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Professore Ordinario





Andrea Camperio Ciani (male)
born in Florence 9 feb. 1958, four children divorced.

1982 graduated magnum cum laude in physical Anthropology Faculty of Sciences, Florence discussing a thesis on the behavior and ecology of wild macaques in India.
1986 PhD in Physical Anthropology, Rome discussing a thesis on: the Genetics, Behavior and Evolution of the genus Macaca.
1989 Founder and Director of the Center for Primatology at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute and Hospital, Milan. Focussing on Nuclear Medicine, Pet scan, Psycho-physiology and Evolution of Behavior.
1992- 2017 Associate Professor of Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Padova.

2017- to present full professor of Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Padova.

2017- to present full professor of Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Padova.

2004-2007 Professor of Eco-Ethology and Evolution of Behavior at the Faculty of Veterinary, Univ. of Padova.
2002-2009 Professor of Psychobiology, Faculty of Psychology Padova.

Research positions:
1982-to present principal investigator of long term primate ecology research project on Macaca sylvanus in the middle atlas of Morocco.
2002- to present Director of the PACE (Psychology applied to sustainable cooperation and environment) Padova
2008- to present Director of the Evolutionary Forensic Psychology laboratory (University of Padova). (
1998 to present President of GEA NGO International Association for the study and the conservations of ecosystems (

Scientific interest:
Evolution, genetics behavior of primates:
Gene flow and speciation, behavioral flexibility, primate ecology and biological indicators, environmental impact, reproductive strategies in primates and man, interaction overpopulation and desertification process sustainable development of small human populations, socio-ecology of nomadic people(North African Berbers, Thailand Sea Gypsy).

Behavioral Genetics:
evolution of personality, personality gene flow hypothesis, molecular genetics and personality traits
Evolution of sexual orientation, genetic influence on homosexuality, sexually antagonistic selection, homosexuality and fecundity.

Forensic Psychology:
Infanticide, neonaticide, filicide, sexual assaults, sexual violence, rape Demography of sexual violence.

Fundings: Montedison, CNR, Viaggi del Ventaglio, Airone, Schultz Foundation Zurich, Associazione Primatologica Italiana, Smithsonian Washington, WWF international MED, Rotary Club, FAI: Fond de Assistance Internationale, Regione Veneto, Cooperazione Internazionale, VI framework program European Project “Respire”.

Awards: first prize for scientific communication Associazione Primatologica Italiana 1984, First prize Associazione Primatologica Italiana 1986.
Scientific Societies affiliation :
API Associazione Primatologica Italiana (1984-1994 Member of directive board)
IPS International Primatological Society
HBES The Human Behavior and Evolution Society

Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia.


Office hours

  • Wednesday from 10:30 to 12:30
    at In the teacher office, palazzo PSICO III, via Venezia 14, piano quarto, prima porta a destra
    da Aprile 2022 fino a fine emergenza COVID prenotare per email andrea.camperio@ per appuntamento.

Research Area

Evolutionary Psychology:

Sexual strategies, sexual orientation. Infanticide, pedofilia, sexual abuse.

Sustainable development and ecology of nomadic tribal populations (sea gypsies in Southern Thailand, Malaysia and Burma).

Evolution of Personality, adaptive value of human psychopathologies.

Evolutionary forensic psychology, profiling, sexual crimes, risk factors etc.

Animal Behavior:

Environmental monitoring, conservation, and demography of wild Macaca sylvanus, desertification processes.

Nonhuman primate behavior, ecology and demography (Macaca sylvanus in the middle atlas of Morocco).

Human-Wildlife interaction and conflict: Wild Brown bear ecology in the Adamello Alps, fear and co-existence with the local population.

Wolves reintroduction and ecology in Northern and Central Italy, Wolf-Human conflict in recently repopulated areas.

Thesis proposals

I teach only to advanced courses (Magistrali) and these titles refer to these courses:
Evolution of personality (field research)
Conservation and demography of wild primates
Human-wildlife conflict and coexistence
forensic aspects of sexual crimes
Infanticide, neonaticide and reproductive disinvestment
Adaptive value of psychopathologies: dyslexia, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders.
Attractiveness, beauty symmetry and averageness
why pedophilia is so common in catholic priests
Lesbian and gay co-occurrence in families: chance or co-ethiology
Animal wildlife interaction: the case of the brown bear in the Italian alps
Feminicide, incidence, distribution, and prevalence in Italy
Is family right promoting feminicide in Italy?
Profiling violent males at risk of IPV
Mating strategies, partner selection, and Media influence
Thesis are assigned on a competitive basis only. I accept occasional basic (Triennale) thesis provided that the candidate suggest a title and an argument of interest (different from those proposed above) and that they are willing to do a thesis (in other words they want to support or disprove a hypothesis on human or animal behavior), I do not accept candidates with no ideas or suggestions.