Postdoctoral Researcher
Quantitative ecology
Population ecology
Behavioural ecology
Movement ecology
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Institute of Zoology
Zoological Society of London
United Kingdom

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Daniella Rabaiotti's research interests include quantitative ecology, population ecology, behavioural ecology and movement ecology, and linking them to applied conservation science.

Daniella's research focuses on climate change impacts on species behaviour and population dynamics, with a particular focus to date on the African wild dog. Her PhD used long-term data to build a mechanistic, individual-based population model of African wild dogs under future climate change scenarios.

In her current research position, she using accelerometry data to measure energy intake and expenditure in the species, with a view to investigating how temperature impacts energy budgets in the species. Daniella is building an energy budget model for the species building on work she did on the population model of the species during her PhD.

Previous research:

Prior to my PhD Daniella worked on bats (in Africa and the UK) and foxes.

Science Communication:

I am also a science communicator and New York Times best-selling author. I have undertaken a number of policy placements, including the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology and the Royal Society.

Professional history
  • 2019-present: Postdoctoral researcher, Hot Dogs project
  • 2015-2019: PhD Environmental Science. UCL and ZSL. The impact of climate change on a tropical carnivore: from individual to species
  • 2012-2013: MRes Biodiversity and Conservation University of Leeds
  • 2009-2012: BSC Zoology University of Bristol

Rabaiotti, D. and Woodroffe, R., 2019. Coping with climate change: limited behavioral responses to hot weather in a tropical carnivore. Oecologia, 189(3), pp.587-599.

Woodroffe, R., O'Neill, H.M. and Rabaiotti, D., 2020. Within‐and between‐group dynamics in an obligate cooperative breeder. Journal of Animal Ecology, 89(2), pp.530-540.

Woodroffe, R., Rabaiotti, D., Ngatia, D.K., Smallwood, T.R., Strebel, S. and O'Neill, H.M., 2020. Dispersal behaviour of African wild dogs in Kenya. African Journal of Ecology, 58(1), pp.46-57.

Caravaggi, A., Burton, A.C., Clark, D.A., Fisher, J.T., Grass, A., Green, S., Hobaiter, C., Hofmeester, T.R., Kalan, A.K., Rabaiotti, D. and Rivet, D., 2020. A review of factors to consider when using camera traps to study animal behavior to inform wildlife ecology and conservation. Conservation Science and Practice, 2(8), p.e239.

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