ALEJANDRO AGUILAR VILA

ALEJANDRO AGUILAR VILA

Full professor

Researcher ID: L-1283-2014
Knowledge area: Zoologia

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.
934021453
aaguilar(a)ub.edu

Awards

Premios

 

- Premio Europeo a la Conservación de la Naturaleza y del Patrimonio Histórico-Artístico, 1992.

- The Conservation Foundation - Ford (proyecto elaborado en colaboración con la Universidad de las Palmas, el ICONA, la Universidad de Valencia y el Fondo para la Conservación de la Foca Mediterránea).

- Premio de Conservación de Especies Protegidas. 2000. VIDAMARINA concedido por CRAMM, Generalitat de Catalunya, Ayuntamiento de Premia y Europroject.

- Premio 2001 Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship. Concedido por la fundación The Pew Charitable Trusts, Boston, EEUU.

- Premio Jaume I. 2004. Protección del Medio Ambiente. Generalitat de Valencia

- Premio de Investigación en Medio Ambiente 2010. Conselleria de Medi Ambient, Generalitat de Catalunya.

(Other Merits)

Other publications

Aguilar, A.; Sandberg, O. R (2013). Norwegians in Iberia. The Compañía Ballenera Española (1914-1927) . In Whaling and History IV . Volume. 4 . (pp. 37 - 48) . Hvalfangstmuseum Sandefjord . ISBN: 978-82-93416-00-5 .
Aguilar, A. (2013). La pesca, una activitat condemnada? . In Aula d'Ecologia . Volume. 2012 . (pp. 25 - 33) . Servei Publicacions Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona . ISBN: 9788449036194 .
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.; López de Prado Nistal, C (2015). De Punta Balea a Cabo Morás, la caza moderna de la ballena en Galicia . (pp. 1 - 119) . Museo Massó, Xunta de Galicia . ISBN: 978-84-453-5201-4 .

