José started doing research back in Chile conducting mostly descriptive work related to parasites in birds of Chile. Currently José is doing a PhD in the University of Bath (UK) supervised by Prof Tamás Székely, Prof Sam Sheppard (Bath), and Dr Jordi Figuerola (Seville, Spain), investigating the causes of sex-specific mortality patterns in birds, particularly in shorebirds. So far his research suggests that birds don’t have a sex-biased parasitism, and that parasitism is not related to mortality bias across avian species.

Now José plans to continue investigating the immune aspect of these patterns, further implementing phylogenetic comparative analyses, area that interestingly has been of great appeal to him.

José’s general research interests include ornithology, physiology, parasitology, body size, plumage coloration, and comparative methods.