Paul F. Nicoletto


Paul F. Nicoletto
Chair, Department of Biology

Professor of Biology

Phone: 409-880-8256

Office: 101-A Hayes Biology Building


Courses Taught: Anatomy and Physiology I & II ( Biol 2401& 2402), Animal Behavior (Biol 4401), Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (Biol 3428), Environmental Science and Ichthyology (Biol 4401), Experimental Design.

Dr. Nicoletto is a behavioral ecologist interested in animal communication and mating systems. His primary interests are in the physiological costs of ornamentation and courtship behavior and their relationship to male physical condition. A current project in development is assessing sound production in pupfish and its use in mating displays. He is also working on survey of reptiles and amphibians in Village Creek State Park.


Drift Fence for amphibians and reptiles at Village Creek State Park

Selected Publications

Kodric-Brown, A. and P.F. Nicoletto. 2001. Female choice in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata): the interaction between male color and display. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 50: 346-351.

Kodric-Brown, A. and Nicoletto, P.F. 2001. Age and experience affect female choice in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). American Naturalist, 157: 316-323.

Nicoletto, P.F. and Kodric-Brown, A. 1999. The use of digitally modified videos to study the function of ornamentation and courtship in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 56: 333-341.

Nicoletto, P.F., and Kodric-Brown, A. 1999. The relationship among swimming performance, courtship behavior, and carotenoid pigmentation of guppies in four rivers of Trinadad. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 55: 227- 235.

Kodric-Brown, A., and Nicoletto, P.F. 1997. Repeatability of female choice in the guppy: responses to live and video taped males. Animal Behavior, 54: 369-376.

Allen, J.M., and Nicoletto, P.F. 1997. Responses of Betta splendens to computer animations of males with fins of different length. Copeia, 1997: 195-199.

Kodric-Brown, A., and Nicoletto, P.F. 1996. Consensus among females in their choice of males in the guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 39: 395-400.

Nicoletto, P.F. 1996. The influence of water velocity on the display behavior of male guppies, Poecilia reticulata. Behavioral Ecology, 7: 272-278.

Nicoletto, P.F. 1995. Female choice and offspring quality in the guppy. Animal Behavior, 49: 377-387.

Kodric-Brown, A., and Nicoletto, P.F. 1993. The relationship between physical condition and social status in the pupfish, Cyprinodon pecoensis. Animal Behavior, 46: 1234-1236.

Nicoletto, P.F. 1993. Females respond to condition-dependent ornaments in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Animal Behavior, 46: 441-450.

Hawkins, L.K., and Nicoletto, P.F. 1992. Kangaroo rat burrow structure: spatial organization of ground dwelling desert animals. Journal of Arid Environments, 23: 199-208.

Brown, J.H., and Nicoletto, P.F. 1991. Spatial scaling of species composition: body masses of North American land mammals. American Naturalist, 138: 1478-1512.

Nicoletto, P.F. 1991. The relationship between swimming performance and male ornamentation in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 28: 365-370.

Andrews, R.M., Stahl, S.J., and Nicoletto, P.F. 1989. Intra-population variation in age of sexual maturity of the tropical lizard Anolis limifrons in Panama. Copeia, 1989: 751.