Lehrstuhl für Global Change Ecology

Roberto Novella Fernandez

Dr. Roberto Novella Fernández

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Lehrstuhl für Global Change Ecology
Klara-Oppenheimer-Weg 32
Hubland Nord
97074 Würzburg
Raum: 03.B.32

2023- current. PostDoctoral Research. University of Würzburg. Global Change Ecology department, School of Ecology. Würzburg (Germany). Prof. Dr. Christian Hof.

2021- 2023. PostDoctoral Researcher. Technical University of Munich, Terrestrial Ecology Research Group. School of Life Sciences. Freising (Germany). Dr. Christian Hof.

2016 – 2020. PhD in Biological Sciences. University of Southampton (United Kingdom) PhD thesis “Biogeographic processes determining the distributions of European bats across spatial scales: The role of biotic interactions and habitat preferences”. Dr. Orly Razgour and Prof. Dr. Patrick Doncaster.

2014 - 2015. MSc in Terrestrial Ecology. Autonomous University of Barcelona. Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona (Spain). Weighted Average Grade: 9.07/10, 3.10/4. MSc Thesis: Interaction strength in plant-pollinator networks; are we using the right measure?. Dr. Jordi Bosch & Dr. Anselm Rodrigo.

2010 - 2014. BSc hons (four years) in Environmental Biology. Mention in Animal Biology. Weighted Average Grade: 8.85/10 or 3.03/4 (38 modules; F:0, C:0, B:13, A:11, A+:14). Autonomous University of Barcelona. Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona (Spain).

  • PhD Thesis Vincent Weir Scientific Award 2022 https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/awards/the-vincent-weir-scientific-award/the-vincent-weir-scientific-award-winners
  • Cost Action Short Term Scientific Mission: Assessing predicted range losses of European bats due to climate change. European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), 2020.
  • Beca de Formación de Profesorado Universitario (FPU) (Spanish competitive national PhD scholarship). Ministerio de Educación Cultura y Deporte de España, 2015.
  • Best Academic Record Award BSc in Environmental Biology (8.85/10). Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2014.
  • Competitive collaboration grant in departments (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2014).

  • SFE-GFÖ-EEF Metz 2022. November 22-24 Oral presentation: “Morphological overdispersion patterns support the role of competition driving dragonfly community assembly”
  • GfÖ Virtual Annual Meeting 2021, 30 August to 1 September Oral presentation: “Broad-scale patterns of geographic avoidance between species emerge in the absence of fine-scale mechanisms of coexistence”
  • 9th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society 2019. Malaga (Spain) 9th-11th of January. Oral communication:  “New approaches to assess the role of competition shaping species ranges”.
  • Postgraduate Symposium University of Southampton 2018. Biological Sciences 28th of June. Oral presentation: “Using metabarcoding to investigate mechanisms of resource partitioning and prey selection in cryptic bat species”.
  • South East of England Bat Conference 2018. Basingstoke (United Kingdom) 10th of November. Oral communication: “New approaches to assessing the role of competition in shaping bat species ranges”.
  • Biological Sciences Postgraduate Symposium 2018. University of Southampton 29th of June. Poster presentation: “The Role of Biotic Interactions in shaping the range of cryptic bat species”. Prize winner.
  • Institute for Life Sciences Ecology Poster Session 2018. 25th of April. Poster presentation: “The Role of Biotic Interactions in shaping the range of cryptic bat species”. University of Southampton.

Teaching experience

Workshop “Pictures of Diversity” Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 2022 Barcelona (Spain). 3-4 December. Urban Biodiversity in Barcelona: Prof. Monika Egerer Dr. Julia Schmack & Dr. Roberto Novella.

Technical University of Munich (Germany): 2021, 2022. Lecturer in Introduction to Ecology (MSc Sustainability Resource Management): Abiotic factors, Evolutionary processes.

University of Southampton (UK):

2019 - New Forest´s Field course 2nd year module.

2018 - Population and applied population ecology, 2nd year module.

2017 & 2018 - Field and Experimental Biology, two-week Fieldtrip to Cadiz (Spain), 1st year module.

2017 - Animal Physiology Module.

2017 & 2018 - Guest lecturer in Biodiversity and Conservation, 3rd year module: Role of Biotic interactions in community assemblages and species ranges: Bats as study cases.

Others: 2016 - Secondary school field module educator. FemNatura. Catalunya (Spain)


Fieldwork experience

Insect sampling

  • Dragonfly and damselfly functional data design and collection (PostDoc: July-September 2020, 2021, 2022, Spain, Germany).
  • Light trapping and vegetation sweeping (PhD: Three-month sampling 2017).
  • Dragonfly transects at Espais Naturals del Delta del Llobregat (Spain) (Bimonthly April - October 2014).
  • Butterfly transects (2013) in Catalan Butterfly monitoring scheme (http://www.catalanbms.org).
  • Hymenoptera trap nests monitoring (2014, Collaboration grant in CREAF).
  • Insect sample separation, bee mounting in entomological pins (2014, Collaboration grant in CREAF).

Bat sampling

  • Bat mist netting and harp traps, bat handling and sample collection (Droppings, wing biopsy, hair, parasites, saliva) (Three-month PhD summer season 2017).

Bird sampling

  • Mountain Galliformes (Aves) censusing (one month). Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park (Spain).
  • Bird ringing assistant (2015). Collserola Natural Park (Spain).