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Columna vertebral d'un rorcual comú. Foto de Mariano Herrera/museuciencies

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Chordates

The phylum Chordata includes all animals that have a neural tube (cord) running along their back at some stage in their life cycle. In many chordates this cord is protected by a bony column, the vertebral column (vertebrates).

The chordates in the collection are used for scientific studies in biology, palaeontology and medicine, which are carried out by the Museum researchers and other external researchers.

The Department’s own lines of research are focused on:

  1. Vertebrate ecology, from theoretical studies (e.g. on behaviour, evolution, biology of fishes and amphibians, etc.) to more applied studies on perturbation ecology (e.g. space-time distribution of birds, bioindicators, conservation biology).
  2. Research on zoological collections: retrospective population genetics and zoological preparation techniques. In addition, parts of these collections are exhibited here and in other science museums. They are also used for educational purposes here and in other centres.

 

  • Staff
  • Projects
  • Publications

Museum staff

  • Javier Quesada : curator, chordata

    jquesadal@bcn.cat | 932562224
  • Pepe Carrillo : Technical Staff in Transfer of Knowledge

    932562227

External staff

  • Olga Boet, documentalist , Myrmex
  • Laura Roqué, Preparation of specimens
  • Jose G. Carrillo-Ortiz , Preparation of specimens
  • Javier Oliver Alejos , Research

Collaborators

Collaborators in document management and collection research

  • Olga Boet: Scientific collaborator in Mammalogy
  • Albert Burgas: Scientific collaborator in Ornithology
  • José G. Carrillo-Ortiz: Collaborator in Zoological preparation
  • Josep Escribano: Scientific collaborator in Ichthyology
  • Lluis Garcia-Petit: Scientific collaborator in Archaeozoology
  • Xavi Larruy: Scientific collaborator in Ornithology
  • Xavier Pascual: Scientific collaborator in Herpetology
  • Rocío Pèrez-Portela: Scientific collaborator in Urochordata
  • Laura Roqué: Collaborator in Zoological preparation

Collaborators in Vertebrate research

  • Javier Oliver: Vertebrate ecology
  • Laia Covas: Vertebrate ecology
  • Oriol Tello: Vertebrate ecology

External collaborators

  • Ian Macgregor-Fors , Instituto de Ecología, A.C. (INECOL), Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
  • Pamela Yeh , Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,Universitat de California Berkeley, USA
  • Rocío Pérez-Portela , Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science; University of Miami, USA
  • Hamid Rguibi-Idrissi , Department of Biology; Université Chouaib Doukkali, El Jadida, Morocco
  • Rafael González de Lucas , Parc Natural del Garraf (Barcelona), Catalonia, Spain

Students

  • Laia Covas , BSc. 2016 , Títol Projecte: “Mecanismes de reconeixement interespecific de senyals d'estatuts en fringíl·lids”.Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (En procés)
  • Irene del Canto , M.Sc 2014 , Project title: “Google Street View as a tool for exploring environmental attributes of urban areas”. Universitat de Barcelona.
  • Hèctor Gallardo Colomer , M.Sc 2014 , Project title: “Reconocimiento interespecífico de señales de estatus: ¿Los verdecillos reconocen a los lúganos dominantes?” . Universidad de Córdoba.
  • Jaume Izquierdo, M.Sc 2013 , Project title: “El reto urbano en aves Mediterráneas”.Universitat de Barcelona

Projects connected with the collections

In the last few years our efforts have been focused on advancing and improving zoological preparation, the restoration of specimens, preventive conservation and scientific review. At present these projects are ongoing, while new ones, such as the development of chordate preparation techniques and the expansion of the tissue bank by establishing temporary series of reference species of Iberian fauna, are also under way (Head researcher: Javier Quesada).

We are also carrying out studies on documentation, using molecular and population genetics techniques (Head researchers: Rocío Pèrez-Portela and Javier Quesada).

Research projects on Vertebrate Ecology

 

Publications:

  • (More representative publications)

    Quesada,J., Aurell-Garrido, J.; Gago,S.; Boet, O. & Garcia-Franquesa, E. 2016. ”Measurement errors in 3D models used in osteometric data research with freeware: a test using skulls of the algerian hedgehog (Atelerix algirus)”. Vertebrate Zoology. (SCI) In press.

  • Santos, X., Mateos, E., Bros, V., Brotons, L., De Mas, E., Herraiz, J. A., Herrando, S., Miño, A., Olmo-Vidal, J. M., Quesada, J., Ribes, J., Sabaté, S., Sauras-Yera, T., Serra, A., Vallejo, V. R. & Viñolas, A., 2014. Is response to fire influenced by dietary specialization and mobility? A comparative study with multiple animal assemblages. Plos One, 9(2): e88224. (SCI)

  • Senar, J. C., Conroy, M. J., Quesada, J. & Mateos-González, F., 2014. Selection based on the size of the black tie of the Great tit may be reversed in urban habitats. Ecology & Evolution, 74(13): 2625-32 (SCI)

  • Quesada, J., Chávez-Zichinelli, C. A., Senar, J. C. & Schondube, J. E., 2013. Plumage coloration in Blue Grosbeaks has no dual function: a test of the armament-ornament model of sexual selection. The Condor, 115: 902-909  (SCI)

     

  • Chávez-Zichinelli, C. A., MacGregor-Fors, I., Quesada, J., Talamás Rohana, P., Romano, M. C., Valdéz, R., Schondube, J. E., 2013. How stressed are birds in an urbanizing landscape? Relationships between different habitat conditions and the physiology of birds in three subtropical conditions. The Condor, 115: 1-9 (SCI)

  • List of all the department publications