Enrique Font Bisier
Professor of Zoology
ICBiBE Research Lab: Ethology


PhD University of Tennessee (Knoxville), USA, 1988.

I am an ethologist interested in many topics relating to animal behavior. I received a Ph.D. in Ethology from the University of Tennessee in 1988. I am Full Professor of Zoology at the University of Valencia in Spain, and a member of the Cavanilles Institute of the University of Valencia, where I head the Ethology Laboratory. 

Research interests: I study animal behavior (ethology), with an emphasis on lizard behavior and communication. My research combines field observations, experimental approaches, and a multidisciplinary toolbox (light and electron microscopy, spectrophotometry, UV-photography, video analysis, quantitative analytical tools) to investigate the evolutionary mechanisms responsible for the design of lizard visual signals. My recent research focuses on the production, perception, function, and evolution of lizard coloration, particularly chromatic signals and color polymorphisms.

Teaching: Ethology (33061), Behavioral Ecology (43244), Herpetology (43237), Animal Welfare (43253).

Selected publications

2023 - Font, E. (2023) 50 years of the Nobel Prize to Lorenz, Tinbergen, and von Frisch: Integrating behavioral function into an ethology for the 21st century. Frontiers in Ethology 2:1270913.
2023 - Font, E., G.M. Burghardt & M. Leal (2023) Reptile brains, behavior, and cognition: Multiple misconceptions. In: Health and Welfare of Captive Reptiles (Warwick, C., Arena, P.C. & Burghardt, G.M., Eds.), pp. 211-238. Springer: Cham, Switzerland.
2020 - Abalos, J., G. Pérez i de Lanuza, A. Bartolomé, O. Liehrmann, H. Laakkonen, F. Aubret, T. Uller, P. Carazo & E. Font (2020) No evidence for differential sociosexual behavior and space use in the color morphs of the European common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis). Ecology and Evolution 10:10986-11005.
2019 - Font, E., R. García-Roa, D. Pincheira-Donoso & P. Carazo (2019) Rethinking the effects of body size on the study of brain size evolution. Brain Behav. Evol. 93:182-195.
2017 - Pérez i de Lanuza, G., M.A. Carretero & E. Font (2017) Intensity of male-male competition predicts morph diversity in a color polymorphic lizard. Evolution 71:1832-1840.

Headquarters (Scientific Park, Main Building)

Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology (ICBiBE)

University of Valencia