Juan Carlos Illera
Oviedo University, Campus of Mieres
Research Unit of Biodiversity
Juan Carlos’ research lies within ecology and evolution in island systems in a broad sense (i.e. oceanic islands and mountains). Especially, he is interested in understanding the evolutionary history and mechanisms in the differentiation of extant and extinct bird populations, and ascertain the biological reasons of their distributions. Furthermore, he also collaborates with other colleagues where alpine grasshoppers are the focus of his attention. In relation to his former research line, he is also interested to investigate the ecological and evolutionary role of pathogens in island systems because of the high susceptibility of native and endemic birds to introduced pathogens.