Research Profile

Dario Fernandez-Bellon

Biography

Darío completed his degree in Biology (specializing in ecology, botany and zoology) at the University of Barcelona (BSc + taught MSc) in 2005. In 2012 he undertook an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at Doñana Biological Station in Sevilla. Since 2005 he has worked on a range of projects across the world, focusing on the ecology of endangered avian species, identifying threats to their populations and to their habitats and using findings to design and implement appropriate conservation actions.
  • Raptor persectuion in Europe (U. Barcelona / Spain)
  • Little Bustard breeding ecology and dispersal (U. Barcelona / Spain)
  • Seabird IBA's (SEO-BirdLife / Spain)
  • Cinereous Vulture population ecology (Doñana Research Station / Spain)
  • Harpy Eagle reintroduction programme (The Peregrine Fund / Panama)
  • Solitary Crowned Eagle conservation project (Environment Dept. / Argentina)
  • Cooperative breeding and dispersal in the Ant-eating Chat (U. Uppsala / South Africa)
  • Ridgway's Hawk reintroduction programme (The Peregrine Fund / Dominican Republic)
  • Shannon Callows & machair wader research (BWI-BirdLife / Ireland)
  • Merlin ecology and survey methodologies (BWI-BirdLife / Ireland)
  • Kestrel, Barn Owl & Long-eared Owl monitoring (BWI-BirdLife / Ireland)

Darío is currently based at the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences at University College Cork, where he is involved in two main lines of research:

For more information on Darío's research, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/dfernandezbellon/home

Research Interests

I am interested in a broad range of topics in ecology and conservation of vertebrates, with most of my work focusing on avian species from a variety of ecosystems. Some of my more specific research interests include:
· Population ecology and responses to global change drivers
· Vertebrate spatial ecology and dispersal
· Raptor ecology and monitoring techniques
· Human-wildlife conflict




Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2010)'Duc (Eagle Owl). Els rapinyaires nocturns de Catalunya (Owls of Catalonia)'
P Vila, A Margalida, D Fernández-Bellon, O Lapiedra, J Ramot, J Baucells (2010) 'Duc (Eagle Owl). Els rapinyaires nocturns de Catalunya (Owls of Catalonia)' In: Els rapinyaires nocturns de Catalunya (Owls of Catalonia). Sta. Eulàlia de RonçanaSta. Eulàlia de Ronçana: JBC ed.JBC ed. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2011)'Assessing the effectiveness of monitoring methods for Merlin Falco columbarius in Ireland: the Pilot Merlin Survey 2010'
J Lusby, D Fernández-Bellon, D Norriss, A Lauder (2011) 'Assessing the effectiveness of monitoring methods for Merlin Falco columbarius in Ireland: the Pilot Merlin Survey 2010'. Irish Birds, 9 :143-154 [Details]
(2011)'Diet of the Crowned Eagle (Harpyhaliaetus coronatus) during the breeding season in the Monte desert, Mendoza, Argentina'
RP Lobos, FJ Santander, SA Orellana, PA Ramírez, L Muñoz, D Fernández-Bellon (2011) 'Diet of the Crowned Eagle (Harpyhaliaetus coronatus) during the breeding season in the Monte desert, Mendoza, Argentina'. The Journal Of Raptor Researchthe Journal Of Raptor Research, 45 (2):180-183 [Details]
(2011)'The feeding ecology of Merlin Falco columbarius during the breeding season in Ireland, and an assessment of current diet analysis methods'
D Fernández-Bellon, J Lusby (2011) 'The feeding ecology of Merlin Falco columbarius during the breeding season in Ireland, and an assessment of current diet analysis methods'. Irish Birds, 9 :159-164 [Details]
(2011)'The effectiveness of playback as a method for monitoring breeding Merlin Falco columbarius in Ireland'
D Fernández-Bellon, J Lusby (2011) 'The effectiveness of playback as a method for monitoring breeding Merlin Falco columbarius in Ireland'. Irish Birds, 9 :155-158 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2013)Scottish Ornithological Conference
D Fernández-Bellon (2013) From Merlin to Harpy Eagles: case studies in raptor conservation Scottish Ornithological Conference [Details]
(2013)6th Irish Ornithological Conference
D Fernández-Bellon, M Wilson, N Lewon, S Irwin, TC Kelly, B O'Mahony, J O'Halloran (2013) Hen Harrier nesting behaviour: data from nest cameras 6th Irish Ornithological Conference [Details]
(2011)Irish Raptor Study Group Conference
D Fernández-Bellon, J Lusby (2011) Pilot Merlin Survey: Assessing Merlin survey methods in Ireland Irish Raptor Study Group Conference [Details]
(2010)XX SEO-BirdLife Ornithological Conference
D Fernández-Bellon, J Lusby (2010) Dieta del esmerejón Falco columbarius durante la época de cría en Irlanda XX SEO-BirdLife Ornithological Conference [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2010)Pilot Merlin survey 2010 (report to National Parks & Wildlife Service).
D Fernández-Bellon, D Carroll, J Lusby (2010) Pilot Merlin survey 2010 (report to National Parks & Wildlife Service). BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland. [Details]
(2011)Machair breeding waders (report to National Parks & Wildlife Service).
D Fernández-Bellon, A Donaghy (2011) Machair breeding waders (report to National Parks & Wildlife Service). BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland. [Details]
(2011)Irish Merlin ecological research (report to National Parks & Wildlife Service).
D Fernández-Bellon, J Lusby (2011) Irish Merlin ecological research (report to National Parks & Wildlife Service). BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland. [Details]
(2009)Ridgway’s Hawk assisted dispersal: Punta Cana release (report to the Peregrine Fund).
D Fernández-Bellon (2009) Ridgway’s Hawk assisted dispersal: Punta Cana release (report to the Peregrine Fund). The Peregrine Fund, Boise Idaho. [Details]
(2008)Shannon Callows breeding wader research project (report to National Parks & Wildlife Service).
A Donaghy, C Prosser, H Denniston, D Fernández-Bellon (2008) Shannon Callows breeding wader research project (report to National Parks & Wildlife Service). BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland. [Details]

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School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

An Scoil Eolaíochtaí Bitheolaíocha, Domhaneolaíocha agus Comhshaoil

University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K

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