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dr. L.E. (Laura) Gangoso de la Colina

Postdoctoral Researcher
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Photographer: UvA

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
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Postal address
  • Postbus 94240
    1090 GE Amsterdam
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  • Research Interests

    My research focuses on the interplay between behavioral and evolutionary ecology. I investigate the role played by variation in genetic and phenotypic correlated traits and its relation to plasticity in the way in which organisms interact among each other and cope with environmental changes. I combine comparative analyses with long term monitoring as well as field and lab experiments to respond a wide range of questions related to the conservation of biodiversity, the evolution of life-history strategies and ecological interactions.

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  • Publications


    • Gangoso de la Colina, L. E., & Figuerola, J. (Accepted/In press). Breeding success but not mate choice is phenotype and context dependent in a color polymorphic raptor. Behavioral Ecology.
    • Gangoso de la Colina, L. E., Gutiérrez-López, R., Martínez-De La Puente, J., & Figuerola, J. (Accepted/In press). Louse flies of Eleonora’s falcons that also feed on their prey are evolutionary dead-end hosts for blood parasites. Molecular Ecology.
    • Badia-Boher, J. A., Sanz-Aguilar, A., de la Riva, M., Gangoso de la Colina, L. E., van Overveld, T., García-Alfonso, M., ... Donázar, J. A. (Accepted/In press). Evaluating European LIFE conservation projects: improvements in survival of an endangered vulture. Journal of Applied Ecology.
    • Gutiérrez-López, R., Martínez-De La Puente, J., Gangoso de la Colina, L. E., Soriguer, R. C., & Figuerola, J. (Accepted/In press). Effects of host sex, body mass and infection by avian Plasmodium on the biting rate of two mosquito species with different feeding preferences. Parasites & Vectors.


    • van Overveld, T., García-Alfonso, M., Dingemanse, N. J., Bouten, W., Gangoso, L., de la Riva, M., ... Donázar, J. A. (2018). Food predictability and social status drive individual resource specializations in a territorial vulture. Scientific Reports, 8, [15155]. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-33564-y  [details] 
    • García-Alfonso, M., Morales-Reyes, Z., Gangoso, L., Bouten, W., Sánchez-Zapata, J. A., Serrano, D., & Donázar, J. A. (2018). Probing into farmers’ perceptions of a globally endangered ecosystem service provider. Ambio. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-018-1102-3 
    • Yan, J., Martínez-de la Puente, J., Gangoso, L., Gutiérrez-López, R., Soriguer, R., & Figuerola, J. (2018). Avian malaria infection intensity influences mosquito feeding patterns. International Journal for Parasitology, 48(3-4), 257-264. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2017.09.005 
    • Yan, J., Broggi, J., Martinez-de la Puente, J., Gutierrez-Lopez, R., Gangoso, L., Soriguer, R., & Figuerola, J. (2018). Does bird metabolic rate influence mosquito feeding preference? Parasites & Vectors, 11(110). DOI: 10.1186/s13071-018-2708-9 


    • Kassara, C., Gangoso, L., Mellone, U., Piasevoli, G., Hadjikyriakou, T. G., Tsiopelas, N., ... Gschweng, M. (2017). Current and future suitability of wintering grounds for a long-distance migratory raptor. Scientific Reports, 7, [8798]. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08753-w  [details] 
    • Kentie, R., Marquez-Ferrando, R., Figuerola, J., Gangoso, L., Hooijmeijer, J. C. E. W., Loonstra, A. H. J., ... Piersma, T. (2017). Does wintering north or south of the Sahara correlate with timing and breeding performance in black-tailed godwits? Ecology and Evolution, [2812–2820]. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2879 
    • Touati, L., Nedjah, R., Samraoui, F., Alfarhan, A. H., Gangoso, L., Figuerola, J., & Samraoui, B. (2017). On the brink: status and breeding ecology of Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae in Algeria. Bird Conservation International. DOI: 10.1017/S0959270916000484 
    • Yan, J., Gangoso de la Colina, L. E., Martínez-de la Puente, J., Soriguer, R., & Figuerola, J. (2017). Avian phenotypic traits related to feeding preferences in two Culex mosquitoes. Naturwissenschaften, 104, [76]. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-017-1497-x  [details] 


    • Gangoso, L., Gutiérrez-López, R., Martinez-de la Puente, J., & Figuerola, J. (2016). Genetic colour polymorphism is associated with avian malarial infections. Biology Letters, 12(12). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0839 
    • Gutiérrez-López, R., Martínez-De La Puente, J., Gangoso, L., Yan, J., Soriguer, R. C., & Figuerola, J. (2016). Do mosquitoes transmit the avian malaria-like parasite Haemoproteus? An experimental test of vector competence using mosquito saliva. Parasites and Vectors, 9(1), 1-7. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-016-1903-9 
    • Gangoso, L., Lambertucci, S. A., Cabezas, S., Alarcón, P. A. E., Wiemeyer, G. M., Sanchez-Zapata, J. A., ... Donázar, J. A. (2016). Sex-dependent spatial structure of telomere length in a wild long-lived scavenger. Ecosphere, 7(10), [e01544]. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1544 
    • Viana, D. S., Gangoso, L., Bouten, W., & Figuerola, J. (2016). Overseas seed dispersal by migratory birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 283(1822), [20152406]. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2406  [details] 


