Dr Ana Payo-Payo
BSc & MSc(Hons) Oceanography & Environmental Sciences (Universidad de CÃ¡diz), MSc & PhD Biodiversity Management and Conservation Biodiversity (University of Barcelona)
Since 2020, I am an academic fellow at the School of Biological Sciences where I work at the interface of animal ecology, modeling and social sciences. With students and colleagues, we focus on questions in ecology and conservation biology dealing with the impact of climate change and human activities on spatial and temporal dynamics and species management and conservation.
If you’d like to work with us, feel free to contact me. Also, I can help you secure your own funding for your PhD or PostDoc if you have a neat idea. Drop me an email with your CV, interests and we can talk about it.
You can find a few more details of my research in the following sections. My ambition is to promote social justice and climate action within and outside of academia.
- PhD Biodiversity Management and Conservation2017 - Universidad de Barcelona
- MSc Biodiversity Management and Conservation2011 - Universidad de Barcelona
- MSc Marine Sciences2010 - Universidad de Cádiz
- MSc Environmental Sciences2010 - Universidad de Cádiz
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
SBS Ethics Committee
SBS Sustainability Committee
- External Memberships
Spanish Ornitological Society SEO-Birdlife
British Ecological Society
British Ornithological Union
SRUK Spanish Researchers in the UK association
Steering committee of the Sea Scotland Conference 2020-2022
BOU Meetings Committee 2020
VII Wold Seabird Twitter Conference Organizing Committee 2021
Early Career SULSA Representative2 020
Grey Hope Bay Stories Creative Committee 2020
Prizes and Awards
Gold Medal Red Cross Spain, commitment with environmental sustainability and climate change action 2019.
Premio Manuel Leal Best Professional career 2019.
Academic Excellence Award PhD Thesis University of Barcelona 2018.
Runner up best oral presentation Liverpool International Seabird Group Conference 2018.
Homeward Bound fellow 2018.
Runner up FAMELAB Spain 2014.
Academic Excellence Award BSc Environmental Sciences & Marine Sciences Universidad de Cádiz
I work at the interface of theoretical and quantitative ecology. My main aims are to understand underlying eco-evolutionary processes driving population dynamics and to quantify and identify anthropogenic and environmental drivers acting on wild populations. Specifically, I have focused the effects stochasticity â€• early life conditions, supplementary feeding, consecutive perturbations and extreme climatic events â€• on life history traits such as survival, breeding performance, dispersal, migration, colonization or persistence. Unravelling the underlying dynamics of wild populations under different environmental stochasticity regimes goes beyond the pure thrill of contributing to widening our ecological knowledge. Animal populations are increasingly vulnerable to extinction and population declines; hence understanding the processes, which underlie their dynamics, will be an invaluable tool in conserving and managing these species. Moreover, within my research I aim to integrate the socio-ecological perspective when modelling animal populations. This is because species do not exist on their own; they have an ecological and a social context that modulates their response to management actions. Therefore, if we aim to achieve both species conservation and sustainable development of local communities, we need to integrate them through the scientific process.
1. Demography ( including complex systems)
2. No Harm Energy Transition.
3. Human Wildlife Conflict
4. Scientific Colonialism in Ecological Research
5. Art and Science as tools to achieve a more sustainable and cohesive society.
To have a look at my publication record you have a look at my Google Scholar profile.
J Bamber. 2020. Managing the impact of recovering mobile predators on endangered birds through prey switching: a field experiment in a habitat restoration landscape in the Cairngorms. Super DTP. Supervisors: X Lambin (1st), A Payo Payo, K Kortland & C Sutherland .
Thomas Balague. 2020. Forecasting Ecological Future for African Vultures. Supervisors: Justin Travis, Ana Payo Payo, Aurore Ponchon.
A. Mcgregor. 2020. Estimating Roseate Terns adult survival on the south-east coast of South Africa. Supervisors: A Payo-Payo (1st).
D. Kovecses. 2020. Impact of wintering locations on the breeding success of European Shags in the east coast of Scotland. Supervisors: A Payo-Payo (1st), J Reid (2nd).
C Cove. 2019. Extreme climate events influence population dynamics by affecting vital rates of the European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) at the Bullers of Buchan, Scotland. Supervisors: Jane Reid (1st), A Payo- Payo (2nd), P Acker (3rd).
J Dirks. 2020. Fulmar survival in a changing ocean. A Payo-Payo (1st), P Thompson(2nd),
A Chambaudet. 2020. Understanding the factors underlying recommendations between human and large felids coexistence: A systematic review. Supervisors: A Payo-Payo (1st), X Lambin(2nd).
H Cunningham. 2020. How deer grallochs influence the survival of different predator species within the Cairngorms. Supervisors: X Lambin (1st), A Payo-Payo(2nd)
M Henry. 2020. Monitoring predator behavior with accelerometer data. Supervisors: T Cornulier (1st), A Payo-Payo(2nd).
V. Montalvo. 2019. Mapping wolf acceptability in central Spain: incorporating human attitudes to conflict-prone species research. J Travis (1st), A Payo-Payo(2nd).
Funding and Grants
Migrate. BES Outreach Grant. 2020-2021.
A direct test of the impact of infection on animal migration: consequences for parasite and host populations (NERC Reference: NE/V001809/1/ NE/V001779/1) PI. Emma Cunningham. Co-I Ana Payo Payo 2020-2022.
Linking demographic theory and data to forecast the dynamics of spatially-structured seasonally-mobile populations. University of Aberdeen PI. Reid Jane. Post doc Ana Payo Payo 2018 - 2020
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Episodes of opposing survival and reproductive selection cause strong fluctuating selection on seasonal migration versus residenceProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 288, no. 1951, 20210404Contributions to Journals: Articles
Strong survival selection on seasonal migration versus residence induced by extreme climatic eventsJournal of Animal Ecology, vol. 90, no. 4, pp. 796-808Contributions to Journals: Articles
Among-individual and within-individual variation in seasonal migration covaries with subsequent reproductive success in a partially-migratory birdProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 287, no. 1931, 20200928Contributions to Journals: Articles
Infestation of small seabirds by Ornithodoros maritimus ticks: Effects on chick body condition, reproduction and associated infectious agentsTicks and Tick-borne Diseases, vol. 11, no. 1, 101281Contributions to Journals: Articles
Las políticas sobre prohibición de descartes pueden ayudar a mejorar la comprensión sobre el papel ecológico de la disponibilidad de alimento en aves marinasScientia Marina, vol. 82, no. S1, pp. 115-120, S1-S3Contributions to Journals: Articles
Predator arrival elicits differential dispersal, change in age structure and reproductive performance in a prey populationScientific Reports, vol. 8, no. 1, 20333Contributions to Journals: Articles
Survival estimates for the greater crested tern Thalasseus bergii in southern AfricaAfrican Journal of Marine Science, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 43-50Contributions to Journals: Articles
Consecutive cohort effects driven by density-dependence and climate influence early-life survival in a long-lived birdProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 283, no. 1829, 20153042Contributions to Journals: Articles
The unpredictable characteristics of the localities where new Iberian species will be discoveredDiversity and Distributions, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 73-82Contributions to Journals: Articles
Population control of an overabundant species achieved through consecutive anthropogenic perturbationsEcological Applications, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 2228-2239Contributions to Journals: Articles