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Research Unit of Biodiversity

We study the ecology, evolution, and conservation of species, communities and ecosystems of mountains and oceanic islands.

We combine field-based empirical research and ecological modeling, and integrate several perspectives, from molecular, functional and evolutionary ecology to conservation and evolutionary biology.

Recent news

Upcoming seminar: Sze-Wing Yiu, University of Hong-Kong. “Ecology of Wildlife Reintroduction: Habitat Selection of Reintroduced Lions and Behavioural Responses of Their Prey”

Posted on 05 Jul 2016
16 August 13.00, Salon de Actos, Edificio de Invesigación, Mieres Species reintroduction is frequently used as a tool for the re-establishment of species into their former range and ecosystem restoration. In South Africa, the economic benefits of wildlife-based tourism have led to an

Plumage colouration within its social context in juvenile birds

Posted on 04 Jul 2016
[Article available only in spanish] Avian plumage has attracted naturalists and biologists since centuries. Modern techniques to assess colouration has made possible the study of the reasons why birds show colourful plumages and nowadays our knowledge about the evolutionary ecology of

The Principado de Asturias (Servicio de Medio Natural) funds a research project on stress hormone monitoring on brow bear scats

Posted on 23 May 2016
Prior to the analyses on samples from wild brown bears, UMIB researchers will validate a protocol for hormone monitoring using three captive brown bears in the Proaza Rescue Centre (Fundación Oso de Asturias). In addition to standard validation criteria for immunoassays, a physiologic

Quantitative Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Integrating models with data. A new Oxford book by Otso Ovaskainen, Henrik Johan de Knegt and Maria del Mar Delgado

Posted on 22 May 2016
This novel, interdisciplinary text achieves an integration of empirical data and theory with the aid of mathematical models and statistical methods. The emphasis throughout is on spatial ecology and evolution, especially on the interplay between environmental heterogeneity and biologi