Ivan De La Hera Fernandez

Biography

I have a degree in Biology (since 2003) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), where I also completed my PhD in 2009 under the supervision of José Luis Tellería and Javier Pérez-Tris. Short afterwards, I was awarded with a postdoctoral grant that allowed me to have a 2-year stay (2010-11) within Marcel Visser’s Lab at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), plus one additional year (2012) at Universidad del País Vasco (UPV-EHU). Since January 2013, I was employed as temporary research assistant in different institutions (e.g. UCM, NIOO-KNAW and various NGOs dedicated to birds). I began working at the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UCC in October 2015.

Research Interests

Using birds as main model organisms, I have tackled a wide range of fundamental ecological and evolutionary research questions, sometimes also with conservation implications. Most of my research is intended to better understand the natural variation in avian life-histories. In this regard, I am deeply interested in avian adaptations to migration, and particularly attracted by the way in which different costly life-history stages (i.e. moulting, breeding and migration) trade off against each other within the annual cycle of birds. In this new professional stage at UCC and within the EVOECOCOG project led by Prof. John Quinn, I expect to learn much about cognition and thus broaden my knowledge of life-history evolution.

Publications

Pérez-Tris, J., Carbonell, R., de la Hera, I., Ramírez, A. & Tellería, J.L. 2015. Conservación de poblaciones singulares ante el cambio climático: el caso de las currucas capirotadas ibéricas; pp. 163-170. In Herrero A & Zavala MA, editores (2015) Los Bosques y la Biodiversidad frente al Cambio Climático: Impactos, Vulnerabilidad y Adaptación en España. Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Madrid.


de la Hera, I., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J.L. 2015. Adventitious feather replacement favours a more rapid regeneration of primaries over rectrices in two passerine bird species. Ibis, 157: 883-887.


Fernández-González, S., Pérez-Rodríguez, A., de la Hera, I., Proctor, H. & Pérez-Tris, J. 2015. Different space preferences and within-host competition promote niche partitioning between symbiotic feather mite species. International Journal of Parasitology, 45: 655-662.


Pérez-Rodríguez, A., de la Hera, I., Bensch, S. & Pérez-Tris, J. 2015. Evolution of seasonal transmission patterns in avian blood parasites. International Journal of Parasitology, 45: 605-611.


Visser, M.E., Gienapp, P., Husby, A., Morrisey, M., de la Hera, I., Pulido, F. & Both, C. 2015. Effects of spring temperatures on the strength of selection on timing of reproduction in a long-distance migratory bird. PLoS Biology, 13(4): e1002120.


de la Hera, I., Gómez, J., Andrés, T., González-Ocio, P., Salmón, P., Salvador, M., Unanue, A., Zufiaur, F., and Onrubia, A. 2014. Inferring the migratory status of woodland birds using ringing data: the case of a constant-effort site located in the Iberian highlands. Ardeola, 61: 77-95.


Pérez-Rodríguez, A., de la Hera, I., Fernández-González, S. & Pérez-Tris, J. 2014. Global warming will reshuffle the areas of high prevalence and richness of three genera of avian blood parasites. Global Change Biology, 20: 2406-2416.


de la Hera, I., Pulido, F. & Visser, M.E. 2014. Longitudinal data reveal ontogenetic changes in the wing morphology of a long-distance migratory bird species. Ibis, 156: 209–214.


Tellería, J.L., de la Hera, I. & Pérez-Tris, J. 2013. Morphological variation as a tool for monitoring bird populations: a review. Ardeola, 60: 191-224.


de la Hera, I., Arizaga, J. & Galarza, A. 2013. Exotic tree plantations and avian conservation in Northern Iberia: a view from a nest-box monitoring study. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 36: 153-163.


Tellería, J.L., Blázquez, M., de la Hera, I. & Pérez-Tris, J. 2013. Migratory and resident Blackcaps Sylvia atricapilla wintering in southern Spain show no resource partitioning. Ibis, 155: 750-761.


