Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology

Science Scientific departments Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology

The group of Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology of the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona has been working since the early 1980s on aspects of social organisation, ecology, and population dynamics.

  • Staff
  • Projects
  • Publications

Museum staff


External collaborators

  • Mats Björklund Uppsala University
  • Luis Mª Carrascal Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
  • Mike Conroy
  • Neil B. Metcalfe University of Glasgow
  • José Domingo Rodríguez Teijeiro Universitat de Barcelona
  • Joan Saldaña Universitat de Girona
  • Tomàs Montalvo Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona
  • Juan José Negro Estación Biológica de Doñana
  • Jordi Figuerola Estación Biológica de Doñana
  • Laszlo Garamszegi Estación Biológica de Doñana
  • Juli Broggi Estación Biológica de Doñana
  • Pepe Tella Estación Biológica de Doñana
  • Martina Carrete Estación Biológica de Doñana
  • Pim Edelaar Universidad Pablo Olavide
  • Jacob González Universitat de Barcelona


  • Jordi Pascual
  • Xavier Colomer
  • Toni Cabrera
  • Josep Cabrera
  • David Boné
  • Toni Borràs
  • Cristòfol Jordà
  • Alba Ortega
  • Helena Navalpotro
  • Daniel Riba


The lines of research of the Group of Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology of the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona  are developing in the form of projects of specific research. Below is a list of various projects in which they are involved, together with the funding associations. In the same way, for each project, there are bibliographies of three sample studies, as well as the doctorate, post-doctorate or adjunct researchers assigned.


  • Senar, J. C., Mateos-González, F., Uribe, F. & Arroyo, L., 2013. Familiarity adds to attractiveness in matters of siskin mate choice.   Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B,  280 (1773): 23-61.

  • Pagani-Núñez, E. & Senar, J. C., 2014. Are colorful males of great tits Parus major better parents? Parental investment is a matter of quality. Acta OEcologica, 55: 23-28.

  • Pagani-Núñez, E., Uribe, F., Hernández-Gómez, S., Muñoz, G. & Senar, J. C., 2014. Habitat structure and prey composition generate contrasting effects on carotenoid-based coloration of great tit Parus major nestlings. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society,  113: 547-555.

  • Pascual, J. & Senar, J. C., 2014. Antipredator behavioural compensation of proactive personality trait in male Eurasian siskins. Animal Behaviour, 90: 297-303.

  • 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 and Evolution, 4: 2625-2632.

  • List of all publications of the Department