Tommaso Ruberto

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

PhD project title: An integrative approach to understanding conflict management in a highly social vertebrate.

Primary aims of the projects: Within the course of my PhD, I am performing experiments to understand the behavioural, developmental, and neurophysiological underpinnings of sociality in the cooperatively breeding Daffodil cichlids, Neolamprologus pulcher. Specifically, my PhD project is investigating the phenotypic expression of conflict management behaviours in N. pulcher, the role of vasotocin in modulating those behaviours, and the importance of early life experiences in organising adult social behaviour and its neurohormonal substrates.

Supervisors: Dr. Adam Reddon, Dr. Will Swaney, and Dr. Hazel Nichols.




2013, University of Genova, Italy, M.Sc. Biological Monitoring
2010, La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, B.Sc. Biology

Journal article

Reddon AR, Ruberto T, Reader SM. 2021. Submission signals in animal groups Behaviour, 159 :1-20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ruberto T, Talbot JL, Reddon AR. 2020. Head up displays are a submission signal in the group-living daffodil cichlid. Behavioural Processes, 181 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Neri D, Ruberto TF, Mwaffo V, Bartolini T, Porfiri M. 2019. Social environment modulates anxiogenic effects of caffeine in zebrafish Behavioural Pharmacology, DOI

Kim C, Ruberto T, Phamduy P, Porfiri M. 2018. Closed-loop control of zebrafish behaviour in three dimensions using a robotic stimulus Scientific Reports, 8 DOI

Ruberto TF, Clément R, Spinello C, Neri D, Macrì S, Porfiri M. 2018. The Tagging Procedure of Visible Implant Elastomers Influences Zebrafish Individual and Social Behavior Zebrafish, 15 DOI

Macrì S, Neri D, Ruberto T, Mwaffo V, Butail S, Porfiri M. 2017. Three-dimensional scoring of zebrafish behavior unveils biological phenomena hidden by two-dimensional analyses Scientific Reports, 7 DOI

Neri D, Ruberto T, Cord-Cruz G, Porfiri M. 2017. Information theory and robotics meet to study predator-prey interactions Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 27 :073111-073111 DOI

Ruberto T, Polverino G, Porfiri M. 2017. How different is a 3D-printed replica from a conspecific in the eyes of a zebrafish? Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 107 :279-293 DOI

Ruberto T, Mwaffo V, Singh S, Neri D, Porfiri M. 2016. Zebrafish response to a robotic replica in three dimensions Royal Society Open Science, 3 :160505-160505 DOI

Polverino G, Ruberto T, Staaks G, Mehner T. 2016. Tank size alters mean behaviours and individual rank orders in personality traits of fish depending on their life stage Animal Behaviour, 115 :127-135 DOI