Paola Laiolo

  • Dirección
    Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Biodiversidad
    Universidad de Oviedo, Campus de Mieres
    Edificio de Investigación – 5ª planta
    c/ Gonzalo Gutiérrez Quirós s/n
    33600 Mieres, Asturias

    Historial académico

    2018 – present. Tenured Scientist – Investigador Científico CSIC – Research Unit of Biodiversity.
    2008 -2017. Tenured Scientist – Científico Titular CSIC – Research Unit of Biodiversity.
    2014. Visiting Professor, Turin University, Italy. 2015. University of Piemonte Orientale, Italy.
    2012. Associate Professor, Oviedo University.
    2007. Ramon y Cajal fellow at Doñana Biological Station,Sevilla, Spain.
    2004 – 2006. Marie Curie Fellow at Doñana Biological Station, Sevilla, Spain.
    2001 – 2003. Post-doctoral Fellow at Turin University, Italy.
    1997 – 2000. PhD Fellow at Pavia University, Italy.
    1996. Research Fellow at Culterty Field Station, Aberdeen University, UK.
    1993 – 1995. Research Fellow at Turin University, Italy.
    1992. Degree in Biology at Turin University, Italy.

  • We study the mechanisms underlying the distribution and coexistence of species, the ecological and evolutionary drivers of biodiversity, and the evolution of species phenotypic traits. Our favourite models are mountain ecosystems, communities and populations.

    Group members:

    Joaquina Pato

    Federica Rossetto, PhD student (2019-2022)

    Past group members:

    Borja Jimenez-Alfaro, Post-doc Clarin Cofund (2018-2019)

    Ana María Palmero, PhD student, co-advised with Juan Carlos Illera, Universidad de La Laguna. «Patrones y procesos de diferenciación incipiente en las poblaciones Macaronésicas de Curruca Tomillera, Sylvia conspicillata» (2012-2014)

    Giulia Bastianelli, PhD student, Universidad de Oviedo.»Procesos ecológicos y evolutivos en poblaciones y comunidades de aves a lo largo de gradientes altitudinales» (2013-2017)

