Cuervo Osés José Javier

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December 2010 - present: Research Scientist, National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC), Madrid, Spain


December 1999 - November 2010: Tenured Scientist, Experimental Station of Arid Zones (EEZA-CSIC), Almería, Spain


November 1996 - August 1999: Postdoctoral Researcher, Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC), Seville, Spain


October 1994 - February 1996: Postdoctoral Researcher, Zoological Institute, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark


October 1993 - September 1994: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Zoology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden


June 1993: Ph.D. in Biology, Department of Animal Biology I, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain


January 1989 - December 1992: Ph.D. Student, Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC), Seville, Spain


June 1988: B.Sc. degree in Biology, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain






September 2022 - August 2025. Underground hidden ecology in a changing world: impacts, responses and resilience of fossorial reptiles to changes and perturbations of the environment. PIs: José Martín (National Museum of Natural Sciences, MNCN-CSIC) and Isabel Barja (Autonomous University of Madrid)


January 2022 - December 2023. Stopover ecology of trans-Saharan migratory birds in a southern Tunisian oasis. In collaboration with Slaheddine Selmi (University of Gabès)


June 2020 - February 2024. Maternal programming of social behaviour. PI: Judith Morales (National Museum of Natural Sciences, MNCN-CSIC) 


January 2019 - September 2022. Underground sensory ecology in fossorial reptiles: function of chemoreception and consequences for social organization, reproductive success and health state. PI: José Martín (National Museum of Natural Sciences, MNCN-CSIC)


January 2017 - June 2017. Retrospective survey of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the amphibians of the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. In collaboration with Vance Vredenburg (San Francisco State University)


January 2015 - June 2019. Evolution and variability of sexual chemical signals in reptiles: consequences for reproductive success and speciation. PI: Pilar López (National Museum of Natural Sciences, MNCN-CSIC)


January 2014 - December 2017. Multiple functions of social signals: sex, life stage and bacterial environment make the difference. PI: Juan Moreno (National Museum of Natural Sciences, MNCN-CSIC)


January 2009 - June 2013. The function of lizard coloration: a case study with the spiny-footed lizard. In collaboration with Josabel Belliure (University of Alcalá)








Megía-Palma R., Martínez J., Fitze P. S., Cuervo J. J., Belliure J., Jiménez-Robles O., Cabido C., Martín J., Merino S. 2023. Genetic diversity, phylogenetic position, and co-phylogenetic relationships of Karyolysus, a common blood parasite of lizards in the western Mediterranean. International Journal for Parasitology 53: 185-196  pdf


Martín J., Rodríguez-Ruiz G., Cuervo J. J., López P. 2023. Intersexual and body size-related variation in chemical constituents from feces and cloacal products involved in intraspecific communication of a fossorial amphisbaenian. PeerJ 11: e15002  pdf


Recio P., Rodríguez-Ruiz G., Sannolo M., Cuervo J. J., López P., Martín J. 2023. Conspecific scent marks may influence underground site selection by a fossorial reptile. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 77: 29  pdf


Martín J., Barja I., Rodríguez-Ruiz G., Recio P., Cuervo J. J. 2023. Hidden but potentially stressed: a non-invasive technique to quantify fecal glucocorticoid levels in a fossorial amphisbaenian reptile. Animals 13: 109  pdf




Cuervo J. J., Morales J., Soler J. J., Moreno J. 2022. Sexual selection, feather wear, and time constraints on the pre-basic molt explain the acquisition of the pre-alternate molt in European passerines. Ecology and Evolution 12: e9260  pdf 




Motas M., Jerez S., Esteban M., Valera F., Cuervo J. J., Barbosa A. 2021. Mercury levels in feathers of penguins from the Antarctic Peninsula area: geographical and inter-specific differences. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18: 9918  pdf


Martín J., Ortega J., García-Roa R., Jiménez-Robles O., Rodríguez-Ruiz G., Recio P., Cuervo J. J. 2021. Going underground: short- and long-term movements may reveal the fossorial spatial ecology of an amphisbaenian. Movement Ecology 9: 14  pdf




Cuervo J. J. 2020. Selección sexual después del apareamiento (y de la fecundación): recordando la hipótesis de la inversión diferencial. Etologuía 26: 47-58  pdf


Rodríguez-Ruiz G., Ortega J., Cuervo J. J. López P., Salvador A., Martín J. 2020. Male rock lizards may compensate reproductive costs of an immune challenge affecting sexual signals. Behavioral Ecology 31: 1017-1030  pdf


Cuervo J. J., Møller A. P. 2020. Demographic, ecological, and life-history traits associated with bird population response to landscape fragmentation in Europe. Landscape Ecology 35: 469-481  pdf




Fresnillo F., Belliure J., Gil D., Cuervo J. J. 2019. Hormonal control of seasonal color change in female spiny-footed lizards: an observational and experimental approach. Current Zoology 65: 633-642  pdf


Morales J., Cuervo J. J., Moreno J., Soler J. J. 2019. Juvenile plumage whiteness is associated with the evolution of clutch size in passerines. Behavioral Ecology 30: 1106-1112  pdf


