lunes, 20 de marzo de 2017

Lizard spring campaign: tomorrow !

Lizard spring 2017 campaign is on the starting blocks. Tomorrow : first day, first island. This here we begin a collaborative research with the LIE-EBD at the Estacion Biologica de Doñana and Dr. Laura Baldo from the University of Barcelona. New exciting data are waiting for us.
Photo: G. Taveccia

lunes, 13 de marzo de 2017

Ph.D., FPU and INTERSHIP with the G.E.P. 2017/2018

Are you interested in joining our research or developing your own one within the G.E.P ?

We regularly supervise Ph.D., Master projects and intership experiences on several issues related to Population Ecology of different species. Our main research lines at the moment are:
Life-history adaptations of island lizards.
Population Ecology of seabirds.
The influence of human activities on life-history tactics of birds.
Population Viability Analysis of vulnerable and endangered species. 
At present we do not have fellowships to offer, but if you have a Ph.D. grant or thinking to write a FPU project with the G.E.P. please contact us

miércoles, 8 de marzo de 2017

Shortlisted for Homeward Bound Project 2018 !

Ana Payo-Payo from the G.E.P. has been shortlisted for the Homeward Bound Project 2018.  The Homeward Bound Project (here for more details) "Mother nature needs her daugthers" is a groundbreaking initiative and outreach for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica.

Ana releases this week an interview about her personal experience and the situation of women in science at Beleopolis (article by E. Soto) here

sábado, 4 de marzo de 2017

Yellow Legged Gull campaign on the starting blocks

The Yellow Legged Gull 2017 campaign at Dragonera Naural Park is on the starting blocks. We have received two nice pics from C. Loske of a newly marked gull (top) and an old one (bottom), respectively. Thank you Carl !

viernes, 17 de febrero de 2017

New Publication on colonization in social species !

Payo-Payo, A., Genovart, M., Sanz-Aguilar, A., Greño, J.L., García-Tarrasón, ., Bertlero A. and Oro, D., Colonisation in social species: the importance of breeding experience for dispersal in overcoming information barriers. Scientific Report. doi:10.1038/srep42866

Abstract: Studying colonisation is crucial to understand metapopulations, evolutionary ecology and species resilience to global change. Unfortunately, few empirical data are available because field monitoring that includes empty patches at large spatiotemporal scales is required.
We examine the colonisation dynamics of a long-lived seabird over 34 years in the western Mediterranean by comparing population and individual data from both source colony and the newly-formed colonies. Since social information is not available, we hypothesize that colonisation should follow particular dispersal dynamics and personal information must be crucial in decision making. We test if adverse breeding conditions trigger colonisation events, if personal information plays a role in colonisation and if colonisers experience greater fitness. Our results show a temporal mismatch between colonisation events and both density-dependence and perturbations at the source colony, probably because colonisers needed a longer prospecting period to compensate for the lack of public information. Colonisers were mostly experienced individuals gaining higher breeding success in the new colony. Our results highlight the demographic value that experienced individuals can have on metapopulation dynamics of social long-lived organisms.

lunes, 13 de febrero de 2017

GEP at the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2017

Dr. Ana Sanz-Aguilar and Ana Payo-Payo from the GEP have participated a the International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2017 to "achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls".
From "Ultima Hora"

A nice initiative and a good occasion to explain Science to the new generations. 

Workshop on Capture-Recapture and -Recovery at MUSE ended

The Workshop on Capture-Recapture and -Recovery at MUSE in collaboration with Dr. S. Tenan ended last Friday. It has been a very nice and interesting meeting with data on wolves, migratory birds, wild boards, gulls... surrounded by Trento mountains. Thank you all and thank to Simone for organizing this. The next workshop is scheduled in Mallorca this November.