The Animal Ecology Group is a cooperative assembly of research groups within the Univesity of Vigo. Our research questions fall under four general themes:

Soil ecology

Behavioural ecology

Life-history evolution

Evolutionary ecology of earthworms


Current members
  Jorge Domínguez Alberto Velando Sin-Yeon Kim
   Manuel Aira Jose C. Noguera Alberto da Silva
 Belén Otero Javier Diaz-Real Náyade Álvarez Quintero
  Hugo Martínez  Gema Álvarez Natalia Ribao


See our last publications:

2017 1 Noguera JC., Kim, S-Y, Velando A. 2017. Family-transmitted stress in a wild bird. PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1706164114
  2 Domínguez J, Aira M, Porto PG, Díaz-Cosín D, Pérez-Losada, M. 2017 Multigene phylogeny reveals two new isolated and relic earthworm genera (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society [In Press]
  3 Kim, S-Y, Costa MM, Esteve-Codina, A, Velando A.  2017. Transcriptional mechanisms underlying life-history responses to climate change in the three-spined stickleback. Evolutionary Applications [In Press]
  4 Díaz-Real J, Kim S-Y, Velando A. 2017. Plumage colour and the expression of stress-related genes in gull chicks. Journal Avian Biology [In Press]
  5 Noguera JC. 2017. Interacting effects of early dietary conditions and reproductive effort on the oxidative costs of reproduction. PeerJ 5:e3094
6  Domínguez J, Sanchez-Hernandez JC, Lores M 2017. Vermicomposting of Winemaking By-Products. In: Charis M. Galanakis (Ed.) Handbook of Grape Processing By-Products: Sustainable Solutions, Academic Press
7 Sanchez-Hernandez JC, Domínguez J. 2017. Vermicompost derived from spent coffee grounds: assessing the potential for enzymatic bioremediation. In: Charis M. Galanakis (Ed.) Handbook of Coffee Processing By-Products Sustainable Applications, Academic Press



Noguera JC, Metcalfe NB, Reichert S, Monaghan P. 2016. Embryonic and postnatal telomere length decrease with ovulation order within clutches. Scientific Reports 6, 25915



Domínguez, J.,  Martínez-Cordeiro & Lores, M. 2016. Earthworms and Grape Marc: Simultaneous Production of a High-Quality Biofertilizer and Bioactive-Rich Seeds. In: Antonio Morata and Iris Loira (Eds.) “Grape and Wine Biotechnology”, Intech Open Science. Rijeka, Croacia. pp. 167-183. ISBN 978-953-51-2693-5. Available from:



Velando A, Moran P, Romero R, Fernandez J, Piorno V. 2016. Invasion and eradication of the American mink in the Atlantic Islands National Park (NW Spain): A retrospective analysis. Biological Invasions. doi:10.1007/s10530-016-1326-8



Barros, A, Romero R, Munilla I, Pérez C, Velando A. 2016. Behavioural plasticity in nest-site selection of a colonial seabird in response to an invasive carnivore. Biological Invasions 18:3149–3161
5 Aira, M, Olcina, J, Pérez-Losada, M, Domínguez J. 2016. Characterization of the bacterial communities of casts from Eisenia andrei fed with different substrates.  Applied Soil Ecology 98, 103-111.

Aira, M, Tato, A, Domínguez, J. 2016. Microbial community structure and nutrient dynamics in forest soils colonized by bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) PeerJ Preprints 4:e1863v1

  7 Kim S-Y, Metcalfe NB, Velando A. 2016. A benign juvenile environment reduces the strength of antagonistic pleiotropy and genetic variation in the rate of senescence. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85, 705-714.
8 Kim S-Y, Velando A. 2016. Unsociable juvenile male three-spined sticklebacks grow more attractive. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 70, 975-980

Munilla I, Genovart, M, Paiva, VH,  Velando, A. 2016. Colony foundation in an oceanic seabird. PlosOne 11, e0147222


Kim S-Y. 2016. Fixed behavioural plasticity in response to predation risk in the three-spined stickleback. Animal Behaviour, 112, 147-152


Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2016. Genetic conflict between sexual signalling and juvenile survival in the three-spined stickleback.  BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16:52



 Römbke, J, Aira, M, Backeljau, T, Breugelmans, K, Domínguez J, et al. 2016. DNA barcoding of earthworms (Eisenia fetida/andrei complex) from 28 ecotoxicological test laboratories. Applied Soil Ecology 104, 3-11

  13 Díaz-Real J, Kim S-Y, Velando A. 2016 Hatching hierarchy but not egg-related effects governs behavioral phenotypes in gull chicks. Behavioral Ecology doi:10.1093/beheco/arw110
  14 Pazzini Eckhardt, D,  Antoniolli, Z,  Schiedeck, G, Almeida Santana, N,  Redin, M, Domínguez, J  &  Seminoti Jacques, RJ 2016 Vermicompostagem como alternativa para o tratamento de resíduos nas propriedades rurais do sul do Brasil. In: Tales Tiecher (Ed.) “Manejo e conservação do solo e da água em pequenas propriedades rurais no sul do Brasil: práticas alternativas de manejo visando a conservação do solo e da água”. UFRGS – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. pp. 87-99. ISBN: 978-85-9489-010-8