Jesús Martínez-Padilla - Behavioural and evolutionary ecologist

Maternal effects

Main collaborator: Dr. Juan A. Fargallo.

I am interested in how maternal effects might mediate sex-dependent interactions in offspring, where we found that embryo development differed between males and females [1]. We also described sex-dependent maternal allocation in eggs within the laying sequence to control sibling competition [2], perhaps to minimise sex-dependent stress due to sibling competition during the nestling period [3, 11]. Along the line of previous research, I am also interested in how environmental conditions, mainly prelaying food conditions, determine maternal investment [6, 11].

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