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Dr Alessandro Macario

Dr Alessandro Macario

Associate Lecturer / Postdoctoral researcher

 Washington Singer 154


Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK

 Office hours:

Office hours (Term 1, 2017/18):

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


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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Teaching responsibilities

  • PSY1105 - Introduction to behaviour and evolution
  • PSY2214 - Observations and experiments in animal behaviour
  • PSY2217 - Wild behaviour
  • PSY3423 - The evolution of social behaviour and social organization
  • PSYM213 - Current research issues in animal behaviour

 Student projects

  • PSY3401 - Research project
  • PSYM210 - Research apprenticeship



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