Gerardo Jiménez Navarro

Gerardo Jiménez Navarro

I am a young ecologist with a research emphasis on biological conservation, ecosystem functioning and sustainable management. I have a degree in Environmental Science at the University Pablo de Olavide (Seville) and a MSc in Biodiversity and Biological Conservation at the same University and the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC).

My research has focused on two main lines:

1) Bird conservation and behavior. I have studied the effects of tourism on chough’s behavior (Pyrrhocorax graculus and P. pyrrhocorax) in the Cantrabrian Mountain Range, and I have participated in several projects centered in bird ecology and conservation.

2) Soil food web ecology. I have collaborated in diverse observational and experimental studies in the Cantabrian Mountain Range, integrated in a research project focusing on the ecology of invertebrates inhabiting the leaf litter layer of beech forests. The aim of the project was to disentangle the potential role played by soil animals in leaf litter decomposition and nutrient cycling, as well as the effect of water availability on soil food web dynamics.

I am currently interested in biocontrol services, developing a thesis project focusing on the role of flying vertebrates (birds and bats) as pest biocontrol agents in agroecosystems, quantifying their environmental and economic impacts. Integrated in a high-​ranking project (ALT20-​03 – 0145-​FEDER-​000008) and developed in CIBIO– University of Évora, this PhD project will actively contribute to the development of sustainable management practices and promote biodiversity conservation.

Publications

Jiménez G, Meléndez L, Blanco G, Laiolo P. (2013). Dampened behavioral responses mediate birds’ association with humans. Biological Conservation, 159:477 – 483.

Melguizo-​Ruiz N, Jiménez-​Navarro G, Moya-​Laraño J. (2016) Beech cupules as keystone structures for soil fauna. PeerJ, 4:e2562.

Contact:Casa Cordovil, 2º andar, Rua Joaquim Henrique da Fonseca, 7000 – 890 Évora 
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