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 involved in different courses related with two undergraduate degrees: Biology and Forestry and Natural Resources.
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)
Research projects that are currently ongoing.
New paper in press
¿Qué hemos aprendido sobre las relaciones entre los vertebrados terrestres y sus parásitos en Macaronesia?
Jun 4th, 2020
New paper posted
A revised phylogeny of nuthatches (Aves, Passeriformes, Sitta) reveals insight in intra- and interspecific diversification patterns in the Palearctic.
May 29th, 2020
New paper posted
Maternal genetic structure shows an incipient differentiation in the Canary Islands chiffchaff (Phylloscopus canariensis)
May 19th, 2020