I am a full Associate Professor at the Department of Ecology of the Autonóma University of Madrid (UAM), where I am working since 2000. My scientific interests in Ecology are focused on the study of basic concepts such as the ecological niche and its implications for the coexistence of species. I study the niche through the analysis of habitat selection and hoe species share/segregate resources at multiple scales. I usually use vertebrate species as models for my research, with emphasis on the study of steppe birds (in Spain and North Africa), domestic and wild ungulates, especially guanaco (in South America) and micromammals. I am also interested in other interspecific relationships, especially predation. The relationship between basic research and its application is made through the biology of conservation. Currently I supervise several research projects focused on the conservation of the Dupont’s lark Chersophilus duponti. All of this without forgetting my early beginnings dedicated to the study of the structure and dynamics of Mediterranean grassland communities.
I am involved in the teaching of the Degree in Biology at the UAM, and of the Official Master in Ecology UAM-UCM, where I teach both theory and practice in four different subjects.
Some recent and remarkable publications
García Antón, A.; Garza, V. & Traba, J. (in press) Factors affecting Dupont´s Lark distribution and range regression in Spain. PLOS One.
Gómez-Catasús, J.; Pérez-Granados, C.; Barrero, A.; Bota, G.; Giralt, D.; López-Iborra, G.M.; Serrano, D. & Traba, J. (2018) European population trends and current conservation status of an endangered steppe-bird species: the Dupont’s lark Chersophilus duponti. PeerJ6:e5627.
Pérez-Granados, C.; Bustillo-de la Rosa, D.; Gómez-Catasús, J.; Barrero, A.; Abril-Colón, I. & Traba, J.(2018)Autonomous recording units as effective tool for the monitoring of a rare and patchily distributed species: the case of the Dupont’s Lark Chersophilus duponti. Ardea106(2): 139-146.
García Antón, A.; Garza, V. & Traba, J.(2018) Climatic and isolation factors affect morphological traits in an extremely endangered but widely distributed bird species, the Dupont’s Lark Chersophilus duponti. Bird Study, 65: 373-384.
Iranzo, E.C.; Wittmer, H.; Traba, J.; Acebes, P.; Mata, C. & Malo, J.E. (2018) Predator abundance and perceived predation risk determine grouping behavior in guanaco (Lama guanicoe). Ethology, 128: 281:289.
Gómez-Catasús, J.; Garza, V. & Traba, J.(2018) Wind farms affect the occurrence, abundance and population trends of small passerine birds: the case of the Dupont’s lark. Journal of Applied Ecology, 1-10.
Tarjuelo, R.; Morales, M.B.; Traba, J.; Arroyo, B.; Mañosa, S.; Bota, G. & Casas, F. (2017) Intra- and interspeficic competition induces density-dependent habitat niche shifts in an endangered steppe bird. Ecology and Evolution, 7: 9720-9730.
Traba, J.; Iranzo, E.C.; Carmona, C.P. & Malo, J.E. (2017) Realised niche changes in a native herbivore assemblage associated with the presence of livestock. Oikos, 126 (10): 1400-1409.
Tarjuelo, R.; Traba, J.; Morales, M.B. & Morris, D. (2016) Isodars unveil asymmetric effects on habitat use caused by competition between two endangered species. Oikos, 126: 73–81.
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