    • Gangoso, L., Roulin, A., Ducrest, A. L., Grande, J. M., & Figuerola, J. (2015). Morph-specific genetic and environmental variation in innate and acquired immune response in a color polymorphic raptor. Oecologia, 178(4), 1113-1123. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-015-3306-6 
    • Gutiérrez-López, R., Martínez-de la Puente, J., Gangoso, L., Soriguer, R. C., & Figuerola, J. (2015). Comparison of manual and semi-automatic DNA extraction protocols for the barcoding characterization of hematophagous louse flies (Diptera: Hippoboscidae). Journal of Vector Ecology, 40(1), 11-15. DOI: 10.1111/jvec.12127 
    • Gutiérrez-López, R., Gangoso, L., Martínez-De La Puente, J., Fric, J., López-López, P., Mailleux, M., ... Figuerola, J. (2015). Low prevalence of blood parasites in a long-distance migratory raptor: The importance of host habitat. Parasites and Vectors, 8(1), [189]. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-015-0802-9 
    • Gangoso, L., Afán, I., Grande, J. M., & Figuerola, J. (2015). Sociospatial structuration of alternative breeding strategies in a color polymorphic raptor. Behavioral Ecology, 26(4), 1119-1130. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arv058 


    • Gangoso, L., Agudo, R., Anadón, J. D., De la Riva, M., Suleyman, A. S., Porter, R., & Donázar, J. A. (2013). Reinventing mutualism between humans and wild fauna: insights from vultures as ecosystem services providers. Conservation Letters, 6(3), 172-179. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00289.x 
    • Gangoso, L., Márquez-Ferrando, R., Ramírez, F., Gomez-Mestre, I., & Figuerola, J. (2013). Understanding phenotypic responses to global change: Report from the meeting "Global change in the Mediterranean: Learning from experiences worldwide" November 2012, Seville, Spain. BioEssays, 35(5), 491-495. DOI: 10.1002/bies.201300019 
    • Gangoso, L., López-López, P., Grande, J. M., Mellone, U., Limiñana, R., Urios, V., & Ferrer, M. (2013). Ecological Specialization to Fluctuating Resources Prevents Long-Distance Migratory Raptors from Becoming Sedentary on Islands. PLoS One, 8(4), [e61615]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061615 


    • Gangoso, L., Alcaide, M., Grande, J. M., Muñoz, J., Talbot, S. L., Sonsthagen, S. A., ... Figuerola, J. (2012). Colonizing the world in spite of reduced MHC variation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25(7), 1438-1447. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2012.02529.x 


    • Dufresnes, C., Gangoso, L., Perrin, N., & Stöck, M. (2011). Stripeless tree frogs (Hyla meridionalis) with stripes on the Canary Islands. Salamandra, 47(4), 232-236.
    • Gangoso, L., Grande, J. M., Ducrest, A. L., Figuerola, J., Bortolotti, G. R., Andrés, J. A., & Roulin, A. (2011). MC1R-dependent, melanin-based colour polymorphism is associated with cell-mediated response in the Eleonora's falcon. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24(9), 2055-2063. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2011.02336.x 


    • Gangoso, L., Grande, J. M., Llorente, F., Jiménez-Clavero, M. Á., Pérez, J. M., & Figuerola, J. (2010). Prevalence of neutralizing antibodies to West Nile virus in Eleonora's Falcons in the Canary Islands. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 46(4), 1321-1324. DOI: 10.7589/0090-3558-46.4.1321 
    • Galván, I., Gangoso, L., Grande, J. M., Negro, J. J., Rodríguez, A., Figuerola, J., & Alonso-Alvarez, C. (2010). Antioxidant machinery differs between melanic and light nestlings of two polymorphic raptors. PLoS ONE, 5(10), [e13369]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0013369 


    • Gangoso, L., Álvarez-Lloret, P., Rodríguez-Navarro, A. A. B., Mateo, R., Hiraldo, F., & Donázar, J. A. (2009). Long-term effects of lead poisoning on bone mineralization in vultures exposed to ammunition sources. Environmental Pollution, 157(2), 569-574. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2008.09.015 


    • Gangoso, L., Donázar, J. A., Scholz, S., Palacios, C. J., & Hiraldo, F. (2006). Contradiction in conservation of island ecosystems: Plants, introduced herbivores and avian scavengers in the Canary Islands. Biodiversity and Conservation, 15(7), 2231-2248. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-004-7181-4 


    • Donázar, J. A., Gangoso, L., Forero, M. G., & Juste, J. (2005). Presence, richness and extinction of birds of prey in the Mediterranean and Macaronesian islands. Journal of Biogeography, 32(10), 1701-1713. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2005.01294.x 
    • Gangoso, L., & Palacios, C-J. (2005). Ground nesting by Egyptian vultures (Neophron percnopterus) in the Canary Islands. The Journal of Raptor Research, 39(2), 186-187.


    • Gómara, B., Ramos, L., Gangoso, L., Donázar, J. A., & González, M. J. (2004). Levels of polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides in serum samples of Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) from Spain. Chemosphere, 55(4), 577-583. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2003.11.034 


    • Donázar, J. A., Negro, J. J., Palacios, C. J., Gangoso, L., Godoy, J. A., Ceballos, O., ... Capote, N. (2002). Description of a new subspecies of the Egyptian Vulture (Accipitridae: Neophron percnopterus) from the Canary Islands. Journal of Raptor Research, 36(1), 17-23.
    • Gangoso, L., & Palacios, C. J. (2002). Endangered Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) entangled in a power line ground-wire stabilizer. The Journal of Raptor Research, 36(3), 238-239.
    • Donázar, J. A., Palacios, C. J., Gangoso, L., Ceballos, O., González, M. J., & Hiraldo, F. (2002). Conservation status and limiting factors in the endangered population of Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in the Canary Islands. Biological Conservation, 107(1), 89-97. DOI: 10.1016/S0006-3207(02)00049-6 
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