Dr. Frederick Prete
Senior Instructor
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5724
Vertebrate and Invertebrate Neurophysiology, Neurobiology, Sensory Systems, Brain Function
Courses Taught
Introduction to Biology (BIO 100)
Essential Skills for Biologists (BIO 150)
General Biology I (BIO 201)
General Biology II (BIO 202)
Vertebrate Physiology (BIO 360)
Neurobiology (BIO 365)
Biology Senior Seminar (BIO 390)
Animal Behavior (BIO 415)
Research Interests
Neurobiology of vision, evolution of sensory systems, visual prostheses for the visually impaired

Ph.D., The University of Chicago

B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago

Selected Publications

Prete FR, R Theis, S Dominguez, W Bogue (2013) Visual Stimuli Eliciting Tracking and Striking in the Praying Mantises, Parasphendale affinis (Giglio-Tos), Popa spurca (Stål), and Sphodromantis lineola (Burmeister). Journal of Experimental Biology, 216: 4443-53

Popkiewicz B, FR Prete (2013) Macroscopic Characteristics of the Praying Mantis Electroretinogram, Journal of Insect Physiology, 59: 812–823

Prete FR, S Dominguez, JL Komito, R Theis, JM Dominguez, LE Hurd, GJ Svenson, (2013) Differences in Appetitive Responses to Computer-Generated Visual Stimuli by Female Rhombodera basalis, Deroplatys lobata, Hierodula membranacea, and Miomantis sp. (Insecta: Mantodea), Journal of Insect Behavior, 26: 261-282

Prete FR, R Theis, JL Komito, J Dominguez, S Dominguez, G Svenson, F Wieland (2012) Visual Stimuli that Elicit Visual Tracking, Approaching and Striking Behavior from an Unusual Praying Mantis, Euchomenella macrops (Insecta: Mantodea). Journal of Insect Physiology, 58: 648-659

Prete FR, J Komito, S Domínguez, G Svenson, YL López, A Guillen, N Bogdanivich (2011) Prey Recognition in Three Morphologically Distinct Species of Praying Mantis, Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 197: 877-894

Prete FR (2007) Complex Learning in Arthropods. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 19: IV-VI

Hurd, LE, FR Prete, T Jones, R Portman, TB Singh, JE Co (2004) The first identification, synthesis and behavioral test of a mantid pheromone. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 30: 155-166

Prete, FR (ed) (2004) Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems. Cambridge: MIT Press

Gonka, MD, TJ Laurie, and FR Prete (1999) Responses of movement sensitive descending visual interneurons to prey-like stimuli in the praying mantis, Sphodromantis lineola (Burmeister). Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 54: 243-262

Bullaro, M and FR Prete (1999) The Thoracic and Prothoracic Leg Neuromuscular System of the Praying Mantid, Sphodromantis lineola (Burmeister). The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 409: 325-338

Prete FR, H Wells, P Wells, LE Hurd (eds) (1999) The Praying Mantids. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press

Chan, WP, FR Prete, and MH Dickinson (1998) A visually guided motor-controlled gyroscope in flies. Science, 280: 289-292

Room BBH 344F
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5724
Office Hours
Please email f-prete@neiu.edu to arrange to meet or speak with Dr. Prete.
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