• An integrative perspective

    We are a group of researchers connected by a same fascination, the study of animal behaviour. We combine an evolutionary ecology perspective with the study of the proximal physiological mechanisms that underpin evolutionary adaptations. This multidisciplinary approach allows us a more integrative understanding of evolutionary processes and also provides us with useful physiological tools to assess individual and population fitness. This kind of quantitative information is a basic need in the assessment of the effect of human activities on organisms, and allows us to monitor the threats posed by global change threats to the conservation of animal populations.

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  • Birds increase vigilance and reduce feeding during peaks of aircraft noise

    07/07/2016 - Anti-predator vigilance may take a significant amount of time, leading to a trade-off between... learn more

  • Dancing with the ugliest: females mated with unattractive males are more stressed

    10/02/2016 - Mate choice is a complex process. Females dream with their own “Prince Charming”, but... learn more

  • Jaime Muriel got his Doctorate!

    18/01/2016 - Last 15th January was a great Day for the Behavioral Ecology and Endocrinology Lab, as Jaime Muriel... learn more

  • We met Chris Feare!

    09/12/2015 - Several weeks ago we had the oportunity to meet Chris Feare, the author of the classic monography... learn more

  • The biochemical basis of the sexual ornaments of the red grouse unravels their informative content

    23/11/2015 - The carotenoid-based ornaments displayed by many birds often play key roles in social and sexual... learn more

  • Context-dependent effects of yolk androgens on nestling performance

    18/11/2015 - Maternal effects have a great influence on offspring phenotype. In oviparous species, females can... learn more