photo credits: F. Mougeot, G. Bortolotti & H. Hut



Brief CV

2008 to date. Cientifico Titular (CSIC-EEZA), Almeria, Spain

2007-2008. NERC Advanced Fellowship, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

2006-2007. Ramon y Cajal post-doctoral grant, CSIC-IREC, Spain.

2000-2006. Higher Scientific Officer (vertebrate population ecologist) at CEH Banchory (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), Scotland, UK.

1996-1999. PhD in Biology. University F. Rabelais, Tours / CNRS-Chizé, France.


 Research Interests

"Nothing shocks me, I am a scientist"; Indiana Jones, Temple of doom, 1984.

I have broad interests in behavioural ecology, population dynamics and conservation, using mostly birds as model species. My research has focused on:

  • The functions of calls in nocturnal petrels, and the influence of predation risk on communication strategies,
  • Paternity assurance strategies in semi-colonial raptors,
  • The breeding behaviour, ecology and conservation of raptors (ospreys, red kites, harriers...),
  • The roles of territorial behaviour and parasites in causing the population cycles of red grouse,
  • The population ecology and conservation of birds in agricultural pseudo-steppes and steppes (red-legged partridges & sandgrouses in Spain; pallid and Montagus´s harriers in Kazakhstan)
  • The functions of ornaments and the mechanisms ensuring honesty in social signalling.
  • Changes in vole population dynamics, their relationship with land use and climate changes, and their impact on predators
  • The effects of lead ingestion on reproduction and immune function in birds




 Current projects

-2013-2015. Ecovoles. Factores ecológicos que influyen en la reproduccíon y dinámica poblacional del topillo campesino (Microtus arvalis) en medios agrarios. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. CGL2012-35348, with JJ Luque-Larena (IP), Gosálbez J, Vidal D, Flechoso MF, Lambin X.


- 2010-2013. Steppe-Ahead. “Un paso adelante. Aves esteparias, prácticas agrícolas y viabilidad económica: hacia la conservación de especies amenazadas en paisajes humanizados”. Proyecto cero-Fundacion General CSIC,  with L. Brotons (IP) et al. [Check this: http://www.steppeahead.com/  ]

  photo credits: H. Hut

- 2011-2013. Effectos inmunotoxicos y reproductivos del plomo en avifauna afectada por la ingestion de perdigones. Plan National I+D, with R. Mateo (IP) and M. Ortiz


- 2009-2012. Compromisos entre fisiologia, sistema inmune y estrategias reproductivas en aves.  JCCLM, PII1C09-0128-4724. with J. T. Garcia (IP), J. Vinuela, B. Arroyo, M. Calero and F. Casas


- 2008-2011. Estudio de los movimientos y del uso del habitat de la ganga iberica (Pterocles alchata) en el parque natural de las Bardenas Reales mediante radio-seguimiento y seguimiento con emisores satelites.  with F. Casas (IP), J.T. Garcia, C.A. Martin, A. Benitez and J. Vinuela


- 2008-2011. Las gangas (Pterocles ssp.) en Castilla-La-Mancha y otras areas: bases cientificas para su conservación en relation con la actividad cinegetica y otros usos del suelo. CGL2008-04282/BOS, with J. Vinuela (IP), J.T. Garcia, C. Martin, A. Benitez and F. Casas


- 2009-2013. Interacting impacts of land use and climate changes on ecosystem processes: from cyclic herbivores to predators of conservation concern. BIODIVERSA. ERA-net project, European Union´s 6th Framework Programme for Research. with X. Lambin (IP), S. Redpath, R. Ims, V. Bretagnolle, T. Cornulier, J. Luque Arrena, B. Arroyo, J. Viñuela


- 2008-2011. The impact of interacting processes on population dynamics (NERC standard grant). with S. Redpath (IP), S. Dahl, D. Haydon, P. Hudson, S. Piertney, J. Matthipoulos, J. Martinez-Padilla, M. Zeineddine


 - 2006-2010. Breeding ecology and conservation of pallid and Montagu´s harriers in north central Kazakhstan (Natural Research). with J. Terraube, B. Arroyo, M. Madders, T. Katzner, E. Bragin 





If you get bored while reading any of these, then try listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXRPBbijaFE 


Biological Conservation

Individual traits and extrinsic factors influence survival of the threatened pin-tailed sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata) in Europe

Behavioural Ecology

Effects of human activity on physiological and behavioral responses of an endangered steppe bird


Assessing short-term effects of capture, handling and tagging of Pin-tailed and Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata and P. orientalis


Experimentally elevated levels of testosterone at independence reduce fitness in a territorial bird


