Research involving animal use produces knowledge about basic animal biology and ecology and generates valuable information to help making decisions about wildlife conservation and epidemiology. Obviously, this research benefits human beings by promoting scientific knowledge (i.e. basic ecology, evolutionary biology and physiology, but also in topics relevant to public health such as zoonotic diseases, pollutant ecology or invasive species). Research also benefits wildlife itself because knowledge is necessary to make correct decisions concerning animal welfare and conservation of populations, communities and ecosystems.
Scientific knowledge about wildlife is built upon data collected in field and laboratory studies involving several disciplines (demography, physiology, genetics, developmental biology, behavioural ecology, epidemiology). Data collection often requires interfering to some degree with the usual way of life of wild animals (see here some examples of studies).
Results and conclusions based upon scientific data are then returned to the general public in the form of scientific publications.
|Green, AJ; Bustamante,J; Janss, GFE; Fernández-Zamudio, R; Díaz-Paniagua, C. Doñana Wetlands (Spain). 2017. Finlayson, C.M., Milton, R., Prentice, C., Davidson, N.C. (Eds.) The Wetland Book II: Distribution, Description and Conservation. ISBN 978-94-007-4002-0||2017|
|Millan, J; Travaini, A; Zanet, S; Lopez-Bao, JV; Trisciuoglio, A; Ferroglio, E; Rodriguez, A. 2016. Detection of Leishmania DNA in wild foxes and associated ticks in Patagonia, Argentina, 2000 km south of its known distribution area. PARASITES & VECTORS 9: 241-. Doi 10.1186/s13071-016-1515-4||2016|
|Hawkins, MTR; Leonard, JA; Helgen, KM; McDonough, MM; Rockwood, LL; Maldonado, JE. 2016. Evolutionary history of endemic Sulawesi squirrels constructed from UCEs and mitogenomes sequenced from museum specimens. BMC EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY 16: 80-. Doi 10.1186/s12862-016-0650-z||2016|
|Lopez-Jimenez, L; Blas, J; Tanferna, A; Cabezas, S; Marchant, T; Hiraldo, F; Sergio, F. 2016. Ambient temperature, body condition and sibling rivalry explain feather corticosterone levels in developing black kites. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY 30(4): 605-613. Doi 10.1111/1365-2435.12539||2016|
|Rodriguez, A; Chiaradia, A; Wasiak, P; Renwick, L; Dann, P. 2016. Waddling on the Dark Side: Ambient Light Affects Attendance Behavior of Little Penguins. JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL RHYTHMS 31(2): 194-204. Doi 10.1177/0748730415626010||2016|
|Broggi, J; Soriguer, RC; Figuerola, J. 2016. Transgenerational effects enhance specific immune response in a wild passerine. PEERJ 4: e1766-. Doi 10.7717/peerj.1766||2016|
|Abellan, P; Carrete, M; Anadon, JD; Cardador, L; Tella, JL. 2016. Non-random patterns and temporal trends (1912-2012) in the transport, introduction and establishment of exotic birds in Spain and Portugal. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS 22(3): 263-273. Doi 10.1111/ddi.12403||2016|
|Polo-Cavia, N; Burraco, P; Gomez-Mestre, I. 2016. Low levels of chemical anthropogenic pollution may threaten amphibians by impairing predator recognition. AQUATIC TOXICOLOGY 172: 30-35. Doi 10.1016/j.aquatox.2015.12.019||2016|
|Fernandez-Bellon, D; Cortes-Avizanda, A; Arenas, R; Donazar, JA. 2016. Density-dependent productivity in a colonial vulture at two spatial scales. ECOLOGY 97(2): 406-416. Doi 10.1890/15-0357.1||2016|
|Rueda-Zozaya, P; Mendoza-Martinez, GD; Martinez-Gomez, D; Monroy-Vilchis, O; Godoy, JA; Sunny, A; Palomares, F; Chavez, C; Herrera-Haro, J. 2016. Genetic variability and structure of jaguar (Panthera onca) in Mexican zoos. GENETICA 144(1): 59-69. Doi 10.1007/s10709-015-9878-6||2016|