PhD, Tenured Scientist

E-mail:  jsoler@eeza.csic.es

Address:

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

Phone: +34 950281045
Fax: +34 950277100

 

Research interests

Coevolution between parasites and their host in general, and between avian brood parasites and their hosts in particular
Nest building behavior as a postmating sexually selected signal
Egg coloration of birds as a postmating sexually selected signal of females
Ecological factors affecting level of immune response in birds
Bacterial influence on bird's reproductive success.

 

Publications

PLoS ONE

Great spotted cuckoo nestlings have no antipredatory effect on magpie or carrion crow host nests in southern Spain

Journal of Ornithology

Intraspecific avian brood parasites avoid host nests infested by ectoparasites

Animal Behaviour

Evolutionary change: facultative virulence by brood parasites and tolerance and plastic resistance by hosts

Animal Behaviour

Telomere length and dynamics of spotless starling nestlings depend on nest-building materials used by parents

Animal Behaviour

Evolution of nestling faeces removal in avian phylogeny

Animal Behaviour

Evolution of nestling faeces removal in avian phylogeny

PLoS ONE

Nest bacterial environment affects microbiome of hoopoe eggshells, but not that of the uropygial secretion

Science of Nature

Defenses against keratinolytic bacteria in birds living in radioactively contaminated areas

PLoS ONE

Nest bacterial environment affects microbiome of hoopoe eggshells, but not that of the uropygial secretion

Microbial Ecology

The Microbiome of the Uropygial Secretion in Hoopoes Is Shaped Along the Nesting Phase

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

Context-dependent effects of an experimental increase of hunger level in house sparrow nestlings

PLoS ONE

Nest material shapes eggs bacterial environment

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

Nestedness of hoopoes' bacterial communities: Symbionts from the uropygial gland to the eggshell

Journal of Avian Biology

Synchronization of laying by great spotted cuckoos and recognition ability of magpies

Animal Behaviour

Begging and ectoparasite attraction

Oecologia

Laying date, incubation and egg breakage as determinants of bacterial load on bird eggshells: experimental evidence

Microbial Ecology

Preening as a Vehicle for Key Bacteria in Hoopoes

Oecologia

Laying date, incubation and egg breakage as determinants of bacterial load on bird eggshells: experimental evidence

Ecology and Evolution

Pathogenic bacteria and timing of laying

Applied Environmental Microbiology

Environmental factors shape the community of symbionts in the hoopoe uropygial gland more than genetic factors

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

Ambient light in domed nests and discrimination of foreign egg colors

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

Ambient light in domed nests and discrimination of foreign egg colors

Applied Environmental Microbiology

Environmental factors shape the community of symbionts in the hoopoe uropygial gland more than genetic factors

Journal of Animal Ecology

Special structures of hoopoe eggshells enhance the adhesion of symbiont-carrying uropygial secretion that increase hatching success

Naturwissenschaften

Hoopoes color their eggs with antimicrobial uropygial secretions

Journal of Avian Biology

The mucous covering of fecal sacs prevents birds from infection with enteric bacteria

Oecologia

Eavesdropping cuckoos: Further insights on great spotted cuckoo preference by magpie nests and egg colour

Journal of Evolutionary Biology

Recognizing odd smells and ejection of brood parasitic eggs. An experimental test in magpies of a novel defensive trait against brood parasitism

Journal of Avian Biology

The mucous covering of fecal sacs prevents birds from infection with enteric bacteria

Microbial Ecology

Eggshell Bacterial Load Is Related to Antimicrobial Properties of Feathers Lining Barn Swallow Nests

Oecologia

Eavesdropping cuckoos: further insights on great spotted cuckoo preference by magpie nests and egg colour

Acta Oecologica

Host selection by the pine processionary moth enhances larval performance: An experiment

Oecologia

Do climatic conditions affect host and parasite phenotypes differentially? A case study of magpies and great spotted cuckoos

Microbial Ecology

Eggshell Bacterial Load Is Related to Antimicrobial Properties of Feathers Lining Barn Swallow Nests

Ibis

The vocal begging display of Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius nestlings in nests of its two main host species: Genetic differences or developmental plasticity?

