I am a biologist interested in understanding how species proliferate and change over time. My work uses molecular tools and fieldwork approaches to investigate evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at both the individual and population level.

Much of this work has focused on island birds (using extinct and extant taxa) where I investigate the causes and consequences of adaptive (and non-adaptive) genetic variation to understand the mechanisms driving genetic and phenotypic differentiation and, ultimately, avian radiations.

In addition, I am also interested to investigate the ecological and evolutionary role of microbes (pathogens and microbiome) on their island avian hosts.

Most of this research is focused on the Macaronesian region (Azores, Madeira, Selvagens, Canary Islands and Cape Verde), and nearby continental areas both Iberian Peninsula and north Africa.

I also collaborate with other colleagues to shed light on evolutionary dynamics and biogeography of alpine grasshoppers in the Cantabrian Mountains; the role of birds and bats in pest control and seed dispersal in several farming areas; and the genomic architecture of migration using several avian non-model systems.


  • Senior Lecture (Associate Professor) in Ecology, University of Oviedo (2021-present)
  • Lecture (Assistant professor) in Ecology, University of Oviedo (2015-2021)
  • Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow, University of Oviedo, Research Unit of Biodiversity (UMIB, UO-CSIC-PA) (2010-2015)
  • Postdoctoral contract (Juan de la Cierva), Island Ecology and Evolution Research Group, IPNA-CSIC, (2008-2010)
  • Spanish Government funded Postdoctoral research associate, University of East Anglia (2005-2007)
  • Research associate, Department of Conservation Biology, EBD-CSIC, (2005)
  • Ph.D. - University of La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain (2004)
  • BScHon. Biological Sciences. University of La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain (1996)



I am currently teaching in two undergraduate degrees: Biology and Teaching Profession.

Biology (at Faculty of Biology, Oviedo)

  • Environmental assessment (Practical exercises)

Teaching Profession (at Faculty of Teaching)

  • Environmental Sciences (Theory and Practical)

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Research projects that are currently ongoing.

Latest news

New papper in press

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Museomics help resolving the phylogeny of snofinches (Aves, Passeridae, Montifringilla and allies)

Jun 26th, 2024

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New paper posted

New paper posted

Apex predators can structure ecosystems through trophic cascades: linking the frugivorous behaviour and seed-dispersal patterns of mesocarnivores.

May 14th, 2024

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New papper posted

New papper posted

Genomic landscapes of divergence among island bird populations: Evidence of parallel adaptation but at different loci?

May 10th, 2024

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