Virginia Morandini

Virginia Morandini

PhD Student

My main interest is the study of population’s ecology. During my doctoral research I’m investigating low densities population dynamics. I`m working with Spanish Imperial eagle and Osprey reintroduced populations in South Spain. I’m interested in the response of growing populations (in particular reintroduced populations) to low densities situations that include behavioral response, breeding biology and movement ecology.

Also, I’m involved in a project with black-browed albatrosses in the Falkland Islands, studying winter and foraging movements related with nutritional conditions and climate change.

For my postdoctoral research I will investigate population dynamics of penguins in the Falkland Islands related with climate changes and human activities.

Virginia Morandini



9 .V. MORANDINI, DE BENITO G. ELENA, NEWTON IAN & M. FERRER (2017). Natural expansion versus translocation in a previously human-persecuted bird of prey. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2896

8 .V. MORANDINI & M. FERRER (2017). How to plan reintroductions of long-lived birds. PLoS ONE 12 (4): e0174186. pone.0174186


7. M. FERRER, I. NEWTON, R. MURIEL, G. BÁGUENA, J. BUSTAMANTE, M. MARTINI & V. MORANDINI (2017).  orrigendum. Journal of Applied Ecology. 54 (1): 341-343. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12812

6. M. FERRER, V. MORANDINI, L. PERRY et al. (2017). Factors affecting plasma chemistry values of the black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophrys. Polar Biol doi:10.1007/s00300-017-2075-6

5. Muriel, R., Morandini, V., Ferrer, M., Balbontín, J., Morlanes, V. 2016. Juvenile dispersal behaviour and conspecific attraction: an alternative approach with translocated Spanish imperial Eagle. Animal Behaviour 116: 17-29.


4. Muriel, R., Morandini, V., Ferrer, M., Balbontín, J. 2015. Independence and juvenile dispersal distances in wild and reintroduced Spanish imperial eagles. Biological Conservation 191: 300 – 305.

3. Morandini, V., Ferrer, M. 2015. Sibling aggression and brood reduction: A review. Ethology Ecology and Evolution 27: 2-16. Second best review of the year, with a special mention expressed by the Editorial Advisory Board

2. Ferrer, M., Morandini, V., Newton, I. 2015. Floater interference reflects territory quality in the Spanish Imperial Eagle Aquila adalberti: a test of a density-dependent mechanism. Ibis 157: 849-859.


1. Ferrer, M., Newton, I., Muriel, R., Báguena G., Bustamante, J., Martini, M., Morandini, V. 2014. Using manipulation of density-dependent fecundity to recover an endangered species: The Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus as an example. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 1255 – 1263. Watson Raptor Prize 2015

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