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Blanca Jimeno

Master student (2013)

Research Themes

My main interests are in line with behavioural ecology, using birds as models. Within this discipline, I am especially interested in studying the origin and evolutionary implications of the existing variability in behavioural patterns at two levels. Starting from an individual scale, by going into the effects of personality and development conditions on fitness and adaptive responses. In a population scale, studying mechanisms of sexual selection and speciation, and factors they are triggered by it. In this context I am particularly interested in the study of bird song and its levels of inter- and intra – population variation.

My master project is an analysis of the factors that influence individual variation of the repeat calls showed by nestlings of the spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor) when parents are absent, as well as examining experimentally the hypothesis that parental care is influenced by those calls.

Curriculum Vitae

I obtained my university degree in Biology – Zoology at the Complutense University of Madrid in 2011. During those years, in 2010, I obtained a JAE-Intro grant from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) in the Natural Sciences Museum (Madrid). During my stay, under the supervision of Dr. Luis M. Bautista, I had the opportunity of approaching several investigation lines with birds, and collaborate in a project on the ecology and abundance of the reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) and the great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) in Madrid. Then, in 2011, I got a GOYA-Mundus grant from Comillas University, to spend three months in the Idaho Bird Observatory (Boise State University, Idaho, USA). There, under the supervision of Dr. Gregory S. Kaltenecker, I had the opportunity of getting to know in detail several study and management methodologies with passerines and raptors, especially within migration studies. At present I am carrying out my master project for the Master of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (Pablo de Olavide University – Doñana Research Station, CSIC), studying parent- absent repeat calls showed by spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor) nestlings, under the direction of Diego Gil.