Ainara Cortés-Avizanda

Ecología Funcional Aplicada

Animals may finally become either prey or carcasses. While predation has received much attention, the ecology and evolution of scavenging processes are largely unexplored.

My research focuses on the behavior, ecology, and conservation of scavengers (bacteria, insects and vertebrates) and other species indirectly affected by the presence of carcasses in the wild. I am also interested in ecosystem services and stakeholders’ perception of scavengers in natural parks and islands.

My methods include long-term monitoring of scavenger populations, large-scale field experiments, individual-based models and interviews and questionnaires to stakeholders.