"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."
NEW: Two PhD offers in animal ecology
Deadline for applications: November 11, 2021
Welcome to the Sol lab
Habitat loss and degradation are generally considered the most important threats to biodiversity. Most organisms do not tolerate well environmental changes, yet a few seem to perceive them as ecological opportunities. Unfortunately, we still do not understand well why species vary in their response to environmental changes. Our research seeks to understand how animals respond to changes, with particular focus on behavioural and life history responses to novel environments.
Recent representative studies
Ducatez, S, D Sol, F Sayol, L Lefebvre (2020) Behavioural plasticity is associated with reduced extinction risk in birds. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1-6
Sol, D, C Trisos, C Múrria, A Jeliazkov, C González‐Lagos, AL Pigot, ... (2020) The worldwide impact of urbanisation on avian functional diversity. Ecology Letters 23 (6), 962-972
Maspons, J, R Molowny-Horas, D Sol (2019) Behaviour, life history and persistence in novel environments. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374 (1781), 20180056
Sol D, González-Lagos C, Moreira D, et al (2014) Urbanisation tolerance and the loss of avian diversity. Ecology Letters 17:942–950.
Lapiedra, O. , Sol, D., Carranza, S. & Beaulieu, J.M. (2013) Behavioural changes and adaptive diversification in pigeons and doves. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 280: 1471-2954.
Sol, D., Maspons, J., Vall-llosera, M., Bartomeus, I. García-Peña, G.E., Piñol, J. & Freckleton, R.P. (2012) Unravelling the life history of successful invaders. Science 337:580-583.