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Fabrizio Sergio
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Fabrizio Sergio

   Biography

Education:
1997-2003 PhD (Zoology), University of Oxford (UK)
1992-1996 B.Sc (Natural Sciences), University of Pavia (Italy)

Employment:
2009-Associate professor, Doñana Biological Station - CSIC (permanent position)
2007-2008 Fellow “Ramon y Cajal”, Doñana Biological Station - CSIC
2005-2006 Fellow “Juan de la Cierva”, Doñana Biological Station - CSIC
1998-2005 Contracted Researcher, Trento Museum of Natural Sciences (Italy)

Professional activities:
Associate editor of The Ibis (UK): 2008-2012
Associate editor of The Journal of Raptor Research (USA): 2003-2012
Eurasian Director of the Raptor Research Foundation (USA): 2003-2012
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Raptor Research and Conservation Foundation (India)

See www.ebd.csic.es for further details.

Doñana Biological Station - CSIC
C/ Americo Vespucio s/n  
41092 Seville,    41092  Spain
Email: fsergio@ebd.csic.es


   Research Interests

Main research lines: biodiversity conservation, demography, habitat selection, intraguild predation, interspecific interactions, territory quality.

Species of Interest: 
  • Tawny Owl
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Black Kite
  • Red Kite
  • Common Buzzard
  • Golden Eagle
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Eurasian Eagle Owl
  • Common Scops Owl


   Publications

Tanferna, A., L. Lopez-Jimenez, J. Blas, F. Hiraldo, and F. Sergio. 2012. Different location sampling frequencies by satellite tags yield different estimates of migration performance: pooling data requires a common protocol. PLoS ONE (in press).

Tenan, S., J. Adrover, A. Muñoz Navarro, F. Sergio, and G. Tavecchia. 2012. Demographic consequences of poison-related mortality in a threatened bird of prey. PLoS ONE (in press).

Blanco, G., F. Sergio, J.A. Sanchéz-Zapata, J.M. Pérez-Garcia, F. Botella, F. Martínez, I. Zuberogoitia, O. Frías, F. Roviralta, J.E. Martínez, and F. Hiraldo. 2012. Safety in numbers? Supplanting data quality with fanciful models. Biodiversity and Conservation: DOI 10.1007/s10531-012-0344-9.

Blas, J., F. Sergio, J.C. Wingfield, and F. Hiraldo. 2011. Experimental tests of endocrine function in breeding and nonbreeding raptors. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 84:406-416.

Lambrecht, M.M., K.L. Wiebe, P. Sunde, T. Solonen, F. Sergio, A. Roulin, A.P. Møller, B.C. López, J.A. Fargallo, K.-M. Exo, G. Dell’Omo, D. Costantini, M. Charter, M.W. Butler, G. Bortolotti, R. Arlettaz, and E. Korpimäki. 2011. Nest box design for the study of diurnal raptors and owls is still an overlooked point in ecological, evolutionary and conservation studies: a review. Journal of Ornithology 153:23-34.

Sergio, F., J. Blas, G. Blanco, A. Tanferna, L. López, J. Lemus, and F. Hiraldo. 2011. Raptor nest decorations are a reliable threat against conspecifics. Science 331:327-330.

Sergio, F., J. Blas, L. López, A. Tanferna, R. Díaz-Delgado, J.A. Donázar, and F. Hiraldo. 2011. Coping with uncertainty: breeding adjustments to an unpredictable environment in an opportunistic raptor. Oecologia 166:79-90.

Sergio, F., G. Tavecchia, J. Blas, L. López, A. Tanferna, and F. Hiraldo. 2011. Age-structured vital rates in a long-lived raptor: implications for population growth. Basic and Applied Ecology 12:107-115.

Alcaide, M., L. López, A. Tanferna, J. Blas, F. Sergio, and F. Hiraldo. 2010. Simultaneous analysis of multiple PCR amplicons enhances capillary SSCP discrimination of MHC alleles. Electrophoresis 31:1-4.

Blas, J., L. López, A. Tanferna, F. Sergio, and F. Hiraldo. 2010. Reproductive endocrinology of wild, long-lived raptors. General and Comparative Endocrinology 168:22-28.

Blas, J., F. Sergio, and F. Hiraldo. 2009. Age-related reproduction in a long-lived raptor: a cross-sectional and longitudinal study. Ecography 32:647-657.

Sergio, F., J. Blas, R. Baos, M.G. Forero, J.A. Donázar, and F. Hiraldo. 2009. Short and long-term consequences of individual and territory quality in a diurnal raptor. Oecologia 160:507-514.

