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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Fernando Montealegre-Zapata

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 Doppler Vibrometry, micro-CT x-ray tomography, 3D computer-generated images, and computer modelling.

Department Responsibilities

Administration: REF 2021: Coordinator of Unit of Assessment 6, Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science. University of Lincoln contact for the Uruguay PhD studentships. Teaching: Module leader of Invertebrate Zoology (BSc Zoology). BIO2042M: Invertebrate Zoology Supervising BGY3003M: Undergraduate research projects. Mentoring BGY1001M, BGY2004M: Research methods (Tutorials) I also supervise postgraduate (MSc, PhD) research students

Subject Specialism

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


  • PGCE — University of Lincoln, 2016
  • PhD — University of Toronto, 2005
  • BM-Sc — Universidad del Valle, 1997


  • The Leverhulme Trust — £370,000.00 (Co-I, U Stirling),
  • ERC Consolidator Grant — £1,800,000.00,
  • The Leverhulme Trust — £250,000.00,
  • The Royal Society Research Grant Award — £15,000.00,
  • National Geographic-Research and Exploration Grant — £9,000.00,
  • Darwin Initiative; Scoping grant. — £3,000.00,
  • HFSP Research Fellowship — £140,000.00,
  • National Geographic-Research and Exploration Grant — £16,157.00,


(i) Peer Reviewer for Scientific Journals Nature; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA; eLife; Ecology Letters; Journal of the Royal Society Interface; Biophysical Journal; PlosOne; Journal of Bionic Engineering; Journal of Experimental Biology; Journal of Evolutionary Biology; Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology; Naturwissenschaften (The Science of Nature); Journal of Comparative Physiology; BMC Evolutionary Biology; Bioacoustics; Animal Behaviour; Current Zoology; 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; Environmental Entomology; Zoological Studies; Entomologica Fennica; Entomological News; Caldasia; Revista Colombiana de Entomología; Cespedecia; Boletín del Museo de Entomologia, Univalle; ZooKeys; Current Zoology. (ii) Editorial commitments Subject Editor open access peer-reviewed journal ZooKeys (iii) Peer Reviewer for National and International Agencies Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) The Royal Society National Geographic The Leverhulme Trust

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Research Interests

  • Bioacoustics

  • Biomechanics

  • Evolution of Acoustic Communication

  • Sensory Biology

  • Ultrasonic Signalling

Research Projects

  • The Insect cochlea: a non-invasive path towards enhanced sound detectors — awarded £1800000 by Eupean Research Coincil in 2018
  • Evolution of acoustic communication in insects — awarded £250000 by The Leverhulme Trust in 2014
  • Hearing the Highest Pitched Calling Songs on Earth: Mechanisms of Extreme Ultrasonic Signal Detection in Rainforest Bushcrickets — awarded £15000 by The Royal Society in 2013
  • Mechanisms of Extreme Ultrasonic Signal Detection in Rainforest Katydids — awarded £9000 by National Geographic in 2013

Research in the Lincoln Repository

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