José A. Donázar

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

José Antonio Donázar was born in Pamplona, Spain, in 1958. He received the Ph.D. degree in biology in 1986. In 1990, he became an Associate Professor of research at the Doñana Biological Station (Spanish Council for Research) in Seville (Spain). Currently, he is a Research Professor at this institute. His research focuses on the ecology and conservation of long-lived vertebrates; birds receive preferential attention from him, but he is also interested in a broad range of taxa, from reptiles to mammals. During the last decades, the long-term monitoring of threatened populations (lesser kestrels, black kites, cinereous, and Egyptian vultures) has allowed him to deepen into specific questions on individual and population ecology: foraging strategies, fitness components, factors influencing breeding distribution, density, dispersal, population dynamics, and sociality. At present, Donázar is working on the ecology and genetic structure of populations in oceanic islands and comparing them with those found in mainland. Part of his current research is centred on the effects of pulsed resources on ecosystem functioning. He was a Member of the team which received the 2004 BBVA Foundation Award for research on conservation biology in Spain.

Biography Updated on 12 January 2011

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