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    Dr Fernando Montealegre-Z

    Senior Lecturer

    School of Life Sciences
    College of Science

    About Fernando Montealegre-Z

    I am an entomologist with a solid research background in biomechanics, acoustics, sensory and comparative biology. I study ultrasound-sensitive ears and ultrasound generators in insects, and their evolution. I use a combination of innovative methods such as laser interferometry, micro-CT x-ray tomography, 3D computer-generated images, and computer modelling.

    Department Responsibilities

    Module Leader of Forensic Entomolgy (MSc, Erasmus Mundus in Forensic Science). Module leader of Invertebrate Zoology (BSc Zoology), and Animal Anatomy and Physiology (BSc Zoology). I lecture in the modules of Forensic Entomology, Animal Anatomy and Physiology,  Behavioural Ecology and Forensic Antropology.
    I also supervise undergraduate research projects, as well as postgraduate (MSc, PhD) research students. As a mentor, I also deliver tutorials for undergraduate students.

    Subject Specialism

    I am a Senior Lecturer with the School of Life Sciences. My fields of interest are Sensory biology, biomechanics of sound production and hearing in insects


    • PhD — University of Toronto, 2005
    • BM-Sc — Universidad del Valle, 1997


    • The Leverhulme Trust — £250,000.00, 2014
    • The Royal Society Research Grant Award — £15,000.00, 2013
    • National Geographic-Research and Exploration Grant — £9,000.00, 2013
    • Darwin Initiative; Scoping grant. — £3,000.00, 2009
    • HFSP Research Fellowship — £140,000.00, 2008
    • National Geographic-Research and Exploration Grant — 2006
    • The Journal of Experimental Biology, Travel. UK. — 2005
    • W. Jack Christie Graduate Award in Ecology (2002-2003) — 2002
    • Frederick P. Ide Graduate Award (2000-2005) — 2000

    Professional Affiliations

    External Activities and Consultancy

    (i) Peer Reviewer for Scientific Journals
    Biophysical Journal; PlosONe, Journal of Experimental Biology; Naturwissenschaften; Journal of Evolutionary Biology; Journal of Comparative Physiology; BMC Evolutionary Biology; Bioacoustics; Biological Journal of the Linnean Society; Journal of Insect Physiology; Systematic Entomology; Behavioural Ecology; Journal of Insect Science; Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society; Journal of Orthoptera Research; Journal of Tropical Ecology; Turkish Journal of Zoology; Zoological Studies; Entomologica Fennica; Entomological News. Caldasia; Revista Colombiana de Entomología; Cespedecia.

    (ii) Peer Reviewer for National and International Government Agencies
    The Royal Society

    Research Interests

    Research Group Memberships

    Research Projects

    • Evolution of acoustic communication in insects — Awarded £250,000 by The Leverhulme Trust in 2014
    • Hearing the Highest Pitched Calling Songs on Earth: Mechanisms of Extreme Ultrasonic Signal Detection in Rainforest Bushcrickets — Awarded £15,000 by The Royal Society in 2013
    • Mechanisms of Extreme Ultrasonic Signal Detection in Rainforest Katydids — Awarded £9,000 by National Geographic in 2013

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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