Colleagues / Colaboradores

Although I have collaborated with many scientists, in the last few years most of the work I have been involved with has been carried out in collaboration with the following people:

Magpie project:

- Mercedes Molina Morales (PhD - Universidad de Granada). Merche's has been my first PhD thesis as supervisor. It gathers the first results of the longitudinal study on magpies we are conducting at La Calahorra (Granada). See the list of papers she has coauthored with me here and a bit about the results of her thesis here. She's now at the University of Extremadura, and we keep collaborating in different aspects of magpie research.

Merche during fieldwork at La Calahorra
- Jesús Miguel Aviles Regodon. Tenured scientist in the Spanish Research Council (Estación Experimental de Zonas Aridas, CSIC, Almeria) - Jesús Avilés' Personal page
Jesús has collaborated with me in the last years on the magpies' work and he is also supervisor of Merche's thesis. He is an expert in the evolutionary ecology of signals, colour in particular, brood parasitism and comparative method.

- Terry Burke. Molecular Ecology Professor at the University of Sheffield. Terry Burke's Personal page.
Terry was my supervisor during my postdocs stays in Leicester and Sheffield (U.K.), and introduced me in the world of molecular markers, microsatellites, parentage and genetic analyses, apart from changing my way of looking at and understanding science. He has also received in his lab all the students working with me that needed to do large amounts of molecular markers' work.

- Deborah A. Dawson. Manager of the NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility at Sheffield University. D.A. Dawson's Page. Debs supervised me in my early days in the lab and has always given me her advice regarding microsatellites, primer design, data analyses and other related things. I must thank her also for  taking care of my students in the lab.

- Alfredo Sánchez Tojar (Max Planck Institute for Ornithologie, Germany). Alfredo's personal page.
Alfredo is working on his PhD, focused on the evolution and ecology of social behaviour in House sparrows. He completed his Biology studies in Granada, began by helping us with the magpie's work and ended up collaborating in different things, now from the Max Planck.  Alfredo is also a wonderful nature photographer. Check it out here.

Alfredo ringing a magpie chick at our study place

- Marta Precioso Sáenz. Marta has just finished her Degree in Biology and has obtained an FPI contract to do her PhD in the new project on lifetime consequences of parasitism in magpies; during the last years she has become fundamental in the magpie work, by helping me with most of the observation and nest monitoring work, and she's got also some experience with molecular work. Now she will be working on her PhD for the next four years (2016-2019).
Marta with leucistic and normal magpie chicks

Apollo (Parnassius apollo) project

- Alberto Tinaut. Catedrático de Zoología (Universidad de Granada). Alberto Tinaut's page.
Alberto has taught me lots of things but also gave me the opportunity of starting a new research line on the ecology and population dynamics of Parnassius apollo in the Sierra Nevada mountains (Granada). He is "the expert" in ants but he knows a lot about nearly everything. His personal view of science has also enriched my way of understanding our work.

- Oscar Mira (PhD). Oscar has just finished his PhD on population genetics and ecology of Parnassius apollo in Sierra Nevada. He has designed new microsatellite primers for the species and characterized population differentiation and gene flow, as well as studied the ecogical parameters that explain the differences in abundance of male and female apollos through Sierra Nevada, after enjoying a wonderful scenario for doing fieldwork.

Oscar doing capture-recapture with the apollos in Sierra Nevada (near Picón de Jeres)

- Cristina Sánchez-Prieto (PhD, Universidad de Granada). Cristina has worked with us in the apollo project, helping us doing fieldworlk and sequencing mitochondrial DNA for a phylogeographic analyses of the species in the Iberian Peninsula. She completed her PhD thesis on the ecology of red deer, at the University of Extremadura, and has afterwards worked in several different projects in the Macaulay Institute of Aberdeen (Scotland), the University of Extremadura and Granada.

                                                       Cristina in a sunny day in Asturias. 

Special collaborators: My daugthers Paula, Irene and Malena, that from time to time have joined me in whatever I'm doing

Paula and Irene, a few years ago ringing magpies
Malena looking for apollo caterpillars

More collaborators

Tomás Pérez-Contreras checking out a nest

Much of my previous work has been centered in the ecology of the interactions of magpies and cuckoos, and this has been done together with Manuel Soler (Universidad de Granada) and Juan Soler (Estación Experimental de Zonas Aridas, CSIC); I have learnt probably more than I ever thought I would learn from both of them. Other people involved in the magpie work are Anders Moller (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie), Liesbeth De Neve (University of Ghent), Tomás Pérez-Contreras and David Martín-Gálvez.

I have also participated in other research lines in collaboration with Juan Moreno (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC), Desi Parejo (Universidad de Extremadura), Manuel Martín-Vivaldi (Universidad de Granada), Juan Carranza (Universidad de Extremadura), or Tim Birkhead (University of Sheffield). Tim is a brilliant researcher, an excellent lecturer and a really nice person. We only collaborated in one paper during my postdoc in Sheffield, but he represents much of what I would like to be as a University lecturer. Take a look at his personal pages.

There are many other people I have worked with during these years. See my list of publications.