Current position

September 2018 – current Associate Professor – University Pablo de Olavide, Spain

Past employment and professional associations

June 2012 – September 2018      Ramón y Cajal Junior Group Leader – University Pablo de Olavide, Spain

Aug 2009 – May 2012  JAE-Doc Post-doctoral Fellow – Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain

July 2005 – Aug 2009   Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellow – University of Uppsala, Sweden

June 2004 – May 2008 Associated Scientist – Centro Nacional Patagónico, Argentina

Oct 2003 – May 2004   Associated Scientist – University of Leiden, The Netherlands

Nov 2003 – Jan 2004    Honorary Fellow – University of Groningen, The Netherlands

July 2002 – Sept 2003  TALENT Research Scholarship – New Mexico State University, USA

Higher Education and Qualifications

PhD: University of Groningen and Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), 23 December 2002, Marine Biology / Evolutionary Ecology, Profs. T. Piersma & W.J. Wolff. Thesis: The Ecology and Evolution of Anti-Predation Traits in a Burrowing Bivalve, Macoma balthica

MSc: Leiden University, 31 August 1995, Animal Ecology / Evolutionary Biology


Get the Full list and pdfs of my papers published in international, peer-reviewed journals here.

Publication summary: 

My work has appeared in high-quality international peer-reviewed journals such as Science (twice), Trends in Ecology and Evolution (three times), Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Evolution, American Naturalist, Molecular Ecology (four times), Proceedings of the Royal Society-B (twice), Biology Letters, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Evolutionary Biology (twice), Oecologia, Oikos, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, and Behavioral Ecology (three times). The vast majority of my publications (77%) have been published in journals within the top 25% of their field as based on ISI-JCR impact factors. The average impact factor of the journals in which I published is 5.49, and increasing to 7.59 over the last seven years. I am first or single author on 52% of my publications. As a testimony of my scientific independence, the median number of coauthors is only two, and I have published at the most 7 papers with the same coauthor.


: see Teaching


Since 2002 I have obtained all the necessary funding for my research (>1,250,000 Euros) by writing nationally and internationally competitive proposals. These include a Talent Scholarship, an Honorary Fellowship, an EU-funded Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship, and projects from the Plan Nacional and Explora schemes of the Spanish government, and also helping obtain contracts for three post-docs, two PhD students and two full-time technicians.


Participation in projects

: see Other Projects (N=19, Principal Investigator=10)


Presentations at international professional meetings

Presentations at >30 international meetings have been well-received, incl. a 1st prize for best talk, 2nd and 3rd prizes for best poster, and two nominations for best talk (all as single or first author)

Furthermore, I have given invited seminars in 9 countries on 3 continents

Contact me if you interested to hear a talk on my past or current research !

Regular reviewer for international, peer-reviewed journals

I pride myself in giving thorough, extensive and constructive reviews. I currently take about 2 per month, and decline the rest. Many journals are the absolute top in their fields.

Science, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Ecology Letters, Evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Molecular Ecology (´Top-Reviewer 2012 and 2014´), American Naturalist, PLoS One, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Functional Ecology, Heredity, Conservation Genetics, etcetera.

Member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2016-current)

Reviews Editor for Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution (2013-current)

Guest editor for a special issue of Evolutionary Ecology on asymmetric and non-random dispersal and gene flow, Nov. 2015

Organiser of scientific meetings

I have organised symposia at 5 international (european or global) conferences and 2 national meetings, a one-day workshop (paper in press), and a round-table discussion (organiser and moderator)

Public outreach

  • My work has featured in several TV and radio programs, newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites
  • A children´s program featured my PhD work in a 15-minute special for national television
  • I conducted a live interview for BBC radio
  • Three days of live presentations and computer activities at the XIVth Feria de la Ciencia, Sevilla, 2016 (22.000 visitors)
  • I visited several primary schools for talks and projects about science
  • I published >10 popular scientific papers


  • Dutch:                 native speaker
  • English:              fluent
  • Spanish:             fluent
  • German:             very good
  • French:               fair