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Fabio Cortesi


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Position
PhD Candidate

Current research
The mimicry system of the coral reef fish Pseudochromis fuscus

Supervisors: Prof. Walter Salzburger (Uni Basel, Switzerland), Dr. Karen Cheney (SOBS, UQ) & Prof. Justin Marshall (QBI, UQ)

Purpose of research: Little is known about how ecology and genetics interact in shaping fuscus eyevertebrate mimicry systems. My research contributes to our understanding by studying the ecological and molecular triggers for phenotypic colour plasticity in the dottyback Pseudochromis fuscus. By using P. fuscus as a model system, we may discover what the ecological triggers for adaptive colouration in the species are; where exactly the benefits of being a mimicry species are allocated; and what the molecular prerequisites to become a mimicry species are.


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Contact
fabio.cortesi@uqconnect.edu.au

+61 (0)415 058 022

Sensory Neurobiology Group (formally Vision Touch and Hearing Research Centre)
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane Queensland 4072
Australia

Education
2009 Bachelor of Science Honours (1st Class) in the field of Marine Biology, The University of Queensland, Australia

2008 Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Plant and Animal Biology, The University of Basel, Switzerland

 

Publications
Cortesi F, & Cheney KL. 2010. Conspicuousness is correlated with toxicity in marine opisthobranchs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23: 1509-1518

 

Awards and Fellowships
2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government, 6 months research abroad (23,500 AUD)


2011 One year PhD Scholarship for Fabio Cortesi from the Janggen-Poehn Stiftung (38,000 CHF) to study colour adaptation in Pseudochromis fuscus


2011 Fondazione Felix Leemann (2,000 CHF) study grant


2010 PhD startup Scholarship from the Basler Stiftung fuer Biologische Forschung (10,000 CHF) to study colour adaptation in Pseudochromis fuscus


2009 Study Abroad Scholarship from the Kanton Graubuenden, Switzerland (12,000 CHF)

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Last updated: March 2012 by Eva McClure

Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane Queensland 4072 Australia