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.


  • 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 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 Lines


Research projects that are currently ongoing.

Latest news

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Macaronesia as a fruitful arena for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology.

Oct 13th, 2021

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New paper posted

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Sequential colonization of oceanic archipelagos led to a species-level radiation in the common chaffinch complex (Aves: Fringilla coelebs)

Aug 9th, 2021

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New paper posted

New paper posted

Limited potential for bird migration to disperse plants to cooler latitudes.

Jun 23rd, 2021

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