Current and past Projects


Animal Social Networks

Assessment of animal behavioral social networks and infectious disease dynamics of domestic and wild species through the use of proximity sensors developed by the SocioPatterns project at ISI Foundation. 

  • Animal social networks relevant to disease transmission among free-roaming dogs in rural Chad (Africa) in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.
  • Pilot study on the social behavior of feral cat colonies in urban settings in relation to clinical and microbiological data on cats’ health and transmissible conditions. 



Assessment of contact patterns and infectious disease dynamics between human beings in different settings: households with infants, households and schools in urban and rural areas in developing countries (Africa).


Urban feral cats

Census and management of feral cats colonies in the city of Turin (Italy) in collaboration with the Department of Life sciences and Systems Biology (University of Turin, Italy) and Municipality of Turin. The aims of the project were to highlight the issues related to management of colonies by caretakers, to safeguard the health and welfare of cats and deepen the knowledge of behavior of feral cats and the relationship with the human being. To this end we used a questionnaire for the caretakers and photo ID of cats.


Diet of feral cats on Linosa Island

Evaluation of the feeding ecology and predatory behavior of feral cats through the scat analysis, in relation to the endemic fauna and the presence of a colony of Scopoli's shearwaters on Linosa Island, Italy, Mediterranean Sea The field work was carried out in the framework of the Life project "Pelagic birds". 


Captive African penguins

Assessment of welfare and behavior of a colony of captive African penguins hosted in an immersive zoo in Italy (Zoom Torino park) in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry (University of Turin, Italy) and Institute of Medical Biochemistry (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria) and Institute of Medical Biochemistry (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria). Evaluation of stress of penguins through the analysis of Fecal Glucocorticoid Metabolites (FGMs) with Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA), in relation to breeding period, capture and immobilization of the animals, presence of visitors and microclimatic conditions. Behavioral assessment through the use of software BORIS (Behavioral Observation Research Interactive Software).


Salivary Cortisol in Dogs

Assessment of stress levels in shelter and owner dogs through the analysis of salivary cortisol with Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) and Immunochromatographic strip test (ICST) in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry (University of Turin, Italy).