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José Fedriani

Email: fedriani(a#t)isa.ulisboa.pt

CV: Descarregar

I am a community ecologist and evolutionary biologist with experience in a wide range of topics, but focusing primarily on the patterns, mechanisms, and consequences of plant-animal interactions in humanized landscapes.

I have accomplished my investigations on plant-animal interactions within ecological, microevolutionary, and applied frameworks. Animal-plant interactions lead to critical ecological services such as seed dispersal and pollination that are treated by the current scenario of global change; hence,

I am also committed to conservation endeavors. Over the last fifteen years, I have been funded by a number of scientific projects and international agencies including highly competitive 5-years ‘Ramón y Cajal’ fellowship in the Doñana Biological Station (Spain), the Marie Curie fellowship at the Dept. of Ecological Modeling (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ, Germany), and currently by the Portuguese Science and Technology Fundation (FCT).

Vaz, P.G., Bugalho, M.N., Fedriani, J.M., Branco, M., Lecomte, X., Nogueira, C., Caldeira, M.C., 2019, Unravelling associations between tree-seedling performance, herbivory, competition, and facilitation in high nature value farmlands. Journal of Environmental Management 232: 1066–1074

(doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.11.082)

García-Cervigón, A.I., Żywiec, M., Delibes, M., Suárez-Esteban, E., Perea, R., Fedriani, J.M., 2018, Microsites of seed arrival: spatio–temporal variations in complex seed-disperser networks. Oikos 127: 1001–1013.

Garrote, P.J., Calvo, G., Żywiec, M., Delibes, M., Suarez-Esteban, A., Fedriani, J.M., 2018, Strong among population variation in frugivory strength by functional diverse frugivores: a ‘reciprocal translocation’ experiment. Oecologia 187: 143–154.

Żywiec, M., Ledwoń, M., Holeksa, J., Seget, P., Łopata, B., Fedriani, J.M., 2018, Rare events of massive plant reproductive investment lead to long-term density-dependent reproductive success. Journal of Ecology 106: 1307–1318

Camacho, C., Sáez, P., Potti, J., Fedriani, J.M., 2017, Nightjars, rabbits and foxes interact on unpaved roads: spatial use of an alternative prey in a shared-predator system. Ecosphere 8(1), 1611. 

(doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1611)

Delibes, M., Castañeda, I., Fedriani, J.M., 2017, Tree-climbing goats disperse seeds during rumination, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(4):222–223.

(doi: 10.1002/fee.1488)

Guzmán, B., Fedriani, J.M., Delibes, M., Vargas, P., 2017, The colonization history of the Mediterranean dwarf palm (Chamaerops humilis L., Palmae). Tree Genetics and Genomics 13: 24.

(doi: 10.1007/s11295-017-1108-1)

Lecomte, X., Caldeira, M.C., Bugalho, M.N., Fedriani, J.M., 2017, Combined effects of deer, mice and insect seed predation on the reproductive success of a Mediterranean shrub. Basic and Applied Ecology 21:45-54.

(doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2017.03.005)

Fedriani, J.M., García, L., Sanchéz, M., Calderon, J., Ramo, C., 2016, Long-term impact of protected colonial birds on a jeopardized cork oak population: conservation bias leads to restoration failure. Journal of Applied Ecology.

(doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12672)

Jácome-Flores, M.E., Delibes, M., Wiegand, T., Fedriani, J.M., 2016, Spatial patterns of an endemic Mediterranean palm recolonizing old fields. Ecology and Evolution 6(23): 8556-8568.

(doi: 10.1002/ece3.2504)

Kazmierczak, M., Backmann, P., Fedriani, J.M., Fischer, R., Hartmann, A.K., Huth, A., May, F., Müller, M.S., Taubert, F., Grimm, V., Groeneveld, J., 2016, Monodominance in tropical forests: modeling reveals emerging clusters and phase transitions. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 13(117).

(doi: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0123)

Lecomte, X., Fedriani, J.M., Caldeira, M.C., Clemente, A.S., Olmi, A., Bugalho, M.N., 2016, Too Many Is Too Bad: Long-Term Net Negative Effects of High Density Ungulate Populations on a Dominant Mediterranean Shrub. PLOS One.

(doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158139)

Penteriani, V., Delgado, M.M., Pinchera, F., Naves, J., Fernández-Gil, A., Kojola, I., Härkönen, S., Norberg, H., Frank, J., Fedriani, J.M., Sahlén, V., Støen, O.G., Swenson, J.E., Wabakken, P., Pellegrini, M., Herrero, S., López-Bao, J., 2016, Human behaviour can trigger large carnivore attacks in developed countries. Scientific Reports 6, 20552. 

(doi: 10.1038/srep20552)

Suárez-Esteban, A., Fahrig, L., Delibes, M., Fedriani, J.M., 2016, Can anthropogenic linear gaps increase plant abundance and diversity? Landscape Ecology 31(4): 721-729.

(doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0329-7)

Żywiec, M., Muter, E., Zielonka, T., Delibes, M., Calvo, G., Fedriani, J.M., 2016, Long-term effect of temperature and precipitation on radial growth in a threatened thermo-Mediterranean tree population. Trees - Structure and Function. 

(doi: 10.1007/s00468-016-1472-8)

Delibes, M., Blazquez, M., Fedriani, J.M., Granados, A., Soriano, L. and Delgado, A., 2015, Isotopic niche variation in a higher trophic level ectotherm: highlighting the role of succulent plants in desert trophic webs. PLOS One.

(doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126814)

Fedriani, J.M. & Suárez-Esteban, A., 2015, Frutos, semillas, y mamíferos frugívoros: diversidad funcional de interacciones poco estudiadas. Ecosistemas 24(3): 1-4.

(doi: 10.7818/ECOS.2015.24-3.01)

Fedriani, J.M., Garrote, P.J., Delgado, M.M. and Penteriani, V., 2015, Subtle gardeners: inland predators enrich local topsoil and enhance plant growth. PlosOne.

(doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138273)

Fedriani, J.M., Wiegand, T., Calvo, G., Suárez-Esteban, A., Jácome, M., Żywiec, M. and Delibes, M., 2015, Unraveling density and distance dependence of plant reproduction using a spatially explicit framework. Journal of Ecology 103(5): 1344–1353.

González-Varo, J.P., Fedriani, J.M., López-Bao, J.V., Guitián, J., Suárez-Esteban, A., 2015, Frugivoría y dispersión de semillas por mamíferos carnívoros:rasgos funcionales. Ecosistemas 24(3): 43-50.

(doi: 10.7818/ECOS.2015.24-3.07)

Peris, J.E., Fedriani, J.M., Peña, L., 2015, Los mamíferos frugívoros prefieren frutos de cítricos infectados por Penicillium digitatum: ¿se equivocaba Janzen?. Ecosistemas 24(3): 5-13.

(doi: 10.7818/ECOS.2015.24-3.02)

Suárez-Esteban, A. & Fedriani, J.M., 2015, Frutos, semillas, y mamíferos frugívoros: diversidad funcional de interacciones poco estudiadas. Ecosistemas 24: 1-50.

Fedriani, J.M. and Wiegand, T., 2014, Hierarchical mechanisms of spatially contagious seed dispersal in complex seed-disperser networks. Ecology 95:514–526.

López-Bao, J.V, Rodríguez, A., Delibes, M., Fedriani, J.M., Calzada, J., Ferreras, P., Palomares, F., 2014, Revisiting food‐based models of territoriality in solitary predators. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 934-942.

(doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12226)

Rodríguez, M., Delibes, M. and Fedriani, J.M., 2014, Hierarchical levels of seed predation variation by introduced beetles on an endemic Mediterranean palm. PLOS One. 9(10): e109867.

(doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109867)

Suárez-Esteban, A., Delibes, M., and Fedriani, J.M., 2014, Unpaved roads disrupt the effect of herbivores and pollinators on the reproduction of a dominant shrub. Basic & Applied Ecology.

(doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2014.08.001)

Fedriani, J.M. and Delibes, M. , 2013, Pulp feeders alter plant interactions with subsequent animal associates. Journal of Ecology 101: 1581-1588.

