PhD, Student   

Departamento de Ecología Funcional y Evolutiva

Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Calle General Segura, 1
E-04001 Almería

Phone: +34 950281045 Ext:208 / +34 648090920
Fax: +34 950277100



 " The important thing is not all that we do, but all love, all the honesty and all the fe, we put in what we do "
( Mother Teresa of Calcutta)


Education and employment


 Teaching experience.

PhD. Thesis Project.

It has been recently proposed that avian egg coloration is a post-mating sexually selected signal related to genetic or phenotypic quality of females and those males should invest differentially in reproduction in relation to colour intensity. This hypothesis is based on the fact that pigments used by females to colour the eggs have a high antioxidant activity (biliverdins for blue and green colour) or are toxic (protoporphirins for red and brown colours). The aims of this project are to test different general hypotheses and predictions related to the evolution and functions of post-mating secondary sexual characters.

Supervisor: Dr.Juan Jose Soler 

Financial support: Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (CGL2004-01777/BOS)



  Collaborations in projects.




Journal of Avian Biology -pdf

Blue-green eggshell coloration reflects yolk antioxidant content in spotless starlings Sturnus unicolor

Journal of Ornithology -pdf

Experimental feeding affects the relationship between hematocrit and body weight in spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor) nestlings

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

Beak colour reflects circulating carotenoid and vitamin A levels in spotless starlings (Sturnus unicolor)

Naturwinschaften -pdf

Do spotless starlings place feathers at their nests by ultraviolet colour?

Animal Behaviour -pdf

Male spotless starlings adjust feeding effort based on egg spots revealing ecto-parasite load

Functional Ecology -pdf

Fine morphology of experimental ta¡l streamers and flight manoeuvrability in the House Martin (Delichon urbica)

American Naturalist

Dark nests and conspicuousness in color patterns of nestlings of altricial birds

American Naturalist -pdf

Dark nests and nestling conspicuousness in color patterns of altricial birds

American Naturalist -pdf

Sexually selected egg coloration in spotless starlings

Ethology -pdf

Effects of an immune challenge on multiple components of song display in barn swallows Hirundo rustica: implications for sexual selection

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Digit ratios, secondary sexual characters and condition in barn swallows Hirundo rustica

Animal Behaviour -pdf

Spotless starlings rely on public information while visiting conspecific nests: an experiment

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Distress calls reflect pox-virus infection in lesser short-toed lark Calandrella rufescens.

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

Digit ratios (2D:4D), secondary sexual characters and cell-mediated immunity in house sparrows Passer domesticus


Ecological interactions among protozoan parasites and their avian hosts: an approach.In:Recent Research Developments in Multidisciplinary Applied Microbiology.ed.Wiley-VCH

Oecologia -pdf

Malarial parasites decrease reproductive success: An experimental study an a passerine bird.

Parasitology Research (Short Communication) -pdf

Double gametocyte infections in Apicomplexan parasites of birds and reptiles.

Behavioural Ecology -pdf

Predation risk, host immune response and parasitism.

Oikos -pdf

Dynamics of an immune response in house sparrows Passer domesticus in relation to time of day, body condition and blood parasite infection.


 Publication (Congresses)







Ctra. de Sacramento s/n, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120, Almería (Spain)

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