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Curriculum vitae

 Rosa Mary de Ayala Monedero

Rolf E. Stenersallé 38, H708

0858 OSLO Norway

 

 

 

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND AND DIPLOMAS

 

2002 – 2007            Research training at Experimental Station of Arid Zones - Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and Università degli Studi di Milano. Subject: Reproductive effort in birds with biparental care: mating effort and parental investment. Supervisors: Prof. Nicola Saino and Dr. José Javier Cuervo

February 2002         Postgraduate Advanced Diplomas (DEA): Research Sufficiency in Animal Biology. Department of Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Faculty of Biological Sciences. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

1999 – 2001            PhD Student on Zoology and Anthropology. Department of Zoology and Physical Anthropology. Faculty of Biological Sciences. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

1991 - 1997             B.Sc. in Marine Biology, University of Valle - Colombia. Homologated in Spain on 2002 (Nº 2002-H00234), entitling me as a B.Sc. in Biology

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

From Sept. 2007     Postdoc at Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo. Subject: Nestling rearing environment and ecological correlates of bird coloration. Supervisor: Prof. Tore Slagsvold

Apr. – Sept. 2002    Researcher in the project “Study of the sexual signals in the Barn swallow”. DIRECTOR: José Javier Cuervo. Experimental Station of Arid Zones - Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)

Jan. – Dec. 1998     Consultant in Wildlife Population Assessment (Ornithology specialist). Ministry of Environment (Colombia). SUPERVISOR: Eduardo Velasco, Sub director of Environmental Patrimony Division, Autonomous Corporation of Valle, CVC

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Feb. 1997 – Feb. 1998         Assistant curator of Ornithology of the Reference Collection at the University of Valle, Colombia. Supervisor: Professor Humberto Álvarez-López

Sept. 1996 – Jan. 1997        Teaching Assistant of Professor Humberto Álvarez-López of “Ornithology”. University of Valle, Colombia

Sept. 1995 – Jan. 1996        Teaching Assistant of Professor Carlos Fernández of “Special Topics in Ge- Jan. 1995 – Jun. 1995                                   netics”. University of Valle, Colombia

Sept. 1995 – Jan. 1996        Teaching Assistant of Professor Carlos Fernández of “Special Topics in Ecology”. University of Valle, Colombia

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

Jan. 2006 – July 2006       “Social status signalling in the American Goldfinch”. Director: Prof. Geoffrey Hill, Auburn University, USA

Jan. 2006 – July 2006       “Function of the ultraviolet coloration of nestling flanges in the Eastern Bluebird”. Director: Prof. Geoffrey Hill, Auburn University, USA

Jan. 2004 – Sept. 2007     Research on diverse aspects of parental investment in the Barn Swallow. Director: Prof. Nicola Saino, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Jan. 2004 - Dec. 2007       "Egg coloration and sexual selection in birds". Director: Dr. Juan Jose Soler, EEZA-CSIC, Spain.

Apr. 2002 – Sept. 2007     “Sexual selection and parental care in the Barn Swallow. Director: Dr. José Javier Cuervo, EEZA-CSIC, Spain

Sept. 2000 – Nov. 2001    “Status of the Monk Parakeet in Madrid: Distribution and Preliminary Study on its Habitat and Foraging Habits”. Survey to obtain the Research Sufficiency in Animal Biology (Advanced Studies Diploma). Supervisor: Dr. Eduardo de Juana

Nov. 1999 – Jul. 2000       “Egg-Size Variation in relation to laying order in Larus argentatus”. Final report presented for the Course “Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Zoology” by Professor José Díaz

Nov. 1999- Jul. 2000         “Analysis of Tarsal Asymmetry in the Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla ¿Are males right-handed compared to females?” Final report presented for the Course “Ecology and Evolution of Vertebrates: Design and Methods” by Professors Dr. José Luis Tellería, Dr. Tomás Santos and Dr. José Díaz

Jan. 1999 – Jan. 2000       “Temporal Dynamics and Distribution of Shorebirds in Punta Soldado, Colombian Pacific Coast”. Research carried out with three colleagues

Mar. 1996 – Aug. 1997      “Inventory of birds in the Colombian Caribbean Mangroves”. Undergraduate Thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Luis Germán Naranjo

 

COURSES, CONGRESSES AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

27 - 28 Sept. 2007            CEES-conference, Nesbru, Norway. Talk: Nestling rearing environment and ecological correlates of bird coloration.