Academic training

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

Projects

Estado nutritivo e impacto de los contaminantes organoclorados en el delfín de Commerson de Tierra del Fuego . 1988 - 1990 . Ref.PB87-0146-C02-01 . Secretaría de Estado de Universidades e Investigación . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Contaminación por organoclorados, biología reproductiva y crecimiento en delfines listados mediterráneos . 1990 - 1990 . Ref.NAT90-1255-E . Comisión Interministerial de Ciencia y Tecnología (CICYT) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Estudio sobre la epidemia de delfín listado en las costas mediterráneas españolas . 1990 - 1991 . Instituto para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (ICONA) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Report on the striped dolphin die-off in the Mediterranean . 1991 - 1991 . Ref.T75134516 . U.S. Marine Mammal Comission . PI: Alex Aguilar Vila
Contaminación por DDTs, PCBs y metales pesados, reproducción y crecimiento en delfines listados fallecidos y supervivientes a la epizootia de 1990 . 1991 - 1994 . Ref.NAT91-1128-C04-02 . Comisión Interministerial de Ciencia y Tecnología (CICYT) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Inventario de los cetáceos mediterráneos ibéricos: status y problemas de conservación . 1992 - 1994 . Ref.114575 . Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación . PI: Alex Aguilar Vila
Acció integrada hispano-britànica sobre 'Efectos de la epizootia en la población del delfín listado del Mediterráneo Occidental' . 1992 . Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Problemas de conservación de los delfines mediterráneos . 1992 - 1994 . Ref.100334 . Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Transportes y Medio Ambiente . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
SUROESTE: A survey of interactions between marine mammals and fisheries in the south western water of the EEC . 1993 - 1994 . Ref.92/3507 . Unió Europea . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Acció integrada hispano-italiana: 'Efectos de los contaminantes químicos en el delfín listado del Mediterráneo'. 10A . 1993 . Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Desarrollo de marcadores de contaminación y de estado nutritivo en cetáceos . 1994 - 1997 . Ref.AMB94-0399 . Comisión Interministerial de Ciencia y Tecnología (CICYT) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Viabilidad de la colonia de la foca monje (Monachus monachus) de la Península de Cabo Blanco . 1995 - 1996 . Ref.B4-3200/94/741 . Unió Europea . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Inventario de los cetáceos de las aguas atlánticas peninsulares . 1995 - 1997 . Ref.92/43/CEE . Instituto para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (ICONA) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Monitoring of Cap Blanc monk seal colony . 1997 - 1998 . Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Estudio de viabilidad en la colonia de foca monje de Cabo Blanco . 1997 - 1998 . Ref.B4-3200/96/510 . Unió Europea . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Monitoring of Cap Blanc Monk seal colony . 1998 - 1998 . Ref.300242 . Institute for Forestry & Nature Research . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Apoyo técnico al Parque Nacional del Banc d'Arguin para la gestión integral del Parque y el desarrollo del ecoturismo . 1998 - 1999 . Ref.300256 . Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Actuaciones para la Conservación del Delfín Mular . 1999 - 2001 . Instituto para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (ICONA) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Establish a network between Mediterranean Monk Seal Projects . 1999 - 1999 . Ref.B4-3040/98/000648/MAR/D2 . Unió Europea . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Identificación de las áreas de especial interés para la conservación de los cetáceos en el Mediterráneo español . 1999 - 2002 . Ref.300870 . Universitat de València Estudi General (UVEG) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Validación del nivel de retinol en grasa hipodérmica de delfines como biomarcador de contaminación por PCB . 2000 - 2002 . Ref.AMB99-0640 . Comisión Interministerial de Ciencia y Tecnología (CICYT) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Creating the tissue bank for Mediterranean marine mammals . 2001 - 2004 . The Pew Charitable Trusts, Boston. . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Protección de praderas de posidonia en lics de Baleares . 2001 - 2005 . Ref.LIFE2000-NAT-E-7303 . Unió Europea . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
