Alex Aguilar Vila

Alex Aguilar Vila

Full professor

ORCID: 0000-0002-5751-2512
Researcher ID: L-1283-2014
Knowledge area: Zoologia

Professor of Animal Biology
Vice-Rector for Outreach and Internationalization

Research group: IP Grup de Recerca dels grans vertebrats marins

Contact Information
Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Dept Biología Evolutiva, Ecología y Ciencias Ambientales. Facultad de Biología. Av. Diagonal, 645.


Population dynamics and ecology of marine mammals, sea turtles and other large marine vertebrates
Conservation Biology

Academic Training

Ciencias Biológicas . Universidad de Barcelona . 06/1979 . (Diploma / Degree / Activities)
Ciencias Biológicas . Universidad de Barcelona . 06/1985 . (Ph.D.)

Research interests

Population dynamics and ecology of marine mammals, sea turtles and other large marine vertebrates
Effects of pollution on marine vertebrates
Application of chemical markers to the ecology and biology of populations
Taxonomy and zoogeography of marine vertebrates
Impact og global change on large marine vertebrates


Identidad y rango de distribución del rorcual común del Atlántico nororiental y del Mediterráneo establecido mediante trazadores químicos . 2016 - 2018 . Ref.CGL2015-70468-R . Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila; Maria Asuncion Borrell Thio
Developing Mediterranean-specific protocols to protect biodiversity from litter impact at basin and local MPAs scales (MEDSEALITTER) . 2016 - 2019 . Ref.1MED15_3.2_M12_334 . Unió Europea . PI: Maria Asuncion Borrell Thio; Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Population recovery of right whales in South Georgia waters . 2018 - 2019 . Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Government of United Kingdom . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila

Journal Publications

Jepson, P.D.; Deaville, R.; Barber, J.L.; Aguilar, A.; Borrell, A.; Murphy, S.; Barry, J.; Brownlow, A.; Barnett, J.; Berrow, S.; Cunningham, A.A.; Davison, N.; Doeschate, Mariel ten Esteban, R.; Ferreira, M.; Foote, A.D.; Genov, T.; Giménez, J.; Loveridge, J.; Llavona, Á.; Martin, V.; Maxwell, D.L.; Papachlimitzou, A.; Penrose, R.; Perkins, M.W.; Smith, B.; de Stephanis, R.; Tregenz,a N.; Verborgh, P.; Fernandez, A. ; Law, R.J. (2016). PCB pollution continues to impact populations of orcas and other dolphins in european waters. Scientific Reports(6), pp. 18573 - 18573 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 2045-2322
Vighi, Morgana; Borrell, Asuncion; Aguilar, Alex (2016). Stable isotope analysis and fin whale subpopulation structure in the eastern North Atlantic. Marine Mammal Science, 32(2), pp. 535 - 551 . . ISSN: 0824-0469
Bird, C. S.; Veríssimo, A.; Magozzi, S.; Abrantes, K. G.; Aguilar, A.; Al-Reasi, H.; Barnett, A.; Bethea, D. M.; Biais, G.; Borrell, A.; Bouchoucha, M.; Boyle, M.; Brooks, E. J.; Brunnschweiler, J.; Bustamante, P.; Carlisle, A.; Catarino, D.; Caut, S.; Cherel, Y.; Chouvelon, T.; Churchill, D.; Ciancio, J.; Claes, J.; Colaço, A.; Courtney, D. L.; Cresson, P.; Daly, R.; de Necker, L.; Endo, T.; Figueiredo, I.; Frisch, A. J.; Hansen, J. H.; Heithaus, M.;Hussey, N. E.; Iitembu, J.; Juanes, F.; Kinney, M. J.; Kiszka, J. J.; Klarian, S. A.; Kopp, D.; Leaf, R.; Li, Y.; Lorrain, A.; Madigan, D. J.; Maljković, A.; Malpica-Cruz, L.; Matich, P.; Meekan, M. G.; Ménard, F.; Menezes, G. M.; Munroe, S. E. M.; Newman, M. C.; Papastamatiou, Y. P.; Pethybridge, H.; Plumlee, J. D.; Polo-Silva, C.; Quaeck-Davies, K.; Raoult, V.; Reum, J.; Torres-Rojas, Y. E.; Shiffman, D. S.; Shipley, O. N.; Speed, C. W.; Staudinger, M. D.; Teffer, A. K.; Tilley, A.; Valls, M.; Vaudo, J. J.; Wai, T.; Wells, R. J. D.; Wyatt, A. S. J.; Yool, A.; Trueman, C. N. (2018). A global perspective on the trophic geography of sharks. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 2, pp. 299 - 305 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 2397-334X
Borrell, A.; Saiz, L.; Vikingsson, G. A.; Gaufier, P.; Lopez Fernandez, A.; Aguilar, A. (2018). Fin whales as bioindicators of multi-decadal change in carbon and oxygen stable isotope shifts in the North Atlantic. Marine Environmental Research, 138, pp. 129 - 134 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0141-1136
García-Vernet, R.; Sant, P.; Víkingsson, G.; Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A. (2018). Are stable isotope ratios and oscillations consistent in all baleen plates along the filtering apparatus? Validation of an increasingly used methodology. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 32(15), pp. 1257 - 1262 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0951-4198
Drago, M.; Franco-Trecu, V.; Segura, A.M.; Valdivia, M.; González, E.M.; Aguilar, A.; Cardona, L. (2018). Mouth gape determines the response of marine top predators to long-term fishery-induced changes in food web structure. Scientific Reports, 8(15759 ) . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 2045-2322
Cabrera, A. A.; Hoekendijk, J. P.A.; Aguilar, A.; Barco, S. G.; Berrow, S.; Bloch, D.; Borrell, A.; Cunha, H. A.; Dalla, Rosa L.; Dias, C. P.; Gauffier, P.; Hao, W.; Landry, S.; Larse,n F.; Martín, V.; Mizroch, S.; Oosting, T.; Øien, N.; Pampoulie, C.; Panigada, S.; Prieto, R.; Ramp, C.; Rivera-Léon, V. E.; Robbins, J.; Ryan, C.; Schall, E.; Sears, R.; Silva, M. A.; Urbán, J.; Wenzel, F. W.; Palsboll, P.; Bérubé, M. (2019). Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) mitogenomics: A cautionary tale of defining sub-species from mitochondrial sequence monophyly. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 135, pp. 86 - 97 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1055-7903
Gaubert, P.; Justy, F.; Mo, G.; Aguilar, A.; Danyer, E.; Borrell, A.; Dendrinos, P.; Öztürk, B.; Improta, R.; Tonay, A. M.; Karamanlidis, A. (2019). Insights from 180 years of mitochondrial variability in the endangered Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus). Marine Mammal Science, 35(4), pp. 1489 - 1511 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0824-0469
Borrell, A.; Tornero, V.; Bhattacharjee, D.; Aguilar (2019). Organochlorine concentrations in aquatic organisms from different trophic levels of the Sundarban mangrove ecosystem and their implications for human consumption. Environmental Pollution, 251, pp. 681 - 688 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0269-7491
Garcia-Garin, O.; Vighi, M.; Aguilar, A.; Tsangaris, C.; Digka, N.; Kaberi, E.; Borrell, A. (2019). Boops boops as a bioindicator of microplastic pollution along the Spanish Catalan coast. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 149, p. 110648 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0025-326X

Others Publications

Aguilar, A. (2013). Chiman, la pesca ballenera moderna en la península ibérica . (pp. 1 - 375) . Publicacions i Edicions UB . ISBN: 978-84-475-3763-1 .
Aguilar, A.; García-Vernet, R. (2018). Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus . In Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, 3rd Edition. Bernd Würsig, J.G.M. Thewissen, and Kit M. Kovacs, eds. . (pp. 368 - 371) . Academic Press, Elsevier . ISBN: 978-0-12-804327-1 .

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