23 - 29 Jul. 2006               11th International Behavioral Ecology Congress. Tours, France. Poster: “Ultraviolet coloration in the mouth of nestlings influences parental feeding behavior” by de Ayala, R.M., Saino, N. & Møller, A.P.

12 – 25 Oct. 2005             “Experimental Design and effects analisys using GLM” Course. National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid, Spain

22 - 23 Sept. 2005            Foundational Congress of the Spanish Society for Evolutionary Biology. Granada, Spain

21 – 24 Sept. 2004           X National and VII Iberoamerican Congress of Ethology. Aguadulce (Almería), Spain. Organization Committee

6 – 10 Dec.  2000             XV Spanish Ornithological Meeting and I Iberian Ornithological Meeting. El Rocío (Huelva), Spain. Collaborator in Organization

13 – 17 Nov. 2000            “Landscape and Ecosystem Transformation: Study cases in Spain and Latin America”. Complutense University of Madrid. Madrid, Spain

25 Apr. –12 May 2000       I Conference series on Evolution. Department of Biology. Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

26 – 29 May 1998             Workshop “Evaluation of Wildlife Populations”. Ministry of Environment (Colombia). Autonomous Corporation of Bucaramanga (CDMB).  Bucaramanga, Colombia. Coach

4 – 6 May 1998                 Seminar “Wildlife Population Management”. Ministry of Environment (Colombia). Autonomous Corporation of Amazonia. Leticia (Amazonas), Colombia. Coach

19 – 25 Jan. 1998             “Management of Birds in Rehabilitation” Course. ARA A.C. Foundation, Monterrey, Mexico

10 – 12 Dec. 1997            Workshop on Migratory Birds for Native Communities in the Colombian Pacific Coast. Tumaco, Colombia. University of Valle, CALIDRIS, NATURA, CVC, FES. Instructor

6 - 27 Jan. 1997                I Course of Research Designing in Conservation Biology. Alexander von Humboldt Institute. Villa de Leyva (Boyacá), Colombia

9 - 15 Dec. 1996               Theoretical and Practice Course on Shorebird Study techniques. CALIDRIS - University of Valle. Instructor in laboratory and field practices. Cali, Colombia

25 – 28 Aug. 1997            Training to community leaders on Basic Concepts of Bird Biology. University of Valle, CALIDRIS, NATURA. Cali, Colombia. Trainer

9 – 12 Jul. 1997                I Conservation Biology Congress and III Biodiversity and Conservation of Mountain Ecosystems Symposium. Cali, Colombia. Collaborator in the Organization

21 - 23 Nov. 1997             X Ornithology National Meeting, Marsella (Risaralda), Colombia

28 - 31 Oct. 1996              X Marine Sciences National Seminar. Bogotá, Colombia

12 - 14 Oct. 1996              IX Ornithology National Meeting, Marsella (Risaralda), Colombia. Speaker

24 - 28 Jan. 1994              Training Course: Oceanographic sonda CTDO operation, Geographic Information Systems, cartography and navigation. Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research Center (CIOH). Naval School Almirante Padilla. Cartagena, Colombia

 

GRANTS AND OTHER FUNDS

 

Sept. 2007 – Jun. 2008     Research Council of Norway (IS). Scholarship for carrying out research at The University of Oslo.

Jan. – Jul. 2006                Department of Postgraduate and Specialization - CSIC. Supplementary support for a stay in Auburn University, USA

Jan. – Jul. 2005                Department of Postgraduate and Specialization - Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). Supplementary support for a stay in Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Mar. – Jul. 2004                Department of Postgraduate and Specialization - CSIC. Supplementary support for a stay in Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Sept. – Nov. 2003            Department of Postgraduate and Specialization - CSIC. Supplementary support for a stay in Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Oct. 2002 – Sept. 2006     FPI Grant from the Ministry of Education and Science: FP-2001-0409

Jan. 2000 – Dec. 2001      Ministry of Work and Social Affairs. “Reina Sofía” Grant for PhD courses at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Jan. 1999 – Jan. 2000       Central Bank of the Colombian Republic. Funding for the project “Temporal Dynamics and Distribution of Shorebirds in Punta Soldado, Colombian Pacific Coast”

Jan. 1998                         Environment Patrimony Division CVC. Travel Award to Monterrey, Mexico

Jan. – Jul. 1996                Project PD 171/91 Rev.2 (F) 1: Colombian Ministry of Environment / International Tropical Timber Organization. Support for Undergraduate Thesis

Jan. – Jul. 1996                Idea Wild Equipment Donation, Conservation International, Association Calidris and University of Valle: Supplementary support for Undergraduate Thesis