Key wintering areas and habitats for the near-threatened pallid harrier Circus macrourus in Africa

Carotenoids: Food Sources, Production and Health Benefits -pdf

Carotenoid-based ornaments as signals of health status in birds: evidences from two galliform species, the red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa) and the red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus)

Trends in Ecology and Evolution -pdf

Fractal geometry for animal biometrics

Ecosistemas -pdf

La perdiz roja (Alectoris rufa) en España: especie cinegética y amenazada

Ecosistemas -pdf

Efecto de la gestión para las especies de caza menor sobre la fauna no cinegética

Journal of Animal Ecology -pdf

Insights into population ecology from long-term studies of red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus

Basic and Applied Ecology -pdf

Recent large-scale range expansion and outbreaks of the common vole (Microtus arvalis) in NW Spain

Journal of Ornithology -pdf

Phenotypic differences in body size, body condition and circulating carotenoids between hybrid and “pure” red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa) in the wild

Journal of Raptor Research -pdf

Population trends and reproduction of bald eagles at Besnard Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada 1968-2012

Journal of Raptor Research -pdf

Characteristics and sexual functions of sky-dancing displays in a semi-colonial raptor, the Montagu´s harrier Circus pygargus

Journal of Raptor Research -pdf

Feather corticosterone levels and carotenoid-based coloration in common buzzard (Buteo buteo) nestlings


Fractal geometry of a complex plumage trait reveals bird's quality

Ecological indicators -pdf

A comparison of methods for estimating common vole (Microtus arvalis) abundance in agricultural habitats

Behavioral Ecology & Sociobology -pdf

A transcriptomic investigation of handicap models in sexual selection


Experimental exposure of red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa) to seeds coated with imidacloprid, thiram and difenoconazole

Seminario Nacional de Perdices

Claves para una gestión agraria enfocada a la conservación de la perdiz roja


Phenotypic variation in nestlings of a bird of prey under contrasting breeding and diet conditions

Lychnos -pdf

Aves amenazadas y agricultura: nuevas aproximaciones en las estrategias de conservación

American Naturalist -pdf

Parasitized mates increase infection risk for partners

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society -pdf

Environmental conditions influence red grouse ornamentation at a population level

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

Adjustment of female reproductive investment according to male carotenoid-based ornamentation in a gallinaceous bird

Physiological and Biochemical Zoology -pdf

Carotenoid limitation, integumentary coloration and immune responsiveness in the nestlings of a sexually dimorphic bird of prey

Biodiversity and Conservation -pdf

Ecological factors influencing the breeding distribution and success of a nomadic, specialist predator

Biological Invasions -pdf

Fitness consequences of anthropogenic hybridization in wild red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa, Phasianidae) populations

Pest Management Science -pdf

Avian predators as a biological control system of common vole (Microtus arvalis) populations in NW Spain: experimental set-up and preliminary results

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

The condition-dependence of a secondary sexual trait is stronger under high parasite infection level

Oecologia -pdf

Contrasted effects of an oxidative challenge and a-melanocyte stimulating hormone on cellular immune responsiveness: an experiment with red-legged partridges Alectoris rufa

Biology Letters -pdf

Adaptive significance of permanent female mimicry in a bird of prey

Journal of Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Environmental heterogeneity influences the reliability of secondary sexual traits as condition indicators

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society -pdf

Carotenoid limitation and allocation priorities in asynchronous raptor nestlings

Diversity and Distributions -pdf

Broad wintering range and intercontinental migratory divide within a core population of the near threatened pallid harrier

BMC Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Demographic history, genetic structure and gene flow in a steppe-associated raptor species

Molecular Ecology Resources -pdf

Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources Database 1 June 2011–31 July 2011

Naturwissenchaften -pdf

The ornament-condition relationship varies with parasite abundance at population level in a female bird

Biology Letters -pdf

Condition- and parasite-dependent expression of a male-like trait in a female bird

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

The effects of preen oils and soiling on the UV-visible coloration of carotenoid-pigmented feathers

Journal of Avian Biology -pdf

Feather growth bands and photoperiod

Molecular Ecology -pdf

Transcriptomic response of red grouse to gastro-intestinal nematode parasites and testosterone: implications for population dynamics

European Journal of Wildlife Research -pdf

An improved night-lighting technique for the selective capture of sandgrouses and other steppe birds

Molecular Ecology Resources -pdf

Identification of genes responding to nematode infection in red grouse

Oikos -pdf

Diet specialisation and foraging efficiency under fluctuating food abundance in sympatric avian predators

Ecology and conservation of European dwelling forest raptors and owls (eds I. Zuberogoitia y J.E. Martínez) -pdf

Breeding biology, behaviour, diet and conservation of the Red Kite (Milvus milvus), with particular emphasis on Mediterranean populations

Lychnos -pdf

“A step forward". Economically viable farming and conservation of threatened bird species.

