Chiara Scandolara


    Simeon  Lisovski

    Dr. Chiara Scandolara

    Swiss Ornithological Institute

    Antenna ticinese

    Vicolo Forte Olimpo 3

    6573 Magadino



    ++41 91 795 12 49


    Scientific coordinator, Antenna ticinese


    • Avifauna of Ticino
    • Conservation
    • Migration
    • Ringing
    • Natal dispersal


    Since 2016  

    Employed at the Swiss Ornithological Institute of Sempach and for Birdlife Switzerland.


    PhD in natural and environmental sciences at the University of Milan, Italy, in collaboration with the Swiss Ornithological Institute. Supervisors: Prof. Nicola Saino and Dr. Felix Liechti PhD thesis: “Migration and natal dispersal in the Barn swallow Hirundo rustica

    Since 2007

    Redactor of Ficedula, revue of the Association for study and conservation of birds in Southern Switzerland.


    Course for PhD students "Ecology of Animal Migration", Department of Animal Ecology, University of Lund, Sweden.


    Wildlife manager for different associations / institutions.

    Since 2002

    Collaborator of the Swiss Ornithological Institute of Sempach.


    Degree in “Natural Sciences, course of Conservation Biology”, at the University of Milan, Italy. Degree thesis: “Nest-site selection and diet of Common buzzards Buteo buteo in the Italian pre-Alps” 


    Saino N., Ambrosini R., Albetti B., Caprioli M., De Giorgio B., Gatti E., Liechti F., Parolini M., Romano A., Romano M., Scandolara C., Gianfranceschi L., Bollati V. and D. Rubolini. 2017. Migration phenology and breeding success are predicted by methylation of a photoperiodic gene in the barn swallow. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 45412.

    Saino N., Ambrosini R., Caprioli M., Romano A., Romano M., Rubolini D., Scandolara C. and F. Liechti. 2017. Sex-dependent carry-over effects on timing of reproduction and fecundity of a migratory bird. Journal of Animal Ecology 86 (2): 239–249.

    Saino N., Ambrosini R., Caprioli M., Liechti F., Romano A., Rubolini R. and C. Scandolara. 2017. Wing morphology, winter ecology, and fecundity selection: evidence for sex-dependence in barn swallows (Hirundo rustica). Oecologia 184 (4): 799-812.

    Bazzi G., Ambrosini R., Caprioli M., Costanzo A., Liechti F., Gatti E., Gianfranceschi L., Stefano Podofillini, Romano A., Romano M., Scandolara C., Saino N. and D. Rubolini. 2015. Clock gene polymorphism and scheduling of migration: a geolocator study of the barn swallow Hirundo rustica. Scientific Report 5: 12443.

    Liechti L., Scandolara C., Rubolini D., Ambrosini R., Korner-Nievergelt F., Hahn S., Lardelli R., Romano M., Caprioli M., Romano A., Sicurella B. and N. Saino. 2015. Timing of migration and residence areas during the non-breeding period of barn swallows Hirundo rustica in relation to sex and population. Journal of Avian Biology. 46 (3), 254-265.

    Saino N, Rubolini D., Ambrosini R., Romano M., Scandolara C., Fairhurst G., Caprioli M., Romano A., Sicurella B. and F. Liechti. 2015. Light-level geolocators reveal covariation between winter plumage molt and phenology in a trans-Saharan migratory bird. Oecologia 178 (4): 1105-1112.

    Saino N., Romano M., Romano A., Rubolini D., Ambrosini R., Caprioli M., Parolini M., Scandolara C., Bazzi G. and A. Costanzo. 2015. White tail spots in breeding Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica signal body condition during winter moult. IBIS 157 (4): 722–730.

    Scandolara C., Caprioli M., Lardelli R., Sgarbi G., Rubolini D., Ambrosini R. and N. Saino. 2014. Brothers and sisters are stabbing each other in the back: long-term effects of sex of siblings on barn swallow offspring. Animal Behaviour 87: 187-193.

    Scandolara C., Lardelli R., Sgarbi G., Caprioli M., Ambrosini R., Rubolini D. and N. Saino. 2014. Context-, phenotype-, and kin-dependent natal dispersal of barn swallows (Hirundo rustica). Behavioral Ecology 25: 180-190.

    Scandolara C., Rubolini D., Ambrosini R., Caprioli M., Hahn S., Liechti F., Romano A., Romano M., Sicurella B. and N. Saino 2014. Impact of miniaturized geolocators on barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) fitness traits. Journal of Avian Biology 45 (5), 417-423.

    Saino N., Romano M., Scandolara C., Rubolini D., Ambrosini R., Caprioli M., Costanzo A. and Romano A. 2014. Brownish, small and lousy barn swallows have greater natal dispersal propensity. Animal Behaviour 87: 137-146.

    Saino N., Romano M., Caprioli M., Lardelli R., Micheloni P., Scandolara C., RuboliniD. and M. Fasola. 2013. Molt, feathers growth rate and body condition of male and female barn swallows. Journal of Ornithology 154: 537–547.

    Ambrosini R., Rubolini D., Trovò P., Liberini G., Bandini M., Romano A., Sicurella BC., Scandolara C., Romano M. and N. Saino. 2012. Maintenance of livestock farming may buffer population decline of the barn swallow Hirundo rustica. Bird Conservational International 22: 411–428.

    Saino N., Romano M., Caprioli M., Ambrosini A., Rubolini D., Scandolara C. and A. Romano. 2012. A ptilochronological study of carry-over effects of conditions during wintering on breeding performance in the barn swallow. Journal of Avian Biology 43: 513–524.

    Sergio F., Scandolara C., Marchesi L., Pedrini P. and Penteriani V. 2005. Effect of agro-forestry and landscape changes on Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo) in the Alps: implications for conservation. Animal Conservation 7: 17–25.