I work at the interface of theoretical and quantitative ecology. My main aims are to 1) understand underlying ecological processes driving population dynamics; 2) to quantify and identify anthropogenic and environmental drivers in natural populations and 3) to produce and
publish high quality scientific evidence. Which, then, I disseminate to biodiversity managers, policy makers and the general public. Specifically, I have studied the effects of stochasticity and extreme perturbations on different life history traits such as survival, breeding performance, dispersal, migration and colonization processes.

I’m currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Aberdeen working on  a NERC funded project : Linking demographic theory and data to forecast the dynamics of spatially-structured seasonally-mobile populations.


  1. E Real, G Tavecchia , M Genovart, A Sanz-Aguilar , A Payo-Payo, D Oro (2018). Discard-ban policies can help improve our understanding of the ecological role of food availability to seabirds. Sciencia Marina 82 (1):115-120
  2. A Payo-Payo, A Sanz-Aguilar, M Genovart, A Bertolero, J Piccardo, D Camps, J Ruiz-Olmo & D (2018) Predator arrival elicits differential dispersal, change in age structure and reproductive performance in a prey population. Scientific Reports 8:1971
  3. A Payo-Payo, A Sanz-Aguilar, D Gaglio, RB Sherley, TR Cook, R Altwegg & PG Ryan. (2018) Survival estimates for the greater crested tern Thalasseus bergii in southern Africa. African Journal of Marine Science 40(1): 43–50.
  4. A Payo-Payo, M Genovart, A Sanz-Aguilar, J Greño, M Garcia-Tarason, A Bertolero, J Piccardo, D Oro. (2017) Colonisation in social species: the importance of breeding experience for dispersal in overcoming information barriers. Scientific Reports 7: 42866
  5. A Payo-Payo, M Genovart, A Bertolero, R Pradel, D Oro (2016). Consecutive cohort effects driven by density-dependence and climate influence early-life survival in a long-lived bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Biology B 283: 20153042.
  6. A Payo‐Payo, JM Lobo (2016). The unpredictable characteristics of the localities where new Iberian species will be discovered. Diversity and Distributions 22 (1), 73-82.
  7. A Payo-Payo, D Oro, JM Igual, L Jover, C Sanpera, G Tavecchia (2015). Population control of an overabundant species achieved through consecutive anthropogenic perturbations. Ecological Applications 25 (8), 2228-22391.
  8. EC Steigerwald, JM Igual, A Payo‐Payo, G Tavecchia (2015). Effects of decreased anthropogenic food availability on an opportunistic gull: evidence for a size‐mediated response in breeding females. Ibis 157 (3), 439-4484.
  9. A Payo-Payo, B Ruiz, L Cardona, A Borrell (2013). Effect of tissue decomposition on stable isotope signatures of striped dolphins Stenella coeruleoalba and loggerhead sea turtles Caretta caretta. Aquatic Biology 18 (2), 141-1476.
  10. K Yates, A Payo Payo, D Schoeman (2013). International, regional and national commitments meet local implementation: A case study of marine conservation in Northern Ireland. Marine policy 38, 140-150.

You can find an updated versión of my publication in my Google Scholar profile.