PhD student - Degree awarding entity: Pablo de Olavide University (UPO), Sevilla (Spain).

PhD program: Estudios Medioambientales

Organism: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Employing entity: Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC)

Department: Wetland Ecology


DIRECTORS:  Dr. Jordi Figuerola Borras, Dr. Josué Martínez de la Puente

THESIS TITLE: Biodiversity and vector-borne diseases: effects of landscape, mosquito and vertebrate communities on the transmission of West Nile virus and avian malaria parasites

Obtained qualification: Summa cum laude, Extraordinary Doctorate Award 2016/2017. Award for the Best Ornithology Thesis in Spain for SEO/BirdLife. 

THESIS COMMITTEE: Dr. Ramón Soriguer, Profesor Dr. Santiago Merino, Dr. Joan Carles Senar, Profesor Dr. Staffan Bensch


28/09/2006 - 14/09/2009
Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences.
THESIS: Processes of colonization of artificial wetlands in Amphibians.
Relators: Prof. Marco A. Bologna, Dr. Leonardo Vignoli
University of Roma Tre - Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, Roma (Italy)
BSc Biology, 110/110 cum laude

01/10/2009 – 15/09/2011 
Magistral degree in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management – Environmental curriculum.
THESIS: Breeding bird community in Beechwood of Allumiere (Rome, central Italy): structure, composition, and relationship with some environmental parameters. Relators: Prof. Marco A. Bologna, Dr. Corrado Battisti.
University of Roma Tre - Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, Roma (Italy).
MSc II Level Biology, 110/110 cum laude

14/11/2011 - 24/07/2012
Official Master of II Level in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. 
University Pablo de Olavide (UPO), Seville (Spain)
MSc Biology, 9,7/10

01/03/2013 - 28/02/2017
PhD Student - FPU Program
Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), Wetland Ecology Department, Seville (Spain)


06/05/2013 - 17/05/2013

VIII advanced training course on animal protection and experimentation
CATEGORY: C, required for accreditation for the management and handling of animals.
Degree awarding entity: University of Córdoba, Campus de Rabalanes
Duration in hours: 200 hours including theoretical and practical classes (8.0 credits ECTS) 


CODE:  D= doctorate, P= postdoctoral, O= other (to specify)

16/10/2008 - 31/05/2009

University trainee at the Center for Wildlife Recovery of Rome (Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli, LIPU). 

University of Roma Tre, Roma (Italy).

SupervisorsFrancesca Manzia. 

CODE: O (Erasmus grant)


20/09/2009 - 25/09/2010
LLP/Erasmus Program
University of Salamanca (USAL), Salamanca (Spain)

Topic: handling and Conservation of Vertebrates - Methods of sampling, preservation and analysis in Zoology - Methods and techniques of study in populations, communities and ecosystems - Evolution of Chordates - Ecology Systems - Phytocenology - Phytogeography
CODE: O (Erasmus grant)


14/06/2011 – 14/09/2011
LLP/Erasmus Student Placement Program
Doñana Biological Station, EBD-CSIC. Seville (Spain)
Supervisors: Jordi Figuerola, Ramón Soriguer & Josué Martínez-de la Puente

Topic: training and development of molecular biology techniques applied to the ecology field: methods for extraction and manipulation, amplification and sequencing of genetic material; management and collection of biological samples from wildlife
CODE: O (Placement grant)


23/06/2014 - 11/07/2014
Research stay: Center for Research in Animal Health (CISA - INIA)
Valdeolmos, Madrid, Spain. 
Supervisor: Miguel Angel Jiménez Clavero, Francisco Llorente de Gracia
Topic: collaboration in the serological study of the presence of antibodies to various flavivirus in blood of wild birds captured in the National Park of Doñana.


03/09/2015 - 25/11/2015
Research stay: Lund University 
Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Evolution, Lund, Sweden
Supervisor: Staffan Bensch
Topic: training and development of phylogenetic techniques for the analysis of avian malaria parasites from house sparrow (Passer domesticus) from Southern Spain.


01/06/2016 - 31/08/2016
Research stay: Utrecht University
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Farm Animal Health - Theoretical Epidemiology.
Supervisor: Hans Heesterbeek

Topic: Analyze the basic reproduction number R0 in different urban, rural and natural areas of Western Andalusia. This metric is useful in epidemiology to study how the abundance and diversity of vectors (mosquitoes), hosts (birds) and the composition of the animal community can influence an outbreak of an infectious disease.