Marcos Moleón Paiz

Marcos Moleón Paiz

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moleon2Marcos Moleón Paiz
Associate Professor

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

Phone: + 34 958243082

ORCID: 0000-0002-3126-619X
Researcher ID: K-2875-2014
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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. From 2017 to 2022 I had a “Ramón y Cajal” postdoctoral fellow at the UGR, where I currently work as lecturer. My research focuses on the ecology and conservation of predators and scavengers. 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 lead the research group “Biology and Conservation of Mediterranean and Tropical Vertebrates” (RNM254), and I’m author of over 90 scientific articles in SCI journals, one scientific book (three more as editor), 25 chapters in 15 books, and 13 popular publications. Although I always felt a profound vocation for scientific research, later I also got excited with teaching activities. I firmly believe in the power of scientific collaborations and the impact on the different generations of students as multipliers of the individual repercussion on society and the planet.


Degree in Biology

  • Writing and execution of projects in Biology
  • Zoology

Degree in Environmental Sciences

  • Zoology


Research lines

  • Carrion ecology, including facultative scavenging by predators, scavenging networks, the role of carrion in the landscapes of fear and disgust, and non-trophic functions of carrion
  • Predator ecology and conservation, including trophic ecology, 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. (2023) Extending the dynamic landscape of fear in a human-dominated world. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2022.10.001
  • 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.
  • 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.