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José Javier  Cuervo Oses


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Investigador Cientifico del CSIC






Departamento de Ecología Evolutiva

Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Calle José Gutiérrez Abascal 2

E-28006 Madrid





Education and employment:


Mar 2012 - Aug 2012: Visiting Scholar, Department of Herpetology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA.


Dec 2010 - present: Associate Professor of Research, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.


Jun 2008 - Nov 2008: Visiting Scholar, Laboratoire de Parasitologie Evolutive (CNRS - Université Pierre et Marie Curie), Paris, France.


Jul 2005 - Jun 2006: Visiting Scholar, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.


Dec 1999 - Nov 2010: Associate Professor of Research, Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (CSIC), Almería, Spain.


Nov 1996 - Aug 1999: Hired Research Staff, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Seville, Spain.


Oct 1994 - Febr 1996: Post-doc, Zoological Institute, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Oct 1993 - Sept 1994: Post-doc, Department of Zoology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.


Jun 1993: PhD, Departamento de Biología Animal I, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain.


Jan 1989 - Dec 1992: PhD Student, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Seville, Spain.


Jun 1988: Degree in Biology, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.




Recent grants and projects:


The evolution of ornamentation and sexual dimorphism in chameleons. Mar 2012 - Aug 2012 (in collaboration with Christopher John Raxworthy, American Museum of Natural History).


The function of lizard coloration: a case study with the spiny-footed lizard. Jan 2009 - Jun 2013 (in collaboration with Josabel Belliure, Universidad de Alcalá).


Effects of climate change on population trends and geographic distribution of european bird species. Jun 2008 - Nov 2008 (in collaboration with Anders Pape Møller, CNRS - Université Paris-Sud).


Aposematic coloration in birds. Relationship between coloration and chemical defences against predators in Coraciiformes. Mar 2007 - Oct 2010 (in collaboration with Manuel Martín-Vivaldi, Universidad de Granada).


Egg coloration and sexual selection in birds. Dec 2004 - Dec 2007 (in collaboration with Juan José Soler, Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, CSIC).


Host-parasite interaction and immune response in three Antarctic penguin species: global change effects. Dec 2004 - Dec 2007 (in collaboration with Andrés Barbosa, Museo Nacional de Ciencias naturales, CSIC).


Relationship between sexual selection and parental investment in the barn swallow. Dec 2001 - Dec 2004 (in collaboration with Rosa Mary de Ayala, Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, CSIC).


Consequences of pine and beech forest management on avian abundance and diversity in Navarre. Jan 2000 - Oct 2003 (in collaboration with Eulalia Moreno, Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, CSIC).








Fresnillo B., Belliure J., Cuervo J. J. 2015. Red tails are effective decoys for avian predators. Evolutionary Ecology (in press)


Díaz M., Cuervo J. J., Grim T., Flensted-Jensen E., Ibáñez-Álamo J. D., Jokimäki J., Markó G., Tryjanowski P., Møller A. P. 2015. Interactive effects of fearfulness and geographical location on bird population trends. Behavioral Ecology (in press)




Cuervo J. J., de Ayala R. M. 2014. Effects of experimental tail shortening on the phenotypic condition of barn swallows Hirundo rustica: implications for tail-length evolution. Journal of Avian Biology 45: 345-353 pdf




Cuervo J. J., Belliure J. 2013. Exploring the function of red colouration in female spiny-footed lizards (Acanthodactylus erythrurus): patterns of seasonal colour change. Amphibia-Reptilia 34: 525-538 pdf


Cuervo J. J., Møller A. P. 2013. Temporal variation in population size of European bird species: effects of latitude and marginality of distribution. Plos One 8(10): e77654 pdf


Ruiz-Rodríguez M., Avilés J. M., Cuervo J. J., Parejo D., Ruano F., Zamora-Muñoz C., Sergio F., López-Jiménez L., Tanferna A., Martín-Vivaldi, M. 2013. Does avian conspicuous colouration increase or reduce predation risk? Oecologia 173: 83-93 pdf


Barbosa A., Palacios, M. J., Negro J. J., Cuervo J. J. 2013. Plasma carotenoid depletion during fasting in moulting penguins. Journal of Ornithology 154: 559-562 pdf




McCoy K. D., Beis P., Barbosa A., Cuervo J. J., Fraser W. R., González-Solís J., Jourdain E., Poisbleau M., Quillfeldt P., Léger E., Dietrich M. 2012. Population genetic structure and colonisation of the Western Antarctic Peninsula by the seabird tick Ixodes uriae. Marine Ecology Progress Series 459: 109-120 pdf


Sánchez S., Cuervo J. J. & Moreno E. 2012. Vegetation structure in beech-fir forests: effects on the avian community. Revue d'Écologie (La Terre et la Vie) 67: 213-222 pdf




Jerez S., Motas M., Palacios M. J., Valera F., Cuervo J. J. & Barbosa A. 2011. Concentration of trace elements in feathers of three Antarctic penguins: geographical and inter-specific differences. Environmental Pollution 159: 2412-2419 pdf


Barbosa A., Benzal J., Vidal V., D'Amico V., Coria N., Díaz J., Motas M., Palacios M. J., Cuervo J. J., Ortiz J. & Chitimia L. 2011. Seabird ticks (Ixodes uriae) distribution along the Antarctic Peninsula. Polar Biology 34: 1621-1624 pdf


Cuervo J. J., Dhaoui M. & Espeso G. 2011. Fluctuating asymmetry and blood parameters in three endangered gazelle species. Mammalian Biology 76: 498-505 pdf


Cuervo J. J., Soler J. J., Avilés J. M., Pérez-Contreras T. & Navarro C. 2011. Experimental feeding affects the relationship between hematocrit and body weight in spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor) nestlings. Journal of Ornithology 152: 201-206 pdf




Palacios M. J., Barbosa A., Pedraza-Díaz S., Ortega-Mora L. M., Valera F., Cuervo J. J., Benzal J. & de la Cruz C. 2010. Apparent absence of Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Toxoplasma gondii in three species of penguins along Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Science 22: 265-270 pdf




Cuervo J. J., Palacios M. J. & Barbosa A. 2009. Beak colouration as a possible sexual ornament in gentoo penguins: sexual dichromatism and relationship to body condition. Polar Biology 32: 1305-1314 pdf


Cuervo J. J. & Møller A. P. 2009. The allometric pattern of sexually size dimorphic feather ornaments and factors affecting allometry. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1503-1515 pdf


Møller A. P. & Cuervo J. J. 2009. Minisatellite mutation rates increase with extra-pair paternity among birds. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9: 100 pdf


Møller A. P., Balbontín J., Cuervo J. J., Hermosell I. G. & de Lope F. 2009. Individual differences in protandry, sexual selection and fitness. Behavioral Ecology 20: 433-440 pdf




Soler J. J., Navarro C., Pérez-Contreras T., Avilés J. M. & Cuervo J. J. 2008. Sexually selected egg coloration in spotless starlings. American Naturalist 171: 183-194 pdf




Sánchez S., Cuervo J. J. & Moreno E. 2007. Suitable cavities as a scarce resource for both cavity and non-cavity nesting birds in managed temperate forests. A case study in the Iberian Peninsula. Ardeola 54: 261-274 pdf


Sánchez S., Cuervo J. J. & Moreno E. 2007. Does habitat structure affect body condition of nestlings? A case study with woodland great tits Parus major. Acta Ornithologica 42: 200-204 pdf


Soler J. J., Avilés J. M., Cuervo J. J. & Pérez-Contreras T. 2007. Is the relation between colour and immune response mediated by nutritional condition in spotless starling nestlings? Animal Behaviour 74: 1139-1145 pdf


Cuervo J. J. & Shine R. 2007. Hues of a dragon's belly: morphological correlates of ventral coloration in water dragons. Journal of Zoology 273: 298-304 pdf


Radder R. S., Warner D. A., Cuervo J. J. & Shine R. 2007. The functional significance of residual yolk in hatchling lizards (Amphibolurus muricatus, Agamidae). Functional Ecology 21: 302-309 pdf


Cuervo J. J., Møller A. P. & de Lope, F. 2007. Hematocrit is weakly related to condition in nestling barn swallows Hirundo rustica. Ibis 149: 128-134 pdf




Cuervo J. J. & Møller A. P. 2006. Experimental tail elongation in male barn swallows reduces provisioning of young, but only in second broods. Ibis 148: 449-458 pdf


Møller A. P., Chabi Y., Cuervo J. J., de Lope F., Kilpimaa J., Kose M., Matyjasiak P., Pap P. L., Saino N., Sakraoui R., Schifferli L. & von Hirschheydt J. 2006. An analysis of continent-wide patterns of sexual selection in a passerine bird. Evolution 60: 856-868 pdf




Cuervo J. J. & de Ayala R. M. 2005. Experimental tail shortening in barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) affects haematocrit. Functional Ecology 19: 828-835 pdf


Cuervo J. J. 2005. Hatching success in avocet Recurvirostra avosetta and black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus. Bird Study 52: 166-172 pdf




Cuervo J. J. 2004. Nest-site selection and characteristics in a mixed-species colony of avocets Recurvirostra avosetta and black-winged stilts Himantopus himantopus. Bird Study 51: 20-24 pdf




Møller A. P., Brohede J., Cuervo J. J., de Lope F. & Primmer C. 2003. Extrapair paternity in relation to sexual ornamentation, arrival date and condition in a migratory bird. Behavioral Ecology 14: 707-712 pdf


