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 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.
However, despite my passion are birds, I acknowledge that invertebrates are really nice models to tackle these questions too. Thus, I am also collaborating with other colleagues at UMIB where continental alpine grasshoppers in the Cantabrian Mountains are the focus of my attention.
I carry out my research mainly focused on the Macaronesian region (Azores, Madeira, Selvagens, Canary Islands and Cape Verde) and nearby continental areas both Iberian Peninsula and north Africa.
However, due to my stonechat dependency I am also expanding my research throughout Europe and Africa as well.
I am teaching (green dot) or I was teaching (red dot) different courses related with three undergraduate degrees: Biology, Forestry and Natural Resources, and Teaching Profession.
Forestry and Natural Resources (at Polytechnic School of Mieres)
- Management of Protected Areas (Theory and Practical)
- Management of Threatened Species (Theory and Practical)
- Ecology and Climatology (Theory and Practical)
Biology (at Faculty of Biology, Oviedo)
- Environmental assessment (Practical exercises)
Teaching Profession (at Faculty of Teaching)
- Environmental Sciences (Theory and Practical)
Research projects that are currently ongoing.
Tarabilla Europea – Saxicola rubicola. En: Enciclopedia Virtual de los Vertebrados Españoles. López, P., Martín, J., Tellería, J.L. (Eds.). Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid.
Jun 1st, 2021
New paper posted
Fruit abundance and trait matching determine diet type and body condition across frugivorous bird populations.
Mar 9th, 2021
New paper posted
Selection for functional performance in the evolution of cuticle hardening mechanisms in insects.
Feb 26th, 2021