Dr. David Canal Piña

Dr. David Canal Piña

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am broadly interested in population and conservation biology of birds. During my PhD, I used a long temporal data set (30 years) of a pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) population to explore the impact of ecological (e.g. phenology, breeding synchrony) and genetic (inbreeding, genetic diversity at microsatellites) factors on fitness-related aspects as survival or reproductive success. After PhD completion, I reoriented my research towards more applied aspects of the ecology and conservation biology. To this end, I have specialized in the application of modern tools as GIS (information geographic systems) or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to address relevant questions in those fields. Currently, I am investigating the effects of human activities in the demography and dynamics of wild populations.

Ongoing international collaborations include, among others, Dr. Magdalena Zagalska-Neubauer (Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences), Dr. Martin Päckert (Senckenberg Natural History Collections, Dresden, Germany), Dr. Jose H. Sarasola (Centre for the Study and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Argentina-CECARA), and Dr. Sally Rogers (University of Gloucestershire, UK).

Dr. David Canal Piña



15. Camacho C; Canal D; Potti J. 2015. Exploring matching habitat choice in the field: phenotype-environment correlation and fitness in a wild bird population. Evolutionary Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s10682-015-9793-4.

14. Garamszegi L; Zagalska-Neubauer M; Canal D; Markó G; Szász E; Zsebők S; Szöllősi E; Herczeg G; Török J. 2015. Malaria parasites, immune challenge, MHC variability and predator avoidance in a passerine bird. Behavioral Ecology. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arv077


13. Canal D; Serrano D; Potti J. 2014. Exploring Heterozygosity-Survival Correlations in a Wild Songbird Population: Contrasting Effects between Juvenile and Adult Stages. PLoS ONE 9(8): e105020

12. Potti J; Canal D; Camacho C. 2014. Ontogenetic variation in the plumage colour of female European Pied flycatchers Fidecula hypoleuca. Ibis. doi: 10.1111/ibi.12175.


11. Kuhn K; Schwenk K; Both C; Canal D; Johansson US; van der Mije S;Töpfer T; Päckert M. 2013. Differentiation in neutral and candidate genes in the pied flycatcher: using biological archives to track global climate change. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.855.

10. Potti J; Canal D; Serrano D. 2013. Lifetime fitness and age-related female ornament signalling: evidence for survival and fecundity selection in the pied flycatcher. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26:1445-1457.

9. Camacho C; Canal D; Potti J. 2013. Non-random dispersal drives phenotypic divergence within a bird population. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.563.


8. Sarasola JH; Canal D; Solaro C; Galmes MA; Zanón-Martínez JJ; Negro JJ. 2012. Cross-species amplification of seventeen polymorphic microsatellite loci in the endangered crowned eagle (Harpyhaliaetus coronatus). Molecular Ecology Resources. 12: 779-781.

7. Canal D; Jovani R; Potti J. 2012. Male decisions or female accessibility? Spatiotemporal patterns of extra pair paternity in a songbird. Behavioral Ecology. 23: 1146-1153.

6. Canal D; Jovani R; Potti J. 2012. Multiple mating opportunities boost protandry in a pied flycatcher population. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 66: 67-76.


5. Potti J; Canal D. 2011. Heritability and genetic correlation between the sexes in a songbird sexual ornament. Heredity. 106: 945-954.

4. Canal D; Potti J; Davila JA .2011. Male phenotype predicts extra-pair paternity in pied flycatchers. Behaviour. 148: 691-712.


3. Canal D; Alcaide M; Anmarkrud JA; Potti J. 2010. Towards the simplification of MHC typing protocols: targeting classical MHC class II genes in a passerine, the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca. BMC Research notes. 3: 236.


2. Canal D; Dávila JA; de Nova PJG; Ferrero ME; Potti J. 2009. Polymorphic microsatellite markers isolated from a southern European population of pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca iberiae). Molecular Ecology Resoures. 9: 1375 – 1379. 


1. M Edvardsson; D Canal. 2006. The effects of copulation duration in the bruchid beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. Behavioral Ecology. 17: 430 – 434.

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