PhD, Tenured Scientist
Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology
Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Crtra. de Sacramento s/n La Cañada de San Urbano, E-04120 Almería
Phone: +34 950 281045
Fax: +34 950 277100
Since 2006: Tenured Scientist, Experimental Station of Arid Zones (Spanish Council for Scientific Research), Almería, Spain
2004-2005: Research Fellow, Ramón y Cajal Programme (granted by MEC) and Programme for Returning Scientists, (granted by Junta de Andalucía), Experimental Station of Arid Zones (Spanish Council for Scientific Research), Almería, Spain.
2002-2003: Hired Research Staff, Experimental Station of Arid Zones (Spanish Council for Scientific Research), Almería, Spain.
1999-2001: Hired Research Staff, National Natural Sciences Museum (Spanish Council for Scientific Research), Madrid, Spain.
1997-1998: Post-doc Fellow (granted by MEC), Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Vienna, Austria.
1993-1995: Assistant and Associated Professor, Department of Animal Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, Granada University (Granada, Spain) and Department of Animal and Vegetal Biology and Ecology, Jaén University (Jaén, Spain).
1992: Post-doc Fellow (granted by Granada University), Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Vienna, Austria.
1992: PhD, Department of Animal Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, Granada University, Granada, Spain.
1988-1991: Pre-doc Fellow (granted by MEC), Department of Animal Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, Granada University, Granada, Spain.
1988: Degree in Biology, Granada University, Granada, Spain.
Behavioural and evolutionary biology with main focus on:
* Evolution and ecology of host-parasite interactions, with particular emphasis on parasite specialization.
I am interested in exploring this topic both from the host and the parasite’s point of view. I consider the proximate mechanisms regulating host-parasite interactions, like host health status and ecological factors such as host size and sociability. I also pay attention to relevant features of the natural history of the parasite that are noteworthy to understand host-parasite relationships (e.g. diapause and environmental factors that influence it). In cooperation with Dr. A. Barbosa I am studying the effect of climate change on parasite distribution and host-parasite relationships.
* Sexual selection, the evolution of secondary sexual characters and intersexual conflicts.
My main interests are:
- Evolution of secondary sexual characters on both male and females and mutual mate choice.
- The nest as a secondary sexual character.
- Intersexual conflict: mate and brood desertion, extra-pair paternity and related male and female strategies (paternity assurance strategies, manipulation of information, male coercive strategies such as aggresion and punishment).
- Influence of ecological factors on extra-pair paternity rates.
* Interspecific interactions and its implications for conservation.
I study the consequences of interspecific interactions in terms of conservation. Human activity (specially agricultural practices) is also considered in relation to its influence on diet, foraging behaviour and breeding biology of birds in agroecosystems and expansive and regressive processes of birds.
Specialization and Speciation in Host-Parasite Relationships: Synchronization of Life Cycles and Allochronic Isolation. 2006-2007 (Main researcher: F. Valera)
Phenotypic Variability and Patterns of Connection among Populations of the Trumpeter finch Bucanetes githagineus. 2006-2008 (Main researcher: Dr. E. Moreno, EEZA, CSIC).
Host-Parasite Interactions and Immune Response in Three Species of Antarctic Penguins: Effect of Global Climate Change I. 2006-2008. (Main researcher: Dr. A. Barbosa, EEZA, CSIC).
The relationship between courtship feeding, life-history and sexual selection in the European roller, Coracias garrulus. In cooperation with Dr. R. Václav (Slovak Academy of Sciences) and Dr. A. Barbosa (EEZA, CSIC).
Estudio de una especie de reciente colonización, Bucanetes githagineus, indicadora de zonas áridas: ecogenética, ecomorfología, ecofisiología e implicaciones para su conservación. (Main researcher: Dr. E. Moreno, EEZA, CSIC).
Biodiversity and Conservation in Arid Zones. (Main researcher: F. Valera).
