Cuervo Osés José Javier

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December 2010 - present: Research Scientist, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC), Madrid, Spain


December 1999 - November 2010: Tenured Scientist, Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (CSIC), Almería, Spain


November 1996 - August 1999: Postdoctoral Researcher, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Seville, Spain


October 1994 - February 1996: Postdoctoral Researcher, Zoological Institute, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark


October 1993 - September 1994: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Zoology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden


June 1993: Ph.D. in Biology, Departamento de Biología Animal I, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain


January 1989 - December 1992: Ph.D. Student, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Seville, Spain


June 1988: B.Sc. degree in Biology, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain






Underground sensory ecology in fossorial reptiles: function of chemoreception and consequences for social organization, reproductive success and health state. January 2019 - December 2021. In collaboration with José Martín and Pilar López (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC)


Retrospective survey of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the amphibians of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. January 2017 - June 2017. In collaboration with Vance Vredenburg (San Francisco State University)


Evolution and variability of sexual chemical signals in reptiles: consequences for reproductive success and speciation. January 2015 - June 2019. In collaboration with Pilar López and José Martín (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC)


Multiple functions of social signals: sex, life stage and bacterial environment make the difference. January 2014 - December 2017. In collaboration with Juan Moreno (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC)


The function of lizard coloration: a case study with the spiny-footed lizard. January 2009 - June 2013. In collaboration with Josabel Belliure (Universidad de Alcalá)


Aposematic coloration in birds: relationship between coloration and chemical defences against predators in Coraciiformes. March 2007 - October 2010. In collaboration with Manuel Martín-Vivaldi (Universidad de Granada)








Rodríguez-Ruiz G., Ortega J., Cuervo J. J. López P., Salvador A., Martín J. 2020. Male rock lizards may compensate reproductive costs of an immune challenge affecting sexual signals. Behavioral Ecology (in press)


Cuervo J. J., Møller A. P. 2020. Demographic, ecological, and life-history traits associated with bird population response to landscape fragmentation in Europe. Landscape Ecology 35: 469-481  pdf




Fresnillo F., Belliure J., Gil D., Cuervo J. J. 2019. Hormonal control of seasonal color change in female spiny-footed lizards: an observational and experimental approach. Current Zoology 65: 633-642  pdf


Morales J., Cuervo J. J., Moreno J., Soler J. J. 2019. Juvenile plumage whiteness is associated with the evolution of clutch size in passerines. Behavioral Ecology 30: 1106-1112  pdf


Soler J. J., Morales J., Cuervo J. J., Moreno J. 2019. Conspicuousness of passerine females is associated with the nest-building behaviour of males. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 126: 824-835  pdf


Harris D. J., Belliure J., Cuervo J. J. 2019. Melting pots and hotspots: genetic variation within Acanthodactylus erythrurus (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from the Iberian Peninsula. Amphibia-Reptilia 40: 245-251  pdf 




Megía-Palma R., Martínez J., Cuervo J. J., Belliure J., Jiménez-Robles O., Gomes V., Cabido C., Pausas J. G., Fitze P. S., Martín J., Merino S. 2018. Molecular evidence for host-parasite co-speciation between lizards and Schellackia parasites. International Journal for Parasitology 48: 709-718  pdf 


Belliure J., Fresnillo B., Cuervo J. J. 2018. Male mate choice based on female coloration in a lizard: the role of a juvenile trait. Behavioral Ecology 29: 543-552  pdf


Plaza M., Cantarero A., Cuervo J. J., Moreno J. 2018. Female incubation attendance and nest vigilance reflect social signaling capacity: a field experiment. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72: 24  pdf




Cuervo J. J., Møller A. P. 2017. Colonial, more widely distributed and less abundant bird species undergo wider population fluctuations independent of their population trend. PLoS One 12(3): e0173220  pdf




Fresnillo B., Belliure J., Cuervo J. J. 2016. Ontogenetic shifts in risk behaviours are related to body size and coloration in spiny-footed lizards. Animal Behaviour 119: 165-172  pdf


Ambrosini R., Cuervo J. J., du Feu C., Fiedler W., Musitelli F., Rubolini D., Sicurella B., Spina F., Saino N., Møller A. P. 2016. Migratory connectivity and effects of winter temperatures on migratory behaviour of the European robin Erithacus rubecula: a continent-wide analysis. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 749-760  pdf


Megía-Palma R., Martínez J., Nasri I., Cuervo J. J., Martín J., Acevedo I., Belliure J., Ortega J., García-Roa R., Selmi S., Merino S. 2016. Phylogenetic relationships of Isospora, Lankesterella and Caryospora species (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) infecting lizards. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 16: 275-288  pdf


Martín M. A., Ortiz J. M., Seva J., Vidal V., Valera F., Benzal J., Cuervo J. J., de la Cruz C., Belliure J., Martínez A. M., Díaz J. I., Motas M., Jerez S., D'Amico V. L., Barbosa A. 2016. Mode of attachment and pathology caused by Parorchites zederi in three species of penguins: Pygoscelis papuaPygoscelis adeliae, and Pygoscelis antarctica in Antarctica. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52: 568-575  pdf


Cuervo, J. J., Belliure J., Negro J. J. 2016. Coloration reflects skin pterin concentration in a red-tailed lizard. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B 193: 17-24  pdf




De Mas E., Benzal J., Merino S., Valera F., Palacios M. J., Cuervo J. J., Barbosa A. 2015. Erythrocytic abnormalities in three Antarctic penguin species along the Antarctic Peninsula: biomonitoring of genomic damage. Polar Biology 38: 1067-1074  pdf


Fresnillo B., Belliure J., Cuervo J. J. 2015. Red coloration in juvenile spiny-footed lizards (Acanthodactylus erythrurus) reduces adult aggression. Animal Behaviour 102: 59-67  pdf


Fresnillo B., Belliure J., Cuervo J. J. 2015. Red tails are effective decoys for avian predators. Evolutionary Ecology 29: 123-135  pdf


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 26: 716-721  pdf




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 CryptosporidiumGiardia and Toxoplasma gondii in three species of penguins along Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Science 22: 265-270  pdf