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University of Pisa
Department of Ethology, Ecology, Evolution
(Established 1986)
Educational Program
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Director: Silvana Borgognini Tarli
Phone: +39 050 221 5689   Fax: +39 050 24653   E-Mail:
Via S. Maria 55, PISA, PI I-56126 ITALY
Department: Department of Ethology, Ecology, Evolution
Institution: University of Pisa

Mission: Graduation in Biology, two Master programs available: 1. Ecology and Biodiversity; 2. Molecular Biology. Both are 3-year programs and foresee a subsequent biennial program (Laurea specialistica)and a further 3-years PhD program. Ecology and Biodiversity has an ethological curriculum where Primatology is a major discipline, and one of its subsequent two year programs (curriculum Neurobiology) has Primate ethology as a major discipline. Molecular biology has Primatology and Primate ethology as minors. Graduation in Natural Sciences, three 3-year Master programs and subsequent 2-year programs are available, where Primatology and Primate ethology are included as minors.

Principal Research Programs: Skeletal biology: indicators of environmental stress and of occupational stress; paleopathology; biomechanics. Human biology: sexual dimorphism, ancient and modern DNA analysis. Primatology: eco-ethology of some Malagasy lemurs with particular reference to cathemerality, nutrition and self-medication; studies in captivity on prosimians, monkeys and apes with particular reference to olfactory communication, play behavior, parental care, conflict management, behavioural neuroendocrine correlates.

Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available: Undergraduate, Graduate; Financial support is occasionally available for European citizens; The University of Pisa offers the University Course of Primatology and that of Primate ethology. They are semestral courses for students in Biology and in Natural sciences. The courses focus on comparative anatomy, ecology, evolution and behavior. Possibilities for graduate work are available through 3 main projects: 1. Conflict management in prosimians and in african great apes 2. Eco-ethology of Malagasy lemurs 3. Hormones and behavior.

Number of Staff: 1

Associated Field Sites: University of Antananarivo, Madagascar - Berthe Rakotosamimanana. St Luce (Fort Dauphin, Madagascar): University of Hamburg, Germany - Joerg Ganzhorn; QIT Madagascar Minerals spa, Fort Dauphin, Madagascar - Jean Baptiste Ramanamanjato.

Last Updated: 2005-07-07

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