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Maider Iglesias-Carrasco

Behavioural ecology and conservation



Doñana Biological Station, Seville, Spain


Postdoctoral Fellow

Curriculum vitae



Jul 2017. PhD: Anthropic habitats as novel environments: consequences for evolution and conservation. University of Basque Country.


Sep 2012. MSc: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning and Management. University of Basque Country.




Jan 2021 - present.         Postdoctoral fellow at the Doñana Biological Station-CSIC, Spain.

Aug 2020 - Jan 2021.      Postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University.

Jun 2019 - Aug 2020.      Postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University.

Jun 2018 - Dec 2018.      Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Auckland

Nov 2017- Jun 2018.       Research assistant at the Australian National University.

Jan - Jun 2017.                Research assistant at the Australian National University.

Jun - Sep 2011.               Research assistant in Aranzadi Society of Sciences.



Peer-review journal publications


  1. Shangvi K, Zajitscheck F, Iglesias-Carrasco M, Head ML, 2021. Sex and trait-specific silver-spoon effects of developmental environments on ageing. Evolutionary Ecology, 35(3): 367-385.

  2. Vrtílek M, Chuad P, Iglesias-Carrasco M, Jennions MD & Head ML, 2021. The role of maternal effects on offspring performance in familiar and novel environments, Heredity, 127: 52-65.

  3. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Aich U, Jennions MD & Head ML, 2020. Stress in the city: meta-analysis indicates no overall evidence of stress in urban vertebrates, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287(1936): 20201754.

  4. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Harrison L, Jennions MD & Head ML. 2020. Combined effects of rearing and testing temperatures on sperm traits, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 33(12): 1715-1724.

  5. Brookes S, Iglesias-Carrasco M, Kruuk LEB & Head ML, 2020. Sex-specific responses to competitive environment in the mosquitofish Gambusia holbrooki, Evolutionary Ecology, 34(6): 963-979.

  6. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Brookes S, Kruuk LEB, Head ML, 2020. The effects of competition on fitness depend on the sex of both competitors, Ecology and Evolution, 10(18): 9808-89826.

  7. Jigisha, Iglesias-Carrasco M, Vincent A, Head ML, 2020. Disentangling the costs of mating and harassment across different environments, Animal Behaviour, 175: 79-88.

  8. Vincent A, Head ML & Iglesias-Carrasco M, 2020. Sexual conflict and the environment: teasing apart effects arising via males and females, Animal Behaviour, 162: 57-66.

  9. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Duchêne D, Head ML, Møller AP & Cain K, 2019. Sex in the city: sexual selection and urban colonisation in passerines, Biology Letters, 5 (9), 20190257.

  10. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Fox R, Vega-Trejo R, Jennions MD & Head ML, 2019. An experimental test for body size-dependent effects of male harassment and an elevated copulation rate on female lifetime fecundity and offspring performance, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 32(11): 1262-1273.

  11. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Jennions M, Ho S & Duchêne D, 2019. Social mating system, body mass, and molecular evolution interact to predict diversification in birds, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 286(1899), 20190172.

  12. Vega-Trejo R, Fox R, Iglesias-Carrasco M, Head M & Jennions M, 2019. The effects of male age, sperm age and mating history on ejaculate senescence. Functional Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.13305.

  13. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Fox R, Vincent A, Head M & Jennions M, 2019. No evidence that male sexual experience increases mating success in a coercive mating system. Animal Behaviour, 150: 201-208.

  14. Burraco P, Iglesias-Carrasco M, Cabido C, Gomez-Mestre I, 2018. Eucalypt leaf litter impairs growth and development of amphibian larvae, inhibits their antipredator responses and alters their physiology. Conservation physiology, 6 (1), coy066.

  15. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Bilgin G, Jennions, MD, Head M. The fitness cost to females of exposure to males does not depend on water availability in seed beetles. Animal Behaviour. 142: 77-84.

  16. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Head M, & Cabido C. Effect of an immune challenge on the anti-predator response of the green Iberian frog (Pelophylax perezi). The influence of urban habitats. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 124 (3), 447-455.

  17. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Jennions, MD, Zajitscheck, S, Head M. Are females in good condition better able to cope with costly males? Behavioral Ecology. 29 (4), 876-884.

  18. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Head M, Martín J & Cabido C, 2017. Increased temperature disrupts chemical communication in some species but not others: the importance of local adaptation and distribution. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3646.

  19. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Martín J & Cabido C, 2017. Urban habitats can affect body size and body condition but not immune response in amphibians. Urban Ecosystems. 20 (6), 1331-13387.

