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Dr Ana Sanz Aguilar

Dr Ana Sanz Aguilar
Chapter 6 ( Ramón y Cajal contract researcher )
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Brief CV

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My past and present research trajectory has been focused on theoretical and applied aspects of animal ecology, demography and population dynamics with special emphasis on conservation biology. I have led a long term research program on seabirds since 2003. I have broad knowledge on advanced individual-based modelling techniques (e.g., multi-event capture-recapture models) and Population Viability Analysis. Part of my research focuses on methodological advances in the field of animal demography and population dynamics, which I combine with studies on basic ecology (e.g., evolutionary trade-offs, individual strategies), animal behavior, and conservation biology (e.g., population viability of endangered species, evidence-based management and demography of invasive species).

I have a MSc Degree in Environmental Sciences (2003). I obtained several research grants at the Miguel Hernández University (2003-2004). In 2005 I personally obtained an FPU PhD grant at IMEDEA CSIC-UIB and I finished my thesis in 2009. In 2010 I started a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship at CEFE-CNRS Montpellier (France). Then I was based at the Doñana Biological Station EBD-CSIC and IMEDEA-CSIC, holding a personally obtained Juan de la Cierva (2012-2015) and Vicenç Mut fellowships (2017-2019). I?m now based at the University of Balearic Island with a Ramón y Cajal contract.

I have published 48 SCI articles with an average SCI impact factor of 3.84 (81% Q1), of which I am first author in 22, second in 7, and last author in 8. I have also published 5 non-SCI articles, 3 book chapters, 5 publications in Conferences Proceedings and 30 technical reports. I have participated in 15 research projects funded in competitive calls by public bodies (of which 3 as PI) and in 13 research contracts with administrations or private bodies (4 as PI). I have participated in 5 national and international scientific advisory committees. I organized a congress and gave talks at presented 40 oral contributions at international and national scientific meetings (2 plenary talks and 6 talks invited at international meetings), presented 11 posters and attended 13 workshops. I have taught capture-recapture methods in 8 workshops. I have stayed a total of 28.5 months at foreign research centers. I have supervised 1 doctoral thesis, 4 MSc students and collaborated in the supervision of 3 additional PhD thesis. I have reviewed 60 SCI papers for 29 journals.


Relevant publications

  1. Sanz-Aguilar A, Payo-Payo A, Rotger A, Yousfi L,; Moutailler S, Beck C, Dumarest M, Igual JM, Miranda MA, Viñas Torres M, Picorelli V, Gamble A, Boulinier T. 2019. Infestation of small seabirds by Ornithodoros maritimus ticks: effects on chick body condition, reproduction and associated infectious agents. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
  2. Sanz-Aguilar A, Badia-Boher J, de la Riva M, Gangoso L, van Overveld T, García-Alfonso M, Luzardo O, Suarez-Pérez A, Donázar JA. 2019. Evaluating European LIFE conservation projects: improvements in survival of an endangered vulture. Journal of Applied Ecology 56:1206-1219. **Selected for virtual issue ? Conservation Optimism?
  3. Sanz-Aguilar A, Rosselló R, Bengoa M, Ruiz-Pérez M, González-Calleja M, Barceló C, Borrás D, Paredes-Esquivel C, Miranda MA, Tavecchia G. 2018. Water associated to residential areas and tourist resorts is the key predictor of Assian tiger mosquito presence on a Mediterranean island. Medical and Veterinary Entomology  32:443-45
  4. Sanz-Aguilar A, Igual JM, Oro D, Genovart M, Tavecchia G. 2016. Estimating recruitment and survival in partially monitored populations. Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 73-82. **Selected for virtual issue ?Demography Behind the Population?
  5. Ramírez F, Afán I, Oro D, Tavecchia G, Catalán I, Sanz-Aguilar A. 2016. Oceanographic drivers and optimal decisions shape breeding success in a seabird.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 283: 20152287
  6. Sanz-Aguilar A, Jovani R, Melián CJ, Pradel R,Tella JL. 2015. Multievent capture-recapture analysis reveals individual foraging specialisation in a generalist species. Ecology 96: 1650-1660.
  7. Sanz-Aguilar A, Béchet A, Germain C, Johnson A & Pradel R. 2012. To leave or not to leave: survival tradeoffs between different migratory strategies in the Greater Flamingo.  Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 1171-1182.
  8. Bonadonna F, Sanz-Aguilar A. 2012.  Kin recognition and inbreeding avoidance in wild birds: the first evidence for individual kin-related odour recognition. Animal Behavior 94: 509-513
  9. Sanz-Aguilar A, Massa B, Lo Valvo F, Oro D, Mínguez E, Tavecchia G. 2009. Contrasting age-specific recruitment and survival at different spatial scales: a case study with the European storm petrelEcography 32: 637-646. 40. 10.
  10. Sanz-Aguilar A, Martínez-Abraín A, Tavecchia G, Mínguez E & Oro D. 2009. Evidence-based culling of a facultative predator: efficacy and efficiency components. Biological Conservation 142: 424-431

