Dr Rolando Rodriguez-Munoz
Postdoctoral researcher

Research

Research interests

Sexual Selection: I am interested on the wide diversity of processes influencing individual fitness within the scope of sexual selection: indicator traits, mate choice, polyandrous behaviour, pre and post-reproductive barriers, etc.

Conservation Biology: Species conservation relies on an accurate understanding of the causes of decline of endangered populations. I am particularly interested on the development and implementation of general methods to assess the sources of decline of threatened populations and on the application of the acquired knowledge into practical conservation actions.

Nature Conservation Policies: Nature conservation and sustainable development are two key targets of the European Union environmental policy. However, management actions depend usually on regional and local decisions that are generally not under the control of higher rank institutions. I am interested on evaluating the effectiveness of the European environmental legislation and the existence of the Nature 2000 network on the preservation of the European natural heritage.

Research projects

Natural and Sexual Selection in Field Crickets
I am addressing this project in collaboration with Tom Tregenza, Amanda Bretman and Jon Slate. Combining a powerful method for behavioural monitoring with the genetic determination of individual relatedness, we are producing a detailed data-set to test many of the key hypotheses on natural and sexual selection in a wild population of Gryllus campestris.

Conservation genetics of the Cantabrian Capercaillie
The Cantabrian Range, in North Spain, holds the Southernmost capercaillie population in Europe, and the only living in pure deciduous forests at present. In collaboration with Patricia Mirol, we are using non-invasive sampling techniques to help clarifying the taxonomic status of the Cantabrian capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus cantabricus), and to assess the role of population genetics on the dramatic decline suffered by this population during the last 30 years.

Research networks

Tom Tregenza (University of Exeter, UK)
Amanda Bretman (University of Exeter, UK)
Patricia Mirol (Argentinian Museum of Natural Sciences, Argentina)
Mariajo Bañuelos (Cantabrian Institute of Biodiversity – ICAB)
Alfredo G. Nicieza (University de Oviedo, Spain)
Florentino Braña (University de Oviedo, Spain)
Alfredo Ojanguren (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Celina Rodicio (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

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