Canal, David

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sexual selecion, mating strategies, genetic diversity, behaviour, personality

Currently, I enjoy an MTA-Premium postdoctoral fellowship at the CER Institute of Ecology and Botany.

I am interested in the evolutionary processes underlying phenotypic and life history trait variation in natural populations. My main research line focuses on the causes of variation of individuals’ mating strategies -at both the extra pair paternity and social polygamy contexts-, and the subsequent impact of these strategies on individual fitness. During my PhD, I also investigated the effect of individuals’ genetic diversity on fitness-related aspects such as survival or reproductive success.

Recently, I have started a set of studies focused on personality and behavioral plasticity. Behavioral traits are interesting because compared to morphological or life history traits are extremely flexible, being able to rapidly respond to sudden alterations in the environment. Currently, I am using collared flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis) and bruchid beetles (Callosobrochus maculatus) as model species to shed light on questions such as whether individual differences in the components of behavior are heritable or related to fitness.

During my career, I have been also interested in conservation problems and thus, I have collaborated in projects investigating the effects of human activities in the demography and dynamics of wild populations