Penteriani, V., Kuparinen, A., Delgado, M.M., Palomares, F., López-Bao, J.V., Fedriani, J.M., Calzada, J., Moreno, S., Villafuerte, R., Campioni, L. and Lourenzo, R., 2013, Responses of a top and a meso predator and their prey to moon phases. Oecologia 173:753-766.

Perea, R., Delibes, M., Polko, M., Suárez, A., Fedriani, J.M. , 2013, Context-dependent fruit-frugivore interactions: partner identities and spatio-temporal variations. Oikos 122: 943-951.

Suárez-Esteban, A., Delibes, M. and Fedriani, J.M. , 2013, Barriers or corridors? The overlooked role of unpaved roads in endozoochorous seed dispersal. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 767-774.

Suárez-Esteban, A., Delibes, M. and Fedriani, J.M. , 2013, Unpaved road verges as hotspots of fleshy-fruited shrub recruitment and establishment. Biological Conservation 167: 50-56.

Delibes, M., Corbacho, C., Calvo, G. and Fedriani, J.M. , 2012, Agriculture as ‘matchmaker’ of unexpected mutualims: Great bustard disperses and enhances germination of domestic olive seeds. Basic & Applied Ecology 13: 125–131.

Fedriani, J.M., Żywiec, M. and Delibes, M., 2012, Thieves or mutualists? Pulp feeders enhance local endozoochore recruitment. Ecology 93:575–587.

Fedriani, J.M., Żywiec, M., Delibes, M., 2012, Pulp feeders: thieves or mutualists? Bulletin of Ecological Society of America 93(1): 68-70.

Żywiec, M., Delibes, M. and Fedriani, J.M., 2012, Microgeographic, inter-individual, and intra-individual variation in the inflorescences of Iberian pear Pyrus bourgaeana (Rosaceae). Oecologia 169: 713-722.

(doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-2232-5)

Fedriani, J.M. and Delibes, M. , 2011, Dangerous liaisons disperser the Mediterranean dwarf palm: defensive flesh-pulp role against seed predators. Ecology 92: 304-312.

Fedriani, J.M., Wiegand, T. and Delibes, M. , 2010, Spatial pattern of adult trees and the mammal-generated seed rain in the Iberian pear. Ecography 33:445-455.

Fedriani, J.M. and Delibes, M. , 2009, Functional diversity in fruit-frugivore interactions: a field test with Mediterranean mammals. Ecography 32: 983-992.

Fedriani, J.M. and Delibes, M. , 2009, Seed dispersal in the Iberian pear Pyrus bourgaeana: a role for infrequent mutualists. Ecoscience 16: 311-321.

Alcántara, J.M., Rey, P.J., Manzaneda, A.J., Boulay, R., Ramírez, J.M. and Fedriani, J.M. , 2007, Geographic variation in the adaptive landscape for seed size in a mymecochorous herb. Evolutionary Ecology 21: 411-430.

Fedriani, J.M. and Boulay, R. , 2006, Foraging by fearful frugivores: combined effect of fruit ripening and predation risk. Functional Ecology 20: 1070-1079.

Boulay, R., Fedriani, J.M., Manzaneda, A.J., and Cerdá, X. , 2005, Indirect effects of alternative resources on an ant-plant interaction. Oecologia 144: 72-79.

Fedriani, J.M. , 2005, Do frugivorous mice choose where or what to feed on? Journal of Mammalogy 86: 576- 586.

Fedriani, J.M. and Manzaneda, A.J. , 2005, Pre- and post-dispersal seed predation by rodents: balance of food and safety. Behavioral Ecology 16: 1018-1024.

Manzaneda, A.J., Fedriani, J.M., Rey, P. , 2005, Adaptive advantages of myrmecochory: the predator-avoidance hypothesis tested over a wide geographic range. Ecography 28: 583-592.

Fedriani, J.M., Rey, P., Garrido, J.L., Guitian, J., Herrera, C.M., Mendrano, M., Sanchez-Lafuente, A.M. and Cerdá, X. , 2004, Geographical variation in the potential of mice to constrain an ant-seed dispersal mutualism. Oikos 105: 181-191.

