PhD Student



Universidad de  Granada

Grupo Enterococcus

 Departamento de Ecología Funcional y Evolutiva
(Functional and Evolutive Ecology Department)

Calle General Segura, 1
E-04001 Almería

Phone: 0034 950 28 10 45 Ext:208
Mobile: 0034 648 09 12 90 
Fax: 0034 950 27 71 00






 Research interests

Everything started when my mother bought to me a Wild Life Series Book from a famous Spanish biologist, Felix Rodríguez de La Fuente. My interest for the Nature made my mother sometimes crazy, particularly when I brought home worms, caterpillar, small birds or even a young fox (with a mouth plenty of sharp teeth). Due to my life never went (is going) in a straight line, I started biology in the university when I was 22 years old. And now I am a lucky guy that can study that I love.

I am interested in the evolutive pressures that birds experience, mainly related bacteria and parasites, and how these pressures modulated and change life history traits in birds. These relationships may be very complex and bacterial communtity can play a major role in eggshell colonization, egg content infections and embryo viability. The study of bacterial community on bird eggshell in different species is an essential step to understand bird/bacteria relationship and species-specific interactions.

I am also interested in migration behavior and patterns, especially in the Straight of Gibraltar where wind is a strong handicap for soaring birds.

Education & Stays


PLoS ONE -pdf

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

Naturwissenschaften -pdf

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

Journal of Animal Ecology -pdf

Goshawk prey have more bacteria than non-prey

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

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)

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences -pdf

Antimicrobial chemicals in hoopoe preen secretions are produced by symbiotic bacteria

Open Ornithology -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

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 -pdf

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

Functional Ecology -pdf

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



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

Tel: (+34) 950281045 Fax: (+34) 950277100 ISN: 0*1592 sip: Skype: voip.eeza


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