Research & Grants

Projects

Determinando el papel que juegan las carroñas ante escenarios de abandono rural (passive rewilding) en la conservación de la biodiversidad bajo una perspectiva One Health (Determining the role that carrion plays in rural abandonment scenarios (passive rewilding) in biodiversity conservation from a One Health perspective). PI: José Jiménez and Antoni Margalida. Financial entity: Junta de Comunidad de Castilla la Mancha. Leading entities: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC, UCLM-CSIC-JCCM). Length: In evaluation (2024-2026). Budget: 154,208€. Role: Team researcher.

El papel de los ungulados salvajes y las fuentes predecibles de alimento en el uso del espacio y alimentación de las aves carroñeras: una aproximación multidisciplinar (The role of wild ungulates and predictable food sources in the use of space and feeding of carrion birds: a multidisciplinary approach). PI: Antoni Margalida. Financial entity: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación de España.. Leading entities: Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología (IPE-CSIC). Length: In evaluation (2023-2025). Budget: 200,205€. Role: Team researcher.

Diseño de una infraestructura científica para monitorear la biodiversidad de bosques de Sierra Morena a distintas escalas espaciales (Design of a scientific infrastructure to monitor the biodiversity of Sierra Morena forests at different spatial scales). PI: José Luis Quero and Diego Nieto. Financial entity: Junta de Andalucía. Leading entities: Universidad de Córdoba. Length: In evaluation (2023-202). Budget: 218,450€. Role: Researcher.

Using conditioned food aversion to mitigate human-brown bear conflict on the Tibetan Plateau. PI: Yifu Wang. Financial entity: National Geographic Society. Leading entities: University of Hong Kong. Length: In evaluation (2023-2024). Budget: 20,000€. Role: Team researcher.

Understanding human-brown bear conflict in Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China for better mitigation methods. PI: Yifu Wang. Financial entity: British Ecological Society. Leading entities: University of Hong Kong. Length: In evaluation (2023-2024). Budget: 5,000€. Role: Team researcher.

Using Conditioned Food Aversion (CFA) to mitigate human-brown bear conflict in Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province. PI: Lingyun Xiao. Financial entity: Government of Hong Kong. Leading entities: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Length: In evaluation (2023-2025). Budget: 328,426€. Role: Team researcher.

The ecology of risk perception at the service of wild boar Sus scrofa management in Hong Kong’s agricultural fields. PI: Hannah Sue Mumby. Financial entity: Government of Hong Kong. Leading entities: The University of Hong Kong. Length: In evaluation (2023-2025). Budget: 239,441€. Role: Team researcher.

Application of innovative tools to reduce the damage caused by wolf on the livestock of Castilla-La Mancha. PI: Jorge Tobajas, Pablo Ferreras and Rafael Mateo. Financial entity: Junta de Comunidades de Castilla la Mancha. Leading entities: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC, UCLM-CSIC-JCCM). Length: 2023-2025. Budget: 236,121€. Type of participation: CoPI and researcher.

Protecting endangered prey by deceiving predators: from predator behavior to predator–prey population dynamics. PI: Toni Laaksonen and Andreas Lindén. Financial entity: Academy of Finland (Finland). Leading entities: University of Turku and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). Length: In evaluation (2023-2025). Role: Team researcher.

To remove or to deceive – how to reduce alien predation in wetlands?. PI: Toni Laaksonen. Financial entity: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Finland). Leading entities: University of Turku (Finland). Length: 2020-2021. Budget: 114,800€. Role: Researcher.

Ecological and social implications of hunting for scavengers birds. PI: Antoni Margalida. Financial entity: Junta de Comunidades de Castilla la Mancha. Leading entity: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC). Length: 2020-2023. Budget: 96,000€. Role: Researcher and coordinator.

Effect of changes in the extensive livestock practices in scavengers birds in the Pyrenees. PI: Antoni Margalida. Financial entity: Spanish Ministry of Science, innovation and Universities. Leading entity: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC). Length: 2019-2022. Budget: 145,200€. Role: Researcher.

Developing strategies against the poisoning of wildlife by controlling predation by conditioned chemical aversion. PI: Rafael Mateo. Financial entity: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Leading entity: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC). Length: 2015-2018. Budget: 217,800€. Ref.: CGL2013–40975-R. Role: Researcher and PhD (4 years PhD grant).

