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“Those who wish to see how a shamanic approach can help advance the scientific understanding of plants need to read this wonderful book. Monica Gagliano opens up new frontiers and her methods deserve broad attention.”

Jeremy Narby, PhD, author of The Cosmic Serpent

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mar 25          Invited Speaker | 14th symposium of the Swiss Ethnobiology Network, Lucerne, Switzerland
mar 15-17       Invited Speaker |  Pathways to Planetary Health: the Common Good, Garrison Institute, NY, USA
May 23-26       Keynote Speaker | ESPD55 @ St. Giles House, Dorset, UK
JULY 22           Invited panelist | Uprooting the Anthropocene:(re-)centring trees in tree-human relationships                                                                           The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford, UK
AUG 5               Invited speaker |  HOTA, Leonardo/ISAST LASER talk, Gold Coast, Australia
NOV 26           Speaker | TED X Sydney @ The Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Oct 29           Co-organiser | The Mind of Plants Book Launch, Worldwide (online) 
OCT 14           Guest lecturer | Power||Energy, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA
Sept 25         Keynote speaker | Field Trip Symposium 2021, Sunshine Coast, Australia
Sept 10         Keynote speaker | Arts Electronica: Festival for art, technology and society, Linz, Austria
JULY 9           Co-organiser  | Dialogos: Mente de las :|: das plants, Worldwide (online) 
MAY 7            Invited panelist | Inclusive Systemic Thinking, Catalyst 2030: Collaborating to achieve the                                                              SDGs, Worldwide (online) 
APR 18          Invited speaker | Coexistence: Interdependence between Species, NAHR Nature, Art & Habitat                                                                      Conference,Worldwide (online) 
APR 9           Co-organiser | The Mind of Plants Symposium, Worldwide (online) 
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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 thrive.

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. 

                         I am Research Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology

                   at the Biological Intelligence (BI) Lab, Southern Cross University

Plant Cognitive Ecology

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my publications.

                                                                                    also available on ResearchGate...

Plant COgnition.

Plant cognition is a new and exciting field of research directed at experimentally testing the cognitive abilities of plants, including perception, learning processes, memory and consciousness.The emerging framework holds considerable implications for the way we perceive plants as it redefines the traditionally held boundary between animals and plants.


Parise AG, de Toledo GRA, Oliveira TFDC, Souza GM, Castiello U, Gagliano, M & M Marder (2022) Do plants pay attention? A possible phenomenological-empirical approach. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 173: 11-23. Available here:

Onzik K & M Gagliano (2022) Feeling Around for the Apparatus: A Radicley Empirical Plant Science. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 8 (1): 1–19. Available here:


Franks, B, Webb C, Gagliano M & B Smuts (2020). Conventional science will not do justice to nonhuman interests: A fresh approach is required. Commentary on Treves et al. on 'Just Preservation.' Animal Sentience, 27(17): 1-5. Available here:

Parise AGGagliano M & GM Souza (2020) Extended cognition in plants: is it possible? Plant Signalling and Behavior 1710661

Calvo P, Gagliano M , Souza GM & A Trewavas (2020) Plants are intelligent, and here is how. Annals of Botany 125: 11–28. Available here:


Marder M & M Gagliano (2019) El curioso caso de la Mimosa pudica: cosas que aprende una planta. La Maleta de Portbou. Available here 


Gagliano M & M Marder (2019) What a plant learns. The curious case of Mimosa pudica. Botany ONE Blog. Published August 2019 and freely available here 

Stephens A, Taket A & M Gagliano (2018) Ecological Justice for Nature in Critical Systems Thinking. Systems Research & Behavioral Science SRES 2532. Available here


Gagliano M, Abramson CI & M Depczynski (2018) Plants learn and remember: lets get used to it. Oecologia 186: 29-31. Available here

Gagliano M (2017) The mind of plants: thinking the unthinkable. Communicative and Integrative Biology e1288333. Available here

Gagliano M, Vyazovskiy VV, Borbély AA, Grimonprez M & M Depczynski (2016) Learning by association in plants. Scientific Reports 6: 38427. Freely available here (with video abstract here)

Gagliano M & M Marder (2016) Learning. In Grafts: writings on plants. Edited by Michael Marder. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota University Press (available here:


Gagliano M & M Marder (2016) Revolution. In Grafts: writings on plants. Edited by Michael Marder. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota University Press (available here:

Gagliano M & M Grimonprez (2015) Breaking the silence – language and the making of meaning in plants. Ecopsychology 7: 143-152. Freely available here

Pelizzon A & M Gagliano (2015) The sentience of plants: toward a new regime of plant rights, or the intersection of animal rights and rights of nature? AAPLJ 11: 5-13.


