Dr. Anthony Auletta
Anthony is a broadly-tuned organismal biologist with a special interest in the behavior, physiology, and evolution of arthropods (especially the Arachnida), as well as science education and communication. As a lecturer in the Entomology & Nematology Department, Anthony seeks to share his passion for arthropods with students from all backgrounds, with the hope of fostering a lifelong appreciation for these fascinating animals. One of his primary duties is the development and coordination of CUREs (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences) in entomology, which aim to provide students with a meaningful introduction to conducting real entomological research in a collaborative setting. He is also involved with undergraduate advising in the department, and enjoys helping students discover their interests and work towards their career goals.
In the past, Anthony conducted research on the comparative neurobiology of arachnids, with a focus on the quantification, distribution, and functional roles of biogenic amines (e.g., dopamine, norepinephrine, and octopamine) in the central nervous systems of spiders and scorpions. He has also investigated group dynamics in a variety of subsocial arthropods, including huntsman spiders, Amblypygi (“tailless whip scorpions”), and web-spinning insects in the order Embiidina. His research has included aspects of neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, quantitative chemistry, ethology, and evolutionary biology. Although Anthony does not have a formal research appointment at UF, he is always happy to talk with interested undergraduate and graduate students about these topics and assist them in their research whenever possible