  20. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Head M, Jennions MD, Cabido C, 2017. Secondary compounds from exotic tree plantations change female mating preferences in the palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus). Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 20 (10), 1788-1795.

  21. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Head M, Jennions MD, Martín J & Cabido C, 2017. Leaf extracts from exotic tree plantations affect chemical communication in the newt Lissotriton helveticus. Animal Behaviour. 127:243-251. 

  22. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Head M, Jennions MD & Cabido C, 2016. Condition-dependent trade-offs between sexual traits, body condition and immunity: the effect of novel habitats. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 16, 135.

  23. Iglesias-Carrasco M, Head M & Cabido C, 2016. Habitat dependent effects of experimental immune challenge on lizard anti-predator responses. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology. 70: 1931-1939.




2020.                Postdoctoral Fellowship, Andalusian Government and European Union funded scheme

                        (120,000 €). Doñana Biological Station-CSIC.

2019.                ESEB outreach initiative fund (1,500 €). European Society for Evolutionary Biology

2018.                Australian Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship (24,000 AUD). University of Auckland.

2017.                Godfrey Hewitt Mobility Award (1,800 €). European Society for Evolutionary Biology.

2017.                Student Grant for the Australasian Evolution Society conference.2013-2015.       

2015.                Outreach grant (total 18,000 €). “We are snake friendly”.

2011.                Research grant (3,000 €). Characterization of the habitat of Alto Nervión’s agile frog. 




  • 2019.    Talk: Sex in the city: sexual selection and urban colonisation in passerines. Australasian        Evolution Society. Sydney (Australia).

  • 2018.    Invited talk: Effect of exotic tree plantations on the sexual behaviour of newts. University of Auckland (New Zealand).

  • 2018.    Poster: Increased temperature disrupts chemical communication in some lizard species: the importance of local adaptation and distribution. ASSAB Conference. Brisbane (Australia).

  • 2017.    Talk: Effect of exotic tree plantations on the sexual behaviour of the palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus). Australasian Evolution Society. Hobart (Tasmania).

  • 2016.    Poster: Effects of eucalypt plantations, temperature and predation on amphibian ecology. Lleida (Spain).


Selected outreach publications:

  • 2018.    Amphibians in the shades of eucalypts. Australasian Science.  

  • 2014.    Snakes and vipers: victims of its bad reputation. Book. Publisher: Aranzadi Society of        Sciences

  • 2013.    Is it the conservation of endangered species a concern or a political tool? Journal Pyrenaica. 252: 522-523

  • 2013.    Management plans of endangered species: actual rescue tools or mere appearance? Journal Elhuyar. 298: 44-45.

  • 2013.    Can exotic forest plantations be considered true forests? Effect on amphibian immune response. Journal Ekolurra. 50: 24-26.

  • 2013.    Progressive animals, conservative animals. Journal Elhuyar. 295:51-53.

  • 2013.    Newts. Amphibians with tail. Journal Euskal Herria. 62:17-20.

  • 2012.    Species conservation in Basque Country: a look for amphibians. Journal Pyrenaica. 246: 48-49.

Appearance in the media and outreach talks:

  • Dissemination of science and conservation biology to scholars.

  • Talks to young students (6-12 years old) in several schools around the Basque Country (Spain)

  • Participation in the Week of Sciences 2014, Donostia/San Sebastián

  • Field trips with scholars of different ages (6-12 and 12-16 years old)

  • Radio: (02/04/2013), Euskadi Irratia (Ekosfera programme) (15/12/2013), Euskadi Irratia (Norteko Ferrokarrila programme) (13/01/2014)

  • Other media: “Homosexual behaviours in animals. Naturally!” (August 2021);

  • ​Invited outreach talks in different towns of Basque Country (13 in total).


  • Dog and cat care. Peludos Sierra de Aracena association, ongoing. Spain.

  • Wildlife care. ACT Wildlife and Tolga Bat Hopital, 2019-2021. Australia.

  • Wildlife population monitoring. ACT Woodland and Wetland Trust, 2019-2021. Australia.

  • SARE programme for the long-term Monitoring of Spanish amphibian and reptile populations. Spanish Herpetological society, 2011-2015. Spain.

  • Butterfly long-term population monitoring. European Butterfly Monitoring initiative, 2011-2105. Spanish brand.

  • Bird banding during the post-breeding migration. Environmental studies centre, 2009-2011. Spain.

  • Participation in the working group for the conservation and reintroduction of the Iberian Lynx. Government of Andalusia, 2009. Spain.

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