Relevant projects

Resiliencia de las poblaciones de aves marinas a perturbaciones naturales y antropogénicas: una aproximación inter-disciplinar (CGL2017-85210-P). Proyectos I+D+I - Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad. IP: Giacomo Tavecchia & Daniel Oro (IMEDEA CSIC-UIB). 2018-2021. Type of participation: Work team

Interactions among three endangered seabirds and their parasites in the Balearic Islands (AAEE031-2017). Accions Especials de Reserca i Desenvolupament 2017-2019, Govern de les Illes Balears, FEDER. IP: Ana Sanz Aguilar (IMEDEA CSIC-UIB). 2017. Type of participation: IP

Cambios en la distribución de las especies como respuesta al cambio climático: Consecuencias genéticas y demográficas en relación con rasgos de vida (CGL2015-64144-R). Proyectos I+D+I - Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad. IP: Andrés Giménez & Eva Graciá (UMH). 2016-2018. Type of participation: Contracted researcher

Ecological effects of the spatial distribution of trophic resources: from individuals to ecosystem services  (CGL2012-40013-C02-01, CGL2012-40013-C02-02). Proyectos I+D+I - Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad. IP: Jose Antonio Donazar (EBD) & Dr. Jose Antonio Sanchez-Zapata (UMH). 2012-2015. Type of participation: Researcher

Population dynamics of Mediterranean waterbirds and their demographic and behavioural responses to global change (MATERGLOBE-251809). European Union, Marie Curie- Life Long Training. IP: Ana Sanz Aguilar (CEFE-CNRS). 2010-2012. Type of participation: IP


  • Investigación aplicada para la conservación del Paíño europeo en el entorno marino e islas de la Comunitat Valenciana.Generalitat Valenciana. IP: Ana Sanz Aguilar (UIB). 2019
  • Estudi de la influència de les paparres (Ornithodoros maritimus) sobre els paràmetres demogràfics de les nonetes (Hydrobates pelagicus) a la colònia de s?Espartar. Conselleria de Medi Ambient, Agricultura i Pesca. Govern de les Illes Balears. IP: Ana Sanz Aguilar (IMEDEA CSIC-UIB). 2018
  • Análisis de estima general de la abundancia relativa y de supervivencia del paíño europeo en el islote de Mouro (Cantabria) en los años 2017 y 2018. Aves Cantábricas S.L. IP: Ana Sanz Aguilar (IMEDEA CSIC-UIB). 2018
  • Análisis de estima de la supervivencia del paíño europeo en el islote de Mouro (Cantabria) en el período 2006-2011.Aves Cantábricas S.L. IP: Ana Sanz Aguilar (IMEDEA CSIC-UIB). 2017

Supervision of PhD Theses

  • El proceso de urbanización y su efecto en la dispersión de las aves: el caso de la lechucita de las vizcacheras (Athene cunicularia). Álvaro Luna (University of Sevilla).Supervisors: Martina Carrete, José Luis Tella and Ana Sanz Aguilar. 2015-2019.
Supervision of MSs Theses
  • Emmy Libois, University of Montpellier (2012). Publication : Libois et al. 2012. Biological Conservation.
  • Nikola Matovic. Res Ctr Exper Mar Biol & Biotech (PIE-UPV/EHU) & Universidad del Pais Vasco (2015). Publication: Matovic et al. 2017. Population Ecology.
  • Jaume Adrià Badia Boher. University of Lund (2018). Publication: Badia Boher & Sanz-Aguilar et al. 2019. Journal of Applied Ecology.
  • Margalida Castell. Universidad de las Islas Baleares (2019).


Annual teaching in international capture recapture workshops: 2010-2019

Evaluation activities

  • Reviewer of research projects for the ANEP in 2018.
  • Reviewer of research projects for ?Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation? UK
  • Reviewer for 29 journals (e.g. Science, Ecology, Ecography) with 60 manuscripts reviewed


  • Universitario 5 Estrellas. Universidad Miguel Hernández. 2004.
  • Ciencia en Acción 2019. Mención de Honor de Cortos Científicos: ?Energía eólica y biodiversidad: una reconciliación urgente? Authors: JM Pérez-García, JA Sánchez-Zapata, JA Donázar, M Carrete, M Moleón, E Arrondo, A Sanz-Aguilar, E Sebastián-González, E García & R Arenas.


Office Hours

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Teaching, 5 previous years

Subject Information
11666 - Oceanographic Biology
  • Master's Degree in Marine Ecology2022-23
20108 - Basic Field Operations
20120 - Zoology II
20125 - Resources for Biodiversity Assessment
20141 - Marine Biology


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