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About Graziella Iossa

I obtained a degree in Natural Sciences (Zoology) in Italy and completed a PhD in Behavioural Ecology at the University of Bristol, UK. Still in Bristol, I held a postdoctoral position in Animal Welfare but then moved to scientific publishing coordinating a new journal for the British Ecological Society. I joined the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, as a Back to Science Fellow in 2015. The fellowship aims to kick start academic careers after an extended parental leave or other career break. My research project aimed to shed light on the role of the insect egg micropyle in sperm morphological evolution for the first time. My past work has included the behavioural and population ecology of urban red foxes in Bristol and roe deer ecology in Italy. Currently I am working on an interdisciplinary project with Hilary Graham (Department of Health) and Piran White (Environment Department) at the University of York using an ecosystem-approach to link environmental and health policy agendas on antimicrobial resistance.

Department Responsibilities

Athena Swan Committee member

Subject Specialism

Animal Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology


  • PhD — University of Bristol, 2006
  • Laurea — Universita` Federico II, Italy, 1998


  • Valuing Nature Placement — NERC/CEH,
  • Back to Science Fellow — University of Lincoln,
  • Rotary Ambassador — The Rotary Foundation,
  • Ramon y Cayal Scholar — The European Union,


Associate editor for Methods in Ecology and Evolution Reviewer for the Review College of the British Ecological Society Mentor, Women in Science, British Ecological Society Referee for various international journals, ORCID ID 0000-0001-6813-4361

Orcid ID


Research Interests

  • animal behaviour

  • animal welfare

  • Behavioural Ecology

  • Sexual selection

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Applying a natural capital approach to link environmental and health policy agendas on antimicrobial resistance — NERC Valuing Nature in 1
  • Egg-sperm coevolution in Lepidoptera — University of Lincoln in 1

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations