Jesús Martínez-Padilla - Behavioural and evolutionary ecologist









55 Martínez-Padilla, J., Vergara, P. and Fargallo, J.A. In press. Increased lifetime reproductive success of first-hatched siblings in Common Kestrels Falco tinnunculus. IBIS , 73: 364-370. [LINK][PDF]


54 Martínez-Padilla, J., Estrada, A., Early, R. and García-González, F. 2017. Evolvability meets biogeography: evolutionary potential decreases at high and low environmental favourability. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London - B , 284: 20170516. [LINK][PDF][ESM]


53 Martínez-Padilla, J., Lopez-Idiaquez, D., López-Perea, J.J., Mateo, R., Paz, A., Viñuela, J. 2017. A negative association between bromadiolone exposure and nestling body condition in common kestrels. Pest Management Science , 73: 364-370. [LINK][PDF][ESM]


52 Lopez-Idiaquez, D., Vergara, P., Fargallo, J.A., Martínez-Padilla, J. 2016. Female plumage colouration signals status to conspecifics. Animal Behaviour, 121: 101-106 [LINK] [PDF]


51 Tarjuelo, R., Vergara, P., Martínez-Padilla, J. 2016. Intra-sexual competition modulates calling behaviour and its association with secondary sexual traits. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 70: 1633-1641. [LINK] [PDF] [ESM]


50 Carrete, M., Martínez-Padilla, J., Rodríguez-Martínez, S., Rebolo-Ifrán, N., Palma, A., Tella, J.L. 2016. Heritability of fear of humans in urban and rural populations of a bird species. Scientific Reports, 6:31060 [LINK] [PDF]


49 Lopez-Idiaquez, D., Vergara, P., Fargallo, J.A., Martínez-Padilla, J. 2016. Old males reduce melanin-pigmented traits and increase reproductive outcome under worse environmental conditions in common kestrels. Ecology and Evolution, 6(4): 1224-1235. [LINK] [PDF] [ESM]


48 Mougeot, F., Lendvai, A.Z., Martínez-Padilla, J., Pérez-Rodríguez, L., Giraudeau, M., Casas, F., Moore, I.T., Redpath, S.M. 2016 Parasites, mate attractiveness and female feather corticosterone levels in a socially monogamous bird. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 70(2): 277-283. [LINK] [PDF]


47 Pérez-Rodríguez L, de Blas EG, Martínez-Padilla, J., Mougeot F, Mateo R. 2016. Carotenoid profile and vitamins in the combs of the red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus): implications for the honesty of a sexual signal. Journal of Ornithology, 157(1): 145-153. [LINK] [PDF] [ESM]


46 López-Rull, I., Vergara, P., Martínez-Padilla, J. and Fargallo, J.A. 2016. Early constraints in sexual dimorphism: Survival benefits of feminised phenotypes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. [LINK] [PDF] [ESM]


45 Vergara, P., Fargallo, J.A. and Martínez-Padilla, J. 2015. Genetic basis and fitness correlates of dynamic carotenoid-based ornamental colouration in male and female common kestrels Falco tinnunculus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28: 146-154. [LINK] [PDF]




44 M. Morales, F. Casas, E. García De La Morena, A. Ponjoan, G. Calabuig, J. Martínez-Padilla, J.T. García, S. Mañosa, J. Viñuela and G. Bota. 2014. Density dependence and habitat quality modulate the intensity of display territory defence in an exploded lekking species. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 68(9): 1493-1504. [LINK] [PDF]


43 Martínez-Padilla, J., Perez-Rodriguez, L., Mougeot, F., Ludwig, S. and Redpath, S.M. 2014. Intra-sexual competition alters the relationship between testosterone and ornament expression in a wild territorial bird. Hormones and Behavior, 65(5): 435-444. [LINK] [PDF]


42 Irvine, R. J., Moseley, M., Leckie, F., Martínez-Padilla, J., Donley, D., Miller, A., Pound, M., and Mougeot F. 2014. Investigating the loss of recruitment potential in red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus): the relative importance of hen mortality, food supply, tick infestation and louping-ill. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 60(2): 313-322. [LINK] [PDF]


41 Martinez-Padilla, J., Perez-Rodriguez, L., Mougeot, F., Ludwig, S. and Redpath, S.M. 2014. Experimentally elevated levels of testosterone at independence reduce fitness in a territorial bird. Ecology, 95(4):1033-1044. [LINK] [PDF]


40 Martinez-Padilla, J., Redapth, S., Zeineddine, M. and Mougeot, F. 2014. Insights into population ecology from long-term studies of red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83(1): 85-98. [LINK] [PDF]





39 Sin-Yeon, K., Fargallo, J.A., Vergara, P. and Martínez-Padilla, J. 2013. Multivariate heredity of melanin-based coloration, body mass and immunity. Heredity, 111(2): 139-146. [LINK] [ESM] [PDF]


38 Martinez-Padilla, J., Mougeot, F., García, J.T., Arroyo, B. and Bortolotti, G.R. 2013. Feather corticosterone levels and carotenoid-based coloration in Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) nestlings. Journal of Raptor Research, 47(2):161-173. [LINK] [PDF]