Natural cavity restoration as an alternative to nest box supplementation
Landscape-moderated biodiversity effects of ground herb cover in olive groves: Implications for regional biodiversity conservation
Survey of husbandry practices for bovidae in zoos: The importance of parasite management for reintroduction programmes
Defining host range: host–parasite compatibility during the non-infective phase of the parasite also matters
Cellular and humoral immunity in two highly demanding energetic life stages: reproduction and moulting in the Chinstrap Penguin
Regeneration of a keystone semiarid shrub over its range in Spain: habitat degradation overrides the positive effects of plant–animal mutualisms
Host preference of a haematophagous avian ectoparasite: A micronutrient supplementation experiment to test an evolutionary trade-off
Culicoides paolae and C. Circumscriptus as potential vectors of avian haemosporidians in an arid ecosystem 06 Biological Sciences 0602 Ecology 05 Environmental Sciences 0502 Environmental Science and Management 06 Biological Sciences 0604 Genetics
Off-host longevity of the winged dispersal stage of Carnus hemapterus (Insecta: Diptera) modulated by gender, body size and food provisioning
Any role for the dissemination of Nosema spores by the blue-tailed bee-eater Merops philippinus?
Local-scale and landscape disturbances impact through distinct pathways on the regional variation in seed dispersal by mammals in threatened semiarid habitats
Mode of attachment and pathology caused by Parorchites zederi in three species of penguins: Pygoscelis papua, Pygoscelis adeliae, and Pygoscelis antarctica in Antarctica
Age-related differences in the gastrointestinal microbiota of chinstrap penguins (pygoscelis antarctica)
Nest ecology of blood parasites in the European roller and its ectoparasitic carnid fly
Morphological, molecular and phylogenetic analyses of the spirurid nematode Stegophorus macronectes (Johnston & Mawson, 1942)
Short- and long-term effects of tracking devices on the European Roller Coracias garrulus
A pan-European, multipopulation assessment of migratory connectivity in a near-threatened migrant bird
Disentangling migratory routes and wintering grounds of Iberian near-threatened European rollers Coracias garrulus
Erythrocytic abnormalities in three Antarctic penguin species along the Antarctic Peninsula: biomonitoring of genomic damage
Nest decorations: An 'extended' female badge of status?
Biogeography of haemo- and ectoparasites of an arid-land bird, the Trumpeter finch
Cavity types and microclimate: implications for ecological, evolutionary, and conservation studies
Refugia, colonization and diversification of an arid-adapted bird: Coincident patterns between genetic data and ecological niche modelling
Temperature during the free-living phase of an ectoparasite influences the emergence pattern of the infective phase
Experimental assessment of the effects of gastrointestinal parasites on offspring quality in chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica)
Intra-specific variability in life-cycle synchronization of an ectoparasitic fly to its avian host
Mixed life-history strategies in a local population of the ectoparasitic fly Carnus hemapterus
Geographic variation in beak colouration in Gentoo Penguins Pygoscelis papua
Traditional versus non-traditional nest-site choice: alternative decision strategies for nest-site selection
Gastrointestinal parasites in Chinstrap Penguins from Deception Island, South Shetlands, Antarctica
Reproductive anatomy and fecundity estimation of the haematophagous ectoparasite Carnus hemapterus
Concentration of trace elements in feathers of three Antarctic penguins: Geographical and interspecific differences
History and adaptation stories of the vertebrate fauna of southern Spain’s semi-arid areas
Social information in nest colonisation and occupancy in a long-lived, solitary breeding bird
Evaluation of large-scale dissemination of Nosema ceranae spores by European bee-eaters Merops apiaster
Population decline is accompanied by loss of genetic diversity in the Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor
White tail markings are an indicator of quality and affect mate preference in rock sparrows
Heavy metals and essentials elements in bones of three species of penguins from King George Island, Antarctica
Apparent absence of Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Toxoplasma gondii in three species of penguins along Antarctic Peninsula
Breeding parameters of the trumpeter finch at the periphery of its range: A case study with mainland expanding and island populations
Plasticity of nest site selection in the trumpeter finch: a
comparison between two habitats
Colonization patterns and genetic structure of peripheral populations of the trumpeter finch (Bucanetes githagineus) from Northwest Africa, the Canary Islands and the Iberian Peninsula
The importance of breeding density and breeding synchrony for paternity assurance strategies in the lesser grey shrike
Synchronization of host-parasite cycles by means of diapause: host influence and parasite response to involuntary host shifting
Ectoparasite load is linked to ontogeny and cell-mediated immunity in an avian host system with pronounced hatching asynchrony
The role of natural habitats in agricultural systems for bird conservation: the case of the threatened Lesser Grey Shrike.
