Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers of ESCBC 2022

David Baracchi, Ph.D.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Baracchi finished his PhD on Ecology and Animal Behaviour in 2012 at the University of Florence. He spent two years (2013-2015) in Prof. L. Chittka’s lab at Queen Mary University of London as a Marie Curie Research Fellow working on cognitive abilities of bumblebees. He worked as Postdoc (2015-2018) in Prof. M. Giurfa’ s lab at Université Toulouse III and Prof. P. d’Ettorre’s Lab at Université Paris13 studying learning and memory in honey bees and ants. In 2019, Baracchi came back to Italy as an independent researcher and thank to the Rita Levi Montalcini Programme and established his own Lab at the University of Florence where he lectures in Zoology and Ethology. Together with his research team of the Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Lab, he works with honey bees and bumblebees to tease apart the neuroethological mechanisms and the behavioural rules used by insects to successfully tune to the environment and make economic decisions to survive. 

Alex Jordan, Ph.D.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Alex Jordan obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Sydney. After an experience as a research fellow first in Osaka and then at UT Austin, he became a Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour in Konstanz. Together with his research group – Integrative Behavioural Ecology Research Group – Alex studies the evolution of social and collective behaviour in animals by paying mainly attention on how single individuals come together to form much larger groups and the behavioural, cognitive, and neuroanatomical mechanisms that need to evolve to facilitate group living. His research program encompasses traditional field behavioural ecology, computational ethology, automated animal tracking, neurobiology, and evolution, aiming to understand both the mechanisms and the outcomes of social behaivour across species. His lab is primarily field-focused, attempting to understand animal behaviour in the places it has evolved, and he works in Lake Tanganyika, the Mediterranean Sea, Coral Reefs in the Caribbean and Red Sea, as well as Central American rainforests.

Hannah Rowland, P.hD.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Hannah Rowland is a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, where she heads the Predators and Toxic Prey Group. Previously, she was a Lecturer and a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Before that, she completed her PhD at the University of Liverpool, and a postdoc at the Universities of Liverpool, Glasgow, and Jyväskylä. She has worked on a range of systems to study the evolutionary interactions between predators and prey. Hannah researches the mechanisms that underpin honest signalling in animal communication, how global change affects warning colours and chemical defences of prey populations at a landscape level, how visual and chemical signals are perceived and learned, and how the social environment affects the evolution of predator-prey interactions.