37 Wenzel, M.A., Webster, L.M.I., Paterson, S., Mougeot, F., Martínez-Padilla, J. and Piertney, S.B. 2013. A transcriptomic investigation of handicap models in sexual selection. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 67:221-234. [LINK] [PDF]


36 Vergara, P., Martínez-Padilla, J. and Fargallo, J.A. 2013. Differential maturation of sexual traits: revealing sex while eluding male and female aggressiveness. Behavioral Ecology, 24 (1): 237-244. [LINK] [PDF]





35 Vergara, P., Redpath, S.M., Martínez-Padilla, J. and Mougeot, F. 2012. Environmental conditions influence male and female red grouse ornaments at a population level. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 107: 788-798. [LINK] [PDF]


34 Vergara, P. and Martínez-Padilla, J. 2012. Social context decouples the relationship between a sexual ornament and testosterone levels in a male wild bird. Hormones and Behavior, 62: 407-412. Both authors contributed equally. [LINK] [PDF]


33 Vergara, P., Mougeot, F, Martínez-Padilla, J., Leckie, F. and S.M. Redpath. 2012. The condition dependence of a secondary sexual trait is stronger under high parasite infection level. Behavioral Ecology, 23: 502-511. [LINK] [PDF]


32 Martínez-Padilla, J., Vergara, P., Mougeot, and S.M. Redpath. 2012. Parasitized mates increase infection risk for partners. The American Naturalist, 179(6): 811-820. [LINK] [PDF] [ESM]


31 Vergara, P., Martínez-Padilla, J., Mougeot, F, Leckie, F. and S.M. Redpath. 2012. Environmental heterogeneity influences the reliability of secondary sexual traits as condition indicators. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25: 20-28. [LINK] [PDF]





30 Vergara, P., Martínez-Padilla, J., Redpath, S.M. and Mougeot, F. 2011. The ornament-condition relationship varies with parasite abundance at population level in a female bird. Naturwissenschaften, 98: 897-902. [LINK] [PDF]


29 Martínez-Padilla, J. and Viñuela, J. 2011. Hatching asynchrony and brood reduction influence immune response in Eurasian kestrel nestlings. Ibis, 153: 601-610. [LINK] [PDF]


28 Martínez-Padilla, J., Vergara, P., L. Pérez-Rodríguez, F. Mougeot, F. Casas, S. C. Ludwig, J. A. Haines, M. Zeineddine and S.M. Redpath. 2011. Condition- and parasite-dependent expression of a male-like trait in a female bird. Biology Letters, 7: 364-367. ESM [LINK] [PDF]


27 Webster, L.M.I., Paterson, S., Mougeot, F., Martinez-Padilla, J. and Piertney, S.B. 2011. Transcriptomic response of red grouse to gastro-intestinal nematode parasites and testosterone: implications for population dynamics? Molecular Ecology, 20: 920-931. [LINK] [PDF]


26 L.M.I.Webster, Mello, L., Mougeot, F., J. Martinez-Padilla, Paterson, S. and S.B. Piertney. 2011. Identification of genes responding to nematode infection in red grouse. Molecular Ecology Resources, 11: 305-313. [LINK] [PDF]





25 Martinez-Padilla, J., Dixon, H., Vergara, P., Perez-Rodriguez, L and Fargallo, J.A. 2010. Does egg coloration reflect male condition in birds? Naturwissenschaften, 97: 469-477. [LINK] [PDF]


24 Martinez-Padilla, J., Mougeot, F., Webster, L.M.I., Perez-Rodriguez, L. and Piertney, S. B. 2010. Testing the interactive effects of testosterone and parasites on carotenoid-based ornamentation in a wild bird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23: 902-913. [LINK] [PDF]


23 Vergara, P., Fargallo, J.A. and Martinez-Padilla, J. 2010. Reaching independence: food supply, parent quality and offspring phenotypic characters in kestrels. Behavioral Ecology, 21: 507-512. [LINK] [PDF]


22 Mougeot, F., Martinez-Padilla, J., Blount, J.D., Perez-Rodriguez, L., Webster, L.M.I. and Piertney, S.B. 2010. Oxidative stress and the effect of parasites on a bird carotenoid-based ornament. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213: 400-407. [LINK] [PDF]


21 Mougeot, F., Martinez-Padilla, J., Bortolotti, G.R., Webster, L.M.I. and Piertney, S.B. 2010. Physiological stress links parasites to carotenoid-based color signals. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23(3): 643-650. [LINK] [PDF]





20 Vergara, P., Fargallo, J. A., Martínez-Padilla, J. and Lemus, J.A. 2009. Inter-annual variation and function of melanin-based ornamentation in female Eurasian kestrels. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 97: 781-790. [LINK] [PDF]


19 Bortolotti, G.R., Mougeot, F., Martinez-Padilla, J., Webster, L.M.I. and Piertney, S.B. 2009. Physiological stress mediates the honesty of social signals. PlosOne, e4983. [LINK] [PDF]


