The Behavioural Ecology Lab is a research lab integrated in the Animal Ecology Group, a cooperative assembly of research groups within the University of Vigo.

We aim to understand how natural selection shapes the life history and behaviour of wild animal populations. Our work focuses mainly on seabirds (shags, boobies, gulls, shearwaters, guillemots, etc) living in islands  but has also involved studies on fishes and other vertebrate species. We are also interested in wildlife conservation and the consequences of human actions for the diversity (see our research on the effects of the Prestige oil spill)

Most of our current research focuses on:

Gene expression and the evolution of complex phenotypes

 

Senescence in wild animals

 

Social evolution and family coadaptation

 

Seabird conservation
 

Publications

See our last publications:

2016

1

Kim S-Y, Metcalfe NB, Velando A. 2016. A benign juvenile environment reduces the strength of antagonistic pleiotropy and genetic variation in the rate of senescence. Journal of Animal Ecology, in press.    

2

Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2016. Unsociable juvenile male three-spined sticklebacks grow more attractive. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, in press
 

3

Munilla I, Genovart, M, Paiva, VH,  Velando, A. 2016. Colony foundation in an oceanic seabird. PlosOne 11, e0147222

4

Kim S-Y. 2016. Fixed behavioural plasticity in response to predation risk in the three-spined stickleback. Animal Behaviour, 112, 147-152

5

Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2016. Genetic conflict between sexual signalling and juvenile survival in the three-spined stickleback.  BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16:52

 

2015

1

Velando A, Barros Á , Moran P. 2015. Heterozygosity–fitness correlations in a declining seabird population. Molecular ecology 24, 1007-1018

 

2

Kim S-Y, Velando A. 2015. Phenotypic integration between anti-predator behaviour and camouflage pattern in juvenile sticklebacks. Evolution, 69, 830-83

 

3

Kim S-Y, Velando A. 2015. Antioxidants safeguard telomeres in bold chicks. Biology Letters, 11, 20150211

 

4

Munilla I ,  Velando A. 2015. The Iberian guillemot population crash: A plea for action at the margins. Biological Conservation 191, 842

 

5

González-Solís J , Díaz M ,  Velando A,  Tella JL,  Amat JA,  Arroyo B et al. , 2015. Anillamiento científico: estado actual y perspectivas de futuro. Quercus, 23-28