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

Department Responsibilities

Administration: Module leader of Invertebrate Zoology (BSc Zoology). I am currently in charge of the School flat-screen lobby displays at the University of Lincoln. I created templates for the display of the research output of different research groups and labs,  to include QR codes, relevant article information. Format information to conform to template. Work in team with administration staff to periodically contact colleagues to submit latest paper information. Teaching: BIO2042M: Invertebrate Zoology BGY1004M: Animal Anatomy and Physiology  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


  • ERC Consolidator Grant — £1,780,000.00,
  • 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 Biophysical Journal; Journal of The Royal Society INTERFACE; PlosONe; Journal of Experimental Biology; Naturwissenschaften; Behavioural Ecology and Socio Biology; 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; ZooKeys, Journal of Tropical Ecology; Turkish Journal of Zoology; Zoological Studies; Entomologica Fennica; Entomological News. Caldasia; Revista Colombiana de Entomología; Cespedecia. (ii) Editorial commitments Subject Editor open access peer-reviewed journal ZooKeys (iii) Peer Reviewer for National and International Agencies 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

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