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Dr Salvador Herrando-Perez

Biography/ Background

I was born in Onda (Castellón, Spain) in 1968

+ Research Associate (postdoc)
with the Department of Biogeography and Global Change, at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (Spanish Research Council, Spain) - Start date = August 2013. Project: Expression and evolution of heat-shock proteins at the extremes of the thermal niche of Iberian lacertid reptiles (postdoc position), with Miguel Bastos Araújo (Imperial College, UK) and  David Vieites (National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid)
Progress: field work completed, molecular and statistical analyses in progress.
See here my website within Araújo's Lab.
Research Associate
with the Global Ecology Laboratory, at the School of Biological Sciences (The University of Adelaide, Australia) - Start date = May 2012. Project: Megafauna extinctions from Pleistocene Sahul, with Corey Bradshaw, Barry Brook, John Alroy, Nick Benton, Michael Bird, Alan Cooper, Richard Gillespie, Zenobia Jacobs, Chris Johnson, Gifford Miller, Gavin Prideaux, Bert Roberts, Marta Rodríguez-Rey Gómez, Frederik Saltré, and Chris Turney
Progress: (1) Data collection completed (September 2013) + data analyses in progress. (2) Two workshops held: Linnaeus (Brisbane, October 2013) + Hobart (Tasmania, October 2014).



+ PhD - Population ecology.
Resolving conceptual confusion and quantifying cross-taxa patterns of 'density dependence' in population ecology. School of Biological Sciences (The University of Adelaide, Australia). Supervisors: Corey BradshawBarry Brook and Steven Delean. Support: Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Department of Education, Science and Training, Australian Government), 2007-2012. Awarded a Dean's commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.
+ MPhil - Marine Biology. Initial benthic recovery following flyash dumping off the Northumberland Coast. School of Marine Science and Technology (Newcastle University, UK). Supervisor: Chris Frid.
+ BSc. Biology - Zoology. Faculty of Biological Sciences (Valencia University, Spain). 1986-1991.


Teaching Interests

I have done lecturing on ordination methods applied to the study of biodiversity patterns in Colombia, Mexico and Peru, see courses below.

Postgraduate - Position = Lecturer
Multivariate analyses for environmental impact assessment and protected areas (42 hours). Universidad Pedagogica y Tecnologica de Colombia (Tunja, Colombia). 5-9 February 2007.
+ Multivariate analyses for fisheries and aquaculture (40 hours). Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Bogota, Colombia). 7-11 June 2005.
+ Multivariate analyses for aquatic mammal research (75 hours). Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia), 6-27 June 2003.
+ Multivariate analyses of biodiversity data (40 hours). Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Lima, Peru), 22-29 November 2004.
+ Multivariate analyses of biodiversity data (25-42 hours). Fundacion Omacha (Bogota, Colombia). Five courses: 27 June-1 July 2005, 5-9 July 2005, 11-15 July 2005, 9-13 October 2006, and 17-21 October 2006.
+ Multivariate analyses of biodiversity data (80-100 hours). El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Chetumal, Mexico). Three courses: November 2001, and October 2003 and 2004. The Mexican Government Programme "Cátedras Universitarias Especiales" sponsored the first two courses.
Undergraduate - Position = Demonstrator
+ Statistics for Biology (2011 and 2012), and Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation (2009).  School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (The University of Adelaide, Australia).


Research Interests

Summary: I am a quantitative ecologist using statistical tools to describe and explain patterns of biodiversity and population change caused by climate forcing and biotic interactions. My key contributions to ecology so far are: (i) the first empirical cross-taxa demonstration that density feedbacks on single fertility/survival rates (component feedback) have weak association with feedback at the population level – I have called 'ensemble density feedback' the compound interplay of component feedbacks; and (ii)  a ‘Convention of Ecological Nomenclature’ (CEN) for avoiding redundant research and promoting fluent communication across authors, schools of thought and ecological disciplines. I specialise in the collation of multivariate information on multiple species (climate requirements, life-history traits, time series of abundance, extinction dates) to address global questions that can advance the progress of ecology. I have applied multivariate statistics to unravel responses of species assemblages (marine invertebrates, montane forests, tropical reptiles) to pollution, altitudinal gradients and habitat fragmentation. I have described 4 species new to science and lectured 15 postgraduate courses on multivariate statistics. Most recently, I have developed skills for multi-model inference resulting in global analyses of long-term changes in population size in plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. I am now involved in two postdoctoral projects focusing on niche conservatism using heat-shock proteins, and drivers of extinction of late-Pleistocene megafauna.

Work principles:
contributing to a fairer and cleaner world,
+ enforcing collaborative research between developed and developing countries,
+ passing expertise on to society and younger generations of scientists


See here my google scholar citations.

+  Rodríguez-Rey M, S Herrando-Pérez, R Gillespie, Z Jacobs, F Saltré, BW Brook, GJ Prideaux, RG Roberts, A Cooper, J Alroy, GH Miller, MI Bird, CN Johnson, N Beeton, CS Turney, CJA Bradshaw (2015). Criteria for assessing the quality of Middle Pleistocene to Holocene vertebrate fossil ages. Quaternary Geochronology. doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2015.08.002
+ Bradshaw CJA, BW Brook, S Delean, DA Fordham, S Herrando-Pérez, P Cassey, R Early, C H Sekercioglu, MB Araujo (2014). Predictors of contraction and expansion of area of occupancy for British birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281:
+ Herrando-Pérez S, BW Brook, CJA Bradshaw (2014) Clarity and precision of language are a necessary route in ecology. BioScience 64: 373-374.
Herrando-Pérez S
, BW Brook, CJA Bradshaw (2014) Ecology needs a convention of ecological nomenclature. BioScience 64: 311-321.
Herrando-Pérez S
, S Delean, BW Brook, P Cassey, CJA Bradshaw (2014) Spatial climate patterns explain negligible variation in strength of compensatory density feedback in birds and mammals. PlosOne 9(3):e91536.

