My major research interests are focused on studies of trophic ecology, habitat selection, breeding biology, migration patterns and population dynamics in birds as model species, with special focus on conservation biology. My research combines fieldwork, laboratory and statistical techniques by working with species that markedly differ in their biology and ecology such as the Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis), the Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata) and the white stork (Ciconia ciconia). I am particularly interested in studying the effects of climate and land use changes on alpine birds using models based on realistic measures of association between species distribution and habitat use (link). I am also interested in the use of intrinsic biological markers such as stable isotopes to assess migration patterns (e.g. flow of individuals between breeding and wintering populations) (link).


Curriculum Vitae

Year Description
2015 – present Post-doc research assistant, Division Conservation Biology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern.
Oct - Dec 2014 Career development bursary (British Ornithologists’ Union), Division Conservation Biology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern
2009 - 2014
PhD Student, Conservation Biology Group, Department of Vertebrates, Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona
Oct - Dec 2011 PhD research stay, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter
2008 - 2009 MSc in Biodiversity, Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona
2006 - 2007 Erasmus student, 4th year of Bachelor degree, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Iceland
2003 - 2008
BSc in Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Salamanca


Brambilla, M., Resano-Mayor, J., Scridel, D., Anderle, M., Bogliani, G., Braunisch, V., Capelli, F., Cortesi, M., Horrenberger, N., Pedrini, P., Sangalli, B., Chamberlain, D., Arlettaz, R. and Rubolini, D. (2018). Past and future impact of climate change on foraging habitat suitability in a high-alpine bird species: Management options to buffer against global warming effects. Biological Conservation 221: 209-218.

Arizaga, J., Resano‐Mayor, J., Villanúa, D., Alonso, D., Barbarin, J.M., Herrero, A., Lekuona, J.M. and Rodríguez, R. (2018). Importance of artificial stopover sites through avian migration flyways: a landfill‐based assessment with the White Stork Ciconia ciconia.Ibis. DOI: 10.1111/ib.12566.

Resano-Mayor, J., Fernández-Martín, A., Hernández-Gomez, S., Toranzo, I., Espana, A., Gil, J.A., de Gabriel, M., Roa-Álvarez, I., Strinella, E., Hobson, K.A., Heckel, G. & Arlettaz, R. (2017). Integrating genetic and stable isotope analyses to infer the population structure of the White-winged Snowfinch Montifringilla nivalis in Western Europe. Journal of Ornithology 158: 395-405.

Resano-Mayor, J., Hernández-Matías, A., Real, J., Parés, F., Moleón, M., Mateo, R., Ortiz-Santaliestra, M.E. (2016). The influence of diet on nestling body condition of an apex predator: a multi-biomarker approach. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 186: 343-362.

Resano-Mayor, J., Real, J., Moleón, M., Sánchez-Zapata, J.A., Palma, L. and Hernández-Matías, A. (2016). Diet-demography relationships in a long-lived predator: from territories to populations. Oikos 125: 262-270.

Ortiz-Santaliestra, M.E., Resano-Mayor, J., Hernández-Matías, A., Rodríguez-Estival, J., Camarero, P.R., Moleón, M., Real, J. and Mateo, R. (2015). Pollutant accumulation patterns in nestlings of an avian top predator: biochemical and metabolic effects. Science of the Total Environment 538: 692-702.

Resano-Mayor, J., Hernández-Matías, A., Real, J., Moleón, M., Parés, F., Inger, R., & Bearhop, S. (2014). Multi-scale effects of nestling diet on breeding performance in a terrestrial top predator inferred from stable isotope analysis. PLoS ONE 9: e95320.

Resano-Mayor, J., Hernández-Matías, A., Real, J., Parés, F., Inger, R., & Bearhop, S. (2014). Comparing pellet and stable isotope analyses of nestling Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata diet. Ibis 156: 176-188.

Resano, J., Hernández-Matías, A., Real, J., & Parés, F. (2011). Using stable isotopes to determine dietary patterns in Bonelli's Eagle (Aquila fasciata) nestlings. Journal of Raptor Research 45: 342-352.