Gagliano M (2015) In a green frame of mind: perspectives on the behavioural ecology and cognitive nature of plants. AoB Plants 7: plu075. Freely available here


Gagliano M & M Marder (2015) Plants can learn: it's a no-brainer! LA Review Books Blog. Published March 2015 and freely available here  


Gagliano M, Renton M, Depczynski M & S Mancuso (2014) Experience teaches plants to learn faster and forget slower in

environments where it matters. Oecologia 175:63-72. (DOI 10.1007/s00442-013-2873-7)


Gagliano M & M Marder (2014) What Plant Revolution would you opt for? LA Review Books Blog. Published November 2014 and available here   


Gagliano M (2013) Seeing green: the re-discovery of plants and Nature’s wisdom. Societies 3 (1): 147-157. In the special issue 'Rethinking the Vegetal: Emerging Perspectives on Plants and Society' and available here


Gagliano M (2013) Persons as Plants: Ecopsychology and the Return to the Dream of Nature. Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language 5(2):1-11. In the special issue on ‘Ecological Creativity’ and available here

The Green Thread: Dialogue with the Vegetal World.  Edited by P Vieira, M Gagliano and J Ryan. Lexignton Books 2015 (available here


The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal Intelligence. Edited by J Ryan, P Vieira, and M Gagliano. Synergetic Press 2021 (available here

The novel concepts and perspectives emerging from this research on vegetal life are galvanising a truly interdisciplinary dialogue across an array of academic disciplines, including science, philosophy, environmental law, literature and of course...the Arts!

Plant COmmunication.

Plant bioacoustic is a newly-emerged field of plant communication. Plants produce sound waves in the lower end of the audio range as well as an overabundance of ultrasonic sounds. By capturing the signals emitted by plants under different environmental conditions, I am exploring the ecological significance of these sounds to communication among plants and between plants and other organisms.

Scaccabarozzi D, Lunau K, Guzzetti L, Cozzolino S, Dyer AG, Tommasi N, Biella P, Galimberti A, Labra M, Bruni I, Pecoraro L, Pattarini G, Brundrett M & M Gagliano (2022) Mimicking orchids lure bees from afar with exaggerated ultraviolet signals. BioRxiv preprint doi:

Gibson P & M Gagliano (2017) The feminist plant: changing relations with the water lily. Ethics and the Environment 22:125-147. Available here

Gagliano M, Grimonprez M, Depczynski M & M Renton (2017) Tuned in: plant roots use sound to locate water. Oecologia 184:151-160. Available here  (including video here)

Marder M & M Gagliano (2016) Bioacoustics. In Grafts: writings on plants. Edited by Michael Marder. Minneapolis, MN: Minnesota University Press (available here:

Gagliano M & M Renton (2013) Love thy neighbour: facilitation through an alternative signalling modality in plants. BMC Ecology 13:19. Freely available here


Gagliano M (2013) Green symphonies: a call for studies on acoustic communication in plants. Behavioral Ecology 24(4): 789-796. Freely available here


Gagliano M (2013) The flowering of plant bioacoustics: how and why. Behavioral Ecology 24 (4): 800-801. Freely available here


Marder M & M Gagliano (2013) How do plants sound? Columbia University Press Blog. Published June 2013 and available here


Gagliano M, Renton M, Duvdevani N, Timmins M & S Mancuso (2012) Acoustic and magnetic communication in plants: is it possible? Plant Signalling and Behavior 7: 1346-1348.


Gagliano M, Renton M, Duvdevani N, Timmins M & S Mancuso (2012) Out of sight but not out of mind: alternative means of communication in plants. PLoS ONE 7(5), e37382. Freely available here


Gagliano M, Mancuso S & D Robert (2012) Towards understanding plant bioacoustics. Trends in Plant Science 17: 323–32


Gagliano M (2012) Green Symphonies. Australasian Science. Published September 2012

Gagliano M (2012) Heard it on the grapevine: the mysterious chatter of plants. The Conversation. Published 12 April 2012 and available here

The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy and Literature. 

Edited by M Gagliano, J Ryan and P Vieira. University of Minnesota Press 2017 (available here)


**  This book commences a dialogue between philosophy, science, literature and cinema dealing with plants. The aim of the edited collection is to develop a better understanding of plant life through critical awareness, conceptual rigor, and interdisciplinary thinking. Envisioned as a ground-breaking work that will bridge a number of fields, The Language of Plants will (1) allot to literature, cinema and the arts a special role in the integration of the scientific and philosophical research on plants at the experiential level, (2) promote the freedom of imagination necessary for the rethinking of vegetal life and, thereby, (3) inspire further philosophical and scientific investigations. The book will not only seek to consolidate the nascent paradigm shift in the human conceptualisation of vegetation, but it will also join ongoing discussions of plant ethics **

Marine Ecology.

Piggott C, Depczynski M, Gagliano M & T Langlois (2020). Remote video methods for studying juvenile fish populations in challenging environments. Jornal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 532: 151454. Available here 

Gagliano M (2018). Planetary Health: Are We Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? Challenges 9(2): 38. Freely available here

Gagliano M (2016). What would the Babel Fish say? Animal Sentience: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Animal Feeling 1(3): 20. Freely available here

Gagliano M, Depczynski M & U Siebeck (2015). Facing the environment: onset and development of UV markings in young fish. Sci. Rep. 5:13193. Freely available here


Depczynski M & M Gagliano (2013). Natural-born con artists and counterfeiters: Who is being deceived here? Communicative and Integrative Biology 6(4):e24586. Freely available here

Gagliano M & M Depczynski (2013). Spot the difference: mimicry in a coral reef fish. PloS ONE 8: e55938. Freely available here


Herwig JN, Depczynski M, Roberts JD, Semmens JM, Gagliano M & AJ Heyward (2012) Using age-based life history data to investigate the life cycle and vulnerability of Octopus cyanea. PloS ONE 7: e43679. 

Freely available here 

Simpson SD, Munday PL, Wittenrich ML, Manassa R, Dixson D, Gagliano M & HY Yan (2011) Ocean acidification erodes crucial auditory behaviour in a marine fish. Biol. Lett. 7: 917-920

Baumann H & M Gagliano (2011) Changing otolith:fish size ratios during settlement in two tropical damselfishes. Helgoland Mar. Res 65: 425-429

Munday P, Gagliano M, Donelson J, Dixson D & S Thorrold (2011) Ocean acidification does not affect the early life history development of a tropical marine fish. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 423: 211-221

Gagliano M, Lema K, Depczynski M & S Whalan (2011) Use it and lose it: lipofuscin accumulation in the brain of a coral reef fish. J. Fish Biol. 78:659–666.

Botté E, Negri A, Codi King S, Gagliano M, Smith-Keune C, & DR Jerry (2010) Are damsels in distress? Combined effects of chlorpyrifos and temperature stress on the tropical damselfish Acanthochromis polyacanthus from the Great Barrier Reef (Australia). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A Mol. Integr. Physiol. 157: S16.

Gagliano M, McCormick MI, Moore J & M Depczynski (2010) The basics of acidification: baseline variability of pH on Australian coral reefs. Mar. Biol. 157:1849–1856.

Wilson SK et al (2010) Critical knowledge gaps in current understanding of climate change impacts on coral reef fishes. J. Exp. Biol. 213:894-900. In the special issue 'Survival in a Changing World' available online at

Gagliano M, Dunlap WC, de Nys R & M Depczynski (2009) Ockham’s Razor gone blunt: coenzyme Q adaptation and redox balance in tropical reef fishes. Biol. Lett. 5:360–363.

Gagliano M & MI McCormick (2009) Hormonally-mediated maternal effects shape offspring survival potential in stressful environments. Oecologia 160:657-665.

McCormick MI & M Gagliano (2009) Carry-over effects: the importance of a good start. 11th Int Coral Reef Symp

Gagliano M (2008) On the spot: the absence of predators reveals eyespot plasticity in a marine fish. Behav. Ecol.19:733-739.

Gagliano M, Depczynski M, Simpson SD & J Moore (2008) Dispersal without errors: symmetrical ears tune into the right frequency for survival. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 275:527-534. 

Gagliano M, McCormick MI & MG Meekan (2007) Survival against the odds: ontogenetic changes in selective pressure mediate growth-mortality trade-offs in a marine fish. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 274:1575-1582. 

Gagliano M, McCormick M & MG Meekan (2007) Temperature-induced shifts in selective pressure at a critical developmental transition. Oecologia 152:219-225. 

Gagliano, M & MI McCormick (2007) Maternal condition influences phenotypic selection on offspring. J. Anim. Ecol. 76:174-182.

Depczynski M & M Gagliano (2007) Andaman blennies bathe in the tropical sun rather than in the water. Coral Reefs 26:677. 

Gagliano M & MI McCormick (2007) Compensating in the wild: is flexible growth the key to early juvenile survival? Oikos 116:111-120. 

Gagliano M, Kowalewsky S & MI McCormick (2006) An alternative method for the preservation of tropical fish larvae. J. Fish Biol. 68:634-639. 

Bay, LK, Buechler K, Gagliano M & MJ Caley (2006) Intraspecific variation in the pelagic larval duration of tropical reef fishes. J. Fish Biol. 68:1206-1214. 

Gristina M, Fiorentino F, Garofalo G, Gagliano M, Morizzo G & S Cusumano (2006) Protection effects on European spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas Fabricius, 1787) in the Isole Egadi Marine Reserve. Biol. Mar. Med. 12:404-409.

Gagliano M & MI McCormick (2004) Feeding history influences otolith shape in tropical fish. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 278: 291-296. 

Gristina M & M Gagliano (2004). Performance of traditional rush and modern plastic traps on the capture of Palinurus elephas (Fabricius, 1787) in laboratory tanks. Fish. Res. 66: 235-239.

Gagliano M, Fiorentino F & S Ragonese (2002) New record of Caulerpa racemosa in the south-western Sicilian waters. Naturalista sicil. 26 (3-4):155-159.

Gagliano M, Gancedo U, Coca J & AG Ramos (2002) Real time remote sensing monitoring of the western Mediterranean. Biol. Mar. Med. 9:870-873.

Gagliano M, Tuya F, Martin-Garcia J & O Ayza-Mascarell (2002) Experimental evaluation on fish assemblages associated with artificial structures: a preliminary study. Biol. Mar. Med. 9:754-757.



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