Leonida Fusani (LF), Dept. of Cognitive Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna & Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Dept. of Integrative Biology and Evolution, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
studied Pianoforte at the Conservatorio Cherubini and Biology at the University of Firenze, Italy. He received his Master of Philosophy in 1995 and his Doctor of Philosophy in 2000, both at the University of Cambridge, UK. After two years of post-doctoral research each at the Max-Planck-Research Centre for Ornithology, Andechs, Germany and at the Dept. of Physiological Science, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, he worked 2003-2007 as assistant Professor at the Dept. of Physiology, University of Siena, Italy and from 2007-2014 as associate Professor at the Dept. of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, University of Ferrara, Italy. 2014 he got appointed as full Professor at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and at the Department of Cognitive Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria (double affiliation).
LF studies the evolutionary and physiological mechanisms of complex communication within reproductive contexts. All animals that reproduce through internal fecundation have complex and sometime spectacular behavioural interactions to select adequate sexual partners. Courtship may carry crucial information about the quality of the mates, a key factor for fitness. LF investigates the physiological adaptations that evolved to allow signallers (usually males) to produce specialized audio-visual displays, and how these displays act on receivers (males and females) to modify their physiology and behaviour. For more information see the website.