    • Laiolo P., Pato J., Jiménez-Alfaro B. & Obeso J.R. (2020) Evolutionary conservation of within-family biodiversity patterns. Nature Communications 11: 882. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-14720-3.
    • Illera, J. C., Arenas, M., López-Sánchez, C. A., Obeso, J. R., & Laiolo, P. (2019). Gradual Distance Dispersal Shapes the Genetic Structure in an Alpine Grasshopper. Genes, 10(8), 590.
    • Pato, J., Illera, J.C., Obeso, J.R. & Laiolo, P. (2019). The roles of geography, climate and sexual selection in driving divergence among insect populations in mountaintops. Journal of Biogeography, 46: 784-795.
    • Laiolo P., Pato J., & Obeso J.R. (2018). Ecological and evolutionary drivers of the elevational gradient of diversity. Ecology Letters 21: 1022–1032.
    • Laiolo P., Obeso J.R. (2017) Life-History Responses to the Altitudinal Gradient. In: Catalan J., Ninot J., Aniz M. (eds) High Mountain Conservation in a Changing World. Advances in Global Change Research, vol 62 pp 253-283. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-55982-7_11.
    • Bastianelli G., Tavecchia G., Melendez L., Seoane J., Obeso J.R. & Laiolo P. (2017). Surviving at high elevations: an inter- and intraspecific analysis in a mountain bird community. Oecologia 184:293-303.
    • Bastianelli, G., Wintle, B., Martin, E., Seoane, J. & Laiolo P. (2017). Species partitioning in a temperate mountain chain: segregation by habitat vs. interspecific competition. Ecology and Evolution  7: 2685–2696.
    • Laiolo, P. (2017). Phenotypic similarity in sympatric crow species: Evidence of social convergence?. Evolution 71: 1051-1060.
    • Laiolo, P., Seoane, J., Obeso, J.R. & Illera, J.C. (2017). Ecological divergence among young lineages favours sympatry, but convergence among old ones allows coexistence in syntopy. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 601-608.
    • Seoane, J., Laiolo, P. & Obeso, J. R. (2017). Abundance leads to more species, particularly in complex habitats: a test of the increased population size hypotheses in bird communities. Journal of Biogeography 44: 556-566.
    • Nadhurou B., Righini R., Gamba M., Laiolo P., Ouledi A., & Giacoma C. (2017). Effects of human disturbance on Eulemur mongoz in Comoros: implications and potential for the conservation of a Critically Endangered species. Oryx 51: 60-67.
    • Díaz, M., Moreno, E., Amat, J., Arroyo, B., Barba, E., González-Solis, J., Laiolo, P., de Lope, F., Merino, S., Obeso, J.R. & Velando, A. (2016). Ardeola, a scientific journal of ornithology: cooperative survivorship within the Red Queen Game. Ardeola 63: 3-14.
    • Laiolo, P., Seoane, J., Illera, J.C., Bastianelli, G., Carrascal, L.M. & Obeso, J.R. 2015. The evolutionary convergence of avian lifestyles and their constrained co-evolution with species’ ecological niche. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: 282 (1819): 20151808.
    • Laiolo P., Obeso J.R. 2015. Plastic responses to temperature vs. local adaptation at the cold extreme of the climate gradient. Evolutionary Biology  42: 473-482.
    • Bastianelli G., Seoane J., Alvarez P., Laiolo P. 2015. The intensity of male-male interactions declines in highland songbird populations. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 1493-1500.
    • Laiolo P., Illera J.C., Melendez L., Segura A. & Obeso J.R. 2015. Abiotic, biotic and evolutionary control of the distribution of C and N isotopes in food webs. American Naturalist 185: 169-182.
    • Illera J.C., Palmero A.M., Laiolo P., Rodríguez F., Moreno Á.C., & Navascués M. 2014. Genetic, morphological and acoustic evidence reveals lack of diversification in the colonization process in an island bird. Evolution 68: 2259–2274.
    • Segura A., Castaño-Santamaría J., Laiolo P., & Obeso J.R. 2014. Divergent responses of flagship, keystone and resource-limited bio-indicators to forest structure. Ecological Research 29: 925–936.
    • Meléndez L., Laiolo P., García M., Magaña O., & Jovani R. 2014. Climate-driven variation in the intensity of a host-symbiont animal interaction along a broad elevation gradient. PLoS ONE 9(7): e101942.
    • Meléndez, L., Laiolo, P. 2014. The role of climate in constraining the elevational range of the Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta in an alpine environment. Ibis 156: 276-287.
    • Palmero, A.M., Espelosín, J., Laiolo, P., Illera, J.C. 2014. Information theory reveals that individual birds do not change song complexity when varying its length. Animal Behaviour 87: 153-163.
    • Blanco, G., Laiolo, P., Fargallo, J.A. 2014. Linking environmental stress, feeding-shifts and the ‘island syndrome’: a nutritional challenge hypothesis. Population Ecology 56: 203-2016.
    • Laiolo, P., Illera, J.C., Obeso, J.R. 2013. Local climate determines intra‐and interspecific variation in sexual size dimorphism in mountain grasshopper communities. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 2171-2183.
    • Laiolo P. 2013 From inter-specific behavioural interactions to species distribution patterns along gradients of habitat heterogeneity. Oecologia 171: 207-215.
    • Genovart M, Tavecchia G, Enseñat JJ, Laiolo P. 2013. Holding up a mirror to the society: Children recognize exotic species much more than local ones. Biological Conservation 159: 484–489.
    • Bocci A, Telford M, Laiolo P 2013. Determinants of the acoustic behaviour of red deer during breeding in a wild alpine population, and implications for species survey. Ethology Ecology and Evolution 25: 52-69.
