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Main research programs

Biodiversity project

The Fondazione Ethoikos presently carries out a research project on biodiversity in the “La Selva” Forest, Radicondoli (Si), in collaboration with the Dipartimento di Biologia Evoluzionistica, Università di Firenze and the Dipartimento di Sienze dela Vita, Università di Siena. This study has the objective of acquiring knowledge on fauna and flora in the area. In particular, eco-ethological aspects of different species are analysed, as well as population dynamics, interactions between species and with the physical environment.

Ongoing studies
Mustelids - Since 2005: ongoing studies of population ecology of pine marten, badger, beech marten and polecat, using radio tracking (between 2005 and 2010 in collaboration with the Department of Biology, Torvergata University Rome) and camera trapping techniques.

- Since 2011: ongoing research on presence, abundance and source-sink dynamics of micromammal populations (Rodentia, Eulipothyphla) within different types of environment.
- Since 2013: ongoing research on population and reproductive dynamics of local colonies of swallows.
Flora and fauna
checklist - Since 2009: ongoing data collection to draw up a checklist of flora and fauna in the research area, with particular attention to vertebrates, terrestrial invertebrates (molluscs and arthropods) and fresh water fauna.

Published work
Conservation Genet Resour (2010) 2:397–399 DOI 10.1007/s12686-010-9282-6

Characterization of 13 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the European pine marten Martes martes
Chiara Natali, Elisa Banchi, Claudio Ciofi, Emiliano Manzo,
Paola Bartolommei, Roberto Cozzolino

Acta Theriol DOI 10.1007/s13364-011-0055-8 (2011)
Estimation of population density of European pine marten in central Italy using camera trapping
Emiliano Manzo, Paola Bartolommei, J. Marcus Rowcliffe, Roberto Cozzolino

Conservation Genet Resour (2012) DOI 10.1007/s 12686-012-9669-7
characterization of nine microsatellite loci in the European polecat Mustela putorius
Claudio Ciofi, Chiara Natali, Paolo Agnelli, Emiliano Manzo, Paola Bartolommei, Roberto Cozzolino

Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy (2012) doi: 10.4404/hystrix-23.2-7099
Evaluation of three indirected methods for surveying European pine marten ina forested area in central Italy
Paola Bartolommei, Emiliano Manzo, Roberto Cozzolino

Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy (2014) doi: 10.4404/hystrix-25.2-10258
Morphological measurements of pine manten in central Italy
Paola Bartolommei, Emiliano Manzo, Cristina Bencini, Roberto Cozzolino

Mammalia (2015) 80 (5): 541-547. DOI: 10.1515/mammalia-2014-0051
Field identification of Apodemus flavicollis and Apodemus sylvaticus: a quantitative comparison of different biometric measurements
Paola Bartolommei, Giulia Sozio, Cristina Bencini, Carlo Cinque, Stefania Gasperini, Emiliano Manzo, Simona Prete, Emanuela Solano, Roberto Cozzolino and Alessio Mortelliti

Ethology Ecology & Evolution (2015) DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2015.1089326
Acorn choice by small mammals in a Mediterranean deciduous oak forest
A. Bonacchi, P. Bartolommei, S. Gasperini, E. Manzo and R. Cozzolino

Mammal Research (2016) DOI: 10.1007/s13364-016-0278-9
Seasonal spatial behaviour of pine marten Martes martes in a deciduous oak forest of central Italy
Paola Bartolommei, Emiliano Manzo, Roberto Cozzolino

Forest Ecology and Management (2016) 382, 151-160 DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.10.01
Effects of forest management on density and survival in three forest rodent species
Stefania Gasperini, Alessio Mortelliti, Paola Bartolommei, Andrea Bonacchi, Emiliano Manzo, Roberto Cozzolino

Histrix (2017) doi:10.4404/hystrix-27.2-11876
Genetic relatedness affects socio-spatial organization in a solitary carnivore, the European pine marten
Paola Bartolommei, Stefania Gasperini, Emiliano Manzo, Chiara Natali, Claudio Ciofi, Roberto Cozzolino

Ethology Ecology & Evolution (2017) DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2017.1310141
Seasonal cravings: plant food preferences of syntopic small mammals
S. Gasperini, A. Bonacchi, P. Bartolommei, E. Manzo and R. Cozzolino



Macaca tonkeana

Ethoikos carries out ethological research on a group of Tonkean macaques (Macaca tonkeana), at the Parco Faunistico di Piano dell'Abatino, Rieti, in collaboration with:
- IPHC (CNRS-UDS) Département Ecologie, Physiologie et Ethologie, Strasbourg France
- Associazione Giardino Faunistico di Piano dell’Abatino - Rieti;
Dip. Fisiologia Umana, Facoltà di medicina Università di Roma Sapienza;
Dip. Biologia Evoluzionistica, Università di Firenze

Published work
Animal Behaviour 80 (2010) 197-203
Conflicts induce affiliative interactions among bystanders in a tolerant species of macaque (Macaca tonkeana)
Arianna De Marco, Roberto Cozzolino, Francesco Dessì-Fulgheri, Bernard Thierry

Int J Primatol (2011) 32:708–720 DOI 10.1007/s10764-011-9496-9
Interactions Between Third Parties and Consortship Partners in Tonkean Macaques (Macaca tonkeana)
Arianna De Marco, Roberto Cozzolino, Francesco Dessì-Fulgheri, Bernard Thierry

American Journal of Physical Anthropology 146:457–464 (2011)
Collective Arousal When Reuniting After Temporary Separation in Tonkean Macaques
Arianna De Marco, Roberto Cozzolino, Francesco Dessì-Fulgheri, and Bernard Thierry

American Journal of Primatology (2014) DOI 10.1002/ajp22288
The Function of Greetings in Male Tonkean Macaques
Arianna De Marco, Andrea Sanna, Roberto Cozzolino, and Bernard Thierry

Primates (2015) DOI 10.1007/s 10329-015-0465-3
Growth rates in a captive population of Tonkean macaques
Andrea Sanna, Arianna De Marco, Bernard Thierry, Roberto Cozzolino

Primates (2017) 58(2):315-321 Epub 2016 Nov 30 DOI 10.1007/s10329-016-0590-7
Relocation stress induces short-term fecal cortisol increase in Tonkean macaques (Macaca tonkeana)
ACarlo Cinque, Arianna De Marco, Jerome Mairesse, Chiara Giuli, Andrea Sanna, Lorenzo De Marco, Anna Rita Zuena, Paola Casolini, Assia Catalani, Bernard Thierry, Roberto Cozzolino

Ethology (2017) 123:365–375 DOI 10.1111/eth.12605
Female mate choice and male–male competition in Tonkean macaques: Who decides?
Rebout N, Thierry B, Sanna A, Cozzolino R, Aujard F, De Marco A.

Primates (Epub2017) DOI 10.1007/s10329-017-0633-8
Prolonged transport and cannibalism of mummified infant remains by a Tonkean macaque mother
De Marco, A., Cozzolino, R. & Thierry, B.

photo Arianna De Marco

These and other papers are available on Researchgate, or may be requested to the authors.

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