18 Fargallo, J. A., Martínez-Padilla, J., Viñuela, J., Blanco, G., Torre I. Vergara, P. & De Neve, L. 2009. Kestrel-prey dynamic in a mediterranean region: The effect of generalist predation and climatic factors. PlosOne, e4311. [LINK] [PDF]


17 Mougeot, F., Martínez-Padilla, J., Blount, J., Webster, L.M.I. and Piertney, S. 2009. Honest sexual signalling mediated by parasite and testosterone effects on oxidative balance. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London-B, 276: 1093-1100. [LINK] [PDF]





16 Martínez-Padilla, J. and Fargallo, J. 2008. Fear in grasslands: the effect of Eurasian kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) on Skylark abundances. Naturwissenschaften 95: 391-398. [LINK] [PDF]


15 Mougeot, F., Moseley, M., Leckie, F., Martinez-Padilla, J., Miller, A. and Irvine, R. J., 2008. Reducing tick burdens on chicks by treating breeding female grouse with permethrin. Journal of Wildlife Management, 72(2): 468-472. [LINK] [PDF]





14 Torre, I., Díaz, M., Martínez-Padilla, J., Bonal, R., Viñuela, J. and Fargallo, J. A. 2007. Cattle grazing, raptor abundance and small mammal communities in Mediterranean grasslands. Basic and Applied Ecology, 8(6): 565-575. [LINK] [PDF]


13 Mougeot F., Pérez-Rodríguez, L., Martínez-Padilla, J., Leckie, F. and Redpath, S.M. 2007. Parasites, testosterone and honest carotenoid-based signalling of health. Functional Ecology, 21(5): 886-898. [LINK] [PDF]


12 Martínez-Padilla, J. and Millán, J. 2007. Prevalence and intensity of intestinal parasitation in a wild population of nestling Eurasian kestrel Falco Tinnunculus. Ardeola, 54(1): 109-115. [LINK] [PDF]


11 Martínez-Padilla, J. and Fargallo, J. A. 2007. Food supply during prelaying period modifies sex-dependent investment in eggs of Eurasian kestrels. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 61(11): 1735-1742. [LINK] [PDF]


10 Martínez-Padilla, J., Mougeot, F., Pérez-Rodríguez, L. and Bortolotti, G. 2007. Nematode parasites influence carotenoid-based signalling in male red grouse. Biology Letters, 3(2): 161-164. ESM [LINK] [PDF]


9 Mougeot F., Martínez-Padilla, J., Pérez-Rodríguez, L. and Bortolotti, G. 2007. Carotenoid-based coloration and ultraviolet reflectance of the sexual ornaments of grouse. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 61(5): 741-751. [LINK] [PDF]


8 Fargallo, J. A., Martínez-Padilla, J., Toledano, A., Moreno, J.S. and Dávila, J.A. 2007. Sex and testosterone effects on growth, immunity and melanin coloration of nestling Eurasian kestrels. Journal of Animal Ecology, 76(1): 201-209. [LINK] [PDF]




7 Martínez-Padilla, J. 2006. Daytime variation in T-cell-mediated immunity of Eurasian kestrel Falco tinnunculus nestlings. Journal of Avian Biology, 37: 419-424. [LINK] [PDF]


6 Martínez-Padilla, J. 2006. Prelaying conditions mediate the effect between egg mass and nestling immunity in Eurasian kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 60(4): 510-515. [LINK] [PDF]


5 García, J. T., Morales, M. B., Martínez, J., Iglesias, L., García de la Morena, E., Suárez, F. and Viñuela, J. 2006. Foraging activity and use of space by Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni in relation to agrarian management in central Spain. Bird Conservation International, 16(1): 83-95. [LINK] [PDF]





4 L. Amo, J. A., Fargallo, J., Martínez-Padilla, J., Millán, P., López and J. Martín. 2005. Prevalence and intensity of blood and intestinal parasites in a field population of a Mediterranean lizard, Lacerta lepida. Parasitology Research, 96: 413-417. [LINK] [PDF]





3 Martínez-Padilla, J., Martínez, J., Dávila, J.A., Merino, S., Moreno, J. and Millán, J. 2004. Within-brood size differences, sex and parasites determine blood stress protein levels in Eurasian Kestrel nestlings. Functional Ecology, 18: 426-434. Cover paper. [LINK] [PDF]





2 Blanco, G., Martínez-Padilla, J., Serrano, D., Dávila, J. A. and Viñuela, J. 2003. Mass provisioning to different-sex eggs within the laying sequence: consequences for adjustment of reproductive effort in a sexually dimorphic bird. Journal of Animal Ecology, 72(5): 831-838. [LINK] [PDF]


1 Blanco, G., Martínez-Padilla, J., Dávila, J. A., Serrano, D. and Viñuela, J. 2003. First evidence of sex differences in the length of avian embryonic period: consequences for sibling competition in sexually dimorphic birds. Behavioral Ecology, 14(5): 702-706. [LINK] [PDF]


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