List of publications
Dr Aurelio Malo
(Marie Curie Fellow)
Predicting population dynamics from quantitative traits in Apodemus sylvaticus (APODYNA)
I am interested in understanding the determinants of fitness in natural populations. My view is that this question can only be addressed by understanding how the within-organism and population levels of biological organization interact. This implies understanding the effects of genetics, physiology, morphology and behaviour on each other, how they interact to determine individual fitness and how these different individual phenotypes translate into population growth rate, taking also the role of broad-sense environmental variation into account. This approach should enable us to better understand micro-evolutionary processes and also to address conservation questions helping minimize extinction risk. My current interest is focused in understanding the links between micro-evolutionary and ecological processes using the wood mouse. I conduct this research under a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship in Coulson’s lab.
The overall objective of this study is to investigate the links between the dynamics of phenotypic traits and population dynamics and how they are affected by selection and the environmental variation. This would be a major advance as it would link phenotypic traits that are the focus of selection and variation in birth and death rates that are typically considered to be influenced by environmental variation. Small rodents like these are an ideal system in which to investigate eco-evolutionary dynamics because they have fast generation times and show dramatic fluctuations in population size. They also have small home ranges and live at high densities.
- Malo AF, Martinez-Pastor F, Alaks G, Dubach J, Lacy RC. Effects of Genetic Captive-Breeding Protocols on Sperm Quality and Fertility in the white-footed mouse. Biology of Reproduction. In press.
- Eggert LS, Powell DW, Ballou JD, Malo AF et al. 2010. Pedigrees and the Study of Wild Populations: The Horses of Assateague Island National Seashore. Journal of Wildlife Management. In press.
- Malo AF and Coulson T. 2009. HFCs and associative overdominance: new detection method and proof of principle in the Iberian wild boar. Molecular Ecology 18, 2741–2742.
- Malo AF, Gomendio M., Garde J.J., Soler A.J., Vicente J., Gortazar, C. & Roldan E.R.S. 2009. What does testosterone do for red deer males? Proceedings of the Royal Society London B. 276, 971–980.
- Coulson T and Malo AF. 2008. Population biology: Case of the absent lemmings. Nature 456, 43-44.
- Ballou JD, Traylor-Holzer K, Turner A, Malo AF, Powell D, Maldonado J and Eggert L. 2008. Simulation model for contraception management of the Assateague Island feral horse population using individual-based data. Wildlife Research, 35(6) 502–512.
- Ballou J, Malo AF, Traylor-Holzer K. Horse Population Dynamics and Modeling Report (31-46). In Horses of Assateague Island Population and Habitat Viability Assessment Workshop, IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Apple Valley, MN. Zimmerman, C., M. Sturm, J. Ballou, and K. Traylor-Holzer (Eds.) 29 – 31 March 2006, Berlin, MD, US (CBSG- IUCN).
- Gomendio M, Malo AF, Soler AJ, Garde J, Roldan ERS, 2007. Testosterone and Male Fertility in Red Deer- A Reply. Science 316, 980-981.
- Gomendio M, Malo AF, Soler AJ, Fernández-Santos MF, Esteso MC, García AJ, Roldan ERS, Garde, J. 2006 Male fertility and sex ratio at birth in red deer. Science: 314, 1445-1447.
- Malo AF, Gomendio M, Garde JJ, Lang-Lenton B, Soler AJ & Roldan ERS. 2006 Sperm design and sperm function. Biology Letters: 2, 246–249.
- Malo AF, Garde JJ, Soler AJ, Garcia A, Gomendio M & Roldan ERS. 2005 Male Fertility in Natural Populations of Red Deer is determined by sperm velocity and the proportion of normal spermatozoa. Biology of Reproduction: 72, 822–829.
- Malo AF, Roldan ERS, Garde JJ, Soler AJ & Gomendio M. 2005 Antlers Honestly Advertise Ejaculate Competitiveness. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B: 272, 149–157.
- Gomendio M, Malo AF, Garde J and Roldan ERS, 2007. Sperm traits and male fertility in natural populations. Reproduction 134, 1-12.
- Ruiz MJ, Roldan ERS, Rey I, Malo AF, Gomendio M, 2007. Genetic variability influences physical condition in male Roe deer. Galemys 19, 159-168. A
- Quiroga O and Malo AF. 2006. Composition of the avifauna in the Pantanal de Otuquis protected area (Santa Cruz, Bolivia). Revista Boliviana de Ecologia y Conservacion: 19, 59-73.
- Garde J.J., Martinez-Pastor F., Gomendio M, Malo AF, Soler AJ, Fernandez-Santos MR, Esteso MC, Garcia AJ, Anel F, Roldan ERS. 2006. The Application of Reproductive Technologies to Natural Populations of Red Deer. Reproduction Domestic Animals. 41 (Suppl. 2), 93–102.
- Garde JJ, Soler AJ, Cassinello J, Crespo C, Malo AF, Espeso G, Gomendio M & Roldan ERS. 2003 Effect of Various Diluents on Sperm Cryopreservation in Three Species of Endangered Gazelles (Gazella cuvieri, G. dama mhorr and G. dorcas neglecta) Biology of Reproduction, 69: 602-611.
- Malo AF, Huertas DL, Virgós E & Lozano J. 2004 Is the Wildcat (Felis silvestris) an specialised predator? Diet shifts in presence of rabbit. Journal of Zoology. 263(4): 401-407.
- Virgós E, Cabezas S, Malo AF, Lozano J & López-Huertas D. 2003 Microhabitat and macrohabitat effects on rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) abundance in fragmented and continuous populations in Central Spain. Acta Theriologica. 48(1): 113-122.
- Lozano J, Virgós E, Malo AF, Huertas DL & Casanovas JG. 2003 Importance of scrub-pastureland mosaics for wild-living cats occurrence in a Mediterranean area: implications for the conservation of the wildcat (Felis silvestris). Biodiversity and Conservation, 12 (5): 921-935.
- Malo, A. & M. Puerta. 2001. Oestradiol and progesterone change beta-3 adrenergic receptors affinity and density in brown adipocytes. European Journal of Endocrinology, 145 (1): 87-91.