“Mediterranean loggerhead sea turtles”. Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas Túnez . 2005 - 2005 . Programa de Medio Ambiente de Naciones Unidas (PNUMA) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Evaluación del impacto ambiental del parque eólico marino Tarragona sobre aves, mamíferos y reptiles silvestres. Subproyecto de delfines y tortugas . 2005 - 2007 . Ref.303296 . Capital energy, SL . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Comparative Studies on Dolphin and Sea Turtle Conservation in the Amvrakikos Gulf, Greece, and the Catalano-Balearic Basin, Spain . 2005 - 2008 . Ref.303817 . University of Miami . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Desarrollo de indicadores de condición nutritiva en cetáceos . 2005 - 2008 . Ref.CGL2005-00922/BOS . Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Efectos de la explotación humana sobre depredadores apicales y la estructura de la red trófica del mar Argentino durante los últimos 6000 años . 2009 - 2012 . Ref.305550 . Fundación Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Estudio de las amenazas para la conservación de mamíferos marinos de Patagonia . 2005 - 2008 . Fundación Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) . PI: Juan Antonio Raga Esteve
Efectos de la explotación humana sobre depredadores apicales y la estructura de la red trófica del mar Argentino durante los últimos 6000 años . 2009 - 2012 . Fundación Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Relevancia demográfica de la mortalidad de tortugas bobas (Caretta caretta) como consecuencia de la captura accidental por la flota palangrera española del Mediterráneo . 2010 - 2012 . Ref.CGL2009-100017 . Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Realitzación del “Seminar on Impact of Chemical Pollution on Aquatic Ecosystems” en la Universidad de Khulna, Bangladesh . 2011 - 2011 . Universitat de Barcelona . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Recerca conjunta amb el MRI islandès sobre pautes migratòries de balenes atlàntiques . 2015 - 2015 . Universitat de Barcelona . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Red de Seguimiento Oceánico - Línea de Gibraltar (Fase 1) . 2011 - 2012 . Ref.CTM2010-11945-E . Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación . PI: Miquel Canals Artigas
Ajuts per impulsar la participació en projectes internacionals de recerca (2014) en el marc del programa HORIZON 2020 . 2014 - 2014 . Universitat de Barcelona . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Dietary history of whales (project 28.19) . 2014 - 2016 . Ref.308059 . Marine Research Institute . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila; M. Asuncion Borrell Thio
Ajuts per impulsar la participació en projectes internacionals de recerca (2015) en el marc del programa Horizon 2020 i altres programes europeus . 2015 - 2015 . Universitat de Barcelona . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Sustaining Project - Marine Environmental Sustaining Research Project-VI . 2015 - 2018 . Ref.308565 . King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
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
Restauración de redes tróficas en espacios protegidos: ¿es posible? . 2015 - 2018 . Ref.1588/2015 . MINISTERIO DE AGRICULTURA, ALIMENTACION Y MEDIO AMBIENTE . PI: Alejandro Aguilar Vila
Laboratorio blanco de preparación de muestras geoquímicas para mediciones isotópicas mediante Espectrometría de Masas Multicolector (MC-ICPMS) . 2016 . Ref.UNBA15-EE-2978 . Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad . PI: Eva Isabel Cacho Lascorz
Top predators in a changing ecosystem: occurrence and implications of specialisation in killer whales . 2016 - 2017 . Ref.163060-051 . Rannís. The Icelandic Research Fund . PI: Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra
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

