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Albert Fernández Chacón

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

I am a biologist with a PhD in population ecology (2013) interested in the individual processes of survival, dispersal and growth and the factors (both biotic and abiotic) influencing them. I am trained in the analysis and modelling of ecological data and I have expertise in quantitative tools such as capture-recapture and occupancy models, which I use to answer both fundamental and applied ecological questions. My current research is mostly focused on aquatic species and ecosystems, with emphasis on the population dynamics of harvested marine species and their implications for the design and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Research interests

Individual survival and dispersal dynamics in animal populations

Population responses to anthropogenic / environmental change

Factors influencing specie's site occupancy, patch colonization and local extinction processes

Animal ecology in freshwater (mountain streams) and marine (coastal) environments

Eco-evolutionary impacts of marine protected areas

Animal biodiversity and Conservation science

Zoology, Ornithology, Natural history, Biogeography, Taxonomy and Evolution


Work experience

2019 - today: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Agder, Norway

2018 - 2019: Quantitative ecologist, Bretagne Vivante Association, France

2016 - 2018: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oviedo, Spain

2013 - 2015: Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Selected publications

1.      Fernández-Chacón A, Villegas-Ríos D, Moland E, Olsen EM, Carlson S. 2019. Protected areas buffer against harvest selection and rebuild phenotypic complexity. Ecological Applications (under review).

2.      Guéry L, Rouan L, Descamps S, Bêty J, Fernández-Chacón A, Gilchrist HG, Pradel R. 2019. Covariate and multinomial: accounting for distance in movement in capture-recapture analyses. Ecology and Evolution, 9(2): 818-824.

3.      Hwan J, Fernández-Chacón A, Buoro M, Carlson S. 2018. Dry season survival of juvenile salmonids in an intermittent coastal stream. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 75(5): 746-758.

4.      Fernández-Chacón A, Moland E, Espeland SH, Kleiven AR, Olsen EM. 2017. Causes of mortality in depleted populations of Atlantic Cod estimated from multi-event modelling of mark-recapture and recovery data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 74(1): 116-126.

5.      Kleiven AR, Fernández-Chacón A, Nordahl J, Moland E, Espeland SH, Knutsen H, Olsen EM. 2016. Harvest pressure on coastal Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) from recreational fishing relative to commercial fishing assessed from tag-recovery data. PLOS One 11(3): e0149595. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149595.

6.      Fernández-Chacón A, Olsen EM, Moland E, Espeland SH. 2015. Demographic effects of full versus partial protection from harvesting: inference from an empirical before–after control-impact study on Atlantic cod. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 1206-1215.

7.      Fernández-Chacón A, Genovart M, Alvarez D, Cano JM, Ojanguren AF, Rodríguez-Muñoz R, Nicieza AG. 2015. Neighbouring populations, opposite dynamics: influence of body size and environmental variation on the demography of stream-resident brown trout (Salmo trutta). Oecologia 178: 379-389.

8.      Fernández-Chacón A, Stefanescu C, Genovart M, Nichols JD, Hines JE, Páramo F, Turco M, Oro D. 2014. Determinants of extinction-colonization dynamics in Mediterranean butterflies: the role of landscape, climate and local habitat features. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 276–285.

9.      Fernández-Chacón A, Genovart M, Pradel R, Tavecchia G, Bertolero A, Piccardo J, Forero MG, Afán I, Muntaner J, Oro D. 2013. When to stay, when to disperse and where to go: survival and dispersal patterns in a spatially structured seabird population. Ecography 36:1117–1126.

10.  Genovart M, Sanz-Aguilar A, Fernández-Chacón A, Igual JM, Pradel R, Forero MG, Oro D, Roulin A. 2013. Contrasting effects of climatic variability on the demography of a trans-equatorial migratory seabird. Journal of Animal Ecology 82:121–130.

11.  Fernández-Chacón A, Bertolero A, Amengual A, Tavecchia G, Homar V, Oro D. 2011.  Spatial heterogeneity in the effects of climate change on the population dynamics of a Mediterranean tortoise. Global Change Biology 17:3075-3088.

12.  Constenla M, Carrassón M, Moyà CM, Fernàndez-Chacón A, Padrós F, Repullés-Albelda A, Montero FE. 2011. Parasitisation by Bathycreadium elongatum (Digenea, Opecoelidae) in pyloric caeca of Trachyrincus scabrus (Teleostei, Macrouridae). Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 96:239-247.

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