Dr Pedro Romero Vidal

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Scientific profile


Conservation biologist with an interest in different topics related to human impact. I completed a master's degree in Conservation Biology at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide and Doñana Biological Station. My master's thesis, carried out within the Department of Conservation Biology at Doñana Biological Station, consisted in the study of individual variability that allow species to colonize urban environments, based on burrowing owls. After finishing my master's degree, I conducted a PhD in the same group on the topic of illegal wildlife trade in Neotropical parrots, analyzing overlooked aspects of this pervasive activity. Simultaneously, I carried out different studies on the ecological functions of this group of birds, which led me to become interested in other ecological aspects, such as seed dispersal. Currently, as a Postdoc, I continue to develop this line of research, addressing different questions about plant-animal interactions.


Scientific career


2018-2021 Doctoral researcher at  Universidad Pablo de Olavide and Estación Biológica de Doñana.

2017-2018 Master in Biodiversity and Conservation at Universidad Pablo de Olavide

2008-2014 Bachelor degree in Biology at Universidade da Coruña, Spain


Selected publications


Sáez-Ventura, Á., López-Montoya, A. J., Luna, Á., Romero-Vidal, P., Palma, A., Tella, J. L., ... & Pérez, J. M. (2022). Drivers of the Ectoparasite Community and Co-Infection Patterns in Rural and Urban Burrowing Owls. Biology, 11(8), 1141.

Carrete M, Hiraldo F, Romero-Vidal P, Blanco G, Hernández-Brito D, Sebastián-González E, Díaz-Luque JA and Tella JL (2022) Worldwide Distribution of Antagonistic-Mutualistic Relationships Between Parrots and Palms. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10:790883.

Romero-Vidal, P., Carrete, M., Hiraldo, F., Blanco, G., & Tella, J. L. (2022). Confounding Rules Can Hinder Conservation: Disparities in Law Regulation on Domestic and International Parrot Trade within and among Neotropical Countries. Animals, 12(10), 1244.

Carrete, M., Clavero, M., Arrondo, E., Traveset, A., Bernardo-Madrid, R., Vilà, M., Blas, J., Nogales, M., Delibes, M., García-Rodríguez, A., Hernández-Brito, D., Romero-Vidal, P. & Tella, J.L. (2022). Emerging laws must not protect stray cats and their impacts. Conservation Science and Practice : e12706.

Liébanas, G., Sáez, Á., Luna, Á., Romero-Vidal, P., Palma, A., & Pérez, J. M. (2021). The morphology of Colpocephalum pectinatum (Phthiraptera: Amblycera: Menoponidae) under scanning electron microscopy. Arthropod Structure & Development, 64, 101085.

Hernández-Brito, D., Carrete, M., Blanco, G., Romero-Vidal, P., Senar, J. C., Mori, E., ... & Tella, J. L. (2021). The role of monk parakeets as nest-site facilitators in their native and invaded areas. Biology, 10(7), 683.

Tella, J. L., Romero-Vidal, P., Dénes, F. V., Hiraldo, F., Toledo, B., Rossetto, F., ... & Carrete, M. (2021). Roadside car surveys: Methodological constraints and solutions for estimating parrot abundances across the world. Diversity, 13(7), 300.

Blanco, G., Romero-Vidal, P., Carrete, M., Chamorro, D., Bravo, C., Hiraldo, F., & Tella, J. L. (2021). Burrowing Parrots Cyanoliseus patagonus as Long-Distance Seed Dispersers of Keystone Algarrobos, Genus Prosopis, in the Monte Desert. Diversity, 13(5), 204.

Hernández-Brito, D., Romero-Vidal, P., Hiraldo, F., Blanco, G., Díaz-Luque, J. A., Barbosa, J. M., ... & Tella, J. L. (2021). Epizoochory in Parrots as an Overlooked Yet Widespread Plant–Animal Mutualism. Plants, 10(4), 760.

Luna, Á., Romero-Vidal, P., & Arrondo, E. (2021). Predation and scavenging in the city: A review of spatio-temporal trends in research. Diversity, 13(2), 46.

Romero-Vidal, P., Hiraldo, F., Rosseto, F., Blanco, G., Carrete, M., & Tella, J. L. (2020). Opportunistic or Non-Random Wildlife Crime? Attractiveness rather than abundance in the wild leads to selective parrot poaching. Diversity, 12(8), 314.

Sebastián-González, E., Hiraldo, F., Blanco, G., Hernández-Brito, D., Romero-Vidal, P., Carrete, M., ... & Tella, J. L. (2019). The extent, frequency and ecological functions of food wasting by parrots. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-11.

Luna, Á., Romero-Vidal, P., Hiraldo, F., & Tella, J. L. (2018). Cities may save some threatened species but not their ecological function. Peer J.

Luna, Á., Romero-Vidal, P., Hiraldo, F., & Tella, J. L. (2018). Cities favour the recent establishment and current spread of the Eurasian collared dove Streptopelia decaocto (Frivaldszky, 1838) in Dominican Republic. BioInvasions Record, 7(1).

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Leipzig University

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