Research lines & key words

Juan Carlos Alonso, Research Professor, CSIC



Behavioural Ecology

         gregarious behaviour in birds (adaptive value of flocking during foraging)

         optimal vs equilibrium flock size

         ideal free distribution vs phenotype-limited distribution

         intraspecific aggression, cleptoparasitism

         flocking vs territorial behaviour

         central place foraging strategies

         risk-sensitive foraging

         dispersal in relation to abundance and distribution of resources (carrying capacity, patch use strategies)

         dispersal ecology (juvenile, natal and breeding dispersal)

         parent-offspring conflict

         costs of parental care in relation to offspring sex

         reproductive strategies and dispersal

         relationships between parental care, phenotypic quality and juvenile dispersal

         evolution of lekking in birds

         breeding systems and genetic structure of metapopulations

         sexual selection: behavioural and ecological adaptations of extreme sexual size dimorphism, evolution of sex ratio, sexual segregation


Conservation Biology

         demography, population dynamics (productivity, mortality, sex bias, population viability analysis), population fragmentation

         habitat selection and patterns of space use in farmland habitats

         genetic structure of metapopulations, landscape genetics

         dispersal and migration in human-altered environments

         farmland bird ecology, influence of farming intensification on the behaviour and distribution of birds, bird responses to anthropogenic landscape modification

         bird mortality at power lines