Current Position


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands




  • Sexual selection, Phenotypic plasticity, Evolutionary adaptation

Research Interests

  • Mate choice
  • Intrasexual competition
  • Sex pheromones
  • Animal reproductive diversity
  • Environmental adaptations
  • Thermal stress response
  • Life-history strategies
  • Evolutionary loss of sexual traits


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Kampfraath A.A., Dudink T. P., Kraaijeveld K., Ellers J., Zizzari Z.V. 2020. Male sexual trait decay in two asexual springtail populations follows neutral mutation accumulation theory. Evolutionary Biology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11692-020-09511-z

Groot A.T., Zizzari Z.V. 2019. Does climate warming influence sexual chemical signaling? Animal Biology, 69:83-93.

Zizzari Z.V., Koene J.M. 2019. New perspectives on meeting and mating. Animal Biology, 69:1-4.

Zizzari Z.V., Jessen A., Koene J.M. 2017. Male reproductive suppression: not a social affair. Current Zoology,63:573-579.

Zizzari Z.V., Engl T., Lorenz S., van Straalen N.M., Ellers J., Groot A.T. 2017. Love at first sniff: a spermatophore-associated pheromone mediates partner attraction in a collembolan species. Animal Behaviour, 124:221-227.

Zizzari Z.V., van Straalen N.M., Ellers J. 2016. Transgenerational effects of nutrition are different for sons and daughters. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29:1317-1327.

Zizzari Z.V., Ellers J. 2014. Rapid shift in thermal resistance between generations through maternal heat exposure. Oikos, 123:1365-1370.

Zizzari Z.V., Smolders I., Koene J.M. 2014. Alternative delivery of male accessory gland products. Frontiers in Zoology, 11:32.

Zizzari Z.V., van Straalen N.M., Ellers J. 2013. Male–male competition leads to less abundant but more attractive sperm. Biology Letters, 9, 20130762.

Fanciulli P.P., Zizzari Z.V., Frati F., Dallai R. 2012. The ultrastructure of the ejaculatory duct in the springtail Orchesella villosa (Geoffroy) (Hexapoda, Collembola) and the formation of the spermatophore. Tissue & Cell, 44:32-46.

Zizzari Z.V., Ellers J. 2011. Effects of exposure to short-term heat stress on male reproductive fitness in a soil arthropod. Journal of Insect Physiology, 57:421-426.

Zizzari Z.V., Lupetti P., Pantaleoni R.A., Letardi A., Dallai R. 2011. Sperm structure of some Neuroptera and phylogenetic considerations. Italian Journal of Zoology, 78:35-44.

Zizzari Z.V., Machida R., Tsutsumi K., Reynoso-Velasco D., Lupetti P., Dallai R. 2010. Ultrastructural studies on euspermatozoa and paraspermatozoa in Mantispidae (Insecta, Neuroptera). Tissue & Cell, 42:81-87.

Zizzari Z.V., Braakhuis A., van Straalen N.M., Ellers J. 2009. Female preference and fitness benefits of mate choice in a species with dissociated sperm transfer. Animal Behaviour, 78:1261-1267.

Dallai R., Zizzari Z.V., Fanciulli P.P. 2009. Different sperm number in the spermatophores of Orchesella villosa (Geoffroy) (Entomobryidae) and Allacma fusca (L.) (Sminthuridae). Arthropod structure & development, 38:227-234.

Zizzari Z.V., Lupetti P., Mencarelli C., Dallai R. 2008. Sperm ultrastructure and spermiogenesis of Coniopterygidae (Neuroptera, Insecta). Arthropod Structure & Development, 37:410-417.

Dallai R., Zizzari Z.V., Fanciulli, P.P. 2008. The ultrastructure of the spermathecae in the Collembola Symphypleona. Journal of Morphology, 269:1122-1133.

Dallai R., Zizzari Z.V., Fanciulli P.P. 2008. Fine structure of the spermatheca and of the accessory glands in Orchesella villosa (Collembola, Hexapoda). Journal of Morphology, 269:464-478.


Dr. Z. Valentina Zizzari


Institute for Integrated Natural Sciences (IfIN)

Department of Biology – division Zoology

University of Koblenz-Landau

Universitätsstraße 1, D-56070

Koblenz,  Germany

Email: zvzizzari@uni-koblenz.de