Animals may finally become either prey or carcasses. While predation has received much attention, the ecology and evolution of scavenging processes are largely unexplored.
My research focuses on the behavior, ecology, and conservation of scavengers and other species indirectly affected by the presence of carcasses in the wild. I am also interested on ecosystem services and stakeholders’ perception of scavengers in natural parks and islands.
My methods include long-term monitoring of scavenger populations, large-scale field experiments, individual-based models and interviews and questionnaires to stakeholders.
Academic and professional history
December 2017 -Ongoing PostDoc Contract Govern Balear IMEDEA (CSIC)-UIB, Mallorca, España.
April 2016-December 2017 Juan de la Cierva Incorporación Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Sevilla, España.
January 2015 - March 2016 FCT-Postdoc Research Scholarship at REFER- Biodiversity Chair. CIBIO-InBIO., Portugal.
April 2013- December 2014 FCT-Postdoc Research Scholarship at Theoretical Ecology and Biodiversity Change Group. Centro Biologia Ambiental-Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal.
July-September 2011 and November-December 2011 Postdoc Research Contract at Department of Ecological Modelling (ÖSA) – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany.
2011. PhD Thesis (Doctor Europaeus) “The ecological and Conservation effects of trophic resource predictability: carcasses and vertebrate communities” at Estación Biológica Doñana (CSIC, National Research Council) / Universidad Autónoma Madrid, Spain. "Extraordinary Doctorate Award (top prize for doctoral dissertations in the Spanish universities)"
2006. Advanced Studies Research in Ecology “Effectiveness of supplementary Feeding stations for avian scavengers’ conservation: effects of design, food availability and competence processes within the guild”. Estación Biológica Doñana (CSIC, National Research Council) / Universidad Autónoma Madrid.
2004. Self-employed biologist. Responsible for projects involving the monitoring of the use of vulture restaurants by endangered scavengers.
2003. Biologist employed at Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC). Responsible for the monitoring of the Egyptian Vulture population at the Bardenas Reales Natural Park (northern Spain).
2002. BSc in Biology at the University of Navarra, Spain.
1999 - 2002. Student assistant, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC)