Marcos Moleón Paiz

Marcos Moleón Paiz

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moleon2Marcos Moleón Paiz
Research fellow “Ramón y Cajal”

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

Phone: + 34 958243082

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I studied a Bachelor degree in Biology (specialising in Zoology, 1996-2001) and obtained my PhD (2007) in the UGR. My thesis dealt with predator-prey relationships. Since 2001, I also worked in wildlife management for nearly 9 years (Andalusia government). Then I enjoyed several international (Univ. of Wits, South Africa) and national (UMH; EBD-CSIC) postdoctoral fellowships. I also enjoyed short-term stays in different national (UGR; URJC; EBD-CSIC) and international (INC-PAS, Poland; IGB, Germany; Univ. of Berkeley, USA) institutions. I’m Research Associate of the Univ. of Wits since 2012, and a Guest Scientist at the IGB since 2015. Since 2017 I’m a “Ramón y Cajal” postdoctoral fellow at the UGR. My research focuses on the ecology of predation and scavenging. A major transversal aim of my work is to provide science-based arguments to solve conservation problems. My main study models are birds of prey and mammalian carnivores, especially in the Mediterranean Basin and Africa. Moreover, I’m interested in the ecological role of megafauna and its relation with humans. I’m author of roughly 60 scientific articles in SCI journals, one scientific book (two more as editor), c. 20 chapters in c. 10 books, and c. 20 popular publications. Although I gained some teaching experience in different universities, I’m excited with the opportunity to teach regularly in the UGR.


Degree in Biology

  • Writing and execution of projects in Biology
  • Zoology

Degree in Environmental Sciences

  • Zoology


Research lines

  • Carrion ecology, including scavenging networks, ecological effects of carnivore carrion, and non-trophic functions of carrion
  • Predator ecology and conservation, including predator-prey relationships, ecological effects of prey diseases, and demography and conservation of endangered predators
  • Megafauna, including ecosystem services and human-wildlife conflicts

Most relevant publications

  • Moleón, M., Sánchez-Zapata, J.A., Donázar, J.A., Revilla, E., Martín-López, B., Gutiérrez-Cánovas, C., Getz, W.M., Morales-Reyes, Z., Campos-Arceiz, A., Crowder, L.B., Galetti, M., González, Suárez, M., He, F., Jordano, P., Lewison, R., Naidoo, R., Owen-Smith, N., Selva, N., Svenning, J.-C., Tella, J.L., Zarfl, C., Jähnig, S., Hayward, M.W., Faurby, S., García, N., Barnosky, A.D., Tockner, K.(2020) Rethinking megafauna. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 287, 20192643.
  • Moleón, M., Selva, N., Sánchez-Zapata, J.A. (2020) The components and spatiotemporal dimension of carrion biomass quantification. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 35, 91-92.
  • Galetti, M., Moleón, M., Jordano, P., Pires, M.M., Guimarães, P.R. Jr, Pape, T., Nichols, E., Hansen, D., Olesen, J.M., Munk, M., de Mattos, J.S., Schweiger, A.H., Owen-Smith, N., Johnson, C.N., Marquis, R.J., Svenning, J.-C. (2018) Ecological and evolutionary legacy of megafauna extinctions. Biological Reviews 93, 845-862.
  • Moleón, M., Martínez-Carrasco, C., Muellerklein, O.C., Getz, W.M., Muñoz-Lozano, C., Sánchez-Zapata, J.A. (2017) Carnivore carcasses are avoided by carnivores. Journal of Animal Ecology 86, 1179-1191.
  • Moleón, M., Sánchez-Zapata, J.A., Selva, N., Donázar, J.A, Owen-Smith, N. (2014) Inter-specific interactions linking predation and scavenging in terrestrial vertebrate assemblages. Biological Reviews 89, 1042-1054.
  • Moleón, M., Sánchez-Zapata, J.A., Margalida, A., Carrete, M., Owen-Smith, N., Donázar, J.A. (2014) Humans and scavengers: the evolution of interactions and ecosystem services. BioScience 64, 394-403.