Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics Group
  We use molecular tools to study the evolution of diversity, and assist in its conservation

joaquin Joaquín Ortego

Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics Group
Estación Biológica de Doñana - CSIC
Avda. Américo Vespucio, 26
41092 Sevilla, Spain
Phone: +34-954 232340

joaquin.ortego@csic.es

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Research Interests

I am a researcher in evolutionary biology broadly interested in many aspects related with the study of genetic variability in natural populations. Currently, I use different molecular and analytical tools to understand the factors determining genetic variation across space and time and address questions that can be mostly framed within the interconnected fields of population genetics and evolutionary biogeography. Some of my research also has an important applied standpoint and deals with problems that can be considered central to the multidisciplinary field of conservation genetics. My research has progressively expanded from within-population approaches to studies performed at large spatial scales and aimed to compare genetic patterns across several populations and species. In particular, I am now mostly interested on the study of the historical factors determining the geographic distribution of genetic variability in order to understand the responses of organisms to environmental changes and how these changes have impacted their demographic and evolutionary trajectories.




Publications

Peer-reviewed Articles

  2015

60. Ortego J, Bonal R, Muñoz A, Espelta JM (2015) Living on the edge: the role of geography and environment on structuring genetic variation in the southernmost populations of a tropical oak. Plant Biology, in press.

59. Noguerales V, Cáliz-Campal C, Cordero PJ, Ortego J (2015) Isolation and characterization of 18 polymorphic microsatellites in the grasshoppers Chorthippus group binotatus (Orthoptera: Acrididae) species complex. Conservation Genetics Resources, in press.

58. Ferrer ES, García-Navas V, Bueno-Enciso J, Sanz JJ, Ortego J (2015) Multiple sexual ornaments signal heterozygosity in male blue tits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi: 10.1111/bij.12513 |

57. Ortego J, Gugger PF, Sork VL (2015) Climatically stable landscapes predict patterns of genetic structure and admixture in the Californian canyon live oak. Journal of Biogeography 42: 328-338. |

  2014

56. García-Navas V, Cáliz-Campal C, Ferrer ES, Sanz JJ, Ortego J (2014) Heterozygosity at a single locus explains a large proportion of variation in two fitness-related traits in great tits: a general or a local effect? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 2807-2819. |

55. Ferrer ES, García-Navas V, Sanz JJ, Ortego J (2014) Individual genetic diversity and probability of infection by avian malaria parasites in blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 2468-2482. |

54. Ortego J, Bonal R, Muñoz A, Aparicio JM (2014) Extensive pollen immigration and no evidence of disrupted mating patterns or reproduction in a highly fragmented holm oak stand. Journal of Plant Ecology 7, 384-395.

53. Aguirre MP, Cordero PJ, Ortego J (2014) Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellites in the specialist grasshopper Ramburiella hispanica (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Conservation Genetics Resources 6, 723-724.

52. García-Navas V, Ferrer ES, Sanz JJ, Ortego J (2014) The role of immigration and local adaptation on fine-scale genotypic and phenotypic population divergence in a less mobile passerine. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27, 1590-1603.

51. Ortego J, Gugger PF, Riordan EC, Sork VL (2014) Influence of climatic niche suitability and geographical overlap on hybridization patterns among southern Californian oaks. Journal of Biogeography 41, 1895-1908.

50. Yannic G, Pellissier L, Ortego J, Lecomte N, Couturier S, Cuyler C, Dussault C, Hundermark KJ, Irvine RJ, Jenkins DA, Kolpashikov L, Mager K, Musiani M, Parker KL, Roed KH, Sipko T, Þórisson SG, Weckworth BV, Guisan A, Bernatchez L, Côté SD (2014) Genetic diversity in caribou linked to past and future climate change. Nature Climate Change 4, 131-137.

49. Battiston R, Ortego J, Correas JR, Cordero PJ (2014) A revision of Apteromantis (Mantodea: Mantidae, Amelinae): A comprehensive approach to manage old taxonomic and conservation problems. Zootaxa 3797 (1), 065–077.

48. García-Navas V, Ferrer ES, Bueno-Enciso J, Barrientos R, Sanz JJ, Ortego J (2014) Extrapair paternity in Mediterranean blue tits: socioecological factors and the opportunity for sexual selection. Behavioral Ecology 25, 228-238.

  2013

47. García-Navas V, Ortego J, Ferrer ES, Sanz JJ (2013) Feathers, suspicions and infidelities: an experimental study on certainty of paternity and parental care in the blue tit. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 109, 552-561.

  2012

46. Ferrer ES, García-Navas V, Sanz JJ, Ortego J (2012) Molecular characterization of avian malaria parasites in three Mediterranean blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) populations. Parasitology Research 111, 2137-2142.

45. Ortego J, Riordan EC, Gugger PF, Sork VL (2012) Influence of environmental heterogeneity on genetic diversity and structure in an endemic southern Californian oak. Molecular Ecology 21, 3210-3223.

44. Bonal R, Hernández M, Ortego J, Muñoz A, Espelta JM (2012) Positive cascade effects of forest fragmentation on acorn weevils mediated by seed size enlargement. Insect Conservation and Diversity 5, 381-388.

43. Ortego J, Aguirre MP, Cordero PJ (2012) Landscape genetics of a specialized grasshopper inhabiting highly fragmented habitats: a role for spatial scale. Diversity and Distributions 18, 481-492.

42. Ortego J, Aguirre MP, Cordero PJ (2012) Genetic and morphological divergence at different spatiotemporal scales in the grasshopper Mioscirtus wagneri. Journal of Insect Conservation 16, 103-110.

  2011

41. Ortego J, Aguirre MP, Cordero PJ (2011) Fine-scale spatial genetic structure and within population male-biased gene-flow in the grasshopper Mioscirtus wagneri. Evolutionary Ecology 25, 1127-1144.

40. Ortego J, García-Navas V, Ferrer ES, Sanz JJ (2011) Genetic structure reflects natal dispersal movements at different spatial scales in the blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus. Animal Behaviour 82, 131-137.

39. Ortego J, Yannic G, Shafer ABA, Mainguy J, Festa-Bianchet M, Coltman DW, Côté SD (2011) Temporal dynamics of genetic variability in a mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) population. Molecular Ecology 20, 1601-1611.

38. Calabuig G, Ortego J, Aparicio JM (2011) Mechanisms of colony selection by first-year lesser kestrels Falco naumanni. Ibis 153, 37-45.

  2010

37. Calabuig G, Ortego J, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM (2010) Colony foundation in the lesser kestrel: patterns and consequences of the occupation of empty habitat patches. Animal Behaviour 80, 975-982.

36. Ortego J, Bonal R, Muñoz A (2010) Genetic consequences of habitat fragmentation in long-lived tree species: the case of the Mediterranean holm oak (Quercus ilex, L.). Journal of Heredity 101, 717-726.

35. Penteriani V, Delgado MM, Pérez-García JM, Botella F, García S, Sánchez-Zapata JA, León Ortega M, Martínez JE, Calvo JF, Ortego J, Penteriani G, Melletti M, Krugersberg I, Mora O (2010) Sex allocation from an owl perspective: clutch order could determine brood sex to reduce sibling aggression. Ornis Fennica 87, 135-143.

34. Aparicio JM, Ortego J, Calabuig G, Cordero PJ (2010) Evidence of subtle departures from Mendelian segregation in a wild lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni) population. Heredity 105, 213-219.

33. Ortego J, Cordero PJ (2010) Factors associated with the geographic distribution of leucocytozoa parasitizing nestling eagle owls (Bubo bubo): a local spatial-scale analysis. Conservation Genetics 11, 1479-1487.

32. Aguirre MP, Bloor P, Ramírez-Escobar U, Ortego J, Cordero PJ (2010) Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers in the grasshopper Mioscirtus wagneri (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Conservation Genetics 11, 1119-1121.

31. Calabuig G, Ortego J, Aparicio JM, Cordero PJ (2010) Intercolony movements and prospecting behaviour in the colonial lesser kestrel. Animal Behaviour 79, 811-817.

30. Ortego J, Aguirre MP, Cordero PJ (2010) Population genetics of Mioscirtus wagneri, a grasshopper showing a highly fragmented distribution. Molecular Ecology 19, 472-483.

29. Ortego J, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM, Calabuig G (2010) Parental genetic characteristics and hatching success in a recovering population of lesser kestrels. Journal of Ornithology 151, 155-162.

