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Judith  Morales Fernaz






Investigador Contratado Ramón y Cajal

Research interests / Líneas de investigación

I am interested in animal social behaviour in an evolutionary context. My current research focuses on questions such as how flexible are decision rules in social conflict and which are the mechanisms underlying their plasticity.


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Representative publications /Publicaciones seleccionadas

• Juvenile plumage whiteness is associated with the evolution of clutch size in passerines. Morales et al. (2019) Behav Ecol, in press.


• Maternal programming of offspring antipredator behavior in a seabird. Morales et al. (2018) Behav Ecol 29: 479-485.


• Coloration of chicks modulates costly interactions among family members. Morales and Velando (2018) Behav Ecol 29: 894-903.


• Signals in family conflicts. Morales and Velando (2013) Anim Behav 86: 11-16.


• Families on the spot: sexual signals influence parent-offspring interactions. Morales et al. (2009) Proc R Soc Lond B 276: 2477-2483. 


• Egg colour reflects the amount of yolk maternal antibodies and fledging success in a songbird. Morales et al. (2006). Biol Lett 2: 334-336.


All publications /Lista de publicaciones

You can find all the scientific papers published in the following link:

Researcher ID: G-3315-2013



2016 Ramón y Cajal Fellow, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC), Spain 

2015 Maternity leave

2012 Maternity leave
2011 PostDoc (JAE), Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC), Spain
2009 PostDoc (Juan de la Cierva), Universidad de Vigo, Spain
2007 PostDoc (MEC), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
2006 PhD Biology (FPI), Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
2003 Marie Curie Fellow, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
2001 MSc Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
2000 Exchange student, University of Basel and Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland



Jorge García Campa (PhD student). Thesis topic: "Signals in social conflict: Plasticity and negotiation of behavioural response rules" 


Alicia Rodríguez Juncá (M.Sc. University of Leeds, UK)


Ester Hernández (Internship student program, Universidad Complutense de Madrid)


Carmen Sáez (Master student, Universidad Complutense de Madrid)


Nazaret Cubas (Master student, Universidad Complutense de Madrid)


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