Paulo Marques

Paulo Marques

Post-doctoral fellow



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:: Research interests


I am a post-doc researcher at Unidade de investigação em Eco-Etologia (ISPA-IU) and the Museu Nacional de História Natural. My research deals with animal communication and migration. Currently studying the evolution of communication in acoustically complex environments. Especially in the context of parent-offspring communication. I am also involved in a project to study the impact of climate change in the reproduction of birds.


Research lines:

Climate and the reproduction of birds currently we are focus in the study of temperature variation inside the nests and the effect of the nest type in the influence of ambient temperature in nest temperature.

Parent-offspring communication namely the signal honesty and the effect of the acoustic environment in the nestlings begging behaviour.

Migration and wintering habits of gulls as phases of the annual cycle framed within the animals life cycles during their lifespan, namely the effect of age in the movement decisions of individuals.

As a result of my curation responsibilities in the MNHN I am very interested in the preservation of our scientific heritage namely within my research areas, ornithology and bioacoustics. I am starting a research project in bioacoustics and bioacoustic monitoring and also aims to recovery of historical sound recordings.



:: Current research projects


Post-doc at the ISPA Instituto Universitário and the National Museum of Natural History, University of Lisbon with the project entitled “Impact of climate change in incubation and thermal brooding of passerines” financed by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia SFRH/BPD/34846/2007. Member of the Unidade de Investigação em Eco-Etologia (Research Centre).


Natural soundscapes in a changing world: Preserve the past and building the memories of the future. HC/0009/2009, duration 2010-1012 (125000 euros).

In this project we are committed to value the scientific heritage produced by bioacoustic researchers during the second half of the republican 1st century, focussing primarily in the authenticity, provenance and historical reliability ensure its safe keeping for future generations, create an acoustic portrayal of Portugal in the present as a legacy for the celebration of the 200 years of the implementation of the Portuguese Republic. Finally and most important raise awareness in the general public for the importance of history of science and the scientific heritage in understanding the present and foreseeing the future. Using as examples the importance that past sound recordings can have in understanding the impact of climate change and/or habitat fragmentation on the biodiversity loss, for certain one of the biggest challenges humanity will face in the next 100 years.


Value the scientific heritage


History of bioacoustics


Preserve nature recordings


Celebration of the Portuguese Republic


Portuguese Natural Soundscapes


Exhibition Acoustical Time and space travel


Coordinator of the project “The variation of avian calls across a geographical scale within the context of acoustic automated monitoring” financed by the European Union program “Structuring the European Research Area”, under SYNTHESYS at the Museum für Naturkunde (MfN), Berlin, Germany (project DE-TAF-1638). November.



:: Scientific Publications


Jorge PE, Marques PAM. 2012. Decision-making in pigeon flocks: a democratic view of leadership. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 2414-2417. doi: 10.1242/jeb.070375 pdf


Marques, P. A. M., Pereira, S. F. & Magalhães, D. M. 2012. Os sons, as aves e as paisagens acústicas naturais de Portugal. Pardela nº 43, 18-20.


Jorge, P.E., Sowter, D., Marques, P.A.M. 2011. Differential Annual Movement Patterns in a Migratory Species: Effects of Experience and Sexual Maturation. PLoS ONE, 6(7), e22433. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022433


Marques, P. A. M., Leonard, M. L., Horn, A. G. & Contasti, A. 2011. How Nestling Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) Integrate their Responses to Hunger and Signalling by Nestmates. Ethology 117: 163-170. DOI:10.1111/j.1439-0310.2010. 01859.x


Marques, P. A. M., De Araújo, C. & Vicente, L. M. 2010. Nestling call modification during early development in a colonial passerine. Bioacoustics 20 45-58. (2009IF 1.050)


Marques, P. A. M., Sowter, D. & Jorge, P. E. 2010. Gulls can change their migratory behavior during lifetime. Oikos 119: 946-951. 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.18192.x (2009IF 3.147)


Jorge, P. E., Marques, P. A. M. & Phillips, J. B. 2010. Activational effects of odours on avian navigation. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, 277: 45-49. 10.1098/rspb.2009.1521 (2009IF 4.857)


Marques, P. A. M. , A. M. Costa, P. Rock & P. E. Jorge 2009. Age-related migration patterns in Larus fuscus spp. Acta Ethologica. 12: 87-92. Online first 29 Julho. DOI 10.1007/s10211-009-0060-y (2009IF 1.000)


Marques, P. A. M., L. M. Vicente & R. Márquez 2009. Nestling begging call structure and bout variation honestly signal need but not condition in Spanish sparrows. Zoological Studies 48 (5): 587-595. (2009IF 0.860)


Marques, P. A. M., L. M. Vicente & R. Márquez 2008. Iberian azure-winged magpie (Cyanopica (cyana) cooki) nestlings begging calls: call characterization and hunger signalling. Bioacoustics 18 (2): 133-149.