Ibis

The importance of nest-site and habitat in egg recognition ability of potential hosts of the Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Oecologia

Host-parasite relationship between colonial terns and bacteria is modified by a mutualism with a plant with antibacterial defenses

Environment International

Can starling eggs be useful as a biomonitoring tool to study organohalogenated contaminants on a worldwide scale?

Ecology

Brood parasitism correlates with the strength of spatial autocorrelation of life history and defensive traits in Magpies

FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Bacteriocins with a broader antimicrobial spectrum prevail in enterococcal symbionts isolated from the hoopoe's uropygial gland

Journal of Evolutionary Biology

The evolution of size of the uropygial gland: Mutualistic feather mites and uropygial secretion reduce bacterial loads of eggshells and hatching failures of European birds

Journal of Evolutionary Biology

Evolution of sexual dichromatism in relation to nesting habits in European passerines: A test of Wallace's hypothesis

Naturwissenschaften

Cognitive skills and bacterial load: Comparative evidence of costs of cognitive proficiency in birds

Ibis -pdf

Avian life history traits influence eggshell bacterial loads: a comparative analysis

PLoS ONE -pdf

Antimicrobial activity and genetic profile of Enteroccoci isolated from hoopoes uropygial gland

Journal of Avian Biology

Manipulation of hunger levels affects great spotted cuckoo and magpie host nestlings differently

Naturwissenschaften -pdf

Cognitive skills of birds and eggshell bacterial loads: Comparative evidence of costs associated with cognitive proficiency of birds

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society -pdf

Attractive blue egg coloration and cuckoo-host coevolution

Journal of Animal Ecology -pdf

Goshawk prey have more bacteria than non-prey

Journal of Avian Biology -pdf

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

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

Sexual selection based on egg colour: physiological models and egg discrimination experiments in a cavity-nesting bird

Naturwissenschaften -pdf

Innate humoral immunity reduces eggshell bacterial load of European birds: A comparative analysis

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society -pdf

Brood parasitism is associated with increased bacterial contamination of host eggs: bacterial loads of host and parasitic eggs

Journal of Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Migratory divides and their consequences for dispersal, population size and parasite-host interactions

Ecological Entomology -pdf

Female-biased size dimorphism in a diapausing caddisfly, Mesophylax aspersus. Effect of fecundity, natural and sexual selection

Journal of Experimental Biology -pdf

Benefits associated with escalated begging behaviour of black-billed magpie nestlings overcompensate the associated energetic costs

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences -pdf

Evolution of tolerance by magpies to brood parasitism by great spotted cuckoos

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society -pdf

Sources of distinctness of juvenile plumage in Western Palearctic passerines

Molecular Ecology Resources -pdf

DNA sampling from eggshell swabbing is widely applicable for wild bird populations as demonstrated in 23 species

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society -pdf

Colour composition of nest lining feathers affects hatching success of barn swallows, Hirundo rustica (Passeriformes: Hirundinidae)

Journal of Ornithology -pdf

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

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences -pdf

Antimicrobial chemicals in hoopoe preen secretions are produced by symbiotic bacteria

Ecology -pdf

Spatial heterogeneity in distribution and ecology of western palearctic birds

PLoS ONE -pdf

Sibling competition and conspicuousness of nestling gapes in altricial birds. A comparative study

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

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

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences -pdf

Antimicrobial chemicals in hoopoe preen secretions are produced by symbiotic bacteria

Open Ornithology, 2: 29-36 -pdf

Antibiotic-producing bacteria as a possible defence of birds against pathogenic microorganisms

Analytical Biochemistry -pdf

Chelex-based DNA isolation procedure for the identification of microbial communities of eggshell surfaces

Naturwinschaften -pdf

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

Journal of Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Nestling coloration is adjusted to parent visual performance in altricial birds irrespective of assumptions on vision system for Laniidae and owls, a reply to Renoult et al.

