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Lisa Mangiamele

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Lisa Mangiamele


Sabin-Reed Hall 453


Lisa Mangiamele is an integrative neurobiologist interested in animal communication. Her research uses behavioral, physiological, molecular and neuroanatomical techniques to investigate the mechanisms of communication behavior in frogs and fish. In particular, her lab studies how sensory systems integrate communication signals to guide adaptive behaviors, such as mating behaviors, and how those sensory processes are modified by hormones. She is also interested in comparative neurobiology and evolution of the brain.

Selected Publications

* Indicates Smith student author

Mangiamele, L.A. and Fuxjager, M.F. 2018. Insight into the neuroendocrine basis of signal evolution: a case study in foot-flagging frogs. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 204:61-70 [Invited Review for Special Issue]


Thompson, R.R. and Mangiamele, L.A. 2018. Rapid sex steroid effects on reproductive responses in male goldfish: Sensory and motor mechanisms. Hormones and Behavior 104:52-62 [Invited Review]


Mangiamele, L.A., Gomez, J.R., Curtis, N.J.,and Thompson, R.R. 2017. GPR30/GPER, a membrane estrogen receptor, is expressed in the brain and retina of a social fish (Carassius auratus) and co-localizes with isotocin. Journal of Comparative Neurology 525(2): 252-270


Mangiamele, L.A., Fuxjager, M.J., Schuppe, E.R., Taylor, R.S.*, Hodl, W., and Preininger, D. 2016. Increased androgenic sensitivity in the hind limb muscular system marks the evolution of a derived gestural display. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 11:5664-5669. [Cover article]

Mangiamele, L.A., Keeney, A.D., D’Agostino, E.N., and Thompson, R.R. 2013. Pheromone exposure influences preoptic arginine vasotocin gene expression and inhibits social approach behavior in response to rivals but not potential mates. Brain, Behavior, and Evolution 81:194-202.

Mangiamele, L.A. and Thompson, R.R. 2012. Testosterone rapidly increases ejaculate volume and sperm density in competitively breeding goldfish through an estrogenic membrane receptor mechanism. Hormones and Behavior 62:107-112. [Cover article]

Mangiamele, L.A. and Burmeister, S.S. 2011. Auditory selectivity for acoustic features that confer species recognition in the tungara frog. Journal of Experimental Biology 214:2911-2918. [Featured research article in Inside JEB]

Chakraborty, M., Mangiamele, L.A., and Burmeister, S.S. 2010. Neural activity patterns in response to interspecific and intraspecific variation in mating calls in the tungara frog. PLoS ONE 5(9):e12898.

Mangiamele, L.A., Thomson, C.J., Lebonville, C.L., and Burmeister, S.S. 2010. Characterization of the plasticity-related gene, Arc, in the frog brain. Developmental Neurobiology 70(12):813-825

Mangiamele, L.A. and Burmeister, S.S. 2008. Acoustically-evoked immediate-early gene expression in the pallium of the tungara frog. Brain, Behavior, and Evolution 72: 239-250.

Burmeister, S.S., Mangiamele, L.A., and Lebonville, C.L. 2008. Acoustic modulation of immediate-early gene expression in the auditory midbrain of female túngara frogs. Brain Research 1190:105-114.



Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lab website

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks