Claudia Brunetti



I am a biologist and naturalist with a strong passion for ethology, ecology and wildlife management and conservation. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (University of Siena), a Master’s degree in Conservation and Evolution (University of Pisa) and a Ph.D. in Life Sciences (University of Siena). I currently work in the Central Apennines as a biologist and field officer for Rewilding Apennines.
During my BSc and MSc, I worked on the effects of environmental variability on intraspecific and feeding behaviour of the Apennine chamois in the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park.
In studied the spatial ecology and the behaviour of various mammals in the boreal zone at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, gaining experience in tracking and trapping techniques. Fascinated by the ecology of cold and remote environments, during my PhD I worked on the morphology and various genetical aspects of the Antarctic terrestrial biota.


• Ferretti F., Corazza M., Campana I., Pietrocini V., Brunetti C., Scornavacca D. & Lovari S. (2015). Competition between wild herbivores: reintroduced red deer and Apennine chamois. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY.
• Scornavacca D. & Brunetti C. (2015). Cooperative defence of female chamois successfully deters an eagle attack. MAMMALIA.
• Scornavacca D., Lovari S., Cotza A., Bernardini S., Brunetti C., Pietrocini V., Ferretti F. (2016). Pasture quality affects juvenile survival through reduced maternal care in a mountain dwelling ungulate. ETHOLOGY.
• Fattorini N., Brunetti C., Baruzzi C., Macchi E., Pagliarella M.C., Pallari N., Lovari S., Ferretti F. (2018). Being “hangry”: food depletion and its cascading effects on social behaviour. BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY.
• Fattorini N., Lovari S., Brunetti C., Baruzzi C., Cotza A., Macchi E., Pagliarella M.C., Ferretti F. (2018). Age, seasonality, and correlates of aggression in female Apennine chamois. BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY.
• Fattorini N., Brunetti C., Baruzzi C., Chiatante G., Lovari S., Ferretti F. (2019). Temporal variation in foraging activity and grouping patterns in a mountain-dwelling herbivore: environmental and endogenous drivers. BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES.
• Leo C., Nardi F., Frati F., Fanciulli P.P., Cucini C., Vitale M., Brunetti C., Carapelli A. (2019). The mitogenome of the jumping bristletail Trigoniophthalmus alternatus (Insecta, Microcoryphia) and the phylogeny of insect early-divergent lineages. MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PART B.
• Leo C., Nardi F., Frati F., Fanciulli P.P., Cucini C., Vitale M., Brunetti C., Carapelli A. (2019). The mitochondrial genome of the springtail Bourletiella arvalis (Symphypleona, Collembola). MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PART B.
• Mori E., Brunetti C., Carapelli A., Olmastroni S. (2020). Reliability of Molecular Sex Identification in the Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) from DNA-Poor Samples. WATERBIRDS, 43(2), 211-216.
• Cucini C., Carapelli A., Brunetti C., Molero-Baltanás R., Gaju-Ricart M., Nardi F. (2021). Characterization of the complete mitochondrial genome of Neoasterolepisma foreli (Insecta: Zygentoma: Lepismatidae) and the phylogeny of basal Ectognatha. MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PART B 6, 119–121.
• Cucini C., Leo C., Iannotti N., Boschi S., Brunetti C., Pons J., Fanciulli P.P., Frati F, Carapelli A., Nardi F. (2021). EZmito: a simple and fast tool for multiple mitogenome analyses. MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PART B 6:3, 1101-1109.
• Mori E., Brunetti C., Carapelli A., Burrini L., Fattorini N., Ferretti F., Olmastroni S. (2021). Genetic diversity in clustered colonies of an Antarctic marine mesopredator: a role for habitat quality?. ANTARCTIC SCIENCE, 1-10.
• Brunetti C., Siepel H., Fanciulli P.P., Nardi F., Convey P., Carapelli, A. (2021). Two new species of the mite genus Stereotydeus Berlese, 1901 (Prostigmata: Penthalodidae) from Victoria Land, and a key for identification of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic species. TAXONOMY 1, 116–141.
• Carapelli A., Brunetti C., Cucini C., Cardaioli E., Soltani A., Amri M., Jemâa J. M. B., Fanciulli P.P., Nardi F. (2021). The mitogenome of the true bug Nysius cymoides (Insecta, Heteroptera) and the phylogeny of Lygaeoidea. MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PART B 6:8, 2366-2368.
• Brunetti C., Siepel H., Convey P., Fanciulli P.P., Nardi F., Carapelli, A. (2021). Overlooked Species Diversity and Distribution in the Antarctic Mite Genus Stereotydeus. DIVERSITY.
• Fattorini N., Lovari S., Franceschi S., Chiatante G., Brunetti C., Baruzzi C., Ferretti F. (2023). Animal conflicts escalate in a warmer world. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 161789.

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Associazione Teriologica Italiana Onlus
Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie "Charles Darwin"
Università di Roma "La Sapienza" - Viale dell'Università, 32
I-00185 Roma (RM)