Global investigations on the sex roles evolution in shorebirds
José O. Valdebenito
José joined the group when he was doing his 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.
Currently he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Universidad Austral de Chile (Chile), investigating sex differences in immune response, using the Two-banded plover (Charadrius falklandicus) as model species. Hopefully, this will further the knowledge on why female birds die at higher rates than males.
Research interests: eco-immunology, physiology, parasitology, sex roles, comparative methods.