Ferreras, P., Delibes, M., Palomares, F., Fedriani, J.M., Revilla, E., Calzada, J. , 2004, Proximate and ultimate causes of dispersal in the Iberian lynx Lynx pardinus. Behavioral Ecology 15: 31-40.

Fedriani, J.M., Delibes, M., Ferreras, P., Román, J. , 2002, Local and Landscape habitat attributes of water vole distribution in a patchy Mediterranean environment. Ecoscience 9: 12-19.

Fedriani, J.M. and Kohn, M.H. , 2001, Genotyping faeces links individual to their diet. Ecology Letters 4: 477-483.

Fedriani, J.M., Fuller, T.K., Sauvajot, R. , 2001, Does availability of anthropogenic food enhace densities of omnivorous mammals? An example with coyotes in southern California. Ecography 24: 325-311.

Palomares, F., Delibes, M., Revilla, E., Calzada, J., Fedriani, J.M. , 2001, Spatial ecology of the Iberian lynx and abundance of its primary prey, the European rabbit, in a heterogeneous environment. Wildl. Monog. 36pp.

Fedriani, J.M., Fuller, T.K., Sauvajot, R, York, E. , 2000, Competition and intraguild predation among three sympatric carnivores. Oecologia 125: 258-270.

Fedriani, J.M., Travaini, A. , 2000, Predator trophic guild assignment: the importance of the method of diet quantification. Rev. Ecol (Terre et Vie) 55: 129-139.

Palomares, F., Delibes, M., Ferreras, P., Fedriani, J.M., Calzada, J., Revilla, E. , 2000, The Iberian lynx in a fragmented landscape: pre-dispersal, dispersal, and post-dispersal habitats. Cons. Biol. 14: 809-818.

Fedriani, J.M., Palomares F., and Delibes, M. , 1999, Niche relations among three sympatric Mediterranean carnivores. Oecologia 121: 138-148.

Fedriani, J.M., Ferreras, P., Delibes, M. , 1998, Dietary response of the eurasian badger, Meles meles, to a decline of its main prey in the Doñana National Park. J. Zool 245: 214-218.

Fedriani, J.M. , 1996, Dieta anual del zorro, Vulpes vulpes, en dos hábitats del Parque Nacional de Doñana. Doñana Acta Vertebrata 23: 143-152.

Palomares, F., Ferreras, P., Fedriani, J.M., Delibes, M. , 1995, Spatial relationships between Iberian Lynx and other carnivores in an area of southwestern Spain. J. Appl. Ecol. 33: 5-13.

Travaini, A., Ferreras, P., Aldama, J.J., Fedriani, J.M., Delibes, M. , 1994, Chemical immobilization of wild badgers (Meles meles). Revue Med. Vet. 145: 577-580.

ForestRege - Tree generation replacement in a European natural forest - unravelling the role of canopy gaps using a spatially explicit approach

Funding: MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS Individual Fellowships. Period: May 2016 to April 2018. Reference: H2020-MSCA-IF-2015:703119.

Old-Field Recolonization in the Mediterranean Europe

Funding: FCT.  Period: July 2014 to June 2019. Reference: IF/00728/2013.

PhD students:

  • Josep Peris (PhD, candidate). Volatile compounds and plant-frugivore communication in orange tree groves. Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (CSIC)-Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Valencia). Marzo 2014. In progress.
  • Miguel Jácome. Spatial patterns of a Mediterranean endemic palm and its consequences for pollination and seed dispersal. Universidad Pablo Olavide (Seville). October 2015. GRADE: Sobresaliente.
  • Alberto Suarez-Esteban. Ecological engineers in the Doñana landscape: combined effect of plant- animal interactions and linear developments on the Mediterranean shrubland. PhD by Universidad de Oviedo. October 2013. GRADE: Sobresaliente Cum Laude.

