- 2005–Present: IoZ Chief Technician. Research Projects: Mating strategies of cheetahs in Kgalagadi (South Africa); Paternity and male relatedness in the Serengeti cheetah population; Genetic structure of Ethiopian Wolf populations.
- 1993-2005: IoZ Research Technician. Research Projects: Isolation and characterization of Malic Enzyme-2* locus in Atlantic Salmon; Isolation and characterization of two olfactory receptors in Atlantic Salmon; A molecular analysis of population structure across the European range of the pipistrellus bat (in collaboration with Prof. P. Racey, Dept of Zoology, University of Aberdeen); Conservation of Bustards: Balancing Cultural, Economic, Ecological and Genetic Issues; Genetic distinctiveness of the Scottish Wildcat and its hybridization with domestic cats (in collaboration with Dr.D.Balhary of the Scottish Natural Heritage).
- 1992-1993: Study of genetic diversity and paternity in Ethiopian wolf. DNA fingerprinting and DNA microsatellite. In collaboration with Dr Robert K. Wayne.
- May-Jun 1992: Research Assistant. Dr Claudio Sillero-Zubiri. Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. Zoology Department, Oxford.
- 1988-1992: Study on the ecology, behaviour and conservation of Ethiopian wolf Canis simensis in the Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Wildlife Conservation International/NYZS Research Fellow.
- 1986-1987: Study on the ecology of Spotted Hyaena Crocuta crocuta in a forest habitat, Aberdare National Park, Kenya. Funded by African Fund for Endangered Wildlife and Sigma Xi Grant in-Aid-of Research.
- 1978-1984: Licenciatura en Biologia. La Plata University, Department of Natural Sciences 13 Basic Science and 12 Zoology courses.
My main interest is the use of molecular techniques in conjunction with behavioural and ecological data to address questions regarding the conservation of carnivores. In the past I have been involved in field studies of the fresh water otter in Argentina, the spotted hyena in Kenya and the Ethiopian wolf. It was this last study that brought me to the Institute with my first genetic project.
The Ethiopian wolf is one of the most endangered canid in the world with no more than 500 individuals found in six isolated areas of the Ethiopian highlands. Ethiopian wolf populations are declining due to habitat loss and conflict with humans and their domestic dogs emphasizing the urgent need for its conservation. Captive breeding programs, re-introduction and re-location of animals have been proposed therefore it is imperative a proper understanding of the species genetic background before any management program takes place. The Ethiopian Wolf genetic project is conducted in collaboration with Claudio Sillero-Zubiri and Jorgelina Marino at Oxford University.
Since 2000 I have carried out genetics projects to investigate the mating strategies of cheetahs in the Serengeti NP (Tanzania) and more recently in the Kalahari (South Africa). This work involves the use of non-invasive sampling, microsatellites and sex determination markers to address paternity, sex bias and relatedness. These projects are done in collaboration with Sarah Durant (ZSL) and Gus Mills (South African National Parks).
Gottelli, D., Wang, J., Bashir, S. and Durant, S.M. (2007) Genetic analysis reveals promiscuity among female cheetahs. Proc. R. Soc. B 274: 1993–2001.
Racey, P.A., Barratt, E.M., Burland, T.M., Deaville, R., Gottelli, D., Jones, G. and Piertney, S.B. (2007) Microsatellite DNA polymorphism confirms reproductive isolation and reveals differences in population genetic structure of cryptic pipistrelle bat species. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 90: 539-550.
Dukes, J.P., Deaville, R., Gottelli, D., Neigel, J.E., Bruford, M.W. and Jordan, W.C. (2006) Isolation and characterisation of main olfactory and vomeronasal receptor gene families from the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Gene 371: 257-267.
Gottelli, D. J. Marino, C. Sillero-Zubiri and S.M. Funk (2004) The effect of the last glacial age on speciation and population structure of the endangered Ethiopian wolf, (Canis simensis). Molecular Ecology 13: 2275–2286.
Sillero-Zubiri, C, J. Marino, D. Gottelli and D.W. Macdonald. (2004) Afroalpine ecology, solitary foraging and intense sociality amongst Ethiopian wolves. In Canid Biology and Conservation (eds D.W. Macdonald and C. Sillero-Zubiri), pp 311-323. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
M. Beaumont, E. M. Barratt, D. Gottelli, A. C. Kitchener, M.J. Daniels, J. K. Pritchard, & M.W. Bruford (2001) Genetic diversity and introgression in the Scottish wildcat. Molecular Ecology 10: 319-336.
Wayne, R. W. and D. Gottelli (1997) Systematics, Population Genetics and Genetic Management of the Ethiopian wolf. In The Ethipian Wolf. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan (Sillero-Zubiri, C., and D.W.Macdonald, eds). The World Conservation Union. Gland, Switzerland.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., D. Gottelli, and D.W. Macdonald (1996) Male philopatry, extra-pack copulations and inbreeding avoidance in Ethiopian wolves Canis simensis. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 38: 331-340.
Sillero-Zubiri, C. and D. Gottelli (1995) Spatial organization in the Ethiopian wolf Canis simensis: large packs and small stable home ranges. Journal of Zoology 237:65-81.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., and D. Gottelli (1995) Diet and feeding behaviour of Ethiopian wolves Canis simensis. Journal of Mammalogy 76: 531-541.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., and D. Gottelli (1994) Canis simensis. Mammalian Species 385: 1-6.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., D. Gottelli, and R.K. Wayne. 1994. Hybridization of the Ethiopian wolf. Canid News 2: 33-34.
Gottelli, D., C. Sillero-Zubiri, G.D. Applebaum, D. Girman, M. Roy, J. Garcia-Moreno, E. Ostrander, and R.K. Wayne (1994) Molecular genetics of the most endangered canid: the Ethiopian wolf, Canis simensis. Molecular Ecology 3: 301-312.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., and D. Gottelli (1993) The plight of the Ethiopian wolf. Canid News 1: 10-11.
Teshome Mebatsion, C. Sillero-Zubiri, Gottelli D., and J.H. Cox (1992) Detection of rabies antibodies by ELISA and RFFIT in unvaccinated dogs and in the endangered Simien Jackal (Canis simensis) of Ethiopia. Journal of Veterinary Medicine B 39: 233-235.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., and D. Gottelli (1992) Population ecology of spotted hyaena in an equatorial mountain forest. Journal of African Ecology 30: 292-300.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., and D. Gottelli (1992) Feeding ecology of spotted hyaena (Mammalia: Crocuta crocuta) in a mountain forest habitat. Journal of African Zoology 106: 169-176.
Gottelli, D., and C. Sillero-Zubiri (1992) The Ethiopian wolf - an endangered endemic canid. Oryx 26: 205-214.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., and D. Gottelli (1991) Conservation of the endemic "Ky Kebero" (Canis simensis). Walia 13: 35-46.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., and D. Gottelli (1991) Aberdare rhinos: predation versus poaching. Pachyderm 14: 37-38.
Chehebar, C., A. Gallur, G. Giannico, M. Gottelli, and P. Yorio (1986) A survey of the Southern River Otter Lutra provocax, in Lanin, Puelo and Los Alerces National Parks and evaluation of its conservation status. Biological Conservation 38: 293-304.
- Member Ethiopian Wolf Working Group, IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group.
- Member ZSL/ Carnivores and People Conservation Programme.
Evolution & Molecular Ecology
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Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London
London, United Kingdom