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). 2018. Pp 1123-1136 En Finlayson, C.M., Milton, R., Prentice, C., Davidson, N.C. (Eds.) The Wetland Book II: Distribution, Description and Conservation. Springer, Dordrecht. ISBN 978-94-007-4002-0||2018|
|Diaz-Rodriguez, J; Gehara, M; Marquez, R; Vences, M; Goncalves, H; Sequeira, F; Martinez-Solano, I; Tejedo, M. 2017. Integration of molecular, bioacoustical and morphological data reveals two new cryptic species of Pelodytes (Anura, Pelodytidae) from the Iberian Peninsula. ZOOTAXA 4243(1): 1-41. Doi 10.11646/zootaxa.4243.1.1||2017|
|Centeno-Cuadros, A; Abbasi, I; Nathan, R. 2017. Sex determination in the wild: a field application of loop-mediated isothermal amplification successfully determines sex across three raptor species. MOLECULAR ECOLOGY RESOURCES 17(2): 153-160. Doi 10.1111/1755-0998.12540||2017|
|Soler, M; Ruiz-Raya, F; Roncalli, G; Ibanez-Alamo, JD. 2017. Relationships between egg-recognition and egg-ejection in a grasp-ejector species. PLOS ONE 12(2): e0166283-. Doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0166283||2017|
|Canal, D; Roques, S; Negro, JJ; Sarasola, JH. 2017. Population genetics of the endangered Crowned Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus coronatus) in South America. CONSERVATION GENETICS 18(1): 235-240. Doi 10.1007/s10592-016-0878-6||2017|
|Galvan, I; Inacio, A; Romero-Haro, AA; Alonso-Alvarez, C. 2017. Adaptive downregulation of pheomelanin-related Slc7a11 gene expression by environmentally induced oxidative stress. MOLECULAR ECOLOGY 26(3): 849-858. Doi 10.1111/mec.13952||2017|
|Lopez-Jimenez, L; Blas, J; Tanferna, A; Cabezas, S; Marchant, T; Hiraldo, F; Sergio, F. 2017. Lifetime variation in feather corticosterone levels in a long-lived raptor. OECOLOGIA 183(2): 315-326. Doi 10.1007/s00442-016-3708-0||2017|
|Polo-Cavia, N; Gomez-Mestre, I. 2017. Pigmentation plasticity enhances crypsis in larval newts: associated metabolic cost and background choice behaviour. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 7: 39739-. Doi 10.1038/srep39739||2017|
|Camacho, C; Canal, D; Potti, J. 2017. Lifelong effects of trapping experience lead to age-biased sampling: lessons from a wild bird population. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 130: 133-139. Doi 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.06.018||2017|
|Morandini, V; Ferrer, M. 2017. Natal philopatry: local experience or social attraction? An experiment with Spanish imperial eagles. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR 130: 153-157. Doi 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.06.017||2017|