Journal Publications (last 10 years)

Drago, M.; Cardona, L.; Aguilar, A.; Crespo, A.; Ameghino, S.; García, N. (2010). Diet of lactating South American sea lions, as inferred from stable isotopes, influences pup growth. Marine Mammal Science, 26, pp. 309 - 323 . ISSN: 0824-0469
Fernández-Contreras, M.M.; Cardona, L.; Lockyer, C.H.; Aguilar, A. (2010). Incidental bycatch of short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) by pairtrawlers off northwestern Spain. ICES. Journal of Marine Science, 67, pp. 1732 - 1738 . ISSN: 1054-3139
Alvarez De Quevedo, I.; Cardona, L.; De Haro, A.; Pubill, E.; Aguilar, A. (2010). Sources of bycatch of loggerhead sea turtles in the western Mediterranean other than drifting Longlines. ICES. Journal of Marine Science, 67, pp. 677 - 685 . ISSN: 1054-3139
Borrell, A.; Garcia-Solà, A.; Aguilar, A.; García, N.A.; Crespo, E.A. (2010). Organochlorine residues in South American Sea Lions, Otaria flavescens (Shaw, 1800): Bioaccumulation and Time Trends. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 6, pp. 731 - 737 . ISSN: 0007-4861
Pinela, A.M.; Borrell, A.; Cardona, L.; Aguilar, A. (2010). Stable isotopes unveil habitat partitioning among the marine mammals off NW Africa and reveal unique trophic niches for two globally threatened species. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 416, pp. 295 - 306 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0171-8630
Drago, M.; Cardona L.; Crespo, E.A.; García, N.; Ameghino, S.; Aguilar, A. (2010). Changes in the foraging strategy of female South American sea lions (Carnivora: Pinnipedia) after parturition. Scientia Marina, 74, pp. 589 - 598 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0214-8358
Castrillon, J.; Gomez-Campos, E.; Aguilar, A.; Berdie, L; Borrell, A. (2010). PCB and DDT levels do not appear  to have enhanced mortality of striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) in the 2007 Mediterranean epizootic. . Chemosphere, 81, pp. 459 - 463 . ISSN: 0045-6535
Gómez-Campos, E.; Aguilar, A.; Goodall, R. N. P. (2010). Serrated flippers and directional asymmetry in the appendicular skeleton of the Commerson’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii). The Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology, 293(1824), p. 1816 . ISSN: 1932-8486
Drago, M.; Cardona, L.; Crespo, E.A.; Grandi, M.F.; Aguilar, A. (2010). Reduction of skull size in South American sea lions reveals density-dependent growth during population recovery. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 420, pp. 253 - 261 . ISSN: 0171-8630
De Meester, L.; van Tienderen, P.; Werger, M.; Hector, A.; Wörheide, G.; Niemelä, J.; Aguilar, A.; Smets, E.; Godfray, C.; Sutherland, W.; Bauhus, J.; Courchamp, F.; Gandini, G.; Koch, M.; Le Maho, Y.; Manuel, M.; Pawlowski, J.; Quéinnec, E.; Owens, I. (2010). Challenges for biodiversity research in Europe. LERU Advice Paper, 4, pp. 1 - 19
Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A.; Kumarran, R.P.; Gazo, M.; Cardona, L. (2011). Stable isotope profiles in whale shark (Rhincodon typus) suggest segregation and dissimilarities in diet among sexes and lengths. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 92(4), pp. 559 - 567 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-011-9879-y . ISSN: 0378-1909
Gómez Campos, E.; Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A. (2011). Nitrogen and carbon stable isotopes do not reflect nutritional condition in the striped dolphin. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25(9), pp. 1343 - 1347 . ISSN: 0951-4198
Drago, M.; Cardona, L.; García, N.; Ameghino, S.; Aguilar, A. (2011). Influence of colony size on pup fitness and survival in the South American sea lion. Marine Mammal Science, 27(1), pp. 167 - 181 . ISSN: 0824-0469
Borrell, A.;Cardona, L.; Kumarran, R.P.; Aguilar, A.; (2011). Trophic ecology of elasmobranchs caught off Gujarat, India, as inferred from stable isotopes. ICES. Journal of Marine Science, 68(3), pp. 547 - 554 . ISSN: 1054-3139
Pastor, T.; Cappozzo, H.L.; Grau, E.; Amos, W.; Aguilar, A. (2011). Mating system of the Mediterranean monk seal in the Western Sahara. Marine Mammal Science, 27(4), pp. 302 - 320 . ISSN: 0824-0469
Gómez Campos, E.; Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A. (2011). Assessment of nutritional condition indices across reproductive states in the striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 405, pp. 18 - 24 . ISSN: 0022-0981
Pinela, A.M.; Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A. (2011). Common dolphin morphotypes: niche segregation or taxonomy?. Journal of Zoology, 284, pp. 239 - 247 . ISSN: 0952-8369
