David Villegas Ríos (PhD)

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Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas


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. Villegas-Rios D.; Reale D.; Carla F.; Moland E.; Olsen E. (2018) Personalities predict spatial responses to environmental fluctuations and survival in wild fish. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87: 1309-1319
  2. Almada F.; Francisco S.; Lima C.; FitzGerald R.; Mirimim L.; Villegas-Rios D.; Saborido-Rey F.; Afonso P.; Morato T.; Bexiga S.; Robalo J. (2017) Historical gene flow constraints in a northeastern Atlantic fish: phylogeography of the ballan wrasse Labrus bergylta across its distribution range. Royal Society Open Science. Royal Society, 4: 160773.
  3. Villegas-Rios D.; Reale D.; Freitas C.; Moland E.; Moland Olsen E. (2017) Individual level consistency and correlations of fish spatial behaviour assessed from aquatic animal telemetry. Animal Behaviour. 124, 83-94
  4. Villegas-Ríos D.; Moland E.; Moland Olsen E. (2017) Potential of contemporary evolution to erode fishery benefits from marine reserves. Fish and Fisheries, 18:571-577
  5. Almada F., Casas L., Francisco S.M., Villegas-Ríos D., Saborido-Rey F., Irigoien X., Robalo J.L.. (2016) On the absence of genetic differentiation between morphotypes of the ballan wrasse Labrus bergylta (Labridae) Marine Biology, 163: 86
  6. Almada F., Abecasis D., Villegas-Ríos D., Henriques S., Pais M.P., Batista M., Horta B., Joana Martins C., Tojeira I., Vasco-Rodrigues N., Araújo R., Souto M., Alonso H., Falcón J.M., Henriques F., Catry O., Cabral H., Biscoito M., Almada V.C. (2015) Ichthyofauna of the Selvagens Islands. Do small coastal areas show high species richness in the northeastern Atlantic? Marine Biology Research, 11 (1): 49-61
  7. Villegas-Ríos D., Alós J., Palmer M., Lowerre-Barbieri S., Bañón R., Alonso-Fernández A., Saborido-Rey F. (2014Life-history and activity shape catchability in a sedentary fish Marine Ecology Progress Series, 515: 239-250
  8. Alonso-Fernández A., Otero J., Villegas-Ríos D., 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
  9. Lowerre-Barbieri S., Villegas-Ríos D., Walters S., Bickford J., Cooper W., Muller R., Trotter A. (2014Spawning Site Selection and Contingent Behavior in Common Snook,Centropomus undecimalis. PLoS ONE 9(7): e101809. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101809
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Villegas-Ríos D., Alonso-Fernández A., Domínguez-Petit R., Saborido-Rey F. (2013). Intraspecific variability in reproductive patterns in the temperate hermaphrodite Labrus bergylta. Marine and Freshwater Research,  64(12) 1156-1168
  13. Villegas-Ríos D., Alonso-Fernández A., Fabeiro M., Bañón R., Saborido-Rey F. (2013) Demographic variation between colour patterns in a temperate protogynous hermaphrodite, the Ballan Wrasse Labrus bergylta. PLOS ONE, 8 (8): e71591.
  14. 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.
  15. Villegas-Ríos D., Alós J., March D., Palmer M., Mucientes G., Saborido-Rey F. (2013) Home range and diel behaviour of the ballan wrasse, Labrus bergylta, determined by acoustic telemetry. Journal of Sea Research, 80: 61-71.
  16. 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.
  17. Bañón R., Villegas-Ríos D., Serrano A:, Mucientes G., Arronte J.C. (2010) Marine fishes from Galicia (NW Spain): an updated checklist. Zootaxa, 2667: 1-27.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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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