Dr Alessandro Macario
Associate Lecturer / Postdoctoral researcher


My research interests lie in the field of Behavioural Ecology. I study how variation in the social and physical environment shapes behavioural differences at the individual- and group- level, which in turn have important evolutionary consequences. My work is mainly lab-based and uses guppy (Poecilia reticulata) as a model system.

During my PhD, I tested the hypothesis that females alter their sexual behaviours in response to variation in the distribution of male phenotypes experienced during development. I also explored whether learned preferences acquired in a foraging context while growing could be transferred into a mating context. The study showed the key role played by the social environment experienced during ontogeny in the expression of female mate preferences in a species that lack parental care.

Currently, my research centres on the study of social network structure and its adaptive value. Specifically, I am analyzing how the dynamic structure of established social networks responds to different levels of social disruption and how such disruption affects individual fitness.


Office hours (Term 1, 2017/18, room 154):

  • Wednesdays 1pm-2pm 
  • Thursdays 1pm-2pm


PhD in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter, UK
MSc, Behavioural Biology, Paris 13 University, France
BSc, Biology and Biochemistry, Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France

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Contact details

AddressWashington Singer Laboratories
University of Exeter
Perry Road
Prince of Wales Road
Office hours

Office hours (Term 1, 2017/18):

  • Wednesdays 13:00-14:00
  • Thursdays 13:00-14:00

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