University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture

Laura Iacolina, PhD

e-mail: ilaura ( at )

Research interests

  • My main long term topics of interest are Conservation, Population and Evolutionary Genetics/Genomics. I am also interested in directional hybridization patterns and the investigation of the possible Evolutionary implications of the gene flow of human selected genes into wild populations. Recently, my research additionally included the identification of genes under selection for disease resistance, the implementation of Population Genetics data in the understanding and contingency of disease spread and the use of eDNA to understand feeding strategies, food preferences and inter species competition.


  • 1. A.V. Stronen*, C. Pertoldi, L. IACOLINA, H.N. Kadarmideen, T.N. Kristensen (online first) Genomic analyses suggest adaptive differentiation of Northern European native cattle breeds. Evolutionary Applications.
    2. A.V. Stronen°*, L. IACOLINA°, C. Pertoldi, S. Kusza, P. Hulva, I. Dykyy, I. Kojola, S. Faurby (online first) The use of museum skins for genomic analyses of temporal genetic diversity in wild species. Conservation Genetics Resources.
    3. A.V. Stronen°*, L. IACOLINA°, C. Pertoldi, M. Tokarska, B.S. Sørensen, S. Bahrndorff, K. Oleński, S. Kamiński, P. Nikolskiy (2019) Genomic variability in the extinct Steppe bison (Bison priscus) compared to the European bison (Bison bonasus). Mammal Research, 64(1): 127-131.
    4. L. IACOLINA*, L. Corlatti, E. Buzan, T. Safner, N. Šprem (2019) Hybridization in European ungulates: an overview of the current status, causes and consequences. Mammal Review, 49 (1): 45-59 doi: 10.1111/mam.12140
    5. A.V. Stronen*, L. IACOLINA, A. Ruiz-Gonzalez (2019) Rewilding and conservation genomics: how developments in (re)colonization ecology and genomics can offer mutual benefits for understanding contemporary evolution. Global Ecology and Conservation, 17: e00502.
    6. L. IACOLINA*, C. Pertoldi, M. Amills, S. Kusza, H.-J. Megens, V.A. Bâlteanu, J. Bakan, V. Cubric-Curic, R. Oja, U. Saarma, M. Scandura, N. Šprem, A.V. Stronen (2018) Hotspots of recent hybridization between pigs and wild boars in Europe. Scientific Reports, 8: 17372. doi:
    7. J. Rafn*, C.M.S. Frederiksen, M. Ulstrup, S.N. Bruun, R. Buttenschøn, E.N.B. Schmidt, T.H. Jensen, J.L. Nielsen, L. IACOLINA, S. Lionello, M. Becilacqua, C. Fløjgaard, C. Pertoldi (2018) Fødepræference og græsningshøjde på vedplanter om sommeren hos udsatte krondyr og elge i Lille Vildmose. Flora og Fauna, 124 (1-2): 38-41.
    8. B. Yang°, L. Cui°, M. Perez-Enciso, A. Traspov, R.P.M.A. Crooijmans, N. Zinovieva, L.B. Schook, A. Archibald, K. Gatphayak, C. Knorr, A. Triantafyllidis, P. Alexandri, G. Semiadi, O. Hanotte, D. Dias, P. Dovč, P. Uimari, L. IACOLINA, M. Scandura, M.A.M. Groenen, L. Huang*, H.-J. Megens* (2017) Genome-wide SNP data unveils the globalization of domesticated pigs. Genetics, Selection, Evolution 49: 71. IF 3.743.
    9. D. Batocchio°, L. IACOLINA°, A. Canu, E. Mori* (2017) "How much does it cost to look like a pig in a wild boar group?". Behavioural Processes 138: 123-126. IF 1.555.
    10. L. IACOLINA *, V. Brajković, A. Canu, N. Šprem, V. Cubrić Curik, L. Fontanesi, U. Saarma, M. Apollonio, M. Scandura (2016) "Novel Y-chromosome microsatellites in Sus scrofa and their variation in European wild boar". Animal Genetics 47(6): 682-690. IF 1.815. doi: 10.1111/age.12483
    11. L. IACOLINA °*, A. V. Stronen°, C. Pertoldi, M. Tokarska, L. S. Nørgaard, J. Muñoz, A. Kjærsgaard, A. Ruiz-Gonzalez, S. Kamiński, D. C. Purfield (2016) "Novel graphical analyses of runs of homozygosity among species and livestock breeds". International Journal of Genomics 2016: 2152847. IF 2.402.
    12. A. Canu, S.T. Vilaça, L. IACOLINA, M. Apollonio, M. Scandura* (2016) "Lack of polymorphism at MC1R wild-type allele and evidence of domestic allele introgression across European wild boar populations". Mammalian Biology 81: 477-479. IF 1.429. doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2016.01.003
    13. L. IACOLINA, M. Scandura*, D.J. Goedbloed, P. Alexandri, R.P.M.A. Crooijmans, G. Larson, A. Archibald, M. Apollonio, L.B. Schook, M.A.M. Groenen, H.-J. Megens (2016) "Genomic diversity and differentiation of a managed island wild boar population". Heredity 116: 60-67. IF 3.961. doi:10.1038/hdy.2015.70
    14. M.W. Bruford*, C. Ginja, I. Hoffmann, S. Joost, P. Orozco-terWengel, F. Alberto, A. Amaral, M. Barbato, F. Biscarini, L. Colli, M. Costa, I. Curik, S. Duruz, M. Ferenčaković, D. Fischer, R. Fitak, L.F. Groeneveld, S. Hall, O.H. Hanotte, F.-U. Hassan, P. Helsen, L. IACOLINA, J. Kantanen, K. Leempoel, J.A. Lenstra, P. Ajmone Marsan, C. Masembe, H.-J. Megens, M.J. Miele, M. Neuditschko, E.L. Nicolazzi, F. Pompanon, J. Roosen, N. Sevane, A. Smetko, A. Štambuk, I. Streeter, S. Stucki, C. Supakorn, L. Telo da Gama, M. Tixier-Boichard, D. Wegmann, X. Zhan (2015) "Prospects and Challenges for the Conservation of Farm Animal Genomic Resources, 2015-2025". Frontiers in Genetics 6: 314. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2015.00314