Gómez Campos, E.; Borrell, A.; Cardona, L.; Forcada, J.; Aguilar, A. (2011). Overfishing of small pelagic fishes increases trophic overlap between immature and mature striped dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea. PLoS One, 6(9), p. e24554 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1932-6203
Carreras, C.; Pascual, M.; Cardona, L.; Marco, A.; Bellido, J.J.; Castillo, J.J.; Tomás, J.; Raga, J.A.; Sanfélix, M.; Fernández, G.; Aguilar, A. (2011). Living together but remaining apart: Atlantic and Mediterranean loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in shared feeding grounds. Journal of Heredity, 102, pp. 666 - 677 . ISSN: 0022-1503
Kovacs, K.; Aguilar, A.; Aurioles, D.; Burkanov, V.; Campagna, C.; Gales, N.; Gelatt, T.; Goodman, S.J.; Hofmeyr, G.J.H.; Härkönen, T.; Lowry, L.; Lydersen, C.; Schipper, J.; Sipilä, T.; Southwell, C.; Stuart, S.; Thompson, D.; Fritztrillmich, F. (2012). Global threats to pinnipeds. Marine Mammal Science, 28(2), pp. 414 - 436 . ISSN: 0824-0469
Cardona, L.; Alvarez de Quevedo, I.; Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A. (2012). Massive consumption of gelatinous plankton by Mediterranean apex predators. PLoS One, 7(3), p. e31329 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1932-6203
Cardona, L.; Fernández, G.; Revelles, M.; Aguilar, A. (2012). Readaptation to the wild of rehabilitated loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) assessed by satellite telemetry. Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 22, pp. 104 - 112 . ISSN: 1052-7613
Borrell, A.; Abad-Oliva, N.; Gómez-Campos, E.; Giménez, J. y Aguilar, A. (2012). Discrimination of stable isotopes in fin whale tissues and application to diet assessment in cetaceans. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 26, pp. 1596 - 1602 . ISSN: 0951-4198
Zenteno, L.;Crespo, E.; Goodall, N.; Aguilar, A., De Oliveira, L.; Drago, M., Secchi, R., Garcia, N., Cardona, L. (2013). Stable isotopes of oxygen reveal dispersal patterns of the South American sea lion, Otaria byronia, in the south-western Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Zoology, 291, pp. 119 - 126 . ISSN: 0952-8369
Giménez, J.; Gómez-Campos, E.; Borrell, A.; Cardona, L.; Aguilar, A. (2013). Isotopic evidence of limited exchange between Mediterranean and eastern North Atlantic fin whales. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 27, pp. 1801 - 1806 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0951-4198
Saporiti, F.; Bala, L.O.; Crespo, E.A.; Gómez-Otero, J.; Zangrando, A.F.J.;Aguilar, A.; Cardona, L. (2013). Changing patterns of marine resource exploitation by hunter-gatherers throughout the late Holocene of Argentina are uncorrelated to sea surface temperature. Quaternary International, 299, pp. 108 - 115 . ISSN: 1040-6182
Clusa, M.; Carreras, C.; Pascual, M.; Demetropoulos, A.; Margaritoulis, D.; Rees, A.F.; Hamza, A.A.; Khalil, M.; Aureggi, M.; Levy, Y.; Türkozan, O.; Marco, A.; Aguilar, A.; Cardona, L. (2013). Mitochondrial DNA reveals Pleistocenic colonisation of the Mediterranean by loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 439, pp. 15 - 24 . ISSN: 0022-0981
Borrell, A.; Velásquez-Vacca A.; Pinela A. M.; Kinze C.; Lockyer, C. H.; Vighi, M.: Aguilar, A. (2013). Stable isotopes provide insight into population structure and segregation in eastern North Atlantic sperm whales. PLoS One, 8(12), p. e82398 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1932-6203
Cardona, L.; Clusa, M.; Eder, E.; Demetropoulos, A.; Margaritoulis, D.; Rees, A. F.; Hamza, A. A.; Khalil, M.; Levy, Y.; Türkozan, O.; Marina, I.; Aguilar, A. (2014). Distribution patterns and foraging ground productivity determine clutch size in Mediterranean loggerhead turtles. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 497, pp. 229 - 241 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0171-8630
Clusa, M.; Carreras, C.; Pascual, M.; Gaughran, S.J.; Piovano, S.; Giacoma, C.; Fernández, G.; Levy, Y.; Tomás, J.; Raga, J.A.; Maffucci, F.; Hochscheid, S.; Aguilar, A.; Cardona, L. (2014). Fine-scale distribution of juvenile Atlantic and Mediterranean loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology, 161(3), pp. 509 - 519 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-013-2353-y . ISSN: 0025-3162
Gonzalvo, J.; Forcada, J.; Grau, E.; Aguilar, A. (2014). Strong site-fidelity increases vulnerability of common bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus in a mass tourism destination in the western Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 94(6), pp. 1227 - 1235 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315413000866 . ISSN: 0025-3154
