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Laura Saggiomo

Laura Saggiomo
I am a postdoctoral researcher and I focus my attention on ungulates, their management and related issues, their feeding ecology and behaviour, and their impacts on the forest ecosystem.


My postdoc research main focus is on the management of ungulates in Sweden. I examine their impact on vegetation and analyze the balance between available forage and its utilization. Furthermore, I explore the potential applications of hunting data to bolster human-wildlife interactions.

I am also engaged in studies focusing on animal personalities, predominantly in ungulates, and its increasing influence on the understanding of animal ecology. My other areas of interest include alien species and broader human-wildlife interactions.
Throughout my Ph.D., I mainly explored the ecological traits and management strategies of the sika deer, a notably detrimental invasive species, in both the Czech Republic and Austria. My research encompassed dietary analysis, blending both field and laboratory work. Moreover, I acquired expertise in DNA metabarcoding and spectrometric analyses.

During my Master's studies, I specialized in large carnivores. I explored their pivotal role in shaping ecosystems and their influence in controlling mesopredators


In 2021, I earned my Ph.D. from the Czech University of Life Sciences under the "Forest Protection and Game Management" program. My doctoral thesis, titled “Sika deer as an alien species: Perception in scientific literature and ecological traits of non-native populations,” delved into a comprehensive study on the sika deer (Cervus nippon). It emphasized human perceptions of the species, dietary analyses of Czech and Austrian populations, and a thorough examination of the species' management strengths and shortcomings. Prior to this, I obtained my Master's degree from the University of Bologna, with my thesis focusing on the phenomenon of mesopredator release.

Selected publications

Tell me what you eat and I’ll tell you…where you live: an updated review of the worldwide distribution and foraging ecology of the fallow deer (Dama dama) (2022) B Esattore, L Saggiomo, M Sensi, V Francia, M Cherin
Mammalian Biology 102 (2), 321-338

The fox who cried wolf: A keywords and literature trend analysis on the phenomenon of mesopredator release (2021) L Saggiomo, V Bar, B Esattore
Ecological Complexity 48, 100963

Evaluating the Management Success of an Alien Species Through Its Hunting Bags: The Case of the Sika Deer (Cervus Nippon) in the Czech Republic (2021) L Saggiomo, E Bruno, B Ludĕk
Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis 69 

“How not to judge a deer by its cover”: A personality assessment study on captive adult red deer males (Cervus elaphus) (2021) B Esattore, V Šlipogor, L Saggiomo, MW Seltmann
Behavioural Processes 186, 104361
What are we talking about? Sika deer (Cervus nippon): A bibliometric network analysis (2020) L Saggiomo, B Esattore, F Picone
Ecological Informatics 60, 101146
Animal welfare standards in red deer (Cervus elaphus) farming (2019) MI Urošević, B Esattore, L Saggiomo, ZA Ristić, N Stojanac
Archives of Veterinary Medicine 11 (2), 11-20

Strangers coming from the Sahara: an update of the worldwide distribution, potential impacts and conservation opportunities of alien aoudad (2017) E Mori, G Mazza, L Saggiomo, A Sommese, B Esattore
Annales Zoologici Fennici 54 (5–6), 373-386

An overview of understudied interaction types amongst large carnivores (2017) L Saggiomo, F Picone, B Esattore, A Sommese
Food Webs 12, 35-39