In: Agricultura Familiar en España, (Eds: Fundación de Estudios Rurales, Unión de Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos). -pdf

Conflictos entre la agricultura y la conservación de la biodiversidad. Las plaguas de topillos en Castilla y León

Aves y Naturaleza

Naurzum, una reserva excepcional para las rapaces

Bird Study -pdf

Occurrence of common quail Coturnix coturnix eggs in red-legged partridge Alectoris rufa nests

Ardeola -pdf

Seasonal variations in habitat preferences of the pin-tailed sandgrouse in agrarian pseudo-steppes

Journal of Experimental Biology -pdf

Carotenoid-based coloration predicts resistance to oxidative stress during immune response.

Animal Conservation -pdf

Positive interactions between vulnerable species in agrarian pseudo-steppes: habitat use by pin-tailed sandgrouse depends on its association with little bustard

Journal of Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Testing the interactive effects of testosterone and parasites on carotenoid-based ornamentation in a wild bird.

Journal of Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Physiological stress links parasites to carotenoid-based color signals

Journal of Experimental Biology -pdf

Oxidative stress and the effect of parasites on a bird carotenoid-based ornament

Journal of Ornithology -pdf

Breeding biology of the Montagu's harrier (Circus pygargus) in north-central Kazakhstan

Journal of Comparative Physiology -B -pdf

Carotenoids in nestling Montagu´s harrier: variations according to age, sex, condition and evidence for diet-related limitations.

Servicio de Conservación de la Naturaleza y Espacios Naturales Protegidos, Junta de Extremadura -pdf

Estudio de la ecologia poblacional del aguilucho cenizo Circus pygargus en Extremadura.

Ibis -pdf

Double nesting behaviour and differences between sexes in breeding success in wild Red-legged Partridges Alectoris rufa

In: Conservación y Situación Poblacional de los Aguiluchos en Eurasia

Estrategia de alimentacion del aguilucho cenizo

In: Conservación y Situación Poblacional de los Aguiluchos en Eurasia

Interacciones entre estrategias de reproducción y trofica en dos especies de rapaces simpátricas: los aguiluchos papialbo (Circus macrourus) y cenizo (Circus pygargus) en el norte de Kazajstán

In: Conservación y Situación Poblacional de los Aguiluchos en Eurasia

Selección de hábitat y zonas de caza del aguilucho cenizo en Extremadura: implicaciones para la conservación

In: Conservación y Situación Poblacional de los Aguiluchos en Eurasia

Ecología comportamental del aguilucho cenizo: colonialismo y comportamiento social

Animal Conservation -pdf

Effects of hunting on the behaviour and spatial distribution of farmland birds: importance of hunting-free refuges in agricultural areas

PLoS ONE -pdf

Physiological stress mediates the honesty of social signals

Oryx -pdf

Breeding biology of the pallid harrier Circus macrourus in north-central Kazakhstan: implications for the conservation of a near-endangered species

Journal of Avian Biology -pdf

Parasites, condition, immune responsiveness and carotenoid-based ornamentation in male red-legged partridge Alectoris rufa

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences -pdf

Honest sexual signaling mediated by parasite and testosterone effects on oxidative balance

Naturwissenschaften -pdf

Ornamental comb colour predicts cell-mediated immunity in male red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus.

Journal of Wildlife Management -pdf

Reducing tick burdens on chicks by treating breeding hen grouse with permethrin.

Molecular Ecology -pdf

Changes in kin structure and aggressiveness as a mechanism driving unstable population dynamics in a territorial bird

Journal of Experimental Biology -pdf

Cell-mediated immune activation rapidely decreases plasma carotenoid levels.

Miguelturra en red -pdf

Biologia reproductiva de la perdiz roja en el campo de Calatrava

Journal of Animal Ecology -pdf

Density dependence in a recovering osprey population: demographic and behavioural processes

Biology Letters -pdf

Nematode parasites reduce carotenoid-based signalling in male red grouse.

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

Carotenoid-based coloration and ultraviolet reflectance of the sexual ornaments of grouse.

Functional Ecology -pdf

Parasites, testosterone and honest carotenoid-based signaling of health.

Moseley MH, Marion P, Nettleton P, Dukes J, Irvine J & Mougeot F (2007). Use of real time RT-PCR to determine the prevalence of louping-ill virus prevalence in live red grouse chicks. Veterinary Record 161: 660-661.

