Ecology and behaviour of lagoon birds and fish


Matteo Griggio


My research has focused primarily on the use of visual signals in communication by birds: both intrasexual and intersexual selection. Using different study species, also lagoon species like Bearded reedlings (Panurus biarmicus), I am investigating these two areas of sexual selection. My research focuses also on parental investment involving negotiation between the sexes and how social birds live and interact together, forming complex relationships and social structure. Recently I started also a project on wildlife management for lagoon bird species. I am collaborating with Dr. Herbert Hoi at the Konrad Lorenz Insitute of Ethology (Vienna)
Recently I started a project on social behaviour in killifish (Aphanius fasciatus). The purpose of this project is to understand how different abiotic and biotic characteristics influence the social behaviour. Throughout different experimental set-ups I would like to explore the nature of the relationships that individuals form with Others.

Selected publications

Griggio M. , Hoi H., 2010. Only females in poor condition display a clear preference and prefer males with an average badge. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 261.

Griggio M., Biard C., Penn D.J., Hoi H., 2011. Female house sparrows "count on" male genes: experimental evidence for MHC-dependent mate preference in birds. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 44.

Griggio M., Hoi H., 2011. An experiment on the function of the long-term pair bond period in the socially monogamous bearded reedling. Animal Behaviour 82: 1329-1335.

Colombelli-Négrel D., Hauber M.E., Robertson J., Sulloway F.J., Hoi H., Griggio M., Kleindorfer S., 2012. Embryonic learning of vocal passwords in superb fairy-wrens reveals intruder cuckoo nestlings. Current Biology 22: 2155-2160.

Garcia-Navas V., Valera F., Griggio M., 2015. Nest decorations: an 'extended' female badge of status? Animal Behaviour 99: 95-107.