Giménez, J.; Gómez-Campos, E.; Borrell, A.; Cardona, L.; Aguilar, A. (2014). The uncertain status of the Mediterranean and northeastern North Atlantic fin whale subpopulations: Reply to Castellote et al. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 28, pp. 668 - 670 . ISSN: 0951-4198
Vighi, M.; Borrell, A.; Crespo, E.A.; Oliveira, L.R.; Simões Lopes, P.C.; Flores, P.A.C.; García, N.A.; Aguilar, A. (2014). Stable isotopes indicate population structuring in the Southwest Atlantic population of right whales. PLoS One, 9(3), p. e90489 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1932-6203
Aguilar, A.; Giménez, J.; Gómez-Campos, E.; Cardona, L.; Borrell, A. (2014). δ15N value does not reflect fasting in mysticetes. PLoS One, 9(3), p. e92288 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1932-6203
Saporiti, F.; Bearhop, S.; Silva, L.; Vales, D.; Zenteno, L.; Crespo, E.A.; Aguilar, A.; Cardona, L. (2014). Longer and less overlapping food webs in anthropogenically disturbed marine ecosystems: confirmations from the past. PLoS One, 9(7) . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1932-6203
Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A.; Tornero,V.; Drago, M. (2014). Concentrations of mercury in tissues of striped dolphins suggest decline of pollution in Mediterranean open waters. Chemosphere, 107, pp. 319 - 323 . ISSN: 0045-6535
Fontaine, M.C.; Roland, K.; Calves, I.; Austerlitz, F.; Palstra, F.; Tolley, K.A.; Ryan, S.; Ferreira, M.; Jauniaux, T.; Llavona, A.; Öztürk, B.; Öztürk, A.; Ridoux, V.; Rogan, E.; Siebert, U.; Sequeira, M.; Vikingsson, G.A.; Borrell, A.; Michaux, J.; Aguilar, A. (2014). Postglacial climate changes and rise of three ecotypes of harbour porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, in western Palearctic waters. Molecular Ecology, 23(13), pp. 3306 - 3321 . ISSN: 0962-1083
Saporiti, F., Bala, L.O., Gómez-Otero, J., Crespo, E.A., Piana, E.L., Aguilar, A., Cardona, L. (2014). Palaeoindian pinniped exploitation in South America was driven by oceanic productivty. Quaternary International, 352, pp. 85 - 91 . ISSN: 1040-6182
Vales, D.; Saporiti, F.; Cardona, L.; Oliveira, L.R.; Dos Santos, R.A.; Secchi, E.R.; Aguilar, A.; Crespo. E. (2014). Intensive fishing has not forced dietary change in the South American fur seal Arctophoca (=Arctocephalus) australis> off Río de la Plata and adjoining areas. Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 24, pp. 745 - 759 . https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.2397 . ISSN: 1052-7613
Borrell, A.; Clusa, M.; Aguilar, A.; Drago, M. (2015). Use of epidermis for the monitoring of tissular trace elements in Mediterranean striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba). Chemosphere, 122, pp. 288 - 294 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.10.080 . ISSN: 0045-6535
Zenteno, L.; Crespo, E.; Vales, D.; Silva, L.; Saporiti, F.; Oliveira, L.R.; Secchi, E.R.; Drago, M.; Aguilar, A.; Cardona, L. (2015). Dietary consistency of male South American sea lions (Otaria flavescens) in southern Brazil during three decades inferred from stable isotope analysis. Marine Biology, 162, pp. 275 - 289 . ISSN: 0025-3162
De Meester, L.; van Tienderen, P.; Werger, M.; Hector, A.; Wörheide, G.; Niemelä, J.; Aguilar, A.; Smets, E.; Godfray, C.; Sutherland, W.; Bauhus, J.; Courchamp, F.; Gandini, G.; Koch, M.; Le Maho, Y.; Manuel, M.; Pawlowski, J.; Quéinnec, E.; Owens, I.; Keustermans, L. (2011). Challenges for biodiversity research in Europe. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 13, pp. 83 - 100 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1877-0428
Vighi, M.; García-Nisa, I.; Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A. (2015). The fin whale, a marine top consumer, exposes strengths and weaknesses of the use of fluoride as ecological tracer. Chemosphere, 127, pp. 229 - 237 . ISSN: 0045-6535
Pinela, A.M.; Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A. (2015). Variation in δ15N and δ13C stable isotope values in common dolphins (Delphinus spp.) worldwide, with particular emphasis on the eastern North Atlantic populations. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 29, pp. 855 - 863 . https://doi.org/10.1002/rcm.7173 . ISSN: 0951-4198
Gómez-Campos, E.; Borrell, B.; Correas; J.; Aguilar, A. (2015). Topographical variation in lipid content and morphological structure of the blubber in the striped dolphin. Scientia Marina, 79(2), pp. 189 - 197 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0214-8358
Karamanlidis, A. A.; Gaughran, S.; Aguilar, A.; Dendrinos, P.; Huber, D.; Pires, R.; Schultz, J.; Skrbinsekh, T.; Amato, G. (2016). Shaping species conservation strategies using mtDNA analysis: the case of the elusive Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus). Biological Conservation, pp. 71 - 79 . ISSN: 0006-3207
