Luisa Amo de Paz
Profesor/a Contratado/a Doctor/a
Sexenios investigación


E.S. CC. Experimentales y Tecnología


Biología y Geología, Física y Química Inorgánica


Información general
  • Research lines
    My area of study is focused on Evolutionary Ecology and Behavioral Ecology. I am interested in understanding the role of olfaction in avian life histories. I study how birds use olfaction for coping with selective pressures such as acquiring resources, avoiding predators and social pressures, including sexual selection, for maximizing their fitness. My main lines of research are: Antipredatory behavior, Foraging ecology, Sexual selection, Social selection, Chemical ecology. Although my main study model is birds, I also work with other vertebrates such as lizards and small mammals.

  • Book chapters  

    Amo, L.
    (2017). The role of olfaction in mate selection and reproductive behaviour. In: Nielsen, B. (ed) Olfaction in Animal Behaviour and Welfare: 85-101. CABI Publishers, UK

    Amo, L.
    ; Jansen, J.J.; van Dam, N.M.; Dicke, M.; Visser, M.E. (2016). Studying the role of VOCs in multitrophic relationships. In: Thermal Desorption Applications Guide: Biological profiling. Markes International. Llantrisant, RCT, UK.

    Amo, L.
    ; López, P.; Martín, J. (2010). El olor de la muerte: lagartijas contra culebras. In: Carranza, J.; Moreno, J; Soler, M. (eds.) Estudios sobre comportamiento animal: XXV años de la Sociedad Española de Etología (1984-2009): 93-98. Universidad de Extremadura, Servicio de Publicaciones, Cáceres.

    Amo, L.
    ; López, P.; Martín, J. (2008). Natural oak forest vs. ancient pine plantations: lizard microhabitat use may explain the effects of ancient reforestations on distribution and conservation of Iberian lizards. In: Biodiversity and Conservation in Europe Vol 7: 167-180. Springer, Netherlands.
Docencia y asignaturas impartidas en el curso actual

  • Máster universitario oficial

Listado de proyectos (Últimos 10 años)
Códigos de investigador
  • Saavedra, I.; Amo, L. (2020). The importance chemical, visual and behavioral cues of predators on the antipredatory behavior of birds. Journal of Avian Biology 51: e02431  

    Saavedra, I.; Amo, L. (2019). Egg concealment is an antipredatory strategy in a cavity nesting bird. Ethology 125: 785¿790.

    Mrazova, A.; Sam, K.; Amo, L. (2019). What do we know about birds¿ use of plant volatile cues in tritrophic interactions?. Current Opinion in Insect Science 32: 131¿136.

    Saavedra, I.; Amo, L. (2018). Are birds attracted to methyl-jasmonate-treated trees?
    Behaviour 155: 945¿967.

    Amo, L.; Tomás, G.; Saavedra, I.; Visser, M.E. (2018).
    Wild great and blue tits do not avoid chemical cues of predators when selecting cavities for roosting. PLoS ONE 13(9): e0203269.

    Amo, L.; Bonadonna, F. (2018). Editorial: The Importance of Olfaction in Intra- and Interspecific Communication. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution 6:71.

    Saavedra, I.; Amo, L. (2018). Insectivorous birds eavesdrop on the pheromones of their prey. PLoS ONE 13(2): e0190415.

    Avilés, J.M.; Amo, L. (2018).
    The evolution of olfactory capabilities in wild birds: a comparative study. Evolutionary Biology, 45: 27-36.

    Junkers, R.R.; Kuppler, J.; Amo, L. et al. (2018). Co-variation and phenotypic integration in chemical communication displays: biosynthetic constraints and ecoevolutionary implications. New Phytologist 220:739-749.

    Amo, L.; Tomás, G.; López-García, A. (2017).
    Role of chemical and visual cues of mammalian predators in nest defense in birds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71:49.

    Amo, L.; Dicke, M.; Visser, M.E. (2016). Are naïve birds attracted to herbivore-induced plant defences?
    Behaviour, 153: 353-366.

    Nielsen, B.L.; Jezierski, T.; Bolhuis, L.; Amo, L.; Rosell, F.N.; Oostindjer, M.; Christensen, J.W.; McKeegan, D.; Wells, D.L.; Hepper, P. (2015). Olfaction: an overlooked sensory modality in applied ethology and animal welfare. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 2:69.

    Amo, L.; López-Rull, I.; Pagán, I.; Macías Garcia, C. (2015).
    Evidence that the house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) uses scent to avoid omnivore mammals. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 88:5.

    Amo, L.; Tomás, G.; Parejo, D.; Avilés, J. M. (2014).
    Are Female Starlings Able to Recognize the Scent of Their Offspring? PLoS ONE 9(10): e109505.

    Amo, L.; Jansen, J.J.; van Dam, N.M.; Dicke, M.; Visser, M.E. (2013). Birds exploit herbivore-induced plant volatiles to locate herbivorous prey. Ecology Letters, 16: 1348¿1355.

    Amo, L.; Rodríguez-Gironés, M.A.; Barbosa, A. (2013).
    Olfactory detection of dimethyl sulphide in a krill-eating Antarctic penguin. Marine Ecology Progress Series 474: 277¿285.

    Amo, L.; Avilés, J. M.; Parejo, D.; Peña, A.; Rodríguez, J.; Tomás, G. (2012). Sex recognition by odour and variation in the uropygial gland secretion in starlings. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 605-613.