    • Moya Laraño J, Verdeny-Vilalta O, Rowntree J, Melguizo N, Montserrat M, Laiolo P 2012. Climate change and eco-evolutionary dynamics in food webs. Advances in Ecological Research 47.
    • Palmero A, Illera JC, Laiolo P. 2012. Song characterization in the spectacled warbler (Sylvia conspicillata): a circum-Mediterranean species with a complex song structure. Bioacoustics 21: 175 – 191
    • Laiolo P, Obeso JR 2012.Multilevel Selection and Neighbourhood Effects from Individual to Metapopulation in a Wild Passerine. PLoS ONE 7(6): e38526.
    • Laiolo P 2012. Interspecific interactions drive cultural co-evolution and acoustic convergence in syntopic. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 594 – 604.
    • Vögeli M, Laiolo P, Serrano D, Tella JL 2011. Predation of experimental nests is linked to local population dynamics in a fragmented bird population. Biology Letters.7: 954 – 957
    • Laiolo P, Bañuelos MJ, Blanco Fontao B, Garcia M, Gutierrez G 2011.Mechanisms Underlying the Bioindicator Notion: Spatial Association between Individual Sexual Performance and Community Diversity. PLOS ONE 6(7): e22724.
    • Munguia Vega A, Rodriguez Estrella R, Blanco G, Laiolo P 2011.Microsatellite loci for assessing genetic diversity and population structure of the endemic Belding’s yellowthroat Geothlypis beldingi from the Baja California Peninsula. Conservation Genetics Resources 3: 433 – 435
    • Jiménez, G., Meléndez, L., Blanco, G., Laiolo, P. 2013. Dampened behavioral responses mediate birds’ association with humans. Biological Conservation 159: 477-483.
    • Laiolo P 2011. Homogenisation of birdsong along a natural-urban gradient in Argentina. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 23:274-287.
    • Laiolo P, Obeso JR, Roggia Y 2011. Mimicry as a novel pathway linking biodiversity functions and individual behavioural performances. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278:1072-1081.
    • Laiolo P 2010. The emerging significance of bioacoustics in animal species conservation. Biological Conservation 143: 1635-1645
    • Laiolo P, Banda E, Lemus, JA, Aguirre JI, Blanco G 2009. Behaviour and stress response during capture and handling of the red-billed chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax (Aves: Corvidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 96: 846-855.
    • Vögeli M, Laiolo P, Serrano D, Tella JL 2008. Who are we sampling? Apparent survival differs between methods in a secretive species. Oikos 117: 1816-1823
    • Laiolo P 2008. Characterizing the spatial structure of songbird cultures. Ecological Applications 18: 1774-1780
    • Laiolo P, Tella JL 2008. Social determinants of songbird vocal activity and implications for the persistence of small populations. Animal Conservation 11: 433 – 441.
    • Laiolo P, Vögeli M, Serrano D, Tella JL 2008. Song diversity predicts the viability of fragmented bird populations. PLoS-ONE 3: e1822.
    • Laiolo P, Jovani R 2007. The emergence of animal culture conservation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 22: 5.
    • Laiolo P, Vögeli M, Serrano D, Tella JL 2007. Testing acoustic versus physical marking: two complementary methods for individual-based monitoring of elusive species. Journal of Avian Biology 38: 672-681.
    • Laiolo P, Tella JL 2007. Erosion of animal cultures in fragmented landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5: 68-72.
    • Laiolo P, Tella JL 2007. Vocal diversity patterns – Reply. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5: 406-40.
    • Laiolo P, Serrano D, Tella JL, Carrete M, Lopez G, Navarro C 2007. Effects of pox-virus infection on the distress calls of lesser short-toed lark Calandrella rufescens. Behavioral Ecology 18: 507-512.
    • Laiolo P, Tella JL 2006. Landscape bioacoustics allows detection of the effects of habitat patchiness on population structure. Ecology 87: 1203-1214.
    • Laiolo P, Tella JL 2006. Fate of unproductive and unattractive habitats: recent changes in Iberian steppes and their effects on endangered avifauna. Environmental Conservation 33:223-232.
    • Laiolo P, Tella JL 2005. Habitat fragmentation affects culture transmission: patterns of song matching in Dupont’s lark. Journal of Applied Ecology 42: 1183-1193.
    • Laiolo P 2005. Spatial and seasonal patterns of bird communities in Italian agroecosystems. Conservation Biology 19: 1547-1556.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A 2005. Forest bird diversity and skislopes: a case of negative edge effect. Animal Conservation 7: 9-16.
    • Laiolo P, Vögeli M., Serrano D, Tella JL 2005. Two new calls from the Dupont’s Lark Chersophilus duponti and imitations by other Alaudids: ecological and monitoring implications. Ardeola 52: 167-172.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A, Valsania V 2004. Responses of birds to the natural re-establishment of wilderness in montane beechwoods of North-western Italy. Acta Oecologica 25: 129-136.
    • Laiolo P 2004. Diversity and structure of the bird community overwintering in the Himalayan subalpine zone: is conservation compatible with tourism? Biological Conservation 115: 251-262.
    • Laiolo P, Dondero F, Ciliento E, Rolando A 2004. Consequences of pastoral abandonment for the structure and diversity of the alpine avifauna. Journal of Applied Ecology 41: 294-304.
    • Laiolo P, Caprio E, Rolando A 2004. Can forest management have season-dependent effects on bird diversity? Biodiversity and Conservation 13: 1925-1941.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A, Valsania V 2004. Avian community structure in sweet chestnut coppiced woods facing natural restoration. Rev. Ecol. (Terre Vie) 59: 453-463.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A, Delestrade A, De Sanctis A 2004. Vocalisations and morphology: interpreting the divergence among populations of Red-billed and Alpine chough. Bird Study 51: 248-255.
    • Laiolo P, Tella JL, Carrete M, Serrano D, Lopez G 2004. Distress calls may honestly signal bird quality to predators. Proc. R. Soc. London B 271: S513 S515.
    • Borghesio L, Laiolo P 2004. Seasonal foraging ecology in a northern Kenya forest avifauna. Journal of Tropical Ecology 20: 145-155.
    • Borghesio L, Laiolo P 2004. Habitat use and feeding ecology of Kulal White-eye Zosterops kulalensis. Bird Conservation International 14: 11-24
    • Lorenzi C, Sledge MF, Laiolo P, Sturlini E, Turillazzi S 2004. Cuticular hydrocarbon dynamics in young adult Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) and the role of straight-chained hydrocarbons in nestmate recognition systems. Journal of Insect Physiology 50: 935-941.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A 2003. Comparative analysis of the rattle calls in Corvus and Nucifraga: the effect of body size, bill size, and phylogeny. The Condor 105: 139-144.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A 2003. The evolution of vocalisations in the genus Corvus: effects of phylogeny, morphology and habitat. Evolutionary Ecology 17: 111–123.
    • Laiolo P, Caprio E, Rolando A 2003. Effects of logging and non-native tree proliferation on the birds overwintering in the upland forests of north-western Italy. Forest Ecology and Management, 179: 441-454.
    • Laiolo P 2003..Ecological and behavioural divergence by foraging Red-billed and Alpine Choughs (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax and P. graculus) in the Himalayas. Ardea 91: 273-277.
    • Rolando A, Laiolo P, Carisio L 2003. Urbanisation and the flexibility of the foraging ecology of the alpine chough Pyrrhocorax graculus in winter. Rev. Ecol. (Terre Vie) 58: 337-352.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A 2002. The begging call of the Red-billed Chough: an analysis of its spectrotemporal variability. Ardea 90: 139-147.
    • Laiolo P 2002. Effects of habitat structure, floristic composition and diversity on a forest bird community in north-western Italy. Folia Zoologica 51: 121-128.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A 2001.A comparative analysis of the breeding biology of the Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax and the Alpine Chough P. graculus coexisting in the Alps. Ibis 143: 33-40.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A 2001. Ecogeographic correlates of morphometric variation in the Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax and the Alpine Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus. Ibis 143: 602-616.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A, Delestrade A, De Sanctis A 2001. Geographic variation in the calls of the Choughs. The Condor 103: 287-297.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A, Delestrade A, De Sanctis A 2001. Geographic diversification in the call repertoire of the genus Pyrrhocorax (Aves, Corvidae). Can. J. Zool. 79: 1568-1576.
    • Palestrini C, Rolando A, Laiolo P 2000. Allometric relationship and character evolution in Onthophagus taurus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Can. J. Zool. 78: 1199-1206.
    • Rolando A, Caldoni R, de Sanctis A, Laiolo P 2000. Vigilance and neighbour distance in foraging flocks of Choughs, Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax. J. Zool. Lond. 252: 225-232.
    • Rolando A, Laiolo P, Conti A 2000. Topographical constraints, space availability, location of foraging and nesting sites and the ranging behaviour of the Alpine Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) in summer. Rev. Ecol. (Terre Vie) 55: 383 – 394.
    • Laiolo P, Palestrini C, Rolando A. 2000. A study of Choughs’ vocal repertoire: variability related to individuals, sexes and ages. J. Ornithol. 140: 1-12.
    • Laiolo P, Rolando A 1999. The diet of the Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and the Alpine Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus): seasonality, resource partitioning and population density. Rev. Ecol. (Terre Vie) 54: 133-147.
    • Laiolo P, Bignal EM, Patterson IJ 1998. The dynamics of parental care in Choughs (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax). J. Ornithol. 139: 297-305.
    • Rolando A, Laiolo P 1997. A comparative analysis of the diets of the Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax and the Alpine Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus co-existing in the Alps. Ibis 139: 388-395.
    • Rolando A, Laiolo P, Formica M 1997A comparative analysis of the foraging behavior of the Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and the Alpine Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) co-existing in the Alps. Ibis 139: 461-467.
    • Rolando A, Laiolo P, Formica M 1997. The influence of flocking on the foraging behaviour of the chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and the Alpine Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) co-existing in the Alps. J. Zool. Lond. 242: 299-308.
    • Rolando A, Laiolo P 1994. Habitat selection of the Hooded and Carrion crows in the Alpine Hybrid Zone. Ardea 82: 193-200.

Investigadora Científica (CSIC)

Email: paola.laiolo@csic.es
Tel. +34 985458130