Sergio, F., J. Blas, and F. Hiraldo. 2009. Predictors of floater status in a long-lived bird: a cross sectional and longitudinal test of hypotheses. Journal of Animal Ecology 78:109-118.

Sergio, F., L. Marchesi, and P. Pedrini. 2009. Conservation of Scops Owls Otus scops in the Alps: relationships with grassland management, predation risk and wider biodiversity. Ibis 151:40-50.

Sergio, F., T. Caro, D. Brown, B. Clucas, J. Hunter, J. Ketchum, K. McHugh, and F. Hiraldo. 2008. Top predators as conservation tools: ecological rationale, assumptions and efficacy. Annual Review in Ecology Evolution and Systematics 39:1-19.

Sergio, F., and F. Hiraldo. 2008. Intraguild predation in raptor assemblages: a review. Ibis 150:132-145.

Sergio, F., L. Marchesi, and P. Pedrini. 2008. Density, diet and productivity of the Long-eared Owl Asio otus in the Italian alps: the importance of Microtus voles. Bird Study 55:321-328.

Sergio, F., I. Newton, and L. Marchesi. 2008. Top predators and biodiversity: much debate, few data. Journal of Applied Ecology 45:992-999.

Penteriani, V., M. Delgado, C. Alonso-Alvarez, and F. Sergio. 2007. The importance of visual cues for nocturnal species: eagle owls signal by badge brightness. Behavioral Ecology 18:143-147.

Penteriani, V., M. Delgado, C. Alonso-Alvarez, N. Viqueira Pina, F. Sergio, P. Bartolommei, and L.J. Thompson. 2007. The importance of visual cues for nocturnal species: eagle owl fledglings signal with white mouth feathers. Ethology 113:934-943.

Sergio, F., J. Blas, M.G. Forero, J.A. Donázar, and F. Hiraldo. 2007. Sequential settlement and despotic site-dependence in a migratory raptor. Behavioral Ecology 18:811-821.

Sergio, F., J. Blas, M.G. Forero, J.A. Donázar, and F. Hiraldo. 2007. Size-related advantages for reproduction in a slightly dimorphic raptor: opposite trends between the sexes. Ethology 113:1141-1150.

Sergio, F., L. Marchesi, and V. Penteriani. 2007. Coexistence of a generalist owl with its intraguild predator: distance-sensitive or habitat-mediated avoidance? Animal Behaviour 74:1607-1616.

Sergio, F., and P. Pedrini. 2007. Biodiversity gradients in the Alps: the overriding importance of elevation. Biodiversity and Conservation 16:3243-3254.

Marchesi, L., F. Sergio, and P. Pedrini. 2006. Implications of temporal changes in forest dynamics on density, nest-site selection, diet and productivity of Tawny Owls Strix aluco in the Alps. Bird Study 53:310-318.

Sergio, F., I. Newton, L. Marchesi, and P. Pedrini. 2006. Ecologically justified charisma: the conservation of top predators delivers biodiversity conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology 43:1049-1055.

Sergio, F., P. Pedrini, F. Rizzolli, and L. Marchesi. 2006. Range selection by Golden Eagles in a changing landscape: a multiple modelling approach. Biological Conservation 133:32-41.

Marchesi, L., and F. Sergio. 2005. Distribution, density, diet and productivity of the Scops Owl Otus scops in the Italian Alps. Ibis 147:176-187.

Penteriani, V., C. Alonso-Alvarez, M.M. Delgado, F. Sergio, and M. Ferrer. 2005. Brightness variability in the white badge of the Eagle Owl. Journal of Avian Biology 37:110-116.

Penteriani, V., M.M. Delgado, C. Maggio, A. Aradis, and F. Sergio. 2005. Development of chicks and pre-dispersal behaviour of young in the Eagle Owl Bubo bubo. Ibis 147:155-168.

Penteriani, V., F. Otalora, F. Sergio, and M. Ferrer. 2005. Environmental stochasticity in dispersal areas can explain the mysterious disappearance of breeding populations. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 272:1265-1269.

Penteriani, V., F. Sergio, M.M. Delgado, M. Gallardo, and M. Ferrer. 2005. Biases in population diet studies due to sampling in heterogeneous environments: a case study with the eagle owl. Journal of Field Ornithology 76:238-245.

Rizzolli, F., F. Sergio, L. Marchesi, and P. Pedrini. 2005. Density, productivity, diet and population status of the Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus in the Italian Alps. Bird Study 52:188-192.

Sergio, F., J. Blas, M. Forero, N. Fernández, J.A. Donázar, and F. Hiraldo. 2005. Preservation of wide-ranging top predators by site-protection: Black and Red Kites in Doñana National Park. Biological Conservation 125:11-21.

Sergio, F., I. Newton, and L. Marchesi. 2005. Top predators and biodiversity. Nature 436:192.

Sergio, F., and V. Penteriani. 2005. Public information and territory establishment in a loosely colonial raptor. Ecology 86:340-346.

Sergio, F., C. Scandolara, L. Marchesi, P. Pedrini, and V. Penteriani. 2005. Effect of agroforestry and landscape changes on Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo) in the Alps: implications for conservation. Animal Conservation 7:17-25.

Sergio, F., L. Marchesi, P. Pedrini, M. Ferrer, and V. Penteriani. 2004. Electrocution alters the distribution and density of a top predator, the eagle owl Bubo bubo. Journal of Applied Ecology 41:836-845.

Sergio, F., P. Pedrini, and L. Marchesi. 2004. Integrating individual habitat choices and regional distribution of a biodiversity indicator and top predator. Journal of Biogeography 31:619-628.

Sergio, F., F. Rizzolli, L. Marchesi, and P. Pedrini. 2004. The importance of interspecific interactions for breeding-site selection: Peregrine Falcons seek proximity to Raven nests. Ecography 27:818-826.

Sergio, F. 2003. Relationship between laying dates of Black Kites and spring temperatures in Italy. Journal of Avian Biology 34:144-149.

Sergio, F. 2003. From individual behaviour to population pattern: weather-dependent foraging and breeding performance in Black Kites. Animal Behaviour 66:1109-1117.

Sergio, F., L. Marchesi, and P. Pedrini. 2003. Spatial refugia and the coexistence of a diurnal raptor with its intraguild owl predator. Journal of Animal Ecology 72:232-245.

Sergio, F., and I. Newton. 2003. Occupancy as a measure of territory quality. Journal of Animal Ecology 72:857-865.

Sergio, F., P. Pedrini, and L. Marchesi. 2003. Reconciling the dichotomy between single species and ecosystem conservation: Black Kites and eutrophication in pre-Alpine lakes. Biological Conservation 110:101-111.

Sergio, F., P. Pedrini, and L. Marchesi. 2003. Spatio-temporal shifts in gradients of habitat quality for an opportunist avian predator. Ecography 26:243-255.

Sergio, F., P. Pedrini, and L. Marchesi. 2003. Adaptive selection of foraging and nesting habitat by Black Kites (Milvus migrans) and its implications for conservation: a multi-scale approach. Biological Conservation 112:351-362.

Marchesi, L., F. Sergio, and P. Pedrini. 2002. Costs and benefits of breeding in human-altered landscapes for the Eagle Owl Bubo bubo. Ibis 144:E164-E177.

Pedrini, P., and F. Sergio. 2002. Regional conservation priorities for a large predator: Golden Eagles Aquila chrysaetos in the Alpine range. Biological Conservation 103:163-172.

Sergio, F., A. Boto, C. Scandolara, and G. Bogliani. 2002. Density, nest-sites, diet, and productivity of Common Buzzards (Buteo buteo) in the Italian pre-Alps. Journal of Raptor Research 36:24-32.

Marchesi, L., P. Pedrini, and F. Sergio. 2001. Biases associated with diet study methods in the Eagle Owl. Journal of Raptor Research 36:11-16.

Pedrini, P., and F. Sergio. 2001. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos density and productivity in relation to land abandonment and forest expansion in the Alps. Bird Study 48:194-199.

Pedrini, P., and F. Sergio. 2001. Density, productivity, diet, and human persecution of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) in the central-eastern Italian Alps. Journal of Raptor Research 35:40-48.

Sergio, F., and G. Bogliani. 2001. Nest defense as parental care in the Northern Hobby. Auk 118:1047-1052.

Sergio, F., and G. Bogliani. 2000. Hobby nest-site selection and productivity in relation to intensive agriculture and forestry. Journal of Wildlife Management 64:637-646.

Bogliani, G., F. Sergio, and G. Tavecchia. 1999. Nesting association with hobby falcons: advantages and choice rules of the Woodpigeon. Animal Behaviour 57:125-131.

Sergio, F., and G. Bogliani. 1999. Hobby Falco subbuteo nest dispersion, territory occupancy, diet and productivity in relation to intensive agriculture. Condor 101:806-8171.

Sergio, F., and A. Boto. 1999. Nest dispersion, diet and breeding success of Black Kites (Milvus migrans) in the Italian pre-Alps. Journal of Raptor Research 33:207-217.



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