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

Soil ecology

Behavioural ecology

Life-history evolution

Earthworm diversity

Landscape genetics




Current members

Jorge Domínguez Alberto Velando Manuel Aira  
Sin-Yeon Kim  Jose C. Noguera María Gómez-Brandón  
 Guillermo Velo-Antón Tino Quintela  Luís A. Mendes  
Alberto da Silva  Náyade Álvarez Quintero Susana Cortés Manzaneque
  Hugo Martinez Cordeiro    


See our last publications:


Kim S-Y, Chiara V, Álvarez-Quintero N, Velando A. 2022. Mitochondrial DNA content in eggs as a maternal effect. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 289, 20212100.

Chiarenza AA, Mannion PD, Farnsworth A, Carrano MT, Varela S. 2022. Climatic constraints on the biogeographic history of Mesozoic dinosaurs. Current Biology 32, 1–16

Fernández Marchán D, Domínguez J. 2022 Evaluating the Conservation Status of a North-Western Iberian Earthworm (Compostelandrilus cyaneus) with Insight into Its Genetic Diversity and Ecological Preferences. Genes 2022, 13, 337.

Rupani P, Zabed HM, Domínguez J. 2022. Vermicomposting and bioconversion approaches towards the sustainable utilization of palm oil mill waste. In: C.M. Hussain & Subrata Hait (Eds.) “Advanced Organic Waste Management: Sustainable Practices and Approaches”, Academic Press, Elsevier. London, pp. 193-205

Saiqa A, Mustafa RG, Domínguez J et al. 2022 Therapeutic Values of Earthworm Species Extract from Azad Kashmir as Anticoagulant, Antibacterial, and Antioxidant Agents. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, 6949117

Fernández Marchán D, Decaëns T, Domínguez J, Novo  M. 2022. Perspectives in Earthworm Molecular Phylogeny: Recent Advances in Lumbricoidea and Standing Questions. Diversity 14, 30.

Rosado D, Pérez-Losada M, Aira M, Domínguez J. 2022 Bacterial Succession during Vermicomposting of Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata Link). Microorganisms 10, 1: 65.

Oceguera-Contreras E et al. 2022. Establishment of the upstream processing for renewable production of hydrogen using vermicomposting-tea and molasses as substrate. Waste Management 139, 279-289.

Ferraz Ramos R et al. 2022. Vermicomposting of cow manure: Effect of time on earthworm biomass and chemical, physical, and biological properties of vermicompost. Bioresource Technology 345, 126572.

Chiara V, Velando A, Kim S-Y. 2022. Relationships between male secondary sexual traits, physiological state and offspring viability in the three-spined stickleback. BMC Ecology and Evolution 22:4

Marques AJD, Mata VA,  Velo-Antón G. 2022. COI Metabarcoding Provides Insights into the Highly Diverse Diet of a Generalist Salamander, Salamandra salamandra (Caudata: Salamandridae). Diversity 14, 89

Mulder KP, Alarcón-Río, L, Nicieza AG, Fleischer RC, Bell RC, Velo-Antón G. 2022. Independent evolutionary transitions to pueriparity across multiple timescales in the viviparous genus Salamandra. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 107347

Martínez-Gil H et al. 2022. Morphological diversification of Mediterranean anurans: the roles of evolutionary history and climate. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, blab156.

Marques A.J.D et al. 2022. Range-wide genomic scans and tests for selection identify non-neutral spatial patterns of genetic variation in a non-model species (Pelobates cultripes). Conservation Genetics

 Alarcón-Ríos L, Velo-Antón G. 2022. Multiple paternity in the pueriparous North African fire salamander, Salamandra algira, supports polyandry as a successful mating strategy in low fecundity Salamandra lineages. Amphibia-Reptilia


Aira, M, Tato A, Domínguez J 2021 Seasonal dynamics of soil nutrients and microbial activity due to colonization by bracken ferns (Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn) in a pine forest European Journal of Soil Biology

Álvarez-Quintero N, Chiara V, and Kim S-Y 2021 Trap versus net: behavioural sampling bias caused by capture method in three-spined sticklebacks Behavioural Processes

Álvarez-Quintero N, Velando A and Kim S-Y 2021 Smart mating: the cognitive ability of females influences their preference for male cognitive ability. Behavioral Ecology

Antunes, B, Velo-Antón, G, Buckley, D, Pereira, R & Martínez-Solano, I 2021 Physical and ecological isolation contribute to maintain genetic differentiation between fire salamander subspecies. Heredity


Bosch, J, Martel, A, Sopniewski, J, Thumsová, B, Ayres, C, Scheele, B C, Velo-Antón, G & Pasmans, F 2021 Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans Threat to the Iberian Urodele Hotspot Journal of Fungi, 

Burgon, J D, Vences, M, Steinfartz, S, Bogaerts, S, Bonato, L, Donaire-Barroso, D, Martínez-Solano, I, Velo-Antón, G, Vieites, D, Mable, B K & Elmer, K R 2021 Phylogenomic inference of species and subspecies diversity in the Palearctic salamander genus Salamandra Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

