Post-doctoral fellowship programs ~

16 de febrero de 2010

Post-doctoral fellowship programs

The post-doctoral fellowship programs Ramón y Cajal (five year fellowships)
and Juan de la Cierva (three year fellowships) have launched a new call for
proposals. The Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology at the
Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (EEZA-CSIC) welcomes candidates
interested in pursuing work on any of the research lines described below.

Details of the call (unfortunately in Spanish) can be found at

If you are interested in applying for a Ramón y Cajal or Juan de la Cierva
fellowship at the EEZA, please contact us as soon as possible.

Studies of colouration in reptiles.

Evaluation of the different hypotheses on the function of body colour:
relationship with predation, thermoregulation, social interactions and
reproduction. Changes in colouration through ontogenetic development and
implications of the behaviour and ecology of the species. Proximal causes of
colouration: hormones and pigments or structures responsible for colour.
Effect of ecological traits and phylogeny on colouration: comparative
species between species and populations.

Contact: Javier Cuervo

Conservation of endangered ungulate species

Research focuses on the relationship between parental investment and
breeding systems, host-parasite interactions in different environments and
implications of inbreeding for the conservation of endangered species. The
populations of North African ungulate species kept at the PRFS
( for the captive-breeding
programs, as well as the infrastructures and information accumulated in the
studbooks provide excellent research opportunities.

Contact: Eulalia Moreno

Arthropod Ecology

Our group studies arthropod ecology in a wide sense. From evolutionary and
behavioural ecology to food web ecology and ecosystem processes. We are
currently trying to contribute to the ongoing link between evolutionary
biology and community ecology, working on a new hypothesis for diversity
gradients and how trait variation affects food web dynamics.

Contact: Jordi Moya-Laraño

Pollination ecology

Our group focuses on how the foraging strategies of pollinators affect
plant-pollinator networks at the evolutionary and ecological time scales. We
use theoretical and experimental approaches and study functional and
mechanistic aspects of plant-pollinator interactions.

Contact: Miguel A. Rodríguez-Gironés

Interactions between bacteria and birds

We focus on: Costs and benefits of symbiotic interactions; factors affecting
variability of the bacterial communities associated with birds (feathers,
eggs and europygial gland); mutualistic relationship between hoopoes (Upupa
epops) and mutualistic bacteria living in its europygial gland.

Contact: Juan Soler

Host-parasite interactions

Evolution and ecology of host-parasite interactions, with special emphasis
on parasite speciation processes and proximate mechanisms regulating
host-parasite interactions (host health and immune system, social and
environmental factors).

Contact: Francisco Valera

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