I’m a senior researcher at Estación Biológica Doñana, a research institute of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) centered around studies of the mechanisms that generate, maintain and contribute to loss of biodiversity. My collaboration with Theunis focuses on identifying the consequences of wintering in Europe or traveling to Western Africa for the survival, breeding success and fitness of Dutch Black-tailed Godwits.
I’m also head of a research team at CIBER ESP, a biomedical research institute focusing on epidemiology and public health. My research focusses on the interplay between behavioural, evolutionary and population ecology. I combine comparative analyses, with long term monitoring and field experiments to respond to a wide range of questions related to the conservation of biodiversity, the evolution of life-history and ecological interactions.
I have been fascinated by waders since childhood but I was unable to get a grant to do the PhD working with them, something I am redressing since I am established as permanent researcher. My Master Dissertation focused on the evolution of sexual size dimorphism in waders. My PhD focused on the role of ducks in maintaining the connectivity of aquatic communities through the dispersal of animal and vegetal propagules.
I have also worked on the migratory behaviour of waders through Spain and the reproductive biology of Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts of Spain. My recent research focusses on the consequences of pesticide use for waders health, and the migratory behaviour of Curlew (Numenius arquata) and Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa).