Paulo A. M. Marques

I am a researcher at Unidade de investigação em Eco-Etologia (ISPA-IU) and the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência. My research is focused in bioacoustics and migrationBioacoustics researcher is centered in parent offspring communication and biodiversity monitoring.

Research lines:

In Bioacoustics I am coordinating a research project in bioacoustic monitoring that aims to portrait the Portuguese Natural soundscape Project with a small dedicated research team. I am also studying the history of bioacoustics as an instrument to locate and rescue historical or at risk recordings. Both within the project Natural soundscapes in a changing world. Preserve the past and building the memories of the future. Additionally, we are profiling the current global coverage of biodiversity by bioacoustics to be used as the baseline to identify coverage gaps to direct recording efforts in the future and establish recordings preservation priority (see more 
In this same context I am also involved in the assessment of the unpreserved acoustic biodiversity monitoring recordings to determine sample intensity.
Here is the form if you are interested in answer the survey.

I am the curator of the Natural Sounds Archive, MUHNAC and ISPA-IU.

Migration and wintering habits of gulls as part of the annual cycle framed within the animals life cycles during their lifespan,  namely the effect of age in the movement decisions of individuals.

Climate and the reproductions of birds currently we are focus in the study of temperature variation inside the nests and the effect of the nest type in the influence of ambient temperature in nest temperature.
Parent-offspring communication namely the signal honesty and the effect of the acoustic environment in the nestlings begging behaviour.


Marques, P. A. M., D. M. Magalhães, S. F. Pereira, P. E. Jorge 2014. From the past to the future: natural sound recordings and the preservation of the bioacoustics legacy in Portugal. PLoS ONE.  9(12): e114303. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114303 LINK

Marques, P. A. M. & C. B. De Araújo 2014. The Need to Document and Preserve Natural Soundscape Recordings as Acoustic Memories. Proceedings of Invisible Places.

Jorge, P. E. Phillips J. B., Goncalves, A., Marques, P. A. M. & Němec, P. 2014. Odors stimulate neuronal activity in the dorsolateral area of the hippocampal formation during path integration. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 281: 20140025. (2012IF 5.683).

Costa, A. M., Carvalho. L. M., Alves, M.J., Marques, P.A.M. & Serrão, V. 2014. Coleção Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira. Uma coleção, três países, quatro grandes percursos. In M. J. B. Neto and M. Malta “Coleções de Arte em Portugal e Brasil nos séculos XIX e XX: Perfis e Trânsitos”. Pp. 195-211. Caleidoscópio, Lisboa. ISBN: 978 989 658 256 2.

Alves M. J., C. Bastos-Silveira, A. Cartaxana, D. Carvalho, T. Catry, A. M. Correia, J. P. Granadeiro, L. F. Lopes, P. A. M. Marques & N. Mesquita 2014. As Coleções Zoológicas do Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência. [The zoological collections at the National Natural History and Science Museum]. In Alves, M.J. et al.. Livro de homenagem ao Prof. Carlos Almaça. Lisboa, MUHNAC. Link

Marques, P. A. M. & Jorge, P. E 2013. Winter latitudinal population age-structure of a migratory seagull (Larus fuscus) differs between its two major migratory flyways. International Journal of Ecology 2013: Article ID 737616, 7 pages. PDF link

Marques, P. A. M. 2013. Ambient temperature and nest temperature variation in enclosed nests (Spanish sparrow) and open-cup nests (Iberian azure-winged magpie). International Studies on Sparrows 37: 14-24. PDF link

Marques, P. A. M. & S. E. Coelho 2013. Extinction of the Murta Dam herons colony. Airo xx: xx-xx. (still in press)

Jorge, P. E. & Marques, P. A. M. I 2012. Decision making in pigeon flocks: A democratic view of leadership. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 2414-2417 doi:10.1242/jeb.070375 journal link

Jorge, P. E., Sowter, D. & Marques, P. A. M. 2011. Differential Annual Movement Patterns in a Migratory Species: Effects of Experience and Sexual Maturation. PLoS ONE, 6, e22433.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022433

Marques, P. A. M., Leonard, M. L., Horn, A. G. & Contasti, A. 2011. How Nestling Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) Integrate their Responses to Hunger and Signalling by Nestmates. Ethology 117: 163-170. DOI:10.1111/j.1439-0310.2010. 01859.x Link

Marques, P. A. M., De Araújo, C. & Vicente, L. M. 2010. Nestling call modification during early development in a colonial passerine. Bioacoustics 20: 45-58.

