Biology Department
Leo Fleishman

Leo J. Fleishman

Job Title
William D. Williams Professor of Biological Sciences
Butterfield Hall 316

Research interests

The effects of sensory systems and the environment on the evolution of animal communication signals. I study the relationship between color and motion perception and the physical properties of visual displays in anoline lizards.

Teaching interests

Courses: Diversity of Life: Heredity, Evolution and Ecology (BIO 103), Topics in Physiology (BIO 206), Animal Behavior (BIO 325)


Representative publications (* indicates Union College student co-authors.)

Fleishman L.J., Wadman C.S.*, Maximov K.J.*. (2020) The interacting effects of total light intensity and chromatic contrast on visual signal visibility in an Anolis lizard. Animal Behaviour 167: 263-273.

Fleishman L.J., Prebish M.G.F., Leal M. 2020. The effects of limited visual acuity and context on the appearance of Anolis lizard dewlaps. Journal of Herpetology (In press).

Fleishman, L.J. and Font. E., (2019) Sensory processing in relation to signaling behavior. In Behavior of Lizards: Evolutionary and Mechanistic Perspectives. Vincent Bels and Anthony Russell, eds. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group. Oxford London.

Fleishman, L.J., Yeo, A.I.* and Perez C.W.* (2017) Visual acuity and signal color pattern in an Anolis lizard. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:2154-2158.

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Academic credentials

B.A., Tufts University; Ph.D., Cornell University