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Cecilia Di Bernardi

Cecilia Di Bernardi
PhD student


I am a PhD student within the Dottorato di Ricerca in Biologia Ambientale ed Evoluzionistica, curriculum Animal Biology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, in collaboration with Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, SLU.

The PhD project aims at investigating different aspects of wolf predation ecology in Scandinavia, and it is framed within the Scandinavian Wolf Research Project (SKANDULV).


Bachelor's degree in Biology (2015) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, with a thesis in primate ethology carried out at the Unit of Cognitive Primatology and Primate Center, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Rome. Master's degree in Ecobiologia (2018) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, with a thesis on arctic fox ecology conducted at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway. 


Phd supervisors: Camilla Wikenros, Mikael Åkesson, Håkan Sand, from SLU. Paolo Ciucci, Luigi Boitani, from University of Rome “La Sapienza".

Selected publications

Di Bernardi, C., Thierry, A. M., Eide, N. E., Bowler, D. E., Rød‐Eriksen, L., Blumentrath, S., ... & Landa, A. (2021). Fitness and fur colouration‐testing the camouflage and thermoregulation hypotheses in an Arctic mammal. Journal of Animal Ecology,

Visalberghi, E., Di Bernardi, C., Marino, L. A., Fragaszy, D., & Izar, P. (2017). Female bearded capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus) use objects to solicit the sexual partner. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 131(3), 207.


Non employee at the Department of Ecology; S, Wildlife Ecology Unit
Postal address:
Inst. för Ekologi, Grimsö forskningsstation
Visiting address: Grimsö forskningsstation, Grimsö 152, Grimsö