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Investigadores
Alfredo G. Nicieza
Chikako Matsuba
Daniel García
Daniela Canestrari
Florentino Braña Vigil
José Manuel Cano Arias
José Ramón Obeso (director)
José Vicente López Bao
Juan Carlos Illera
Mariajo Bañuelos
Mario Quevedo
Paola Laiolo
Vincenzo Penteriani

Estudiantes de doctorado
Elia Palop Navarro
Gemma Palomar García
Giulia Bastianelli
Isabel Donoso Cuadrado
María Morán Luis
Sara Aguado de la Paz
Urtzi Enriquez-Urzelai

Tecnicos
Cristina García Fernández
Leticia Viesca

Investigadores visitantes
Maria del Mar Delgado (University of Helsinki)
Susana Suárez-Seoane (Universidad de León)

Antiguos miembros
Daniel Martinez Rodriguez

Antiguos miembros
Daniel Martinez Rodriguez


 

 

 

 

 

Daniela Canestrari
Assistant professor

Academic and professional history
First degree: Natural Sciences (University of Pavia , Italy)
PhD: Biology (University of Cambridge , UK)
Post Doctoral positions: Post Doctoral Researcher - Juan de la Cierva Program - Ministry of Education and Science; University of Granada, Department of Animal Biology (Spain)
University of Valladolid (Spain)

Current address
Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Biodiversidad
Universidad de Oviedo - Campus de Mieres
Dpt. Biología de Organismos y Sistemas

Web site: www.cooperativecrows.com

 

Email: canestraridaniela@uniovi.es
Tel. +34 985103000 (ext. 5932)

 


Research interests

I have been investigating cooperative behaviour of carrion crows since 1999, when I started my Master at Pavia University ( Italy ). I obtained my PhD in Cambridge (UK) in 2005, studying the factors determining the division of labour among crow group members. In cooperative crow groups, some individuals (the dominant pair and most adult male immigrants) have access to reproduction, while others (retained offspring and immature immigrants) do not breed and may obtain indirect fitness benefits from helping at the nest. I analysed the individual trade-off between benefits and costs of care through behavioural observations and experimental manipulations.

My current research focuses on the relationship between brood parasitism (when a bird species lays its eggs in the nest of another species, the host) and host social behaviour. Cooperative crows are parasitized by the Great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius , a brood parasite specialised in corvids. I am currently analysing the costs of brood parasitism on cooperative crows, the effect of group size on cuckoo reproductive success, and the effect of group size on parasitism rate, in order to investigate whether cooperative host behaviour represents a benefit or a disadvantage for the brood parasite.

 

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