Alejandro Cantarero
Postdoctoral Researcher, Evolutionary Ecology

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Department of Biology)
Department of Biology

Areas of expertise
animal behaviour, ornithology, behavioural ecology, ethology


My main research interests lie in the
behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology of birds, with the main focus on sexual and natural selection,
parent-offspring conflict, sex allocation and life-history evolution. At the
beginning of my postdoctoral stage, I focused my attention on the study of the
mechanisms involved in the expression of sexual signals generated by carotenoid
pigments and the role of the mitochondrial respiratory chain in this process.
This is a promising research line that is placed on a hot topic, the evolution of reliable signals independent of resource-based evolutionary trade-offs.


Parental feeding responses to experimental short-term partner removal in a species with male and female brood desertion (2019)
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Cantarero Alejandro, Plaza Mirea, Moreno Juan, Griggio Matteo
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Phenotypic plasticity in breeding plumage signals in both sexes of a migratory bird: responses to breeding conditions (2019)
Journal of Avian Biology
Juan Moreno, Alejandro Cantarero, Mireia Plaza, Jimena López-Arrabé
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Last updated on 2019-11-01 at 09:20