David Villegas Ríos (PhD)

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Oficial personal web page at current position

Institute of Marine Research of Norway

Flødevigen Research Station (Arendal, Norway)



Research interest:

PhD in marine biology (University of Vigo, 2013) and currently based at the Flodevigen Marine Station, Institute of Marine Research of Norway, with a postdoctoral contract. I’m mainly interested in marine ecology, specifically fish ecology and behaviour. Specifically I’m working in the interaction between fish life-history (reproduction, growth, bioenergetics), behaviour and fisheries. My research focused on  the ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta) as my main model species, but I’ve worked in other species like the pollack Pollachius pollachius or the common snook Centropomus undecimalis. I’m specially interested in telemetry techniques to study fish behaviour in wild conditions and the application of statsitical models describing fish movement patterns. I’m also interested in fish ecology and evolution.

Download my PhD Thesis “Life history and behaviour of Labrus bergylta in Galicia”

Publications (SCI)

  1. Almada F., Casas L., Francisco S.M., Villegas-Ríos D., Saborido-Rey F., Irigoien X., Robalo J.L.. (In press) On the absence of genetic differentiation between morphotypes of the ballan wrasse Labrus bergylta (Labridae) Marine Biology, 163 (85)
  2. Frederico Almada, David Abecasis, David Villegas-Ríos, Sofia Henriques, Miguel P. Pais, Marisa Batista, Bárbara Horta e Costa, Joana Martins, Inês Tojeira, Nuno Vasco Rodrigues, Ricardo Araújo, Miguel Souto, Hany Alonso, Jesús M. Falcón, Filipe Henriques, Paulo Catry, Henrique Cabral, Manuel Biscoito, Vitor C. Almada (2015Ichthyofauna of the Selvagens Islands. Do small coastal areas show high species richness in the northeastern Atlantic? Marine Biology Research, 11 (1): 49-61
  3. David Villegas-Ríos, Josep Alós, Miquel Palmer, Susan K. Lowerre-Barbieri, Rafael Bañón, Alexandre Alonso-Fernández and Fran SAborido Rey (2014Life-history and activity shape catchability in a sedentary fish Marine Ecology Progress Series, 515: 239-250
  4. Alonso-Fernández A., Otero J., Villegas-Ríos D. and Bañón R. (2014) Drivers of body size changes in a Pollachius pollachius stock in NE Atlantic coastal waters Marine Ecology Progress Series, 511: 223-235
  5. Susan Lowerre-Barbieri, David Villegas-Ríos, Sarah Walters, Joel Bickford, Wade Cooper, Robert Muller, Alexis Trotter (2014Spawning Site Selection and Contingent Behavior in Common Snook,Centropomus undecimalis. PLoS ONE 9(7): e101809. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101809
  6. Villegas-Ríos D., Alonso-Fernández A., Domínguez-Petit R., Saborido-Rey F. (2014Energy allocation and reproductive investment in a temperate protogynous hermaphrodite, the ballan wrasse Labrus bergylta. Journal of Sea Research, 86: 76-85
  7. Robalo, JI; Lima, CS; Francisco, SM; Almada, F; Bañon, R; Villegas-Ríos, D; Almada, VC (2013) Phylogeography of the fivebeard rockling (Ciliata mustela, Linnaeus, 1758): a possible candidate fish to monitor climate change impact on genetic population structure. Journal of Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Biology, 1: 123
  8. David Villegas-Ríos, Alexandre Alonso-Fernández, Rosario Domínguez-Petit, Fran Saborido-Rey (2013). Intraspecific variability in reproductive patterns in the temperate hermaphrodite Labrus bergylta. Marine and Freshwater Research,  64(12) 1156-1168
  9. David Villegas-Ríos, Alexandre Alonso-Fernández,Mariña Fabeiro, Rafael Bañón andFran Saborido-Rey. 2013Demographic variation between colour patterns in a temperate protogynous hermaphrodite, the Ballan Wrasse Labrus bergylta. PLOS ONE, 8 (8): e71591.
  10. Alonso-Fernández, A., Villegas-Ríos, D., Valdés-López, M., Olveira-Domínguez, B., & Saborido-Rey, F. 2013. Reproductive biology of pollack (Pollachius pollachius) from the Galician shelf (north-west Spain). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 93(7): 1951-1963.
  11. David Villegas-Ríos, Josep Alós, David March, Miquel Palmer, Gonzalo Mucientes & Fran Saborido-Rey. 2013. Home range and diel behaviour of the ballan wrasse, Labrus bergylta, determined by acoustic telemetry. Journal of Sea Research, 80: 61-71.
  12. Villegas-Ríos, D., Álvarez-Salgado, X.A, Piedracoba, S., Rosón, G., Labarta, U., González-Reiriz, M.J. 2011. Net ecosystem metabolism of a coastal embayment fertilised by upwelling and continental runoff. Continental Shelf Research, 31(5): 400-413.
  13. Rafael Bañón, David Villegas-Ríos, Alberto Serrano, Gonzalo Mucientes, Juan Carlos Arronte. 2010. Marine fishes from Galicia (NW Spain): an updated checklist. Zootaxa, 2667: 1-27.
  14. Villegas-Ríos, D., Bañon, R. 2010. First record and new meristic data of Gobius xanthocephalus (Teleostei: Gobidae) from Galician waters (NW Spain). Cybium, 34(3): 311-314.
  15. Villegas-Ríos, D., Rodríguez, A., Palmero, A., Azevedo, J.M.N. 2009. Early development stages of the red blenny, Parablennius ruber (Teleostei: Blennidae). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 89 (3): 605-608
  16. Villegas-Ríos, D. 2009. Associative behaviour between the Trachurus trachurus and the hydromedusae Aequorea forskalea: a new relationship reported from Galician waters. Marine Biodiversity Records, 3: 129

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