Daniela Canestrari

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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
Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniela_Canestrari

Web site: www.cooperativecrows.com

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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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Associate Professor in Ecology