Evans S, Mougeot F, Redpath SM & Leckie F (2007). Alternative methods for estimating density in an upland gamebird, the red grouse. Wildlife Biology 13 (2): 130-139.

Mougeot F & Redpath SM (2007). Testosterone and parasite-mediated sexual selection in a tetraonid bird. In: Testosterone Research Trends, LI. Ardis, Ed. Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers. Pp. 241-255.

Mougeot F & Arroyo BE (2006). Ultraviolet reflectance by the cere of raptors. Biology Letters 2: 173-176.

Redpath S, Mougeot F, Leckie F & Evans S (2006). The effects of autumn testosterone on survival and productivity in red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus. Animal Behaviour 71: 1297-1305.

Mougeot F & Bretagnolle V (2006). Breeding biology of the red kite Milvus milvus in Corsica. Ibis 148: 436-448.

Redpath SM, Mougeot F, Leckie F, Elston DA & Hudson PJ (2006). Testing the role of parasites in the cyclic population declines of a gamebird. Ecology Letters 9: 410-418.

Mougeot F, Arroyo BE & Bretagnolle V (2006). Paternity assurance  responses to first-year and adult male territorial intrusions in a courtship feeding raptor. Animal Behaviour 71: 101-108.

Mougeot F, Redpath SM & Piertney SB (2006). Elevated spring testosterone increases parasite intensity in male red grouse. Behavioral Ecology 17: 127-135.

Seivwright L, Redpath SM, Mougeot F, Leckie F & Hudson PJ (2005). Interactions between intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms in a cyclic species: testosterone increases parasite infection in red grouse. Proceedings of the Royal Society-Biological Sciences 172: 2299-2304.

Mougeot F, Redpath SM, Piertney S & Hudson PJ (2005). Separating behavioral and physiological mechanisms in testosterone mediated trade-offs. American Naturalist 166: 158-168.

Mougeot F, Evans S & Redpath SM (2005). Interactions between population processes in a cyclic species: parasites reduce autumn territorial behaviour in red grouse. Oecologia 144: 289-298.

Mougeot F, Redpath SM & Leckie F (2005). Ultra-violet reflectance of male and female red grouse, Lagopus lagopus scoticus, sexual ornaments reflects nematode parasite intensity. Journal of Avian Biology 36: 203-209.

Mougeot F, Piertney S, Leckie F, Evans S, Moss R, Redpath SM & Hudson PJ. (2005). Experimentally increased aggressiveness reduces population kin structure and subsequent recruitment in red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus. Journal of Animal Ecology 74: 488-497.

Mougeot F, Dawson A, Redpath SM & Leckie F (2005). Testosterone and autumn territorial behaviour in male red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus. Hormones & Behavior 47: 576-584.

Mougeot F & Redpath SM (2004). Sexual ornamentation relates to immune function in male red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus. Journal of Avian Biology 35: 425-433.

Mougeot F, Irvine J, Seivwright L, Redpath SM & Piertney S (2004). Testosterone, immunocompetence and honest sexual signalling in male red grouse. Behavioral Ecology 15: 630-637.

Mougeot F (2004). Breeding density, cuckoldry risk and copulation frequency during the fertile period in diurnal raptors: a comparative analysis. Animal Behaviour 67: 1067-1076.

Seivwright L J, Redpath SM, Mougeot F, Watt L & Hudson PJ (2004). Faecal egg counts are reliable to measure Trichostrongylus tenuis burdens in free-living red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus. Journal of Helminthology 78: 69-76.

Matthiopoulos J, Moss R, Mougeot F, Lambin X & Redpath SM (2003). Territorial behaviour and population dynamics in the red grouse. II- Population models. Journal of Animal Ecology 72: 1083-1096.

Mougeot F, Redpath SM, Hudson PJ, Moss R & Matthiopoulos J (2003). Territorial behaviour and population dynamics in the red grouse. I- Population experiments. Journal of Animal Ecology 72: 1073-1082.

Mougeot F, Redpath SM, Leckie F & Hudson PJ (2003). The effect of aggressiveness on the population dynamics of a territorial bird. Nature 421: 737-739.

Mougeot F, Thibault JC & Bretagnolle V (2002). Effects of territorial intrusions, courtship feedings and mate fidelity on the copulation behaviour of the osprey. Animal Behaviour 64: 759-769.

Arroyo BE, Mougeot F & Bretagnolle V (2001). Colonial breeding and nest defence in Montagu’s harrier (Circus pygargus). Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 50: 109-115.