Marques P. A. M., Sowter D., Jorge P. E. 2010. Gulls change their migratory behavior during lifetime. Oikos 119: 946-951. published online 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.18192.x (Abstact)

Jorge, P. E., Marques, P. A. M. & Phillips, J. B. 2010. Activational effects of odours on avian navigation. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, - 277: 45-49. Online first 10.1098/rspb.2009.1521. PDF

Marques, P. A. M., A. M. Costa, P. Rock & P. E. Jorge 2009. Age-related migration patterns in Larus fuscus spp. Acta Ethologica. Online first.

Marques, P. A. M., L. M. Vicente & R. Márquez 2009. Nestling begging call structure and bout variation honestly signal need but not condition in Spanish sparrows. Zoological Studies 48. (5) 587-595. PDF

Marques, P. A. M., L. M. Vicente & R. Márquez 2008. Iberian azure-winged magpie (Cyanopica (cyana) cooki) nestlings begging calls: call characterization and hunger signalling. Bioacoustics 18 (2). 133-149.

Marques, P. A. M., R. Márquez & L. M. Vicente 2006. Brood size and nestling vocal begging behaviour in the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis. Ardea 94: 203-210.

Marques, P. A. M. 2006. The Spanish sparrows (Passer hispaniolensis) nestlings begging behaviour: nestling condition, parent sex and nest parental care pattern. International Studies on Sparrows 31: 5-12.

Márquez R., M. Penna, P. A. M. Marques & J. P. Amaral 2005. Diverse types of advertisement calls in the frogs Eupsophus calcaratus and E. roseus (Leptodactylidae): a quantitative comparison. Herpetological Journal 15: 257-263.

Marques, P. A. M. 2004. Parental care, male mate desertion and reproductive success in the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis. Zoological Studies 43: 123-131. PDF.

Marques, P. A. M. 2004. Parental care during the incubation period in Spanish sparrows: sexes roles and effects of desertion. Bird Study 51: 185-188. PDF

Marques, P. A. M., A. F. Marques & L. M. Vicente 2004. Measurements and weights of Spanish sparrows Passer hispaniolensis in southern Portugal during the breeding season. Airo 14. 121-125.

Marques, P. A. M., L. Vicente & M. Márquez, R. 2004. The Spanish sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) nestling begging calls: call characterisation and distinctiveness. Anales de Biología 26: 3-11. PDF

Marques, P. A. M. 2003. Male mate desertion in the Spanish sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis). Ardea 91: 245-250.

Marques, P. A. M. 2003. Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis breeding success in 2002 in Southern Portugal. Ardeola 50: 251-253.

Marques, P. A. M., M. Boieiro, F. Canário & L. Vicente 2003. Variation of nestling diet across the breeding season in Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis (Southern Portugal). Ardeola 50: 69-73.

Marques, P. A. M. 2003. The effect of brood size and nestling condition in parental care of Passer hispaniolensis (Aves- passeridae). - Arquivos do Museu Bocage série B III: 551-562.

Marques, P. A. M. 2002. Breeding parameters of Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis in Southern Portugal. International Studies on Sparrows 29: 11-20.

Marques, P. A. M., L. Vicente & R. Márquez 2002. Nest placement in the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis. International Studies on Sparrows 29: 21-30.

Marques, P. A. M., R. Pedroso & L. M. Vicente 2002. Lista comentada dos predadores de Passer hispaniolensis durante a época reprodutora [Commented list of the predators of Passer hispaniolensis during the breeding season: bibliographic review and new data]. Airo 12: 117-119.

Marques, P. A. M. & L. Vicente 1999. Seasonal variation of waterbird prey abundance in the Sado Estuary rice fields. Ardeola 46: 234-236.

Marques P. A. M. & M. I. Moreira 1999. Pedidos de alimentação vocais, tamanho da ninhada e sucesso reprodutor pós-eclusão em Passer hispaniolensis [Vocal begging, brood size and post-hatching breeding success in the Passer hispaniolensis].  in Beja, P., P. Catry & F. Moreira (Eds.). Proceedings of the II Congresso de Ornitologia da Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves. SPEA, Lisboa. p 136-137.

Marques P. A. M. & L. M. Vicente 1999. Biologia de reprodução do Pardal-espanhol Passer hispaniolensis [Breeding biology of the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis], in Beja, P., P. Catry & F. Moreira (Eds.). Proceedings of the II Congresso de Ornitologia da Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves. SPEA, Lisboa. p 11-12.

Marques P. A. M., J. C. Farinha & S. Coelho 1996. 1º Censo Nacional de Aves em Lixeiras. [1st Portuguese census of birds in landfills] in Farinha, J.C., J. Almeida & H. Costa (Eds.). Proceedings of the I Congresso de Ornitologia da Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves. SPEA, Vila Nova de Cerveira. p 73-75.




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