Mouvement, Abondance, Distribution


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laura cardador

Postdoctoral Visitor


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Address:  CEFE UMR5175 - Campus du CNRS - 1919, route de Mende - 34293 Montpellier 5 - France
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Project at the CEFE

Contrasting spatio-temporal trends and climatic niche dynamics of the rose-ringed parakeet across Europe.

Funding: A Short-Term Scientific Mission under the ParrotNet COST Action (ES1304).


Research interests

My research focuses on the ecological factors affecting spatial distribution and population dynamics of species, paying particular attention to the effects of human-induced environmental changes. I have also wide interest in conservation and the development and application of modelling tools, allowing the integration of key ecological data, to guide relevant conservation and management decision making. Most of my research has centred in agricultural and marine systems and species of conservation concern. Recently, I have also started focusing on invasive species, a field where I am applying my previous background. Using invasive species as study models, I focus on understanding which traits of species and the spatial configuration of habitat affect spatio-temporal dynamics of invasion trends as well as its potential consequences on risk predictions.

Research positions

  • Postdoctoral contract (LifeWatch Project; EU), Estación Biológica de Doñana CSIC, Sevilla, Spain, Sep 2014 – Nov 2015
  • Postdoctoral contract (Steppeahead project, FGCSIC & Banco Santander), Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology Lab, CTFC-CREAF-CSIC, Solsona, Spain, Mar 2012 – Sep 2014.
  • Postdoctoral contract , Department of Animal Biology, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Oct 2011 – Feb 2012.
  • Ph.D. student (FPU program, Spanish Government), Department of Animal Biology, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Jan 2006 – Oct 2011.
  • Collaboration grant for last year B.Sc. students (Spanish Government), Department of Ecology, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, Sep 2003- Sep 2004.


  • European PhD in Animal Ecology, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, October 2011. Thesis title: “Factors affecting expansion success of bird populations in human-transformed environments: the marsh harrier Circus aeruginosus in the Ebro Valley”. Mark: Excellent Cum Laude and "Special Doctorate Award (top prize for doctoral dissertations in the Spanish universities)".
  • Advanced Studies Diploma (DEA). Doctoral program in Zoology, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, 2007.
  • Master in Experimental Biology. Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, 2005.
  • B.Sc in Biology. Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, 2004.

Publications in SCI Journals

16. Cardador L, Carrete M, Gallardo B, Tella JL (2016) Combining trade data and niche modelling improves predictions of the origin and distribution of non-native European populations of a globally invasive species. Journal of Biogeography 43: 967-978.[link][pdf]

15. Abellán P, Carrete M, Anadón JD, Cardador L, Tella JL (2016). Non-random patterns and temporal trends (1912-2012) in the transport, introduction and establishment of exotic birds in Spain and Portugal. Diversity and Distributions 22: 263-273.[link][pdf]

14. Navarro J, Cardador L, Fernández, AM, Bellido JM, Coll M (2016). Differences in the relative roles of environment, prey availability and human activity in the spatial distribution of two marine mesopredators living in highly exploited ecosystems. Journal of Biogeography 43: 440-450. [link][pdf]

13. Navarro J, Cardador L, Brown R, Phillips RA (2015). Spatial distribution and ecological niches of non-breeding planktivorous petrels. Scientific Reports 5: 12164. [html]

12. Cardador L, Brotons Ll, Mougeout F, Giralt D, Bota G, Arroyo B (2015). Conservation traps and long-term species persistence in human-dominated systems. Conservation Letters 8:456-462. [html]

11. Cardador L, De Cáceres M, Giralt D, Bota G, Aquilué N, Arroyo B, Mougeot F, Cantero-Martínez C, Viladomiu L, Rosell J, Casas F, Estrada A, Alvaro-Fuentes J, Brotons Ll (2015) Tools for exploring habitat suitability for steppe birds under land-use change scenarios. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 200: 119-125. [link][pdf]