Herrando-Pérez S (2013) Climate change heats matrix population models. Journal of Animal Ecology 82(6): 1117-1119.
+ Herrando-Pérez S, S Delean, BW Brook & CJA Bradshaw (2012) Strength of density feedback in census data increases from slow to fast life histories. Ecology and Evolution 2(8):1922-1934
+ Herrando-Pérez S, S Delean, BW Brook & CJA Bradshaw (2012) Decoupling of component and ensemble density feedbacks in birds and mammals. Ecology 93(7):1728-1740. DOI:10.1890/11-1415.1. See also:
+ Herrando-Pérez S, S Delean, BW Brook & CJA Bradshaw (2012) Density dependence: an ecological Tower of Babel. Oecologia 170:583-603. See also:
+ Luja VH, S Herrando-Pérez, D González-Solís & L Luiselli (2008) Secondary rainforests are not havens for reptile species in tropical Mexico. Biotropica 40(6):747-757
+ Herrando-Pérez S, M Baratti & G Messana (2008) Subterranean ecological research and multivariate statistics: A review (1945-2006). Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 70(2):120-128
+ La Torre-Cuadros MA, S Herrando-Pérez & K Young (2007) Diversity and structural patterns for tropical montane and premontane forests of Central Peru, with an assessment of the use of higher-taxon surrogacy. Biodiversity and Conservation 16:2965-2988
+ Herrando-Pérez S, G San Martín & J Núñez (2001) Polychaete patterns from an oceanic island in the East Atlantic, La Gomera (Canarian Archipelago). Cahiers de Biologie Marine 42:275-287
+ Herrando-Pérez S & CLJ Frid (2001) Recovery patterns of macrobenthos and sediment at a close fly-ash dumpsite. Sarsia 86:389-400
+ Herrando-Pérez S & CLJ Frid (1998) The cessation of long-term fly-ash dumping: effects on macrobenthos and sediments. Marine Pollution Bulletin 36(10):780-790

+ Brusa F, LHL Negrete, Y Herrerra-Martínez & S Herrando-Pérez (2012) Girardiae festae (Borelli, 1898) (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida: Dugesiidae): distribution extension in a  high-altitude lake from Colombia. Check List 8(2):276-279.
+ Pesic V, T Chatterjee, Y Herrera-Martínez & S Herrando-Pérez (2010) Wandesia (Partnuniella) lehmanni - a new water mite species (Acari: Hydrachnidia, Hydryphantidae) from a high-altitude lake in the Colombian AndesInternational Journal of Acarology 36(1):53-58. DOI: 10.1080/01647950903508508
+ Baquero E, S Herrando-Pérez & R Jordana (2006) A new species of Arrhopalites (Collembola, Symphypleona, Arrhopalitidae) from a cave on the Central East Iberian Peninsula. Subterranean Biology 3:81-86
+ Bruce NL & S Herrando-Pérez (2005) Kensleylana briani, a new genus and species of freshwater cave-dwelling cirolanid (Crustacea: Isopoda) from Spain. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 118:74-83. DOI: 10.2988/0006-324X(2005)118[74:KBANGA]2.0.CO
+ de Grave S & S Herrando-Pérez (2003) A new species of Typhlocirolana (Isopoda, Cirolanidae) from the Ullal de la Rambla de Miravet, Spain. Zootaxa 393:1-11.

+ Herrando-Pérez S (2007) Crustaceans from the Ullal de Miravet (Castellon, Spain): travellers through space and time. Berig 8:4-10. Free access:
+ Herrando-Pérez S (2005) Ullal de Miravet, a natural treasure below the ground. Quercus 230:20-26. Free access:
+ Herrando-Pérez S, J Núñez & G San Martín (2000) Polychaetes: athletics over the seas. Quercus 175:16-24.  ISSN: 02120054

REVIEWER OF PAPERS FROM: Acta Biotheoretica, Climate Research, Community Ecology, Ecography, Ecological Research, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Plos One, Population Ecology, Restoration Ecology.

BLOGGING - Conservation Bytes:

+ Rapid biodiversity assessment, Contamana, Amazon. Conservation Data Centre and National University Agraria La Molina, Peru. Duty: Field photography. 2004.
+ Environmental impact assessment, Unelco Power Station, Tenerife. Duty: Invertebrate taxonomy and statistical data analyses. 1997-2001.
+ Rapid biodiversity assessment, En Nailat, Sahara. La Laguna University (Spain) and Morocco Government. Duty: Invertebrate sampling. 1997.


Community Engagement

+ Environmental education through story-telling and writing (2001-2007), e.g., and photographic exhibitions (2004-2005).
+ From January 2011 I write monthy articles in the section Street-side science (Ciencia a pie de calle) of the Spanish journal Quercus. An extended online version of some of those articles (in English) is available at (see links above). The purpose is to convey the usefulness of ecological-conservation science in a language tailored to a non-scientific audience.

Entry last updated: Thursday, 3 Sep 2015

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