Barbosa A., Merino S., Cuervo J. J., de Lope F. & Møller A. P. 2003. Feather damage of long tails in barn swallows Hirundo rustica. Ardea 91: 85-90 pdf


Cuervo J. J., Møller A. P. & de Lope F. 2003. Experimental manipulation of tail length in female barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) affects their future reproductive success. Behavioral Ecology 14: 451-456 pdf


Cuervo J. J. 2003. Parental roles and mating system in the black-winged stilt. Canadian Journal of Zoology 81: 947-953 pdf


Møller A. P. & Cuervo J. J. 2003. Sexual selection, germline mutation rate and sperm competition. BMC Evolutionary Biology 3: 6 pdf


Møller A. P. & Cuervo, J. J. 2003. Asymmetry, size, and sexual selection: factors affecting heterogeneity in relationships between asymmetry and sexual selection. In: M. Polak (ed.). Developmental instability: causes and consequences (pp. 262-275). Oxford University Press, New York pdf




Cuervo J. J. 2002. Selección sexual versus selección natural: el ejemplo de la cola de la golondrina. In: M. Soler (ed.). Evolución: la base de la biología (pp. 463-469). Proyecto Sur de Ediciones, Granada pdf




Cuervo J. J. & Møller A. P. 2001. Components of phenotypic variation in avian ornamental and non-ornamental feathers. Evolutionary Ecology 15: 53-72 pdf




Møller A. P. & Cuervo J. J. 2000. The evolution of paternity and paternal care in birds. Behavioral Ecology 11: 472-485 pdf


Cuervo J. J. 2000. Foraging cost of ornaments which are not ornaments: comment on Matyjasiak et al. (1999). Ethology 106: 659-663 pdf


Cuervo J. J. & Møller A. P. 2000. Sex limited expression of ornamental feathers in birds. Behavioral Ecology 11: 246-259 pdf




Cuervo J. J. & Møller A. P. 1999. Evolutionary rates of secondary sexual and non-sexual characters among birds. Evolutionary Ecology 13: 283-303 pdf


Cuervo J. J. & Møller A. P. 1999. Phenotypic variation and fluctuating asymmetry in sexually dimorphic feather ornaments in relation to sex and mating system. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 68: 505-529 pdf


Cuervo J. J. & Møller A. P. 1999. Ecology and evolution of extravagant feather ornaments. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 12: 986-998 pdf




Møller A. P. & Cuervo J. J. 1998. Speciation and feather ornamentation in birds. Evolution 52: 859-869 pdf


Soler J. J., Cuervo J. J., Møller A. P. & de Lope F. 1998. Nest building is a sexually selected behaviour in the barn swallow. Animal Behaviour 56: 1435-1442 pdf


Møller A. P., Barbosa A., Cuervo J. J., de Lope F., Merino S. & Saino N. 1998. Sexual selection and tail streamers in the barn swallow. Proccedings of the Royal Society of London B 265: 409-414 pdf




Saino N., Cuervo J. J., Ninni P., de Lope F. & Møller A. P. 1997. Haematocrit correlates with tail ornament size in three populations of the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica). Functional Ecology 11: 604-610 pdf


Saino N., Cuervo J. J., Krivacek M., de Lope F. & Møller A. P. 1997. Experimental manipulation of tail ornament size affects the haematocrit of male barn swallows (Hirundo rustica). Oecologia 110: 186-190 pdf




Cuervo J. J., de Lope F., Møller A. P. & Moreno J. 1996. Energetic cost of tail streamers in the barn swallow (Hirundo rustica). Oecologia 108: 252-258 pdf


Cuervo J. J., de Lope F. & Møller A. P. 1996. The function of long tails in female barn swallows (Hirundo rustica): An experimental study. Behavioral Ecology 7: 132-136 pdf


Møller A. P., Cuervo J. J., Soler J. J. & Zamora-Muñoz C. 1996. Horn asymmetry and fitness in gemsbok, Oryx g. gazella. Behavioral Ecology 7: 247-253 pdf


Viñuela J., Moreno J., Carrascal L. M., Sanz J. J., Amat J. A., Ferrer M., Belliure J. & Cuervo J. J. 1996. The effect of hatching date on parental care, chick growth, and chick mortality in the chinstrap penguin Pygoscelis antarctica. Journal of Zoology 240: 51-58 pdf




Moreno J., Carrascal L. M., Sanz J. J., Amat J. A. & Cuervo J. J. 1994. Hatching asynchrony, sibling hierarchies and brood reduction in the Chinstrap penguin Pygoscelis antarctica. Polar Biology 14: 21-30 pdf




Bustamante J., Cuervo J. J. & Moreno J. 1992. The function of feeding chases in the chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica). Animal Behaviour 44: 753-759 pdf




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