Daniela Campobello

PhD  Zoology – University of Manitoba, Canada (2008)

BSc   Biology  – Università di Palermo, Italy (1998)

Professore Associato di Zoologia

[Reader/Associate Professor of Zoology]


Università degli Studi di Palermo

Sezione Biologia Animale (Dept. STEBICEF) 

Room I-19, Via Archirafi 18 

90123 Palermo 



  +39 091 238 91844

  +39 339 439 5353


Key publications

Campobello D & Sealy SG. 2018. Evolutionary significance of antiparasite, antipredator and learning phenotypes of avian nest defence. Scientific Reports 8: 10569.

Campobello D, Sealy SG & Welbergen JA. 2017. Anti-brood parasite defences: the role of individual and social learning. In: Avian Brood Parasitism. Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution and Coevolution (M Soler Ed),  pp 421-436. Springer International Publishing, Cham, CH.

Campobello D, Hare JF & Sarà M. 2015. Social phenotype extended to communities: expanded multilevel social selection analysis reveals fitness consequences of interspecific interactions. Evolution 69: 916-925

Campobello D, Sarà M & Hare JF. 2012. Under my wing: lesser kestrels and jackdaws derive reciprocal benefits in mixed-species colonies. Behavioral Ecology 23: 425-433.

Campobello D & Sealy SG. 2011. Nest defence against avian brood parasites is promoted by egg-removal events in a cowbird-host system. Animal Behaviour 82: 885-891.

Campobello D & Sealy SG. 2011. Use of social over personal information enhances nest defense against avian brood parasitism. Behavioral Ecology 22: 422-428. 

See my Google & Research Gate accounts for a complete list of publications & conference proceedings and my university page for complete links to course pages in Italian.

 Eleonora Di Fede

Eleonora Di Fede

For my MSc thesis I am looking at the inter- and intra-specific interactions in urban birds by constructing social networks from the analysis of individual behaviour. I am also quantifying energetic budget in birds using feeders at the univesity botanical garden. Results are promising as they provide useful indications for both improving bird communities and optimising garden management.

 William Capano

William Capano

For my MSc thesis I am looking at effect of urbanization on the avian biodivesity. Specifically I am reviewing the recent literature on the effect of urban pollution (i.e chemical, light, acoustic), disturbance but also food provided at feeders, on bird fitness.

 Giuseppe Limone

Giuseppe Limone

Supervised by Daniela Campobello and Mario Lo Valvo, for my MSc thesis I am reviewing the literature on population dynamics and behaviour of the edible dormouse Glis glis and comparing results with some data sampled from a Sicilian population.

 Ettore Zaffuto

Ettore Zaffuto

Not decided the topic of my MSc thesis yet, but woked hard in the BiodiverCITY project at urban parks with the censuses, managing feeders and camera traps, teaching other students to bird ID. I am interested in the study of animal behaviour, avian bioacoustic and be involved in citizen science projects. With all of this, I will find the right topic for my thesis, won’t I?

Martina Esposito

Martina Esposito

My BSc thesis was a great multidisciplinaty investigation on avian brood parasitism. Together with my supervisors from the University of Modena RE, Luigi Sala and Matteo Del Zotto, I was co-supervised by Daniela Campobello (University of Palermo) and Maria Ceraulo, Giusy Buscaino and Salvo Mazzola (CNR Capo Granitola). I analysed videos and sounds recorded during three months of field work during wich I searched Acrocephalus spp nests and ‘stalked’ cuckoos at their vantage points. Polishing the preliminary thesis analyses for preparing a manuscripts with many surprising results, so stay tuned!

Elisa Vitale
Sara Chiarello
Simone Costa
Marco Pecoraro
Giorgio Schiera
Giulia Cosimi
Mauro Diliberto

Students UNIPA, the backbone team of the BiodiverCITY project, a study of urban biodiversity. They have been involved at different levels and for several tasks, from daily censuses to teaching other students to bird ID, from citizen science experts to presenting an oral paper at the 2019 Italian Conference of Ornithology (a sneak peek below)….and still to come!