Factors for the coexistence of mesocarnivores in National Parks of Mediterranean climate. PI: Pablo Ferreras. Financial entity: Organismo Autónomo de Parques Nacionales. Leading entity: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC). Length: 2011-2014. Budget: 115,517€. Ref.: 352/2011. Role: Researcher.

Technology/Knowledge transfer

Desarrollo del camuflaje químico como herramienta para reducir la depredación del urogallo Cantábrico. PI: Jorge Tobajas. Financial entity: Ministerio de Transición Ecológica. Leading entities: Universidad de Córdoba. Length: 2023-2024. Budget: 17,000€. Role: PI, researcher and coordinator.

Application of innovative techniques tending to reduce damages caused by the wolf in extensive livestock of La Rioja. PI: Pablo Ferreras, Jorge Tobajas and Rafael Mateo. Financial entity: Gobierno de La Rioja. Leading entities: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC, UCLM-CSIC-JCCM). Length: 2023-2026. Budget: 147,000€. Role: Co-PI, researcher and coordinator.

“Diseño de herramientas innovadoras no letales para reducir la depredación del urogallo Pirenaico. PI: Jorge Tobajas. Financial entity: Generalitat de Catalunya. Leading entities: Universidad de Córdoba (UCO). Length: 01/03/2022-31/10/2022. Budget: 3,539€. Role: PI and researcher.

“Trabajos preliminares para la aplicación de técnicas innovadoras tendentes a reducir los daños ocasionados por lobo en la ganadería extensiva de La Rioja”. PI: Pablo Ferreras, Jorge Tobajas and Rafael Mateo. Financial entity: Gobierno de La Rioja. Leading entities: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC). Length: 2021-2022. Budget: 17,908€. Role: CoPI and researcher.

“Guía orientativa para restricciones a la operación aeronáutica en espacios protegidos”. PI: Antoni Margalida and Jorge Tobajas. Financial entity: MITECO (Spain). Leading entities: Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC). Length: 06/02/2020-17/04/2020. Budget: 16,940€. Role: CoPI and researcher.

Stays in public R&D centers

Entity: Landcare Research. City of entity: Alexandra (New Zealand). Start-End date: September 2018 – December 2018 . Funding entity: Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Name of program: Doctoral mobility grants for the realization of short stays in Research centers 2017. Responsible researcher: Grant Norbury.

Entity: Research Unit of Biodiversity (UMIB). City of entity: Mieres (Spain). Start-End date: September 2017 – December 2017. Funding entity: Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Name of program: Predoctoral mobility grants for the realization of short stays in Research centers 2016. Responsible researcher: José Vicente López-Bao.

Entity: Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo. City of entity: Pachuca de Soto (Mexico). Start-End date: June 2014 – December 2014. Funding entity: Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). Name of program: CONACYT postgraduate grants program. Responsible researcher: Gerardo Sanchez-Rojas

Entity: Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH). City of entity: Tulancingo de Bravo (Mexico). Start-End date: January 2011 – June 2011. Funding entity: Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo. Name of program: UAEH international mobility program. Responsible researcher: José Justo Mateo-Sánchez

Entity: Hedmark University College. City of entity: Evenstad (Norway). Start-End date: January 2010 – July 2010. Funding entity: Agencia de Gestión de Ayudas Universitarias y de Investigación (AGAUR). Name of program: International mobility program. Responsible researcher: Barbara Zimmerman.

Scientific reviewer

Reviewer for: Journal of Ornithology, European Journal of Wildlife Research, Chronica Naturae, Population Ecology, Behavioural Processes, International Journal of Psychological Research, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ecologia Austral, Galemys-Spanish Journal of Mammalogy, Wildlife Research, Mammal Research, Mammalian Biology, Animal Conservation, Conservation Science and Practice, STOTEN, Journal of Wildlife management, Frontiers in Conservation Science, Ecological Indicators.

Member of the committee for projects proposals review at Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement Research (Kuwait, February, October 2020 and May 2022).

Journal Editorial board member

Member of the editorial board of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Reviewer editor for Frontiers in Conservation Science, Animal Conservation section

Scientific advice

Advice and collaboration in the Group of Experts for the development of intervention protocols with bears in the Pyrenees. Year 2019. Ministry for the Ecological transition.

Scientific advisor to establish the aeronautical new regulation on protected areas in Spain. Year 2020. For the Ministry for the Ecological Transition, Agencia Española de Seguridad Aérea and the Regional Authorities.