Functional Ecology -pdf

Number and color composition of nest lining feathers predict eggshell bacterial community in barn swallows nests. An experimental study

Journal of Avian Biology

Bacterial diversity at the cloaca relates to an immune response in magpie Pica pica and to body condition of great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius nestlings

Journal of Experimental Biology -pdf

Symbiotic bacteria living in hoopoes uropygial gland prevent feather degradation

Journal of Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Nestling coloration is adjusted to parent visual performance in altricial birds

Animal Behaviour -pdf

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

Journal of Experimental Biology -pdf

Symbiotic bacteria living in the hoopoe’s uropygial gland prevent feather degradation

BMC Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Geographic distribution of suitable hosts explains the evolution of specialized gentes in the European cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society -pdf

Differences in intestinal microbiota between avian brood parasites and their hosts

Journal of Avian Biology -pdf

Seasonal, sexual and developmental differences in hoopoe Upupa epops preen gland morphology and secretions: evidence for a role of bacteria

Journal of Avian Biology -pdf

Bacterial diversity at the cloaca predicts immunocompetence and physical condition of magpies and great spotted cuckoo nestlings

Environment International -pdf

Brominated flame retardants and organochlorines in the European environment using great tit eggs as a biomonitoring tool

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

Functional Ecology -pdf

Symbiotic association between hoopoes and antibiotic-producing bacteria that live in their uropigial gland

Freshwater Biology -pdf

Climatic conditions, diapause and migration in a troglophile caddisfly

Acta Oecologica -pdf

Needle asymmetry, pine vigour and pine selection by the processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa.

Animal Behaviour -pdf

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

Ibis

Habitat-specific effects of a food supplementation experiment on immunocompetence in Eurasian Magpie Pica pica nestlings

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Intra- and interspecific relationships between nest size and immunity

Evolution -pdf

Cuckoo parasitism and productivity in different magpies subpopulations predict frequencies of the 457bp allele. A mosaic of coevolution at a small geographic scale

Ardeola -pdf

Rules of food allocation between nestlings of the black billed magpie (Pica pica), a species showing brood reduction

Animal Behaviour -pdf

Is the relation between colour and immune response mediated by nutritional condition in spotless starling nestlings?

Oikos -pdf

Density-dependent and geographical variation in bird immune response

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences -pdf

Dark nests and egg colour in birds: a possible functional role of ultraviolet reflectance in egg detectability

Journal of Avian Biology -pdf

Relative importance of factors affecting nestling immune response differs between junior and senior nestlings within broods of hoopoes Upupa epops

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Experimental evidence that egg colour indicates female condition at laying in a songbird

Applied Environmental Microbiology -pdf

Characterization of antimicrobial substances produced by Enterococcus faecalis MRR 10-3, Isolated from the uropygial gland of the hoopoe Upupa epops

Behavioural Ecology -pdf

Ultraviolet reflectance of great spotted cuckoo eggs and egg discrimination by magpies

Journal of Evolutionary Biology -pdf

A quantitative trait locus for recognition of foreign eggs in the host of a brood parasite.

Evolution -pdf

Blue and green egg color intensity is associated with parental effort and mating system in passerines: support for the sexual selection hypothesis.

Animal Behaviour -pdf

Food acquisition by common cuckoo nestlings in rufous bush robin nests and the advantage of the eviction behaviour

Annales Zoologici Fennici

Egg parasitoids select for large clutch sizes and covering layers in pine processionary moths (Thaumetopoea pityocampa)

Journal of Avian Biology -pdf

Differential maternal investment counteracts for late breeding in magpies. An experimental study.

Journal of Avian Biology -pdf

Effects of a food supplementation experiment on reproductive investment and a post-mating sexually selected trait in magpies

Behavioural Ecology -pdf

Nest size predicts the effect of food supplementation to magpie nestlings on their immunocompetence: an experimental test of nest size indicating parental ability

Animal Behaviour -pdf

Rejection of parasitic eggs in relation to egg appearance in magpies

Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Parasitism, host immune defense, and dispersal.

Evolutionary Ecology Research -pdf

Genetic, environmental, and maternal effects on magpie nestling-fitness traits under different nutritional conditions: a new experimental approach.

Annales Zoologici Fennici -pdf

Egg parasitoids enforce a selection pressure for large clutch sizes and covering layers in Pine Processionary moths (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) (Lepidoptera, Thaumetopoeidae)

Críalo Europeo - Clamator glandarius. In: Enciclopedia Virtual de los Vertebrados Españoles. Carrascal, L. M., Salvador, A. (Eds.). Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid.