10. Cardador L, Navarro J, Forero M, Hobson KA, Mañosa S (2015). Breeding origin and spatial distribution of migrant and resident harriers in a Mediterranean wintering area: insights from isotopic analyses, ring recoveries and species distribution modelling. Journal of Ornithology 156: 247-256. [link][pdf]

9. Navarro J, Coll M, Cardador L, Fernández A, Bellido J (2015) The relative roles of the environment, human activities and spatial factors in the spatial distribution of marine biodiversity in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Progress in Oceanography 131: 126-137. [link][pdf]

8. Cardador L, De Cáceres M, Bota G, Giralt D, Casas F, Arroyo B, Mougeot François, Cantero-Martínez C, Moncunill J, Butler S, Brotons Ll (2014). A resource-based modelling framework to assess habitat suitability for steppe birds in semiarid Mediterranean agricultural systems. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92790. [html]

7. Cardador L, Sardà-Palomera F, Carrete M, Mañosa S (2014) Incorporating spatial constraints in different periods of the annual cycle improves species distribution model predictions for a highly mobile bird species. Diversity and Distributions 20: 515-528. [link][pdf]

6. Afan I, Navarro J, Cardador L, Ramírez F, Kato A, Rodríguez B, Roupert-Coudert Y, Forero MG (2014) Foraging movements and habitat niche of two closely related seabirds breeding in sympatry. Marine Biology 161: 657-668. [link][pdf]

5. Cardador L, Carrete M, Mañosa S (2012) Inter-individual variability and conspecific densities: consequences for population regulation and range expansion. PLoS ONE 7: e33375. [html]

4. Cardador L, Planas E, Varea A, Mañosa S (2012) Feeding behaviour and diet composition of the Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus in agricultural landscapes. Bird Study 59: 228-235. [link][pdf]

3. Cardador L, Carrete M, Mañosa S (2011) Can intensive agricultural landscapes favour some raptor species? The marsh harrier Circus aeruginosus in Northeastern Spain. Animal Conservation 14: 382-390. [link][pdf]

2. Cardador L, Mañosa S (2011) Foraging habitat use and selection of Western Marsh-Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) in intensive agricultural landscapes. Journal of Raptor Research 45: 168-173. [link][pdf]

1. Cardador L, Mañosa S, Varea A, Bertolero A (2009) Ranging behaviour of Marsh Harriers Circus aeruginosus in agricultural landscapes. Ibis 151: 766-770. [link][pdf]

Publications in other Journals & Book Chapters

6. Cardador L, Carrete M, Mañosa S (2014) Factors affecting the expansion success of bird populations in human-transformed environments: the case of the Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus in the Ebro Valley. Catalan Journal of Ornithology 30: 90-101. [pdf]

5. Cardador L, Bota G, Giralt D, Casas F, Arroyo B, Cantero C, Mougeot F, Viladomiu L, Moncunill J, Brotons Ll (2012). Endangered birds and farming: new conservation strategy approaches. Lychnos 9: 33-39. [html]

4. Rodriguez B, Afán I, Navarro J, Cardador L (2011) Report of breeding evidence of the Barbary Falcon (Falco peregrinus pelegrinoides) in Chafarinas Archipelago. Go-south Morocco Ornithological Reports.

3. Cardador L, Arroyo B (2012). El aguilucho lagunero. In: Atlas de las aves en invierno en España 2007-2010. Madrid: Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente-SEO/BirdLife. pp. 174-175.

2. Cardador L (2011). Aguilucho Lagunero Occidental. In: Lacasa M, editor. El libro de las rapaces. Photodigiscoping. pp. 202- 213.

1. Cardador L, Bonfil J, Estrada J, Mañosa S, Varea A (2011) L’arpella vulgar (Circus aeruginosus). In: Herrando S, Brotons Ll, Estrada J, Guallar S, Anton M, editors. Atles dels ocells de Catalunya a l’hivern 2006-2009. Bellaterra: Lynx. pp. 210-211.