David Baracchi

Associate Professor

PhD in Animal Ecology and Ethology


Università degli Studi di Firenze,

Room B2.34

Dipartimento di Biologia, Via Madonna del Piano, 6, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italia



(+39) 055 457 4723

Orcid ID: 0000-0003-1308-0612
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Social insects exhibit complex behaviours and have astonishing cognitive abilities. I am especially interested in the evolution and plasticity of these behaviours and abilities. Together with my research team I work with small brained insects, mainly bees, ants and wasps to tease apart the neuroethological mechanisms and the behavioural rules used by insects to successfully adapt to the environment and make economic decisions to survive.



PhD in Animal Ethology and Ecology. University of Florence. Advisor: Prof. Stefano Turillazzi


Master's degree in Behavioural Biology. Honours Summa con Laude. University of Florence. Advisor: Prof. Stefano Turillazzi


Bachelor's Degree in Biological Science. Honours Summa con Laude. University of Florence.  Advisor: Prof. Stefano Turillazzi


2021-2023  Eva Crane TRUST Grant (€34.878)


2017-2021 Rita Levi Montalcini Programme Fellowship (€214.000)

2013-2015 Marie  Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship IEF (€221.000)

2009-12 PhD Scholarship Awarded by the Italian Ministry of Research and Education

Peer Reviewer for International Journals

Agriculture, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, Animals, Apidologie, Arthropod-Plant Interactions, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Behavioural Processes, BioMed Research International, Biologia, BMC Ecology, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Chemoecology, Contribution to Zoology, Current Zoology, Ethology, Ethology Ecology & Evolution, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, F1000Research, Insects, Iscience, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Comparative Physiology A, Journal of Chemical Ecology, Journal of Experimental Biology, Journal of Insect Behaviour, Journal of Insect Physiology, Journal of Neuroscience Research, Laterality, Molecular Ecology, Nature Chemical Biology, Nature Cell Biology, Naturwissenschaften, Neotropical Entomology, PLOSONE, PeerJ, Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, Royal Society Open Science, Scientific Reports, Toxicon, Tropical Zoology, ZooKeys.

Professional History

2021 -

Associate Professor (Sector Bio-05) University of Florence, Italy

2018 - 21

Montalcini Research Fellow (RTDb). Assistant Professor. University of Florence, Italy


Postdoctoral Researcher, Université Paul Sabatier III, CNRS, France. Prof. Martin Giurfa's Lab


Postdoctoral Researcher, Université Paris13, France. Prof. Patrizia d'Ettorre's Lab


Marie Curie Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Prof. Lars Chittka's Lab


Cultore della Materia (Zoology). University of Florence, Italy

Invited Talks at Scientific Meetings

2022 Title: Pheromones as neuromodulators of experience-depending behaviour in insects. International Congress Neuroethology, Lisbon, Portugal

2018 Title: Aminergic underpinnings of pheromonal modulation of olfactory learning and memory formation in honeybees. XI European Congress of Entomology, Naples, Italy

2015 Title: Appetitive and aversive pheromones modulate sucrose response threshold in honey bees. IFE-GDR Meeting, Paris, France

2015 Title: Nestmate recognition in a social wasp: vision and olfaction. SFECA Strasburg, France

2014 Title: Infected bumblebees self-medicate by increasing the ingestion of nectar toxins. EURBEE Murcia, Spain


- Associate Editor in Cognition (Frontiers in Psychology) 

- Guest Editor for a Special Column in Current Zoology (2018-2019)

- Topic Editor for Insects

- Editorial Board member for Diversity

- Review Editor in Insect Neurobiology (Frontiers in Insect Science) 

- Review Editor in Chemical Ecology (Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution)

Webmaster and Segretarian of the Italian Section of IUSSI. (AISASP)