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Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms Department

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Fano Marine Centre
Viale Adriatico 1/N
61032 Fano – Italia

Tel.: +39 392 4636976
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Contatto Skype: lisa.locatello

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I study evolution and ecology of reproduction in marine organisms, mainly fish, by combining morphological, physiological and behavioural approaches.

My research revolves around three main themes:
- the role of sexual selection in shaping the evolution of reproductive traits and behaviours. I investigate male-male competition and female mate choice (both before and after mating), the evolution of sexual ornaments, and the evolution of the ejaculate under sperm competition. My favourite model species for these studies include fish with alternative male mating tactics;
- the ecology of reproduction, with attention to the impact of climate change and other anthropogenic disturbances on reproductive physiology and behaviour. I am currently exploring also the interaction between environmental and ecological factors and sexual selection processes;
- applied reproductive biology focused on the monitoring of gamete quality in farmed fish species, and aimed at developing a self-sustaining aquaculture for the conservation of marine natural resources.

Selected Publications

Marĉeta T., Locatello L., Alban S., Abu Hassan MS., Nik Mohmmad Azmi N., Finos L., Badocco D., Marin MG. (2022). Transgenerational effects and phenotypic plasticity in sperm and larvae of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus under ocean acidification. Aquatic Toxicology 248: 106208.

Locatello L., Borgheresi O., Poli F., Pilastro A., Rasotto M.B. (2021) Black goby territorial males adjust their ejaculate’s characteristics in response to the presence of sneakers. Biol. Lett. 17 (8): 20210201.

Locatello L., Soriano M.E., Rigoni G., Rasotto M.B., Poli F. (2020). Going beyond conventional parameters to unveil sperm quality in fish: the use of fibre optic technology to assess mitochondrial respiratory performance. Biol. Open 9: bio053306.

Locatello L., Bozzetta E., Pinzoni L., Rasotto M.B. (2020). Female comparative mate choice influences strategic male nesting strategy in the peacock blenny Salaria pavo. Behav. Process. 170: 103988

Rowley A.*, Locatello L.*, Kahrl A., Rego M., Boussard A., Garza-Gisholt E., Kempster R.M., Collin S.P., Giacomello E., Follesa M.C., Porcu C., Evans J.P., Hazin F., Garcia-Gonzales F., Daly-Engel T., Mazzoldi C., Fitzpatrick J. (2019). Sexual selection and the evolution of sperm morphology in sharks. J Evol. Biol. 32:1027-1035. * share first authorship

Locatello L., Bertotto D., Cerri R., Parmeggiani A.M., Govoni N., Trocino A., Xiccato G., Mordenti O. (2018). Sperm quality in wild-caught and farmed males of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Anim. Reprod. Sci. 198:167-176.

Poli F., Locatello L., Rasotto M.B. (2018). Seminal fluid enhances competitiveness of territorial males’ sperm in a fish with alternative male reproductive tactics’. J Exp. Biol. 221:14:jeb175976.

Locatello L., Rasotto M.B. (2017). Females’ sampling strategy to comparatively evaluate prospective mates in the peacock blenny Salaria pavo. Sci. Nat. 104:57.

Locatello L., Poli F., Rasotto M.B. (2015). Context-dependent evaluation of prospective mates in a fish’. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 69(7):1119-1126.

Locatello L., Fiorito G., Finos L., Rasotto M.B. (2013). Behavioural and immunological responses to an immune-challenge in Octopus vulgaris. Physiol. Behav. 122:93-99

Locatello L., Poli F., Rasotto M.B. (2013). Tactic-specific differences in seminal fluid influence sperm performance’. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 280(1755): 20122891

Locatello L., Pilastro A., Deana R., Zarpellon A., Rasotto M.B. (2007). Variation pattern of sperm quality traits in two gobies with alternative mating tactics. Funct. Ecol. 21: 975-981

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