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences -pdf

Trade-off between immunocompetence and growth in magpies: An experimental study

Evolutionary Ecology Research -pdf

Environmental, genetic and maternal components of immunocompetence of nestlings pied flycatchers from a cross-fostering study

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society -pdf

Evolution of host egg mimicry in a brood parasite, the great spotted cuckoo

Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment -pdf

Differences in leaves of olive trees under organic, integrated, and conventional pest management.

Zoologici Fennici. -pdf

Why do pine processionary caterpillars Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera, Thaumetopoeidae) live in large groups? An experimental study

Evolución: la base de la biología (Soler, M. Ed.). Proyecto Sur, Granada -pdf

Selección natural y adaptación

Evolución: la base de la biología (Soler, M. Ed.). Proyecto Sur, Granada -pdf

La teoría evolutiva y la medicina

Avian Science -pdf

Differential reproductive success of great spotted cuckoos Clamator glandarius parasitising magpies Pica pica and carrion crows Corvus corone: the importance of parasitism costs and host defences

Animal Behaviour -pdf

Nest-building activity and laying date influence female reproductive investment in magpies: an experimental study

Behavioral Ecology

Nest size affects clutch size and the start of incubation in magpies: An experimental study

Ecology -pdf

Life history of magpie populations sympatric or allopatric with the brood parasitic great spotted cuckoo

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Nest size affects clutch size and the start of incubation in magpies

Ecology Letters -pdf

Coevolutionary interactions in a host–parasite system

Etología

Host recognition of parasite eggs and physical appearance of host eggs: the magpie and its brood parasite the great spotted cuckoo

Ibis

Lack of consistency in the response of rufous bush robins Cercotrichas galactotes towards parasitic cuckoo eggs

Behaviour

Effect of great spotted cuckoo presence on magpie rejection behaviour

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

High surface temperatures select for individual foraging in ants.

Oecologia -pdf

Brood-parasite interactions between great spotted cuckoos and magpies: a model system for studying coevolutionary relationships

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Antagonistic antiparasite defenses: nest defense and egg rejection in the magpie host of the great spotted cuckoo.

Journal of Evolutionary Biology -pdf

Molecular phylogeny of cuckoo supports a polyphyletic origin of brood parasitism.

Adams, N. & Slotow, R. (Eds.), Proc. 22 Int. Ornithol. Congr., Durban, University of Natal -pdf

Brood parasites. Advantages of being a different species

Animal Cognition -pdf

Innate versus learned recognition of conspecifics in great spotted cuckoos Clamator glandarius

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Do life history variables of European cuckoo hosts explain their egg-rejection behaviour?

Evolution -pdf

Comparative population structure and gene flow of a brood parasite, the great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) and its primary host, the magpie (Pica pica)

Oecologia -pdf

A comparative study of host selection in the European cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Change in host rejection behaviour mediated by the predatory behaviour of its brood parasite

Journal für Ornithologie -pdf

Nest defence by magpies and the brood parasitic great spotted cuckoo in parasitized and unparasitized nests

Evolution -pdf

Genetic and geographic variation in rejection behavior of cuckoo eggs by European magpie populations: an experimental test of rejecter-gene flow.

FEMS Microbiology Ecology

The cuckoo chick tricks their reed warbler foster parents, but what about other host species

FEMS Microbiology Ecology

How should cuckoo chicks signal in different host nests? A reply to Kilner et al.

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences -pdf

Host sexual selection and cuckoo parasitism: An analysis of nest size in sympatric and allopatric magpie Pica pica populations parasitized by the great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius.

Bird Study -pdf

Determinants of reproductive success in Hoopoe (Upupa epops), a hole-nesting non-passerine bird with asynchronous hatching

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

The cost of host egg damage caused by a brood parasite: experiments on great spotted cuckoos (Clamator glandarius) and magpies (Pica pica).

Canadian Journal of Zoology

Begging behavior and its energetic cost in great spotted cuckoo and magpie host chicks

Evolutionary Ecology Research -pdf

Interaction between a brood parasite and its host in relation to parasitism and immune defence

Oecologia -pdf

Micro-evolutionary change and population dynamics of a brood parasite and its primary host: the intermitent arms race hypothesis.

Studies in coevolution (S.I. Rothstein & S.K. Robinson Eds).Oxford University Press. Oxford

Sympatry and coevolution between the Great Spotted Cuckoo and its Magpie host. In: Parasitic birds and their hosts.