    Probst M, Ascher-Jenull J, Insam H, Gómez-Brandón M. 2021. The molecular information about deadwood bacteriomes partly depends on the targeted environmental DNA. Frontiers Microbiology 12:640386

Calado JG ,  Veríssimo SN,  Paiva VH, Ramos R, Vaz PT ,  Matos D, Pereira J, Lopes C , Oliveira, A Quaresma, F R Ceia , A Velando, J A Ramos 2021 Influence of fisheries on the spatio-temporal feeding ecology of gulls along the western Iberian coast Marine Ecology Progress Series


Chowdhury MAW, Müller J, Varela S  2021 Climate change and the increase of human population will threaten conservation of Asian cobras Scientific Reports


Domínguez J, Aira M, Crandall KA, Pérez-Losada, M 2021 Earthworms drastically change fungal and bacterial communities during vermicomposting of sewage sludge. Scientific Reports

Gómez-Brandón M, Martínez-Cordeiro H, Domínguez J  2021 Changes in the nutrient dynamics and microbiological properties of grape marc in a continuous-feeding vermicomposting system. Waste Management 135:1-10


Kurzemann F, Fernández-Delgado Juárez M, Probst M, Gómez-Brandón M, Partl C, Insam H. 2021. Effect of biomass fly ashes from fast pyrolysis bio-oil production on soil properties and plant yield. Journal of Environmental Management 298:113479.


Siles JA, García-Sánchez M, Gómez-Brandón M. 2021. Studying microbial communities through co-occurrence network analysis during processes of waste treatment and in organically amended soils. Microorganisms 9:1165

Hupfauf S, Etemadi M, Fernández-Delgado Juárez M, Gómez-Brandón M, Insam H, Podmirseg SM 2020 CoMA-an intuitive and user-friendly pipeline for amplicon-sequencing data analysis. PlosOne


Tukanghan W, Hupfauf S, Gómez-Brandón M, Insam H, Salvenmoser W, Prasertsan P, Cheirsilp B, O-Thong S. 2021. Symbiotic Bacteroides and Clostridium-rich methanogenic consortium enhanced biogas production of high solid-anaerobic digestion systems. Bioresource Technology Reports 14:100685.

Jiménez Pinadero S, Fenández Marchán D, Novo M, Trigo D, Domínguez J, Díaz Cosín, D 2021 Sorry atlanticus, you are not my type: molecular assessment splits Zophoscolex (Lumbricidae: Crassiclitellata) into French and Iberian genera Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society


Jones LA,  Eichenseer K  2021 Uneven spatial sampling distorts reconstructions of Phanerozoic seawater temperature (In press) Geology


Liz, AV, Rödder, D, Gonçalves, DV, Velo-Antón, G, Fonseca, MM, Geniez, P, Crochet, P-A & Brito, JC  2021 The role of Sahara highlands in the diversification and desert colonization of the Bosc's fringe-toed lizard. Journal of Biogeography

Marchán DF, Csuzdi C,  Decaëns T, Szederjesi T, Pizl V, Domínguez J 2021 The disjunct distribution of relict earthworm genera clarifies the early historical biogeography of the Lumbricidae (Crassiclitellata, Annelida). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research


Marchán DF, Jimenez S, Decaëns T, Domínguez J 2021 Systematic revision of Gatesona (Crassiclitellata, Lumbricidae), an endemic earthworm genus from the Massif Central (France). PlosOne


Noguera JC 2021 Heterogenous effects of father and mother age on offspring development Behavioral Ecology


Noguera JC, Velando A 2021 Telomerase activity can mediate the effects of growth on telomeres during post-natal development in a wild bird. Journal of Experimental Biology


Ruiz-Raya F 2021 Ecophysiology of egg rejection in hosts of avian brood parasites: new insights and perspectives Current Zoology


Vázquez-Figueiredo, C, Lourenço, A, & Velo-Anton, G 2021 Riverine barriers to gene flow in a salamander with both aquatic and terrestrial reproduction Evolutionary Ecology


Velando A, Noguera JC, Aira M, Domínguez J 2021 Gut microbiome and telomere length in gull hatchlings Biology Letters


Velo-Antón G, Álvarez D, Alarcón-Rios L 2021 Monsters in the city: multiple deformities increase in terrestrial-breeding urban salamanders Amphibia-Reptilia


Velo-Antón, G, Lourenço, A, Galán 2021  Landscape resistance constrains hybridization across contact zones in a reproductively and morphologically polymorphic salamander. Scientific Reports

Yakkou L, Houida S, Domínguez J,  Raouane M, Amghar S,  El Harti A 2021 Identification and Characterization of Earthworm (Aporrectodea molleri)’s Coelomic Fluid Microbial Community Microbiology and Biotechnology Letters 

GEA IN NUMBERS 2019-2021