Borrell, Asuncion; Tornero, Victoria; Bhattacharjee, Dola; Aguilar, Alex (2016). Trace element accumulation and trophic relationships in aquatic organisms of the Sundarbans mangrove ecosystem (Bangladesh). Science of the Total Environment, 545, pp. 414 - 423 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0048-9697
Borrell, A., Gómez-Campos, E; Aguilar, A. (2016). Influence of reproduction on stable isotope ratios: nitrogen and carbon isotope discrimination between mothers, foetuses, and milk in the fin whale, a capital breeder. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 89(1), pp. 41 - 50 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1522-2152
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
Clusa, Marcel; Carreras, Carlos; Pascual, Marta; Gaughran, Stephen J.; Piovano, Susanna; Avolio, Diego; Ollano, Gepi; Fernandez, Gloria; Tomas, Jesus; Antonio Raga, Juan; Aguilar, Alex; Cardona, Luis (2016). Potential bycatch impact on distinct sea turtle populations is dependent on fishing ground rather than gear type in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology, 163(5) . https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-016-2875-1 . ISSN: 0025-3162
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 . https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12283 . ISSN: 0824-0469
Samarra, F. I. P.; Vighi, M.; Aguilar, A.; Víkingsson, G. A. (2017). Intra-population variation in isotopic niche in herring-eating killer whales off Iceland. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 564, pp. 199 - 210 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0171-8630
Arregui, Marina; Josa, Marta; Aguilar, Alex; Borrell, Asuncion (2017). Isotopic homogeneity throughout the skin in small cetaceans. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 31(18), pp. 1551 - 1557 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0951-4198
Cardona, Luis; Vales, Damian; Aguilar, Alex; Crespo, Enrique; Zenteno, Lisette (2017). Temporal variability in stable isotope ratios of C and N in the vibrissa of captive and wild adult South American sea lions Otaria byronia: More than just diet shifts. Marine Mammal Science, 33(4), pp. 975 - 990 . https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12415 . 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
Clusa, M.; Carreras, C.; Cardona, L.; Demetropoulos, A.; Margaritoulis, D.; Rees, A.F.; Hamza, A.A.; Khalil, M.; Levy, Y.; Turkozan, O.; Aguilar, A.; Pascual, M. (2018). Philopatry in loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta): beyond the gender paradigm. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 588, pp. 201 - 213 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0171-8630
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
Borrell, A.; Sant, P.; Víkingsson, G.; Aguilar, A.; García-Vernet, R. (2018). An evaluation of whale skin differences and its suitability as a tissue for stable isotope analysis. Journal of Sea Research, 140, pp. 59 - 62 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1385-1101
Vighi, M.; Borrell, A.; Víkingsson, G.; Gunnlaugsson, Th.; Aguilar, A. (2019). Strontium in fin whale baleen: A potential tracer of mysticete movements across the oceans?. Science of the Total Environment, 650, pp. 1224 - 1230 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 0048-9697
Arregui, M.; Borrell, A.; Víkingsson, G.; Ólafsdóttir, D; Aguilar, A. (2018). Stable isotope analysis of fecal material provides insight into the diet of fin whales. Marine Mammal Science, 34(4), pp. 1059 - 1060 . https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12504 . ISSN: 0824-0469
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
Aznar-Alemany, Ò.; Sala, B.; Jobst, K.J.; Reiner, E.J.; Borrell, A.; Aguilar, À.; Barceló, D.; Eljarrat E. (2018). Temporal trends of flame retardants and non-targeted analysis of halogenated contaminants in striped dolphins from the Mediterranean Sea. Organohalogen Compounds, 80, pp. 265 - 268 . ISSN: 1026-4892
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.; Borrell, A.; Aguilar, A.; Vighi, M. (2019). El projecte Medsealitter: protocols comuns per al monitoratge de la brossa marina a la Mediterrània. Soldó. Informatiu del Parc Natural del Delta de l'Ebre, 50, pp. 36 - 36 . ISSN: 1696-0831
Rita, D.; Borrell, A.; Víkingsson, G.; Aguilar, A. (2019). Histological structure of baleen plates and its relevance to sampling for stable isotope studies. Mammalian Biology, 99, pp. 63 - 70 . Institutional Repository . ISSN: 1616-5047
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

