Dra. Manuela de Lucas Castellanos

Dra. Manuela de Lucas Castellanos

Postdoctoral Researcher

My research interests are focus on the coexistence of human populations and their associated infrastructures and fauna, especially birds. Humans involve buildings, roads, highways, power lines and wind farms, among others, only present in the environment to improve our life. Their impacts on birds are well known but effective mitigation measures not. My approach to analyze and propose new ideas is based on the fact that both humans and birds need to live together with the least possible negative interactions. The use of new technologies, as drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) and GPS-datalogger transmitters, helps us to reach the final objective, which is to develop new tools to predict and avoid infrastructures impacts on birds.

In recent years, I am also involved in people and financial management in ongoing projects. Looking for new project calls, writing and reviewing ideas, preparing budgets, applying calls and keeping track of expenses are some of my tasks.

Dra. Manuela de Lucas Castellanos



13. Canal, D., Camacho, C., Martín, B., de Lucas, M., Ferrer, M., 2018. Magnitude, composition and spatiotemporal patterns of vertebrate roadkill at regional scales: a study in southern Spain. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 41.2: 281–300.


12. Canal, D., Morandini, V., Martín, B., Langgemach, T., Muriel, R., de Lucas, M., Ferrer, M. 2017. Productivity is related to nest site protection and nesting substrate in a German Osprey population. Journal of Ornithology DOI 10.1007/s10336-017-1498-8


11. Hernández-Pliego, J., de Lucas, M., Muñoz, A.R., Ferrer, M. Effects of wind farms on Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus) in Southern Spain. Biological Conservation 191: 452-458.


10. De Lucas, M., Ferrer, M., Janss, G.F.E. 2012. Using wind tunnels to predict bird mortality in wind farms: the case of Griffon vultures. PloS ONE 7: e48092

9. De Lucas, M., Ferrer, M., Bechard, M., Muñoz, A.R. 2012. Griffon vulture mortality at wind farms in southern Spain: Distribution of fatalities and active mitigation measures. Biological Conservation 147: 184-189.

8. Ferrer, M., de Lucas, M., Janss, G.F.E., Casado, E., Muñoz, A.R., Bechard, M., Calabuig, C. 2012. Weak relationship between risk assessment studies and recorded mortality in wind farms. Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 38 – 46.


7. Ferrer, M., Bildstein, K., Penteriani, V., Casado, E., de Lucas, M. 2011 Why Birds with Deferred Sexual Maturity are Sedentary on Islands: a systematic review. PloS ONE 6: e22056

6. Janss, G.F.E., de Lucas, M., Lazo, A., Withfield, P.D., Ferrer, M. 2010.The precautionary principle and wind-farm planning in Andalucía. Biological Conservation 143: 1827 – 1828.


5. De Lucas, M., Janss, G.F.E., Whitfield, P.D., Ferrer, M. 2008. Collision fatality of raptors in wind farms does not depend on raptor abundance. Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 1695-1703.


4. De Lucas, M., Janss, G.F.E., Ferrer, M. 2005. A bird and small mammal BACI and IG design studies in a wind farm in Malpica (Spain). Biodiversity and Conservation 14: 3289 – 3303.


3. De Lucas, M., Janss, G.F.E., Ferrer, M. 2004. The effects of a wind farm on birds in a migration point: The Strait of Gibraltar. Biodiversity and Conservation 13: 395 – 407.


2. Martínez, J.M., Martínez, J.E., Zuberogoitia, I., García, J.T., Carbonell, R., de Lucas, M., Díaz, M. 2003. La evaluación de impacto ambiental sobre las poblaciones de aves rapaces: problemas de ejecución y posibles soluciones. Ardeola 50: 85-102

1. Martínez, J.M., Martínez, J.E., Zuberogoitia, I., García, J.T., Carbonell, R., de Lucas, M., Díaz, M. 2003. Problemas de ejecución de los estudios y evaluaciones de impacto ambiental sobre las aves. Ardeola 50: 301 – 306.

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