Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Current position
In Andorra, after a walk
I am currently working in the Natural History Museum of Barcelona (MCNB) as head of the Chordates Laboratory and curator of its collection. My job is to research and manage the chordates collection of the museum to promote its use in research and exposition (education). My research activity is also associated to the Ornitological Catalan Institute and to the Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology Associate Research Unit, CSIC (MCNB), where I collaborate as associated researcher.

My research interests are diverse but fully related to bird ecology.

On the one hand, I have worked on behavioural ecology. Juan Carlos Senar supervised my Ph. D. at the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona. My thesis dissertation was about multiple ornaments in birds, specifically how plumage color can signal different skills through the expression of particularly ornaments and how they interact in contexts of sexual and social selection. My species of study were the Siskin (Carduelis spinus) and the Great Tit (Parus major). Another related subject of my interest is to ascertain how sexual and natural selection can modify the final features of the Magpie nest, which is a post-mating sexual trait (see pictures).

My interests in plumage colouration are not only theoretical but also applied. I took a postdoctoral stay in Jorge Schondube's Lab, in Mexico, with the objective to asses how structural colours may be used as potential environmental bioindicators. There, I began to be interested in assessing how the process of human disturbing is affecting bird communities, what I do in collaboration with Ian Macgregor and Jorge on this topic.
Also, and related to Museology studies, I am collaborating with other curators of the Natural Science Museum of Barcelona to design a project to monitoring the state of conservation of the especimens which belong to the collection in this Museum. Finally, we are developping an incipient research line that is focused in obtaining efficient methodologies for the preparation of  zoological specimens.

In conclusion, I do more things than time allows me to do... (if you research, you know what I am talking about...).

If you want contact me:
Javier Quesada 

Laboratory of chordates
Natural History Museum of Barcelona
Pg. Picasso s/n. 08003 Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
Telèfon: + 34 93 256 22 24