Evolutionary Ecology -pdf

Nest building, sexual selection, and parental investment.

Molecular Ecology -pdf

Microsatellite typing reveals mating patterns in the brood parasitic great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius).

Journal of Theoretical Biology -pdf

Mafia behaviour and the evolution of facultative virulence

Animal Behaviour -pdf

Females are responsible for ejection of cuckoo eggs in the rufous bush robin.

Oecologia -pdf

Spatial patterns of egg laying and multiple parasitism in a brood parasite: a non-territorial system in the great spotted cuckoo (Clamator glandarius).

Oecologia -pdf

Micro-evolutionary change and population dynamics of a brood parasite and its primary host: the intermittent arms race hypothesis

Ardea -pdf

Functional significance of nest size variation in the rufous bush robin (Cercotrichas galactotes).

Animal Behaviour -pdf

Nest building is a sexually selected behaviour in the barn swallow

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences -pdf

Reduced immunocompetence of nestlings of replacement clutches in the European Magpie (Pica pica )

Animal Behaviour -pdf

Great spotted cuckoos improve their reproductive success by damaging magpie host eggs

Animal Behaviour -pdf

The functional significance of sexual display: stone carrying in the Black Wheatear.

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

A comparative analysis of the evolution of variation in appearance of eggs of European passerines in relation to brood parasitism.

Ibis -pdf

Effects of experimental food provisioning on reproduction in the jackdaw Corvus monedula, a semicolonial species.

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Horn asymmetry and fitness in gemsbok Oryx g. gazella.

Condor -pdf

The effect of magpie breeding density and synchrony on brood parasitism by great spotted cuckoos

Ardeola

Effects of brood parasitism by the great spotted cuckoo on the breeding success of the magpie host: An experimental study

Behavioral Ecology -pdf

Horn asymmetry and fitness in gemsbok, Oryx g. Gazella

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

Does the Great Spotted Cuckoo choose Magpie hosts according to their parenting ability?

Journal für Ornithologie -pdf

Determinants of reproductive success in a Mediterranean multi-brooded passerine: the Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura.

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

Preferential allocation of food by magpie Pica pica to the great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius chicks.

Evolution -pdf

Magpie host manipulation by Great Spotted Cuckoos: Evidence for an avian mafia?.

Condor -pdf

Communal parental care by monogamous magpie hosts of fledgling great spotted cuckoos.

Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

Chick recognition and acceptance: a weakness in Magpies exploited by the parasitic Great Spotted Cuckoo. Behavioural

Ecology

Morphological adaptations to an extreme sexual display, stone-carrying in the Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura. Behavioural

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology -pdf

Micro-evolutionary change in host response to a brood parasite.

Condor -pdf

Activity, survival, independence, and migration of fledgling Great Spotted Cuckoos.

Bird Study -pdf

Diet of the red-billed chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax in the south-east of the Iberian Peninsula.

Bird Study -pdf

Does the risk of nest predation affect clutch size in the Jackdaw?

Ardea -pdf

Grit ingestion and cereal consumption in five corvid species.

Ardea -pdf

Latitudinal trends in clutch size brooder hole nesting bird species: a new hypothesis.

Ardeola

Alimentación de los pollos de Urraca (Pica pica) en relación con la edad y disponibilidad de presas.

Ardeola

Análisis comparado del régimen alimenticio durante el período otoño-invierno de tres especies de córvidos en un área de simpatría.

Le Gerfaut

Clutch size variation in the Jackdaw Corvus monedula according to replacement clutches, breeding season and female age in Southern Spain.

Condor

Growth and development of Great Spotted Cuckoos and their Magpie host.

Ardeola

Alimentación de la Tarabilla Común (Saxicola torquata) en el Sureste de la Península Ibérica durante el período otoño-invierno

Ardeola

Alimentación invernal del Acentor Común (Prunella modularis) en el Sureste de la Península Ibérica.

Ardeola

Fenología de puesta en Corvus monedula. Análisis de los factores que puedan afectarla.

Ardeola

Crecimiento de los pollos de Grajilla (Corvus monedula), relación entre desarrollo y comportamiento petitorio.



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