Monica Gagliano

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M085), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 757 Citations
  • 12 h-Index

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Personal profile


2007 PhD Marine Ecology, James Cook University (Australia)
1999 MSc Marine & Fisheries Science (University of Aberdeen, UK & University of Cape Town, SA)
1998 BSc (Hon) Marine Biology (University of North Wales Bangor, UK)

Funding overview

2013 Discovery Early Career Research Award (Australian Research Council; $403,000)
2013 Early Career Research Fellowship Support (University of Western Australia; $30,000)
2011 Research Collaboration Award (University of Western Australia; $15,000)
2011 Research Development Award (University of Western Australia; $30,000)
2009 University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (University of Western Australia; $267,000)
2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (James Cook University & AIMS; $225,000)

Previous positions

2016 – 2018 Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in Evolutionary Ecology (UWA)
2013 – 2015 ARC DECRA Research Fellow in Evolutionary Ecology (UWA)
2009 – 2012 UPRF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Evolutionary Ecology (UWA)
2008 – 2011 Adjunct Lecturer in Plant Biology (UWA)
2007 – 2009 AIMS@JCU Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Climate Change Ecology (JCU & AIMS)


My main research is broadly focusing on key aspects of the ecological processes by which organisms are able to gather information on the variable conditions of their surrounding environment in order to survive. In collaboration with various disciplines across the Sciences and the Humanities, my research aims at expanding our perception of animals, plants and more generally Nature. In the process of learning how to do this, I have pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics and extended the concept of cognition to plants, re-igniting the discourse on plant subjectivity, sentience and ethical standing.




  • Behavioural ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Marine ecology
  • Coral reef fish ecology
  • Parental effects
  • Early life history theory
  • Mimicry and biomimicry
  • Plant behaviour and cognition
  • Plant bioacoustics
  • Ethics
  • Ecopsychology

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Research Output

Ecological Justice for Nature in Critical Systems Thinking

Stephens, A., Taket, A. & Gagliano, M., 2019, In : Systems Research and Behavioral Science. 36, 1, p. 3-19 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Plants learn and remember: lets get used to it

Gagliano, M., Abramson, C. I. & Depczynski, M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Oecologia. 186, 1, p. 29-31 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

8 Citations (Scopus)

Breaking the silence: Green mudras and the faculty of language in plants

Gagliano, M., 2017, The language of plants: Science, philosophy, literature. Gagliano, M., Ryan, J. C. & Vieira, P. (eds.). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, p. 84-100 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Vieira, P., Gagliano, M. & Ryan, J. C., 2017, (Unpublished) The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature. Vieira, P., Gagliano, M. & Ryan, J. C. (eds.). Lanham, MD: University of Minnesota, p. ix-xxvii 352 p.

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The feminist plant: Changing relations with the water lily

Gibson, P. & Gagliano, M., 1 Sep 2017, In : Ethics and the Environment. 22, 2, p. 125-146 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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