Soler J. J., Morales J., Cuervo J. J., Moreno J. 2019. Conspicuousness of passerine females is associated with the nest-building behaviour of males. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 126: 824-835  pdf


Harris D. J., Belliure J., Cuervo J. J. 2019. Melting pots and hotspots: genetic variation within Acanthodactylus erythrurus (Reptilia: Lacertidae) from the Iberian Peninsula. Amphibia-Reptilia 40: 245-251  pdf 




Megía-Palma R., Martínez J., Cuervo J. J., Belliure J., Jiménez-Robles O., Gomes V., Cabido C., Pausas J. G., Fitze P. S., Martín J., Merino S. 2018. Molecular evidence for host-parasite co-speciation between lizards and Schellackia parasites. International Journal for Parasitology 48: 709-718  pdf 


Belliure J., Fresnillo B., Cuervo J. J. 2018. Male mate choice based on female coloration in a lizard: the role of a juvenile trait. Behavioral Ecology 29: 543-552  pdf


Plaza M., Cantarero A., Cuervo J. J., Moreno J. 2018. Female incubation attendance and nest vigilance reflect social signaling capacity: a field experiment. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72: 24  pdf




Cuervo J. J., Møller A. P. 2017. Colonial, more widely distributed and less abundant bird species undergo wider population fluctuations independent of their population trend. PLoS One 12(3): e0173220  pdf




Fresnillo B., Belliure J., Cuervo J. J. 2016. Ontogenetic shifts in risk behaviours are related to body size and coloration in spiny-footed lizards. Animal Behaviour 119: 165-172  pdf


Ambrosini R., Cuervo J. J., du Feu C., Fiedler W., Musitelli F., Rubolini D., Sicurella B., Spina F., Saino N., Møller A. P. 2016. Migratory connectivity and effects of winter temperatures on migratory behaviour of the European robin Erithacus rubecula: a continent-wide analysis. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 749-760  pdf


Megía-Palma R., Martínez J., Nasri I., Cuervo J. J., Martín J., Acevedo I., Belliure J., Ortega J., García-Roa R., Selmi S., Merino S. 2016. Phylogenetic relationships of Isospora, Lankesterella and Caryospora species (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) infecting lizards. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 16: 275-288  pdf


Martín M. A., Ortiz J. M., Seva J., Vidal V., Valera F., Benzal J., Cuervo J. J., de la Cruz C., Belliure J., Martínez A. M., Díaz J. I., Motas M., Jerez S., D'Amico V. L., Barbosa A. 2016. Mode of attachment and pathology caused by Parorchites zederi in three species of penguins: Pygoscelis papuaPygoscelis adeliae, and Pygoscelis antarctica in Antarctica. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52: 568-575  pdf


Cuervo, J. J., Belliure J., Negro J. J. 2016. Coloration reflects skin pterin concentration in a red-tailed lizard. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B 193: 17-24  pdf




De Mas E., Benzal J., Merino S., Valera F., Palacios M. J., Cuervo J. J., Barbosa A. 2015. Erythrocytic abnormalities in three Antarctic penguin species along the Antarctic Peninsula: biomonitoring of genomic damage. Polar Biology 38: 1067-1074  pdf


Fresnillo B., Belliure J., Cuervo J. J. 2015. Red coloration in juvenile spiny-footed lizards (Acanthodactylus erythrurus) reduces adult aggression. Animal Behaviour 102: 59-67  pdf


Fresnillo B., Belliure J., Cuervo J. J. 2015. Red tails are effective decoys for avian predators. Evolutionary Ecology 29: 123-135  pdf


Díaz M., Cuervo J. J., Grim T., Flensted-Jensen E., Ibáñez-Álamo J. D., Jokimäki J., Markó G., Tryjanowski P., Møller A. P. 2015. Interactive effects of fearfulness and geographical location on bird population trends. Behavioral Ecology 26: 716-721  pdf




Cuervo J. J., de Ayala R. M. 2014. Effects of experimental tail shortening on the phenotypic condition of barn swallows Hirundo rustica: implications for tail-length evolution. Journal of Avian Biology 45: 345-353  pdf




Cuervo J. J., Belliure J. 2013. Exploring the function of red colouration in female spiny-footed lizards (Acanthodactylus erythrurus): patterns of seasonal colour change. Amphibia-Reptilia 34: 525-538  pdf


Cuervo J. J., Møller A. P. 2013. Temporal variation in population size of European bird species: effects of latitude and marginality of distribution. PLoS One 8(10): e77654  pdf


Ruiz-Rodríguez M., Avilés J. M., Cuervo J. J., Parejo D., Ruano F., Zamora-Muñoz C., Sergio F., López-Jiménez L., Tanferna A., Martín-Vivaldi M. 2013. Does avian conspicuous colouration increase or reduce predation risk? Oecologia 173: 83-93  pdf


Barbosa A., Palacios, M. J., Negro J. J., Cuervo J. J. 2013. Plasma carotenoid depletion during fasting in moulting penguins. Journal of Ornithology 154: 559-562  pdf