Marques, P. A. M., R. Márquez & L. M. Vicente 2006. Brood size and nestling vocal begging behaviour in the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis. Ardea 94: 203-210.


Márquez R., M. Penna, P. A. M. Marques & J. P. Amaral 2005. Diverse types of advertisement calls in the frogs Eupsophus calcaratus and E. roseus (Leptodactylidae): a quantitative comparison. Herpetological Journal 15: 257-263.


Marques, P. A. M. 2004. Parental care, male mate desertion and reproductive success in the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis. Zoological Studies 43: 123-131.


Marques, P. A. M. 2004. Parental care during the incubation period in Spanish sparrows: sexes roles and effects of desertion. Bird Study 51: 185-188.


Marques, P. A. M. 2003. Male mate desertion in the Spanish sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis). Ardea 91: 245-250.


Marques, P. A. M. 2003. Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis breeding success in 2002 in Southern Portugal. Ardeola 50: 251-253.


Marques, P. A. M., M. Boieiro, F. Canário & L. Vicente 2003. Variation of nestling diet across the breeding season in Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis (Southern Portugal). Ardeola 50: 69-73.


Marques, P. A. M. & L. Vicente 1999. Seasonal variation of waterbird prey abundance in the Sado Estuary rice fields. Ardeola 46: 234-236.


Marques, P. A. M. 2006. The Spanish sparrows (Passer hispaniolensis) nestlings begging behaviour: nestling condition, parent sex and nest parental care pattern. International Studies on Sparrows 31: 5-12.


Marques, P. A. M. 2002. Breeding parameters of Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis in Southern Portugal. International Studies on Sparrows 29: 11-20.


Marques, P. A., L. Vicente & R. Márquez 2002. Nest placement in the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis. International Studies on Sparrows 29: 21-30.


Marques, P. A. M., A. F. Marques & L. M. Vicente 2004. Measurements and weights of Spanish sparrows Passer hispaniolensis in southern Portugal during the breeding season. Airo 14. 121-125.


Marques, P. A. M., L. Vicente & M. Márquez, R. 2004. The Spanish sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis) nestling begging calls: call characterisation and distinctiveness. Anales de Biología 26: 3-11.


Marques, P. A. M. 2003. The effect of brood size and nestling condition in parental care of Passer hispaniolensis (Aves- passeridae). - Arquivos do Museu Bocage série B III: 551-562.


Marques, P. A. M., R. Pedroso & L. M. Vicente 2002. Lista comentada dos predadores de Passer hispaniolensis durante a época reprodutora [Commented list of the predators of Passer hispaniolensis during the breeding season: bibliographic review and new data]. Airo 12: 117-119.


Marques P. A. M. & M. I. Moreira 1999. Pedidos de alimentação vocais, tamanho da ninhada e sucesso reprodutor pós-eclusão em Passer hispaniolensis [Vocal begging, brood size and post-hatching breeding success in the Passer hispaniolensis]. in Beja, P., P. Catry & F. Moreira (Eds.). Proceedings of the II Congress of Ornithology by the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), Lisbon. p 136-137.


Marques P. A. M. & L. M. Vicente 1999. Biologia de reprodução do Pardal-espanhol Passer hispaniolensis [Breeding biology of the Spanish sparrow Passer hispaniolensis], in Beja, P., P. Catry & F. Moreira (Eds.). Proceedings of the II Congress of Ornithology by the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), Lisbon. p 11-12.


Marques P. A. M., J. C. Farinha & S. Coelho 1996. 1º Censo Nacional de Aves em Lixeiras. [1st Portuguese census of birds in landfills] in Farinha, J.C., J. Almeida & H. Costa (Eds.). Proceedings of the I Congress of Ornithology by the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), Vila Nova de Cerveira. p 73-75. 

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