Ana is a PhD student. She is developing state-of-the-art spatially explicit IBMs to understand and mitigate human threats to the persistence of wolf populations in the Iberian Peninsula. She is particularly interested in understanding how interactions between dispersal and local extinctions shape wolf expansion.
Candela is a research assistant in our team. She manages the experiments and monitoring of dung-beetle and shrub interactions in the LIFECAST project in Doñana and the Kalahari. She also manages many of our datasets - and nothing would run without her!
Carlos is an MS student from UIMP-CSIC, joining our team for his MS thesis. He is working on metapopulation models of wild boars in southern Spain, with the specific focus of how functional habitat connectivity mediates the successful spread of this species across a range of landscapes. Carols' thesis will contribute to the NaturaConnect project.
Guillermo did his MS thesis in our team working on developing an analytical framework to assess total numbers of roadkill across various vertebrate groups (co-supervised by Marcello D'Amico). He is currently converting his thesis into a manuscript and will start as a PhD student in the LIFECAST project soon.
Hanna is postdoctoral researcher who is about to join us from the State Museum of Natural History in Lviv, Ukraine. Hanna is an entomologist, and will work on analysing soil fauna history traits, with a focus on Neuroptera. She will also work on assessing how lacewings respond to climate change.
Macarena just finished her undergrad and joined our team as a JAE intro intern. She is putting together a database of life-history traits, importantly the variation in traits, across trophic levels in Doñana and Sierra Morena.
Maria leads the teams. She is keen on investigating how predictions of population dynamics can be improved by accounting for trait dynamics, environmental and spatial patterning, and tradeoffs between survival and reproduction; and on potential evolutionary consequences of environmental change. You can download her CV here (last update: Oct 2023).
Sanne is a postdoc working on ecological connectivity in the Great Doñana Area as part of NaturaConnect. She is an expert in demographic modelling and is developing multi-species spatially explicit demographic models to better understand the role of demographic feedbacks when designing functional connectivity networks.
Teresa is a PhD student at CREAF. She is developing individual-based models of interacting shrub populations to explore how traits, demography, and trophic interactions (with herbivores and seed predators) affect shrub resilience to drought. Her works includes individual monitoring of 4 shrub species in Doñana National Park.
Students that collaborate with us but are not at EBD full time
Eva is a PhD student based at the University of Zurich. She works on lions and dewy pines and is investigating (among other things) the role of space when assessing and projecting the effect of species interactions on population dynamics. Find out more here.
Louis is a PhD student based at the University of Zurich. He is applying theoretical and empirical analyses to investigate how context-dependent changes in individual investment in survival vs. reproduction (aka. tradeoffs) affect our interpretations of population fate under environmental change. Find out more here.
Matt Clements is a PhD student at University of Sheffield. He is working on density structured population models, including data of shrub communities from Doñana National Park and invasive plants from the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. He is collecting much of the landscape-level data in Doñana. Matt is taking on the challenge of parameterising such models for more complex life cycles that the annual species that have been traditionally used.
Researchers who have part of our team (all current collaborators)
Monica received a Swiss National Science Foundation mobility fellowship to work as a post-doc in our lab, using individual-based models to predict effects of environmental changes on giraffe population viability. Find out all about her work with giraffes here.
Sara was an MS student and developed individual-based models of interacting rabbit and lynx populations.