28. Ortego J, Bonal R (2010) Natural hybridisation between kermes (Quercus coccifera, L.) and holm oaks (Q. ilex, L.) revealed by microsatellite markers. Plant Biology 12, 234-238.

  2009

27. Ortego J, Calabuig G, Bonal R, Muñoz A, Aparicio JM, Cordero PJ (2009) Temporal variation of heterozygosity-based assortative mating and related benefits in a lesser kestrel population. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22, 2488-2495.

26. Cordero PJ, Llorente V, Cordero P, Ortego J (2009) Recognizing taxonomic units in the field - The case of the crickets Oecanthus dulcisonans (Gorochov, 1993) and O. pellucens (Scopoli, 1763) (Orthoptera: Gryllidae): implications for their distribution and conservation in Southern Europe. Zootaxa 2284, 63-68.

25. García-Navas V, Ortego J, Sanz JJ (2009) Heterozygosity-based assortative mating in blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus): implications for the evolution of mate choice. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biology Sciences 276, 2931-2940.

24. Ortego J, Zapero L, Calabuig G, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM (2009) Physiological response to stress in fledgling lesser kestrels Falco naumanni: the role of physical condition, sex and individual genetic diversity. Ibis 151, 559-567.

23. Ortego J, Bonal R, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM (2009) Phylogeography of the Iberian populations of Mioscirtus wagneri (Orthoptera: Acrididae), a specialized grasshopper inhabiting highly fragmented hypersaline environments. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 97, 623-633.

22. Ortego J, Cordero PJ (2009) PCR-based detection and genotyping of haematozoa (Protozoa) parasitizing eagle owls, Bubo bubo. Parasitology Research 104, 467-470.

  2008

21. Ortego J, Aparicio JM, Cordero PJ, Calabuig G (2008) Characteristics of loci and individuals are associated with germline microsatellite mutation rates in lesser kestrels (Falco naumanni). Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis 648, 82-86.

20. Calabuig G, Ortego J, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM (2008) Causes, consequences and mechanisms of breeding dispersal in the colonial lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni). Animal Behaviour 76, 1989-1996.

19. Ortego J, Aparicio JM, Cordero PJ, Calabuig G (2008) Individual genetic diversity correlates with the size and spatial isolation of natal colonies in a bird metapopulation. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biology Sciences 275, 2039-2047.

18. Ortego J, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM, Calabuig G (2008) Consequences of chronic infections with three different avian malaria lineages on reproductive performance of lesser kestrels (Falco naumanni). Journal of Ornithology 149, 337-343.

17. Ortego J, Calabuig G, Aparicio JM, Cordero PJ (2008) Genetic consequences of natal dispersal in the colonial lesser kestrel. Molecular Ecology 17, 2051-2059.

16. Calabuig G, Ortego J, Aparicio JM, Cordero PJ (2008) Public information in selection of nesting colony by lesser kestrels: Which cues are used and when are they obtained? Animal Behaviour 75, 1611-1617.

  Former

15. Ortego J, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM, Calabuig G (2007) No relationship between individual genetic diversity and prevalence of avian malaria in a migratory kestrel. Molecular Ecology 16, 4858-4866.

14. Ortego J, Aparicio JM, Calabuig G, Cordero PJ (2007) Increase of heterozygosity in a growing population of lesser kestrels. Biology Letters 3, 585-588.

13. Ortego J (2007) Consequences of eagle owl nest-site habitat preference for breeding performance and territory stability. Ornis Fennica 84, 78-90.

12. Ortego J, Calabuig G, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM (2007) Genetic characterization of avian malaria (Protozoa) in the endangered lesser kestrel, Falco naumanni. Parasitology Research 101, 1153-1156.

11. Ortego J, Aparicio JM, Calabuig G, Cordero PJ (2007) Risk of ectoparasitism and genetic diversity in a wild lesser kestrel population. Molecular Ecology 16, 3712-3720.

10. Ortego J, Aparicio JM, Muñoz A, Bonal R (2007) Malathion applied at standard rates reduces fledgling condition and adult male survival in a wild lesser kestrel population. Animal Conservation 10, 312-319.

