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Post-doc researchers
Claudia Wascher

PhD students
cristina nunez cabrian
Diana Bolopo

former PhD studentsElisa Chiarati
Rubén Vera Gómez

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Daniela Canestrari

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 position:
Assistant professor (prof ayudante doctor)
University of Oviedo - UMIB (Spain)

Current address:
Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Biodiversidad
Universidad de Oviedo - Campus de Mieres
Edificio de Investigación - 5ª planta
C. Gonzalo Gutiérrez Quirós s/n
33600 Mieres

Email: canestraridaniela@uniovi.es

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Research Unit of Biodiversity - Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Biodiversidad (Spain)

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University of Oviedo

Daniela Canestrari

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Research Interests and Main Results

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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Publications

Canestrari D, Vila M, Marcos JM, Baglione V 2012. Cooperatively breeding carrion crows adjust offspring sex ratio according to group composition. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66: 1225-1235


Chiarati, E., Canestrari, D., Vera, R. & Baglione, V. 2012.
Subordinates benefit from exploratory dominants: response to novel food in cooperatively breeding carrion crows. Animal Behaviour, 83, 103-109

Soler, J. J., Martín-Gálvez, D., Martínez, J. G., Soler, M., Canestrari, D., Abad-Gómez, J. M. & Möller, A. P. 2011. Evolution of tolerance by magpies to brood parasitism by great spotted cuckoos. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278, 2047-2052

Chiarati, E., Canestrari, D., Vila, M., Vera, R., Baglione.V. 2011.
Nepotistic access to food resources in cooperatively breeding carrion crows. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65: 1791-1800

Canestrari, D., Marcos, J.M., Baglione, V. 2011. Helpers at the nest compensate for reduced maternal investment in egg size in carrion crows. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24: 1870-1878

Baglione, V., Canestrari, D., Chiarati, E., Vera, R. & Marcos, J. M. 2010. Lazy group members are substitute helpers in carrion crows. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 277, 3275-3282.

Chiarati, E., Canestrari, D.,Vera, R., Marcos, J.M., Baglione, V. 2010.
Linear and stable dominance hierarchies in cooperative Carrion crows. Ethology, 116: 346-356

Canestrari, D., Vera, R., Chiarati, E., Marcos, J. M., Vila, M., Baglione, V. 2010. False feeding: the trade-off between chicks' hunger and care-givers' needs in cooperative crows. Behavioral Ecology, 21: 233-241.

Baglione, V. and Canestrari, D. 2009. Kleptoparasitism and temporal segregation of sympatric corvids foraging in a refuse tip.
The Auk
, 126: 566-578.

Canestrari, D., Marcos, J.M and Baglione, V. 2009. Cooperative breeding in carrion crows reduces the rate of brood parasitism by great spotted cuckoos. Animal Behaviour, 77:1337-1344.
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Canestrari, D., Chiarati, E., Marcos, J. M., Ekman, J. & Baglione, V. 2008.
Helpers but not breeders adjust provisioning effort to year-round territory resource availability in carrion crows. Animal Behaviour, 76, 943-949.
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Canestrari, D., Marcos, J. M. & Baglione, V.
2008. Reproductive success increases with group size in cooperative carrion crows Corvus corone corone. Animal Behaviour, 75, 403-416.
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Canestrari, D., Marcos, J. M. & Baglione, V. 2007. Costs of chick provisioning in cooperatively breeding carrion crows: an experimental study. Animal Behaviour, 73, 349-357.
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Baglione, V., Canestrari, D., Marcos, J. M. & Ekman, J. 2006. Experimentally increased food resources in the natal territory promote offspring philopatry and helping in cooperatively breeding carrion crows. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 273, 1529-1535.
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Baglione, V., Marcos, J. M., Canestrari, D., Griesser, M., Andreotti, G., Bardini, C. & Bogliani, G. 2005. Does year-round territoriality rather than habitat saturation explain delayed natal dispersal and cooperative breeding in the carrion crow? Journal of Animal Ecology, 74, 842-851.

Canestrari, D., Marcos, J. M. & Baglione, V. 2005. Effect of parentage and relatedness on the individual contribution to cooperative chick care in carrion crows. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 52, 422-428.
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Canestrari, D., Marcos, J. M. & Baglione, V. 2004. False feedings at the nests of carrion crows Corvus corone corone. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 55, 477-483.
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Baglione, V., Canestrari, D., Marcos, J. M. & Ekman, J. 2003. Kin selection in cooperative alliances of carrion crows. Science, 300, 1947-1949.

Baglione, V., Canestrari, D., Marcos, J. M., Griesser, M. & Ekman, J.
2002. History, environment and social behaviour: experimentally induced cooperative breeding in the carrion crow. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 269, 1247-1251.
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Baglione, V., Marcos, J. M., Canestrari, D. & Ekman, J. 2002. Direct fitness benefits of group living in a complex cooperative society of carrion crows, Corvus corone corone. Animal Behaviour, 64, 887-893.
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Baglione, V., Marcos, J. M. & Canestrari, D.
2002. Cooperatively breeding groups of Carrion Crow (Corvus corone corone) in northern Spain. Auk, 119, 790-799.