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 in relation to understand the mechanisms driving avian radiations.

In addition, I am also interested to investigate the ecological and evolutionary role of pathogens in island systems because of the high susceptibility of native and endemic birds to introduced pathogens.

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 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.


  • Lecture (Assistant professor) in Ecology, University of Oviedo (2015-present)
  • Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow, Research Unit of Biodiversity (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 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)

Scientific Activities

  • Associate Editor of Ardeola (2016 – Present)
  • Associate Editor of Diversity (2017 – Present)

Research Lines


Research projects that are currently ongoing.

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Busco un estudiante para solicitar un contrato predoctoral FPU para desarrollar su tesis doctoral en el proyecto Comprendiendo las causas de una reciente radiación aviar en Macaronesia, recientemente concedido por el Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación, en la Universidad de Oviedo.

Sep 20th, 2019

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New paper posted

New paper posted

Gradual dispersal events shape the genetic structure in an alpine flightless grasshopper.

Aug 5th, 2019

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New paper posted

New paper posted

Characterization of microsatellite markers for the endangered Daphne rodriguezii (Thymelaeaceae) and related species.

Jul 17th, 2019

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