    15. A. Canu, S. Costa, L. IACOLINA, P. Piatti, M. Apollonio, M. Scandura* (2014) "Are captive wild boars more introgressed than free-ranging wild boars? Two case studies in Italy". European Journal of Wildlife Research 60: 459-467. IF 1.634. doi: 10.1007/s10344-014-0804-5
    16. S.T. Vilaça, D. Biosa, F. Zachos, L. IACOLINA, J. Kirschning, P.C. Alves, L. Paule, C. Gortazar, Z. Mamuris, B. Jedrzejewska, T. Borowik, V. Sidorovich, J. Kusak, S. Costa, L. Schley, G.B. Hartl, M. Apollonio, G. Bertorelle, M. Scandura* (2014) "Mitochondrial phylogeography of the European wild boar: the effect of climate on genetic diversity and spatial lineage sorting across Europe". Journal of Biogeography 41: 987-998. IF 4.590. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12268
    17. A. Canu, M. Scandura*, S. Luchetti, A. Cossu, L. IACOLINA, M. Bazzanti, M. Apollonio (2013) "Influence of management regime and population history on genetic diversity and population structure of brown hares (Lepus europaeus) in an Italian province". European Journal of Wildlife Resesarch 59(6):783-793. IF 1.208. doi: 10.1007/s10344-013-0731-x
    18. A. Canu, A. Cossu, R. Foddai, L. IACOLINA, H. Ben Slimen, F. Suchentrunk, M. Apollonio, M. Scandura* (2012) "Differentiation under isolation and genetic structure of Sardinian hares as revealed by craniometric analysis, mitochondrial DNA and microsatellites". Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 50(4):328-337. IF 1.796. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0469.2012.00671.x
    19. M. Scandura*, L. IACOLINA, C. Capitani, A. Gazzola, L. Mattioli, M. Apollonio (2011) “Fine-scale genetic structure suggest low levels of short-range gene flow in a wolf population of the Italian Appenines”. European Journal of Wildlife Research 57:949-958. IF 1.306. doi: 10.1007/s10344-011-0509-y
    20. M. Scandura*, L. IACOLINA, M. Apollonio (2011) “Genetic diversity in the European wild boar (Sus scrofa): phylogeography, population structure and wild x domestic hybridization”. Mammal Review 41(2):125-137. IF 3.034. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2907.2010.00182.x
    21. M. Scandura*, L. IACOLINA, A. Cossu, M. Apollonio (2011) “Effects of human perturbation on the genetic make-up of an island population: the case of the Sardinian wild boar”. Heredity 106:1012-1020. IF 4.597. doi: 10.1038/hdy.2010.155
    22. L. IACOLINA, M. Scandura*, A. Gazzola, N. Cappai, C. Capitani, L. Mattioli, F. Vercillo, M. Apollonio (2010) “Y-chromosome microsatellite variation in Italian wolves: an effective means to investigate wolf-dog hybridization patterns”. Mammalian Biology 75 (49): 341-347. IF 1.264. doi:10.1016/j.mambio.2010.02.004
    23. M. Scandura*, L. IACOLINA, M. Apollonio, F. Dessì Fulgheri, M. Baratti (2010) “Current status of the Sardinian partridge (Alectoris barbara) assessed by molecular markers”. European Journal of Wildlife Research 56: 33-42. IF 1.220. doi: 10.1007/s10344-009-0286-z
    24. L. IACOLINA, M. Scandura, P. Bongi, M. Apollonio* (2009) “Nonkin association in wild boar social units”. Journal of Mammalogy 90 (3): 666-674. IF 1.953. doi:
    25. M. Scandura*, L. IACOLINA, B. Crestanello, E. Pecchioli, G. Bertorelle, M. Apollonio (2009) “Occurrence of a private mtDNA clade in Italian wild boars”. Proceedings of the 7th international symposium on wild boar (Sus scrofa) and on sub-order Suiformes: 96-97.
    26. M. Scandura*, L. IACOLINA, B. Crestanello, E. Pecchioli, M.F. Di Benedetto, V. Russo, R. Davoli, M. Apollonio, G. Bertorelle (2008) “Ancient vs. recent processes as factors shaping the genetic variation of the European wild boars: are the effects of the last glaciation still detectable?”. Molecular Ecology 17: 1745-1762. IF 5.325. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03703.x
    27. M. Scandura*, L. IACOLINA, H. Ben Slimen, F. Suchentrunk, M. Apollonio (2007) “Mitochondrial CR-1 variation in Sardinian hares and its relationship with other Old World hares (genus Lepus)”. Biochemical Genetics 45: 305-323. IF 0.863. doi: 10.1007/s10528-007-9076-z
    28. M. Scandura*, C. Capitani, L. IACOLINA, M. Apollonio (2006) “An empirical approach for reliable microsatellite genotyping of wolf DNA from multiple noninvasive sources”. Conservation Genetics, 7: 813-823. IF 1.429. doi: 10.1007/s10592-005-9106-5

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