Pérez-Rodríguez, A., Fernández-González, S., de la Hera, I., & Pérez-Tris, J. 2013. Finding the appropriate variables to model the distribution of vector-borne parasites with different environmental preferences: climate is not enough. Global Change Biology, 19: 3245–3253.


de la Hera, I., Reed, T.E., Pulido, F. & Visser, M.E. 2013. Feather mass and winter moult extent are heritable but not associated with fitness-related traits in a long-distance migratory bird. Evolutionary Ecology, 27: 1199-1216.


Fernández-González, S., de la Hera, I., Pérez-Rodríguez, A. & Pérez-Tris, J. 2013. Divergent host phenotypes create opportunities and constraints on the distribution of two wing-dwelling feather mites. Oikos, 122: 1227-1237.


de la Hera, I., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J.L. 2012. Habitat distribution of migratory and sedentary blackcaps wintering in southern Iberia: a morphological and biogeochemical approach. Journal of Avian Biology 43: 333-340.


de la Hera, I., DeSante, D.F. & Milá, B. 2012. Feather growth rate and mass in Nearctic passerines with variable migratory behavior and molt pattern. The Auk 129: 222-230.


Tellería, J.L., de la Hera, I., Ramírez, A. & Santos, T. 2011. Conservation opportunities in Spanish juniper Juniperus thurifera woodlands: the case of migratory thrushes Turdus spp. Ardeola 58: 57-60.


de la Hera, I., Schaper, S. V., Díaz, J.A., Pérez-Tris, J., Bensch, S. & Tellería, J.L. 2011. How much variation in the molt duration of passerines can be explained by the growth rate of tail feathers? The Auk 128: 321-329.


Tellería, J.L., Díaz, J.A., Pérez-Tris, J., de Juana, E., de la Hera, I., Iraeta, P., Salvador, A. & Santos, T. 2011. Barrier effects on vertebrate distribution caused by a motorway crossing through fragmented forest landscape. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 34: 331-340.


de la Hera, I., Hedenström, A., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J. L. 2010. Structural and functional differences between original and replaced feathers in blackcaps Sylvia atricapilla. Ardeola 57: 431-436.


de la Hera, I., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J.L. 2010. Relationships among timing of moult, moult duration and feather mass in long-distance migratory passerines. Journal of Avian Biology 41: 609-614.


de la Hera, I., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J.L. 2010. Migratory behavior and differential resource allocation between wing and tail feathers in a passerine bird. The Auk 127: 647-652.


de la Hera, I., Hedenström, A., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J.L. 2010. Variation in the mechanical properties of flight feathers of the blackcap Sylvia atricapilla in relation to migration. Journal of Avian Biology 41: 342-347.


de la Hera, I. & Pérez-Tris, J. 2009. ¿Se puede estudiar la migración sin esperar a la recuperación de aves anilladas? Revista de Anillamiento 23: 10-25


de la Hera, I., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J. L. 2009. Repeatable length and mass but not growth rate of individual feathers between moults in a passerine bird. Acta Ornithologica 44: 95-99.


de la Hera, I., Unanue, A. & Aguirre, I. 2009. Efectos del área, edad y estructura de la vegetación sobre la riqueza de especies de aves reproductoras en los parques urbanos de Vitoria-Gasteiz. Munibe-Ciencias Naturales 57: 195-206.


de la Hera, I. 2009. Comportamiento migratorio y estrategias de muda en paseriformes. PhD Dissertation, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 137 pp.


de la Hera, I., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J.L. 2009. Migratory behaviour affects the trade-off between feather growth rate and feather quality in a passerine bird. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 97: 98-105.


de la Hera, I., Díaz, J.A., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J.L. 2009. A comparative study of migratory behaviour and body mass as determinants of moult duration in passerines. Journal of Avian Biology 40: 461-465.


de la Hera, I., Pérez-Tris, J. & Tellería, J. L. 2007. Testing the validity of discriminant function analyses based on bird morphology: the case of migratory and sedentary blackcaps (Sylvia atricapilla) wintering in southern Iberia. Ardeola 54: 81-91.

Contact

Name:

Iván de la Hera Fernández

Contact Details:

Position:

Research Assistant

Supervisor:

Prof John Quinn

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

An Scoil Eolaíochtaí Bitheolaíocha, Domhaneolaíocha agus Comhshaoil

University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K

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