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Cecilia Di Bernardi

Cecilia Di Bernardi


I am a postdoc at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, SLU. My research focuses on investigating different aspects of wolf feeding 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 in Animal Biology from the Doctoral Programme in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, in collaboration with Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, SLU. 

Selected publications

Wikenros, C., Di Bernardi, C., Zimmermann, B., Åkesson, M., Demski, M., Flagstad, Ø., ... & Sand, H. (2023). Scavenging patterns of an inbred wolf population in a landscape with a pulse of human‐provided carrion. Ecology and Evolution, 13(7), e10236.

Di Bernardi, C., Wikenros, C., Ciucci, P., Boitani, L., Sand, H., & Åkesson, M. (2023). Experimental feeding validates nanofluidic array technology for DNA detection of ungulate prey in wolf scats. Environmental DNA.

Di Bernardi, C., Wikenros, C., Hedmark, E., Boitani, L., Ciucci, P., Sand, H., & Åkesson, M. (2021). Multiple species‐specific molecular markers using nanofluidic array as a tool to detect prey DNA from carnivore scats. Ecology and Evolution, 11(17), 11739-11748.

Tietgen, L., Hagen, I. J., Kleven, O., Di Bernardi, C., Kvalnes, T., Norén, K., ... & Jensen, H. (2021). Fur colour in the Arctic fox: genetic architecture and consequences for fitness. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 288(1959), 20211452.

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.

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