Manuel Martín-Vivaldi Martínez

Manuel Martín-Vivaldi Martínez

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manuelmartinManuel Martín-Vivaldi Martínez
Associate professor

Departamento de Zoología
Facultad de Ciencias
Avenida de Fuente Nueva S/N
Universidad de Granada
Granada E-18071


Animal Behaviour and Ecology
ResearcherID: F-8256-2016
Orcid: 0000-0002-5432-425X

My main research interests are coevolution between parasites and hosts, prey and predators, and in mutualisms; as good as the evolution of sound and color signals as indicators of anti-microbial capacity and anti-predator defenses. Trying to reach a full understanding of such interactions between birds and other organisms, in an international multidisciplinary team including evolutionary ecologists, microbiologists specialized in microbial production of antibiotic substances, and chemists, we are exploring the potential beneficial effects of bacteria on bird hosts, and the influence of microbial communities on life history strategies of birds (breeding, communication, migration, etc).


Degree in Biology

  • Evolutionary Biology (1st course)
  • Zoology (2nd course)
  • Behavioral ecology (4th course)


Research lines

  • Coevolution
    • Mutualisms between birds and bacteria: evolution, establishment and dynamics.
      • Adaptations in birds to acquire and regulate their microbiome.
      • Microbiome composition and dynamics.
      • Production of antimicrobial substances by mutualistic bacteria.
      • Coevolutionary history between birds and symbiotic bacteria of the uropygial gland.
    • Evolution of defenses in hosts of bird brood parasites.
  • Signal evolution
    • Multi-functional social signalsin birds and insects.
    • Mutual sexual selection.
    • Signaling microbiome composition as a component of quality.
    • Warning coloration in birds.

Most relevant publications

  • Martín-Vivaldi, M.; Soler, J.J.; Martínez-García, Á.; Juárez García-Pelayo, N.; Arco, L.; Ruiz Rodríguez, M.; Martínez Bueno, M. (2018) Acquisition of uropygial gland microbiome by hoopoe nestlings. Microbial Ecology 76: 285–297. doi:10.1007/s00248-017-1125-5
  • Martín-Vivaldi, M.; Soler, J.J.; Peralta Sánchez, J. M.; Arco, L.; Martin Platero, A. M.; Martínez Bueno, M.; Ruiz Rodríguez, M.; Valdivia, E. (2014) Special structures of hoopoe eggshells enhance the adhesion of symbiont-carrying uropygial secretion that increase hatching success. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83: 1289-1301.
  • Martín-Vivaldi, M.; Soler, J. J.; Møller, A.P.; Pérez-Contreras, T.; Soler, M. (2013) The importance of nest site and habitat in egg recognition ability of potential hosts of the European Cuckoo Cuculus canorus. Ibis, 155: 140-155.
  • Ruiz-Rodríguez, M.; Avilés-Regodón, J. M.; Cuervo-Osés, J. J.; Parejo-Mora, D.; Ruano, F.; Zamora-Muñoz, C.; Fabrizio, S.; López-Jiménez, L.; Tanferna, A.; Martín-Vivaldi, M. (2013) Does avian conspicuous colouration increase or reduce predation risk? Oecologia, 173: 83-93.
  • Martín-Vivaldi, M.; Peña-Heras, M. A.; Peralta Sánchez, J. M.; Sánchez Moreno, L.; Ananou, S.; Ruiz Rodríguez, M.; Soler, J. J. (2010) Antimicrobial chemicals in hoopoe preen secretions are produced by symbiotic bacteria. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 277: 123-130.
  • Soler, J.J.; Martín-Vivaldi, M.; Ruiz Rodríguez, M.; Valdivia, E.; Martín Platero, A. M.; Martínez Bueno, M.; Peralta Sánchez, J. M.; Méndez, M. (2008) Symbiotic association between hoopoes and antibiotic-producing bacteria that live in their uropygial gland. Functional Ecology, 22: 864-871