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

New Project Funded by BBVA to explore the amphibian skin microbiome. Project title: Exploring the amphibian skin microbiome: ecological correlates and probiotic use to enhance disease resistance.

Posted on 04 Aug 2016
Emerging infectious diseases of wildlife are increasingly recognised as a severe threat to biodiversity and human health. Fungal diseases have caused some of the most severe die-offs and extinctions ever reported in wild species. One specific fungus, the chytrid Batrachochytrium dendr

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