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Saino N., de Ayala R.M., Boncoraglio G. & Martinelli R. Sexual dimorphism in gape coloration and begging calls of barn swallow nestlings. 2008. Animal Behaviour 75: 1375-1382

Saino, N., de Ayala, R.M., Martinelli, R. & Boncoraglio, G. Male-biased brood sex ratio depresses average phenotypic quality of barn swallow nestlings under experimentally harsh conditions. 2008. Oecologia: DOI 10.1007/s00442-008-0971-8

de Ayala, R.M., Saino, N., Møller, A.P. & Anselmi, C. 2007. Nestling mouth coloration covaries with offspring quality and influences parental feeding behavior.  Behavioral Ecology 18:526-534

de Ayala, R.M., Martinelli, R. & Saino, N. 2006. Vitamin E supplementation enhances body mass, size and condition in Barn swallow nestlings. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 60: 619-630.

Cuervo, J.J. & de Ayala, R.M. 2005. Experimental tail shortening in Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) affects haematocrit. Functional Ecology 19:828-835.

de Ayala, R.M. 2002. Monk Parakeet (Myopsita monachus). Pp. 172-173 in: Del Moral, J.C., Molina, B., De la Puente, J. y Pérez-Tris, J. (Eds.). Atlas of the wintering birds in Madrid 1999-2001. SEO-Monticola and Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid.

Alvarez-León, R. & de Ayala-Monedero, R.M. 2000. First registration of frogs associated to the swamps of the Colombian Caribbean. UCR-Rev Biol Trop 48 (2/3): 724.

Moreno, J.G., de Ayala, R.M. & Naranjo, L.G. 1999. Range Expansion of the white-crowned pigeon Columba leucocephala into the continental territory of Colombia. Caldasia 21:112-113.

de Ayala, R.M. 1997. Birds associated to the Mangroves in the Colombian Continental Caribbean. appendix 10 pp. 504 – 506 In: Sánchez-Páez, H. & R. Alvarez-León (eds.). Preliminary Diagnostic and Characterization of the Mangroves in the Colombian Caribbean. Bogotá D.C. (Colombia), 511p.

 

TECHNICAL AND SPECIALIZED SKILLS

 

·         Knowledge in field methods, e.g. trapping techniques, handling and measurements of wildlife, scientific banding of birds, and several other marking techniques in other vertebrates.

·         Spectrophotometric techniques and software (Ocean Optics: OOIBase32 and Avantes: Avasoft, SpectraWin).

·         DNA Extraction, PCR and Electrophoresis. Radio Immuno Assay (RIA) for Testosterone dosage from egg yolk. Lisozime determination in plasma and albumin.

·         Hormone implants manufacture and implantation on living birds.

 

SERVICE AND VOLUNTEER WORK

 

·         Collaborator in the project “Biodiversity Assessment Tools. Identifying Indicators to Assess the Impact of European Policies on Biodiversity”, concerning to birds in Spain, with Eduardo de Juana. April 2001 - April 2002

·         Collaboration with the Rarities Committee of the Spanish Society of Ornithology (SEO). Jan. 2000 – April 2002

·         Expedition CALIDRIS – Sanquianga, 2000: Faunistic Survey of the National Natural Park of Sanquianga (Colombia). 5 – 20 July 2000

·         PhD. Alumni Representative to the Department of Animal Biology Council. 2000-2002

·         Collaborator in different activities in conservation, bird censuses and scientific ringing with several institutions: SEO-BirdLife, Junta de Andalucía (Spain), Doñana Biological Station (CSIC). Jun. 1999 – August 2004

·         Collaborator in the project “Ecological and Environmental Study of the Impact of the Pacific’s Poliduct in Colombia” with Dr. Henry Jiménez. April - July 1994

·         Collaborator in the project “Macro-benthic Indicators of Contamination”. Field and laboratory assistant, under the supervision of Professor Jaime R. Cantera. Nov. 1993 – Mar. 1994

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

·         Association for the Study and Conservation of Aquatic Birds in Colombia (CALIDRIS) since 1995. Vicepresident March 1998 – March 1999

·         Spanish Society of Ornithology (SEO) since May 2000

·         Animal Neotropical since August 2001

·         Spanish Society for Evolutionary Biology (SESBE) since foundation on 23 September 2005

·         Spanish Association of Terrestrial Ecology (AEET) since January 2007

 

LANGUAGES

 

Fluent in: English and Italian

Mother tongue: Spanish

Some knowledge of Norwegian