9. Ortego J, Espada F, Baquero RA (2007) Ecology of parasitism of nestling Eurasian eagle-owls (Bubo bubo) by Leucocytozoon ziemanni. Journal of Raptor Research 41, 247-251.

8. Ortego J, González EG, Sánchez-Barbudo I, Aparicio JM, Cordero PJ (2007) Novel highly polymorphic loci and cross-amplified microsatellites for the lesser kestrel Falco naumanni. Ardeola 54, 101-108.

7. Ortego J, Calabuig G, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM (2007) Egg production and individual genetic diversity in lesser kestrels. Molecular Ecology 16, 2383-2392.

6. Ortego J, Espada F (2007) Ecological factors influencing disease risk in eagle owls Bubo bubo. Ibis 149, 386-395.

5. Aparicio JM, Ortego J, Cordero PJ (2007) Can a simple algebraic analysis predict markers-genome heterozygosity correlations? Journal of Heredity 98, 93-96.

4. Aparicio JM, Ortego J,Cordero PJ (2006) What should we weigh to estimate heterozygosity, alleles or loci? Molecular Ecology 15, 4659-4665.

3. Ortego J, Jiménez M, Díaz M, Rodríguez RC (2006) Mercury in feathers of nestling eagle owls, Bubo bubo L., and muscle of their main prey species in Toledo province, central Spain. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 76, 648-655.

2. Ortego J, Díaz M (2004) Habitat preference models for nesting eagle owls Bubo bubo: how much can be inferred from changes with spatial scale? Ardeola 51, 385-394.

1. Ortego J (2004) A possible case of double brooding of eagle-owls (Bubo bubo) in Spain. Journal of Raptor Research 38, 378-379.


Other publications

3. Ortego J (2010) Cernícalo primilla - Falco naumanni. In: Salvador A, Bautista LM (eds.). Enciclopedia Virtual de los Vertebrados Españoles. Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid. http://www.vertebradosibericos.org/ [in Spanish]

2. Cordero PJ, Llorente V, Aguirre MP, Ortego J (2010) Dociostaurus crassiusculus (Pantel, 1886), especie rara en la península Ibérica con poblaciones locales en espacios singulares de Castilla-La Mancha. Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa 46, 461-465. [in Spanish with English summary]

1. Ortego J,Calvo JA (2004) Distribución y estatus poblacional y de conservación del búho real (Bubo bubo hispanus) en el sector central de la provincia de Toledo: resultados preliminares. In: Marín JC (ed.). Anuario Ornitológico de Toledo. Revisión histórica/2001: 148-159. Agrupación Naturalista Esparvel, Toledo. [in Spanish]


Popular science

8. Ortego J, Bonal R, Muñoz A (2012) Consecuencias de la fragmentación de los encinares en el centro de la península Ibérica - Los árboles que el bosque dejó atrás. Quercus 315, 32-37. [in Spanish]

7. Ortego J, Aguirre MP, Cordero PJ (2011) El saltamontes de los saladares: un ortóptero de distribución muy fragmentada. Quercus 308, 26-31. [in Spanish]

6. Calabuig G, Ortego J, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM (2010) La selección de hábitat para reproducirse en el cernícalo primilla. Periódico del Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales 11, 11. [in Spanish with English summary]

5. Ortego J (2009) Darwin: un pionero en el estudio de la endogamia. Periódico del Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales 10, 6. [in Spanish with English summary]

4. Ortego J, Cordero PJ (2009) Muchas especies de ortópteros pueden estar amenazadas. Periódico del Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales 8, 11. [in Spanish]

3. Hernández JL, Ortego J, Calabuig G, Bonal R, Muñoz A, García G, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM (2007) Casi dos décadas anillando primillas en La Mancha. In: Casas F, Arredondo AV, López-Jamar J (eds.). Anuario Ornitológico de Ciudad Real 2004-2005: 165-170. SEO-Ciudad Real, Ciudad Real. [in Spanish]

2. Ortego J, Aparicio JM, Muñoz A, Bonal R (2007) Las fumigaciones con malatión perjudican al cernícalo primilla. Quercus 262, 60-61. [in Spanish]

1. Calabuig G, Ortego J, Cordero PJ, Aparicio JM (2007) El expolio de teja vieja amenaza al cernícalo primilla en la España rural. Quercus 252, 14-17. [in Spanish]

 

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