Supervision of doctoral thesis

Borrell, A . (1993) . Dinámica de los contaminantes organoclorados en la ballena de aleta, el calderón común y el delfín listado de aguas mediterráneas y atlánticas (Ph.D. Thesis) . Barcelona.
Nuria Calzada Lombana . (1996) . Biología del delfín listado (Stenella coeruleoalba) del Mediterráneooccidental (Ph.D. Thesis) . Barcelona.
Jaume Forcada i Nogués . (1998) . Studies in the assessment of marine mammals populations (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Manel Gazo i Perez . (2002) . Biologia reproductiva del vell mari: del naixement a la independència nutricional (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Tornero Álvarez, V . (2004) . Retinoides como biomarcadores de contaminación en pequeños cetáceos (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Carreras Huergo, Carles . (2007) . Problemas de conservación de la tortuga boba (Caretta caretta) en el Mediterráneo (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Revelles Conde, Mónica . (2007) . Uso del habitat y alimentación de la tortuga boba (Caretta caretta) en el Mediterraneo Occidental (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Drago, M . (2010) . Dieta y dinámica poblacional del león marino del sur (Otaria flavescens) en Patagonia (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Teresa Pastor Ramos . (2010) . Biología reproductiva y variabilidad genética en la foca monje del Mediterráneo (Monachus monachus) (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universidad de Barcelona.
Encarna Gómez Campos . (2012) . El músculo y la grasa hipodérmica como fuentes de información sobre condición nutricional y dieta en delfines (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Morais Pinela, Ana . (2015) . Taxonomy, morphology and distribution of the common dolphin, Delphinus delphis (short-beaked form) and Delphinus capensis (long-beaked form), in West African waters (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Joan Gonzalvo Villegas . (2016) . Anthropogenic threats to coastal dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea: the Balearic Islands and the Eastern Ionian Sea as case-studies (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Morgana Vighi . (2016) . Use of chemical markers in the study of distribution range and population structure of large cetaceans (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.
Carmiña Alba Fernández . (2016) . Variación ontogenética de las propiedades mecánicas y la geometría del radio (hueso apendicular) de dos especies de odontocetos: Stenella coeruleoalba y Pontoporia blainvillei (Ph.D. Thesis) . Universitat de Barcelona.

Summary of scientific trajectory

Summary of scientific trajectory. Alex Aguilar is Professor of Animal Biology at the University of Barcelona and Vice-Rector for Outreach and Internationalization of the same university. He has been Vice-Rector for Innovation and Transfer of Knowledge of the University of Barcelona (2008-2010) and Director of the Institute of Biodiversity Research-IRBio (2013-2016). He leads the Large Marine Vertebrates Research and Conservation Group (GRUMM), recognized by the Government of Catalonia as a "Consolidated Research Group of Excellence". His research activity has covered diverse fields, with emphasis on the study of the demography, ecology and management of marine threatened vertebrate species. He has also made extensive research on the impact of chemical pollutants on ecosystems. Besides his lecturing work at the University of Barcelona, he has carried out dedicated work on sensibilization on the marine environment, including extensive participation in scientific conferences, workshops and training courses. He has directed 14 PhD thesis and 27 Masters thesis, and has authored more than 300 communications to conferences, 30 of which were invited presentations. He is also the author of more than 350 publications: 183 articles in scientific refereed journals (147 of them with impact index), 12 books, 34 chapters in books, 47 articles in newspapers or popular magazines, 65 papers as Proceedings of conferences, 35 technical reports and 4 audiovisuals. He is periodically involved in the works of several scientific committees, including the IUCN Species Survival Commission, the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Scientific Council of the Park National du Banc d'Arguin, as well as the Bonn (ACCOBAMS) and Barcelona Conventions. He has also been regular consultant of the Spanish Ministry of the Environment. His activity has developed through over 80 projects funded by a wide range of organizations, both national and international such as UNEP, WWF, or the EU. Although always aimed at the conservation of the marine environment, these projects ranged from the purely academic to those focusing on the implementation of practical conservation measures. Geographically, his activity has had a worldwide coverage, with substantial work carried out in Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. The above activities and projects have often led the applicant to take a leading role in the research and conservation arena. He has been Member-at-large of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) and member of the Board as well as Chairman of the European Society (ECS). In several cases he has coordinated action to solve acute environmental conflicts. As an example, he was the coordinator of the research undertaken to clarify the 1990 epizootic that affected the Mediterranean striped dolphin, and the coordinator for the rescue efforts to save the Mediterranean monk seal colony when a mass mortality occurred in Mauritania 1997. Also, he has coordinated numerous multi-team research projects, often international, directed fieldwork campaigns, organized workshops, conferences and symposia, and led the production of the Marine Mammal Red Lists of Threatened Species for Spain, the Balearic Islands, and the Andalusian Community. He has received the European Prize for Nature Conservation from the Ford Conservation Foundation (1992), the award for the Conservation of Protected Species of Vidamarina (2000), the Pew Marine Conservation Award of the Pew Charitable Trusts (2001), the Rey Jaime I award to the Protection of the Environment (2004), and the Annual Award to Environmental Research of the Generalitat de Catalunya (2010)