Seed selection by the Trumpeter finch, Bucanetes githagineus. What currency does this arid land species value?
Temperature but not rainfall influences timing of breeding in a desert bird, the trumpeter finch (Bucanetes githagineus)
Thriving in an arid environment: High prevalence of avian lice in low humidity conditions
Southernmost record of the magellanic penguin Spheniscus magellanicus in Antarctica
Population trends and spatial synchrony in peripheral populations of the endangered Lesser Grey Shrike in response to environmental change
Do melanin-based tail patterns predict individual quality and sex in Lesser Grey Shrikes Lanius minor?
Philopatry, dispersal patterns and nest-site reuse in Lesser Grey Shrikes (Lanius minor)
Northward expansion of a desert bird: Effects of climate change?
El nido del Pájaro Moscón
Limitación de recursos en zonas áridas y el papel fundamental de especies ingenieras de ecosistemas
Parasite pressure and its effects on blood parameters in a stable and dense population of the endangered Lesser Grey Shrike
Life-history variation in three coexisting species of Carnid flies (Diptera: Carnidae), Carnus hemapterus, Hemeromyia anthracina and Hemeromyia longirostris
Camachuelo Trompetero. En M. Yanes y J.M. Delgado: Aves Esteparias en Andalucía. Bases para su conservación
Prolonged diapause in the ectoparasite Carnus hemapterus (Diptera: Cyclorrhapha, Acalyptratae) – how frequent is it in parasites?
The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) as an ecosystem engineer in arid environments
Dietary specialization on high protein seeds by adult and nestling serins
Males prefer ornamented females: a field experiment of male choice in the rock sparrow
Seedling establishment in Olea europaea. Seed size and microhabitat affect growth and survival
Clutch enlargement in Lesser Gray Shrikes (Lanius minor) in Slovakia when food is superabundant: a maladaptive response?
Size vs. health as a cue for host choice: a test of the Tasty Chick Hypothesis
Male shrikes punish unfaithful females
Interspecific parasite exchange in a mixed colony of birds
Low prevalence of haematozoa in Trumpeter finches Bucanetes githagineus from Southeastern Spain: additional support for a restricted distribution of blood parasites in arid lands
Habitat composition and habitat use in the Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)
Why does the Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) seldom store food?: determinants of impaling in an uncommon storing species
Tail length and mutual mate choice in bearded tits (Panurus biarmicus)
Natural and human-mediated factors in the recovery and subsequent expansion of the Purple swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
Factors shaping the seedfall pattern of a bird-dispersed plant
Breeding biology and breeding success of the Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) in a stable and dense population
Early effects of rodent post-dispersal seed predation on the outcome of the plant-seed disperser interaction
El uso de herbicidas y la conservación del medio ambiente: efectos sobre la flora y la fauna
Diet plasticity in blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla): the ability to overcome nutritional constraints imposed by agricultural intensification
Foraging assemblages of birds in different olive plantations during the second half of March
Breeding system and the role of floral visitors in seed production of a "few-flowered" perennial herb, Paeonia broteroi
Multi-male display sites in serins (Serinus serinus)
Female extra-pair behaviour and environmental quality in the Serin Serinus serinus: a test of the "constrained female hypothesis"
Juvenile Penduline tit parasitising another nest
Efecto de los sistemas de laboreo sobre las aves
Fruit size in wild olives: implications for avian seed dispersal
Habitat alteration and plant intra-specific competition for seed dispersers. An example with Olea europaea var. sylvestris
The importance of different paternity guards in the polygynandrous Penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus)
Effectiveness, biases and mortality in the use of apomorphine to determining the diet of granivorous passerines
Egg burial in Penduline tits (Remiz pendulinus): its role in nest desertion and female polyandry
Seasonal change in female mate choice criteria in Penduline tits (Remiz pendulinus)
Nest size variation and its importance for mate choice in Penduline tits (Remiz pendulinus)
Female mate choice and nest desertion in Penduline tits (Remiz pendulinus): the importance of nest quality
The expansion of Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) through migration and wintering
The conflict between nest guarding and mate guarding in Penduline tits (Remiz pendulinus)
Past and current distribution of the Purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) in the Iberian Peninsula
The situation of Penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus) in southern Europe: a new stage of its expansion
Ctra. de Sacramento s/n, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120, Almería (Spain)