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Luca Corlatti

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79106 Freiburg; Germany









 Akademische Ausbildung

  • 2013 Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, University of Siena, Italy
  • 1999-2006 B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Forest and Environmental Science, University of Padova, Italy



  • 2017-present Postdoctoral fellow, Chair of Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (50%)
  • 2017-present Scientific Supervisor, Stelvio National Park, Italy (50%)
  • 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2015-2016 External researcher, Stelvio National Park, Italy
  • 2013-2014 Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria
  • 2012 Visiting PhD student, School of Biology, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • 2009-2013 Ph.D. fellow in Evolutionary Biology (Thesis: “Life history strategies of male Alpine chamois – New insights into survival and mating behaviour”), Research Unit of Behavioural Ecology, Ethology and Wildlife Management, University of Siena, Italy
  • 2008-2009 Research assistant, Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria






  • Behavioural ecology
  • Mating behavior
  • Abundance estimation
  • Mountain-dwelling ungulates
  • Alpine wildlife






  • Corlatti, L, Herrero, J., Ferretti, F., Anderwald, P., Garcia-Gonzalez, R., Hammer, S., Nores, C., Rossi, L. and S. Lovari. 2019. Chamois Rupicapra spp. (Blainville, 1816). In: Handbook of the Mammals of Europe (Eds. Zachos, F. and K. Hackländer). Springer Nature.
  • Miller, C. & Corlatti, L. (2014). Das Gamsbuch [The chamois book], 2nd edition. Neumann & Neudamm Verlag, Melsungen.


Peer-reviewed articles

  • Corlatti, L., Ferretti, F. and S. Lovari. 2019. Hunting lactating females deserves caution: the case of the chamois. Ethology, Ecology & Evolution, in press
  • Iacolina, L., Corlatti, L., Buzan, E., Safner, T. and N. Sprem. 2019. Hybridization in European ungulates: an overview of the current status, causes and consequences. Mammal Review, 49: 45–59.
  • Kämmerle, L., Corlatti, L., Hamrs, L. and I. Storch. 2018. Methods for assessing small-scale variation in the abundance of a generalist mesopredator. PLoS ONE, 13(11): e0207545
  • Corlatti, L. 2018. Fecal cortisol metabolites under anonymized sampling: Robust estimates despite significant individual heterogeneity. Ecological Indicators, 95: 775-780
  • Corlatti, L., Gugiatti, A., Ferrari, N., Formenti, N., Trogu, T. and L. Pedrotti. 2018. The cooler the better? Indirect effects of spring-summer temperature on fecundity in a capital breeder. Ecosphere, 9: e02326
  • Corlatti, L., Storch, I., Filli, F. and P. Anderwald. 2017. Does selection on horn length in males and females differ between protected and hunted populations of a weakly dimorphic ungulate? Ecology and Evolution, 7: 3713–3723
  • Corlatti, L., Nelli, L., Zibordi, F., Bertolini, M. and L. Pedrotti. 2017. A comparison of four methods to estimate population size of Alpine marmot Marmota marmota. Hystrix, 28: 61–67
  • Bonardi, A., Corlatti, L., Bragalanti, N. and L. Pedrotti. 2017. The role of weather and density-dependence on population dynamics of mountain-dwelling red-deer. Integrative Zoology, 12: 61-76
  • Corlatti, L., Gugiatti, A. and L. Pedrotti. 2016. Spring spotlight counts provide reliable indices to track changes in population size in mountain-dwelling red deer Cervus elaphus. Wildlife Biology, 22: 268-276
  • Šprem, N., Zanella, D., Ugarković, D., Prebanić, I., Gančević, P. and L. Corlatti. 2015. Unimodal activity pattern in forest-dwelling chamois: typical behaviour or interspecific avoidance? European Journal Wildlife Research, 61: 789-794
  • Corlatti, L., Bassano, B., Polakova, R., Fattorini, L., Pagliarella, M. and S. Lovari. 2015. Preliminary analysis of reproductive success in a large mammal with alternative mating tactics, the Alpine chamois, Rupicapra r. rupicapra. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 116: 117-123
  • Corlatti, L., Gugiatti, A. and S. Imperio. 2015. Horn growth patterns in Alpine chamois. Zoology, 118: 213-219
  • Corlatti, L., Fattorini, L. and L. Nelli. 2015. The use of block-counts, mark-resight and distance sampling to estimate population size of a mountain-dwelling ungulate. Population Ecology, 57: 409-419
  • Corlatti, L., Palme, R., and S. Lovari. 2014. Physiological response to etho-ecological stressors in male Alpine chamois: timescale matters! Naturwissenschaften, 101: 577-586
  • Corlatti, L. and B. Bassano. 2014. Contrasting alternative hypotheses to explain rut-induced hypophagia in territorial male chamois. Ethology, 120: 32-41
  • Corlatti, L., Bassano, B., Valencak, T.G.V., and S. Lovari. 2013. Foraging strategies associated with alternative reproductive tactics in a large mammal. Journal of Zoology London, 291:111-118
  • Corlatti, L., Caroli, M., Pietrocini, V. and S. Lovari. 2013. Rutting behaviour of territorial and nonterritorial male chamois: is there a home advantage? Behavioural Processes, 92: 118-124
  • Corlatti, L., Béthaz, S., von Hardenberg, A., Bassano, B., Palme, R. and S. Lovari. 2012. Hormones, parasites and alternative mating tactics in Alpine chamois: identifying the mechanisms of life history trade-offs. Animal Behaviour, 84: 1061-1070
  • Corlatti, L., Lebl, K., Filli, F. and T. Ruf. 2012. Unbiased sex-specific survival in Alpine chamois. Mammalian Biology, 77: 135-139
  • Corlatti, L., Lorenzini, R., and S. Lovari. 2011. Conservation of the chamois Rupicapra spp. Mammal Review, 41: 163-174
  • Corlatti, L., Hackländer, K., Frey-Roos, F., and R. Palme. 2011. Climatic cues and glucocorticoids in a free ranging riparian population of red deer (Cervus elaphus). Folia Zoologica, 60: 176-180
  • Corlatti, L., Hackländer, K., and F. Frey-Roos. 2009. Ability of wildlife overpasses to provide connectivity and prevent genetic isolation. Conservation Biology, 23: 548-556 R




Redaktion/ Editor


  • 2017-2018 Co-Editor of the Volume on Terrestrial Cetartiodactyla for the Series “Handbook of the Mammals of Europe” published by Springer
  • 2017-present Subject Editor of Wildlife Biology
  • 2017-present Chief Editor of Caprinae – newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Caprinae Specialist Group
  • 2011-present Subject Editor of Mammalian Biology