Josué Martínez de la Puente
Institution or affiliation:
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy. University of Granada.
I did my thesis focus on the interactions between cavity nesting birds and parasites at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC) in Spain. I developed postdoctoral research stays at different national and international centers and, currently, I am a professor at the
Department of Parasitology of the University of Granada. My research line focuses on the field of Disease Ecology, with special attention to the ecological factors that determine pathogen-vector-bird interactions, using as study models parasites such as avian Plasmodium and other pathogens, including those that are zoonotic, such as West Nile virus. I have used a wide range of approaches that combine monitoring of natural populations of wild birds and experimental procedures under natural and laboratory conditions. I have identified the factors that determine the contact rates between vectors, including native and invasive species, and their bird hosts, thus identifying the risk of pathogen transmission. In addition, I have studied the eco-evolutionary processes that determine the development of pathogens in vectors and bird hosts and the consequences of parasitic infection for avian hosts. Finally, I have investigated the impact of human-driven changes of landscape and biodiversity on the pathogen amplification affecting birds under a global change scenario. As an EOU council member I plan to work on the dissemination of ornithological science to the society and promote the conservation of wildlife and natural environments.
by Martin Muir | Nov 10, 2023