Mougeot F, Arroyo BE & Bretagnolle V (2001). Decoy presentations as a means to manipulate the risk of extra-pair copulation: an experimental study in a semi-colonial raptor, the Montagu's harrier Circus pygargus. Behavioral Ecology 12: 1-7.

Mougeot F & Bretagnolle V (2000). Predation as a cost of sexual communication in nocturnal seabirds: an experimental approach using acoustic signals. Animal Behaviour 60: 647-656.

Mougeot F (2000). Territorial intrusions and copulation patterns in red kites, Milvus milvus, in relation to breeding density. Animal Behaviour 59: 633-642.

Mougeot F & Bretagnolle V (2000). Predation risk and moonlight avoidance behaviour in nocturnal seabirds. Journal of Avian Biology 31: 376-386.

Bretagnolle V, Attié C & Mougeot F (2000). The Audubon's Shearwater on Réunion Island, Indian Ocean: behaviour, habitat, census, distribution and breeding biology. Ibis 142: 399-412.

Bretagnolle V, Genevois F & Mougeot F (1998). Intra- and inter-sexual functions in the call of a non passerine bird. Behaviour 135: 1161-1184.

Mougeot F, Genevois F & Bretagnolle V (1998). Predation on burrowing petrels by the brown skua (Catharacta skua lönnbergi) at Mayes Island, Kerguelen. Journal of Zoology 244: 429-438.


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Some recent media coverage of publications

Mol. Ecol. 2011 Transcriptonic response of red gouse to parasites and testosterone: implication for population regulation

-CSIC press release: “Los niveles altos de testosterona debilitan el sistema inmune de los machos” (21/02/2011). http://www.csic.es/web/guest/noticias-y-multimedia

-Ciencia directa, 21/2/2011: http://www.cienciadirecta.com/espanol/web/noticias/elmachodellagopodoescocesunaveaprec.asp

-ABC, 21/2/2011: http://www.abc.es/20110221/ciencia/abci-sexys-dotados-pero-debiles-201102211305.html

-Ciencias Medioambientales, 21/2/2011http://www.ecsw.es/los-niveles-altos-de-testosterona-debilitan-el-sistema-inmune-de-los-machos

Biol. Lett. 2011 Condition- and parasite-dependent expression of a male-like trait in a female bird.

-Planet Earth (NERC), 2 Feb 2011. Fit females have strong male-like traits: http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/news/story.aspx?id=912

-Servicio de Informacion y noticias cientifica (SINC), 3/6/2011http://www.agenciasinc.es/esl/Noticias/Las-hembras-desparasitadas-de-lagopodo-escoces-muestran-un-mayor-atractivo-sexual

-Microciencia, 26/5/2011: http://www.f-seneca.org/microciencia/las-hembras-desparasitadas-de-lagopodo-escoces-muestran-un-mayor-atractivo-sexual-segun-un-estudio-el-csic/

Div. & Dist. 2012 Broad wintering range and intercontinental migratory divide within a core population of the near threatened pallid harrier:

-CSIC press release: “Los aguiluchos papialbos recorren más de 8.000 kilómetros en las migraciones” (05/09/2011).

-Muy Interessante, 6/6/2011:http://www.muyinteresante.es/icuantos-kilometros-recorren-los-aguiluchos-papialbos-en-su-migracion

-Quercus. Sept. 2011. Más de 8.000 kilometros pueden recoger los aguiluchos papialbos en las migraciones http://www.quercus.es/noticia/4346/

Biol. Lett. 2012: Adaptive significance of permanent female mimicry in a bird of prey.

-Science, 8-11-2011: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/11/scienceshot-why-some-male-marsh.html

-New Scientist, 9-11-2011 http://www.newscientist.com/articleimages/dn21138/3-zoologger-the-only-crossdressing-bird-of-prey.html

-Discover magazine, 9-11-2011: Cross-dressing raptors avoid violence http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/11/08/cross-dressing-raptors-avoid-violence/

-New York Times 14-11-2011: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/science/male-hawks-in-france-find-more-than-their-feminine-side.html

-Live Science, 8-11-2011: Why Some Birds of Prey Become Transvestites http://www.livescience.com/16940-transvestite-birds-prey-sexual-mimicry.html

-News.com, 9-11-2011: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/a-new-study-shows-that-males-of-a-species-of-hawk-mimic-females-to-gain-an-advantage-in-the-mating-game/story-fn5fsgyc-1226189869680

-Discovery News, 9-11-2011: http://news.discovery.com/animals/she-male-birds-raptors-111109.html

-The Sun, 9-11-2011: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3922743/The-male-bird-that-dresses-like-a-bird.html








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