I am full-time teacher at the Department of Ecology since 2000, and Associate Professor since 2006. I am deeply convinced of the potential utility of Ecology for problem solving and my research interests are thus focused on the effects of human activities on animal populations and ecological interactions. Along the last decade, I have been devoted to the study of vertebrate populations affected by large human infrastructures from the perspectives of their local abundance, behavior, roadkill, population fragmentation and predator-prey interactions. In several occasions research has been aimed at the design of corrective measures and their monitoring. In parallel, I work with wild ungulates and the effects on them of human management, including plant-herbivore-carnivore interactions and wild-domestic ungulate coexistence. All this research is done in collaboration with colleagues from the Terrestrial Ecology Group (TEG-UAM) and from other Institutions.
I regularly teach Environmental Impact Assessment in the Degree in Environmental Sciences and Community Ecology in the UAM-UCM Master in Ecology. I am also responsible for the two courses conforming the Master Thesis (Introduction to project design and implementation in Ecology, and Master Thesis) of the latter.
Some recent & outstanding publications
Planillo, A. & Malo, J.E. 2018. Infrastructure features outperform environmental variables explaining rabbit abundance around motorways. Ecology and Evolution 8: 942-952.
Planillo, A.; Mata, C.; Manica, A. & Malo, J.E. 2018. Carnivore abundance near motorways related to prey and roadkills. Journal of Wildlife Management 82: 319-327.
García de la Morena, E.L.; Malo, J.E; Hervás, I.; Mata, C.; Madrigal, S.G.; Morales, R. & Herranz, J. 2017. On-board video recording unravels bird behavior and mortality produced by high-speed trains. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5: 117 (9 pp).
Mata, C.; Ruiz-Capillas, P. & Malo, J.E. 2017. Small-scale alterations in carnivore activity patterns close to motorways. European Journal of Wildlife Research 63: 64 (12 pp).
Traba, J.; Iranzo, E.; Carmona, C.P. & Malo, J.E. 2017. Realised niche changes in a native herbivore assemblage associated with the presence of livestock. Oikos 126: 1400-1409.
Malo, J.E.; García de la Morena, E.L.; Hervás, I.; Mata, C. & Herranz, J. 2016. Uncapped tubular poles along high speed railway lines act as pitfall traps for cavity nesting birds.. European Journal of Wildlife Research 62: 483-489.
Malo, J.E.; González, B.A.; Mata, C.; Vielma, A.; Donoso, D.S.; Fuentes, N. & Estades, C.F. 2016. Low habitat overlap at landscape scale between wild camelids and feral donkeys in the Chilean desert. Acta Oecologica 70: 1-9.