Rocío Márquez-Ferrando

Estación Biológica de Doñana, Sevilla - Wetlands Ecology.

I am interested in understanding how shorebirds change their migratory behaviour in response to environmental changes and which are the potential ecological consequences at individual and population level.

During the last few years we have described the actual distribution, abundance and habitat use of the threatened continental Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) during the non-breeding season in Doñana Wetlands in southwest Spain. To study migratory strategy and habitat use I used several methods, mainly colour-ring reading and stable isotopes approaches in collaboration with Theunis´group.

We now focus on how godwits in Doñana are connected to other non-breeding (in west-Africa and Iberia) and breeding sites, mainly in the Netherlands, with the aim to determine which are the ecological consequences of this migratory connectivity.