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Nina Luisa Santostasi
Last update: March 2017
 
Bio  

Nina Luisa Santostasi is a Ph.D. student in joint supervision between Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (affiliated with Université de Montpellier, France). She is working on modelling the demography of mammal populations in presence of hybridization, with a focus on two case studies: striped and common dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, and wolf and dog in Italy. Her main interest is demographic modelling for the conservation and management of wildlife populations. In 2016 she was awarded a grant by Sapienza University of Rome, which allowed her to specialize at the Biostatistics and Population Biology Department at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive. In 2014 she collaborated with the Marine Mammal Behavioral Ecology Group at Texas A&M University, organizing their photo-identification catalog in a digital database. For her M.Sc. thesis she relied on individual photo-identification and capture-recapture models to obtain estimates of dolphin population abundance in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. In 2011 she was awarded a fellowship for studying abroad by Sapienza University of Rome that allowed her to study Statistics and Conservation Biology at North Carolina State University. Since 2011 she has been collaborating with Dolphin Biology and Conservation, working on dolphin population abundance estimates and optimal sampling strategies.

     
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MAIN PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

Wildlife monitoring, population status assessment, population dynamics, modelling, statistics; conservation biology

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. student, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in joint supervision with University of Montpellier (Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive lab): Modelling population dynamics in presence of
hybridization (2016–present); Supervisors: Dr. Olivier Gimenez and Dr. Paolo Ciucci

Visiting researcher, Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier, France (2015–2016); Supervisor: Dr. Olivier Gimenez

Visiting scholar, Texas A&M University at Galveston, USA (2014); Host: Dr. Bernd Würsig

M.Sc. Eco-biology, Sapienza University of Rome (2014); Supervisors: Dr. Paolo Ciucci, Dr. Giovanni Bearzi; Final score: 110/110 Cum Laude

Exchange graduate student, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA (2011)

B.Sc. Biological Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome (2011)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Sapienza University of Rome (2016-present)

Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE-CNRS; 2016–present)

Dolphin Biology and Conservation (2015–present): Member of the Board of Directors and Research Associate

 

GRANTS

Ph.D. grant, €40,914; Sapienza University of Rome (2016–ongoing)

Scholarship for studying abroad, €15,480; Sapienza University of Rome (2015)

Scholarship for studying abroad, €3,500; Sapienza University of Rome (2011)

 

PUBLICATIONS IN PEER-REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS

Santostasi N.L., Ciucci P., Canestrini M., Caniglia R., Fabbri E., Galaverni M., Molinari L., Moretti F., Reggioni W., Gimenez O. In review. Abundance and uncertainty in individual status: Application to the estimation of hybrids prevalence in free ranging populations.

Santostasi N.L., Bonizzoni S., Gimenez O., Eddy L., Bearzi G. 2018. Short‐beaked common dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth are Critically Endangered. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (in press).

Santostasi N.L., Bonizzoni S., Bearzi G., Eddy L., Gimenez O. 2016. A robust design capture-recapture analysis of abundance, survival and temporary emigration of three odontocete species in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. PLoS ONE 11(12). doi: 10.1371/journal. pone.0166650.

Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Santostasi N.L., Furey N.B., Eddy L., Valavanis V.D., Gimenez O. 2016. Dolphins in a scaled-down Mediterranean: the Gulf of Corinth's odontocetes. Pp. 297-331 in Mediterranean Marine Mammal Ecology and Conservation (G. Notarbartolo di Sciara, M. Podestà and B.E. Curry, eds). Advances in Marine Biology, Vol. 75, Academic Press, Oxford.

Bearzi G., Casale P., Margaritoulis D., Bonizzoni S., Santostasi N.L. 2015. Observation of a leatherback sea turtle Dermochelys coriacea in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. Marine Turtle Newsletter 146:6-9.

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND LECTURES

Santostasi N.L., Ciucci P., Canestrini M., Caniglia R., Fabbri E., Galaverni M., Molinari L., Moretti F., Reggioni W., Gimenez O. 2018. A hidden Markov model to estimate prevalence of hybrids in free-ranging admixed populations. Oral presentation, International Statistical Ecology Conference, St Andrews, UK, 2-6 July 2018.

Santostasi N.L., Gimenez O., Ciucci P. 2017. The dark side of hybridization: quantifying prevalence of anthropogenic introgression for conservation. Oral presentation, 7th Conference of the Italian Society of Evolutionary Biology, Rome, Italy, 28-31 August 2017.

Santostasi N.L., Ciucci P., Canestrini M., Caniglia R., Fabbri E., Galaverni M., Molinari L., Moretti F., Reggioni W., Gimenez O. 2017. Estimating prevalence of hybrids in free-ranging admixed populations: a capture-recapture multievent modelling approach. Oral presentation, EURING 2017
Analytical Meeting & Workshop, Barcelona, Spain, 2-7 July 2017.

Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Santostasi N.L., Eddy L., Gimenez O. 2016. Short-beaked common dolphins
in the Gulf of Corinth are Critically Endangered. Oral presentation, 1st International Workshop "Conservation and research networking on short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the Mediterranean Sea". Ischia Island, Italy, 13-15 April 2016.

Santostasi N.L., Bonizzoni S., Bearzi G., Eddy L., Gimenez O. 2016. Revised abundance estimates of striped and short-beaked common dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Mediterranean Sea. Poste
presentation, 30th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Funchal, Madeira, 14-16 March 2016.

Bonizzoni S., Bearzi G., Santostasi N.L., Furey N.B., Valavanis V.D., Würsig B. 2016. Dolphin depredation of bottom-set fishing nets in the Gulf of Corinth, Mediterranean Sea. Oral presentation, 30th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Funchal, Madeira, 14-16 March 2016.

Santostasi N.L., Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Bosquez J., Ferreira Da Silveira M., Marcum E., Piwetz S., Würsig B. 2015. Building a historic Texas bottlenose dolphin photo-identification catalog. Poster presentation, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAMMS), Virginia Beach, VA, USA, 27-29 March 2015.

Santostasi N.L., Bonizzoni S., Bearzi G. 2015. Optimizing abundance estimates of striped dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. Poster presentation, 29th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Malta, 23-25 March 2015.

Santostasi N.L., 2014. Abundance estimation of cetacean populations. Lecture, Marine Biology Field Course MARB 489/689, Texas A&M University at Galveston, held in Galaxidi, Greece, June 2014.

Santostasi N.L., Bonizzoni S., Bearzi G. 2014. Striped dolphin abundance in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece: dataset simulations help improve sampling design. Poster presentation, International Marine Conservation Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, 14-18 August 2014.

Pearson H.C., Bearzi G., Bonizzoni S., Santostasi N.L. 2014. Understanding the social organization of an apex marine predator to inform conservation practices: striped dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece. Poster presentation, International Marine Conservation Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, 14-18 August 2014.

Bonizzoni S., Santostasi N.L., Würsig B., Bearzi G. 2014. Bottlenose dolphin abundance in the Northern Evoikos Gulf, Greece. Poster presentation, 28th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Liege, Belgium, 5-9 April 2014.

 

REVIEWER EXPERIENCE (https://publons.com/author/1202846/nina-santostasi#profile)

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
Current Zoology
Mammalian Biology
African Journal of Marine Science
Endangered Species Research

 

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

Data analyst, EU project LIFE11NAT/IT/069 MEDWOLF: Best practices for wolf conservation in Mediterranean-type areas. 2017. Employer: Istituto di Ecologia Applicata (President Dr. Luigi Boitani; Project manager Dr. Paolo Ciucci).
- Production of a data bank of genotypes collected during the study
- Production of estimates of demographic parameters (population abundance and survival) of wolves in the area of Grosseto, Italy
- Production of a technical report regarding the performed analyses

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching assistant, workshop, Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier, France
(19-23 March 2018) “Modelling of individual histories with state uncertainty” (Instructors Dr. Roger
Pradel, Dr. Rémi Choquet, Dr. Olivier Gimenez)
- Training attendees on capture-recapture data analyses with the software E-SURGE

Field guide, Marine Biology Field Course, Texas A&M University at Galveston, USA (2013–2014) "Research and Conservation in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece: Dolphins, Fisheries, and Cultural Heritage" (Instructors Dr. Bernd Würsig, Dr. Giovanni Bearzi)
- Training international students during boat surveys and field data collection
- Lecturing in classroom settings

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Visiting researcher, Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier, France (2015–2016). Supervisor: Dr. Olivier Gimenez
- Data analysis (capture-recapture models; Population Viability Analysis)
- Manuscript and grant writing

Research associate, Dolphin Biology and Conservation (2014–present). Supervisor: Dr. Giovanni Bearzi
- Data analysis (capture-recapture models and identification of optimal sampling strategies)

Visiting scholar, Texas A&M University at Galveston (2014). Supervisor: Dr. Bernd Würsig
- Built a bottlenose dolphin photo-identification database with Adobe Lightroom 4
- Trained interns in photo-id data collection and analysis
- Developed a protocol for database management

Research assistant, Ecology, behaviour, conservation and interactions with fisheries of striped dolphins, common dolphins and common bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth and in the Argolikos Gulf, Greece (2011–2014). Supervisor: Dr. Giovanni Bearzi
- Assisted in systematic boat surveys and collected data
- Co-managed photo-identification databases
- Logistics (field station, equipment and boat upkeep)
- Assessment of fishing fleet (boat numbers, activity, name, plate, length, type of fishing gear)

Intern, Common bottlenose dolphins in the Pelagie Islands Marine Protected Area, Lampedusa, Italy (2009). Supervisor: Dr. Gabriella La Manna
- Assisted with line-transect boat surveys
- Independent literature review of capture-mark-recapture techniques on marine mammals

 

COMPUTER PROFICIENCY

R (statistics) – Advanced; E-SURGE (demographic models) – Advanced; Program MARK (population abundance estimates) – Advanced; QGIS (geo-referenced analysis) – Beginner

 

LANGUAGES

Italian: mother tongue
English: proficient (TOEFL test score 106/120; 13 May 2011)
French: proficient