primatol 77(4): 295-296
  • Vaglio, S, Chiarelli, B & Faussone, GC 2006. Eco-ethology of bonobos (Pan paniscus): reconstructing of their forest in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Folia Primatol 77(4): 299-300
  • Palagi, E, Telara, S, Curreli, R, De Santi, L, Garbusi, P, Vaglio, S, Boscaro, F, Dapporto, L, Moneti, G & Borgognini Tarli, S 2004. Ethological and chemical investigation of olfactory communication in Lemur catta: research proposal and preliminary reports. Folia Primatol 75(S1): 403
  • Vaglio, S, Palagi, E, Telara, S, Boscaro, F, Moneti, G & Borgognini Tarli, S 2004. Male scent-marking in Lemur catta: an investigation by chemical and behavioural approachs. Folia Primatol 75(6): 400-401