Master and undergraduate students:

  • Javier Ruiz Guzman. Universidad Pablo Olavide (Sevilla), Octubre 2015. In progress. Master Student.
  • Pedro Jose Garrote. Universidad Pablo Olavide (Sevilla), Septiembre 2013-Septiembre 2014. Master Student.
  • María Martín. Universidad Hispalense (Sevilla), Abril 2013-Junio 2014. Undergraduate Student.
  • Irene Catañeda. Universidad Pablo Olavide (Sevilla), Septiembre 2012-Septiembre 2013. Master Student.
  • Ana Lombardero. Universidad Pablo Olavide (Sevilla), Septiembre 2011-Septiembre 2012. Master Student.
  • Marta Rodríguez. Universidad Pablo Olavide (Sevilla), Septiembre 2009-Septiembre 2010. Master Student.
  • Mark Polko. Universidad Pablo Olavide (Sevilla), Septiembre 2009-Septiembre 2010. Master Student.
  • Alberto Suarez, Universidad Pablo Olavide (Sevilla), Octubre 2008-Septiembre 2009. Master Student.
  • Ana Rodriguez Prieto. Universidad Pablo Olavide (Sevilla). Octubre 2008-Septiembre 2009. Master Student.
  • Emeline Aupy, Enero-Junio de 2009 (Universidad de Pau y de los Paises del Adour, Francia). Undergraduate student.
  • Ana Rodriguez Prieto, Junio-Septiembre de 2008 (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona). Undergraduate student.


Jul. 14 − Jun. 19: Old-Field Recolonization in the Mediterranean Europe. FCT-Portugal (IP, José M. Fedriani). Ref. IF/00728/2013 (50.000 euros).

Jul. 12 −Jun. 14: Old-Field Recolonization: Incorporating Allee Effects and Disperser Behaviour into Complex Recruitment Kernels. Marie Curie program. Intraeuropean (ref. FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IEF (231.547 euros, IPs José M. Fedriani & Thorsten Wiegand).

Jan. 10 −Dec.11: Ecological engineers in the Doñana landscape: combined effect of seed dispersal by vertebrates and linear developments on the Mediterranean shrubland. Environment Ministry of Spain (104.937 euros, IP José M. Fedriani).

Dec. 07 −Nov. 10: Local adaptation and recruitment in the Iberian pear Pyrus bourgaeana Decne: consequence of plant-animal interactions in fragmented landscapes. Education and Science Ministry of Spain (123.420 euros, IP José M. Fedriani).

Jan. 05 −Dec. 07: Seed dispersal by mammals in Doñana: mutualism benefits and consequences for the management of the National Park. Environment Ministry of Spain (58.706 euros, IP José M. Fedriani).

Dec. 04 −Nov. 07: Toxic fruits and frugivorous mice: a case of coevolution? Education and Science Ministry of Spain (34.000 euros, IP José M. Fedriani).

Mar. 98 −Mar. 99: Diets of three sympatric carnivores in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. USA National Park Service (5000$, IPs José M. Fedriani & Todd Fuller).

Participation in other Research Projects

Jan. 2014-Dic. 2014

The gardener owl: indirect seed dispersal and soil nutrient enrichment may enhance local plant biodiversity and alter its spatial distribution.“Microproyectos” financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, through the Severo Ochoa Program for Centres of Excellence in R+D+I SEV-2012-0262. (IP, Vincenzo Penteriani)

Jan. 2011-Jul. 2012

Scale dependent Allee-effects in small populations of Mediterranean shrubs: is benefiting to have even relatives as neighbours? Education and Science Ministry of Spain (IP, Miguel Delibes).

Dec. 00-Nov. 03

Geographic mosaic plant-ant in Helleborus foetidus: mutualism, demography, and geographical variation. Education and Science Ministry of Spain (IP, Xim Cerdá). Dec.95-Dec.96 Habitat selection by the Iberian lynx: factors related with its decline and a viability population model. European Union LIFE-program (IP, Miguel Delibes).


Competitive interactions among mammalian carnivores: evidence, quantification and indirect effect on other community species. Education and Science Ministry of Spain (IP, Francisco Palomares). Dec.91-Dec.94 Effects of human activities on the lynx Lynx pardinus population of Doñana. Education and Science Ministry of Spain (IP, Miguel Delibes).