Ferreira MS, Jones MR, Callahan CM, Farelo L, Tolesa Z, Suchentrunk F, Boursot P, Mills LS, Alves PC, Good JM, Melo-Ferreira J (2021) The legacy of recurrent introgression during the radiation of hares. Systematic Biology, 70, 593–607.

Quque M, Paquet M, Zahn S, Théron F, Faivre B, Sueur C, Criscuolo F, Doutrelant C, Covas R (2021) Contrasting associations between nestling telomere length and pre and postnatal helpers’ presence in a cooperatively breeding bird. Oecologia 196, 37-51.

Fortuna R., Paquet M., Ferreira A.C, Silva L, Theron F, Doutrelant C,  Covas R (2021) Maternal allocation in relation to weather, predation and social factors in a colonial cooperative bird. Journal of Animal Ecology.

Sampaio M, Velo-Antón G, Martínez-Freiría F, Sánchez-Vialas A, Pleguezuelos JM, Geniez P, Crochet P-A, Brito JC (2021). Beyond the comfort zone: amphibian diversity and distribution in the West Sahara-Sahel using mtDNA and nuDNA barcoding and spatial modelling. Conservation Genetics, 22: 233-248.

Šmíd J, Sindaco R, Shobrak M, Busais S, Tamar K, Aghová T, Simó-Riudalbas M, Tarroso P, Geniez P, Crochet P-A, Els J, Burriel-Carranza B, Tejero-Cicuéndez H, Carranza S (2021) Diversity patterns and evolutionary history of Arabian squamates. Journal of Biogeography.


Reis, S., Melo, M.,  Covas, R., Doutrelant, C., Pereira, H., de Lima, R., Loiseau, C. 2020 Influence of land use and host species on parasite richness, prevalence and co-infection patterns. International Journal for Parasitology 51(1), 83-94.

Ferreira,A., Covas, R., Silva, L,  Esteves, S. Duarte, I., Fortuna, R., Theron, F., Doutrelant, C., Farine, D.  2020 How to infer robust social networks for hypothesis testing: a case study of sociable weavers Ecol Evol 10(17), 9132-9143.

Machado L, Salvi D, Harris DJ, Brito JC, Crochet P-A, Geniez P, Ahmadzadeh F, Carranza S (2020) Systematics, biogeography and evolution of the Saharo-Arabian naked-toed geckos genus Tropiocolotes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 55:  106969.

Ferreira MS, Jones MR, Callahan CM, Farelo L, Tolesa Z, Suchentrunk F, Boursot P, Mills LS, Alves PC, Good JM, Melo-Ferreira J (2020) The legacy of recurrent introgression during the radiation of hares. bioRxiv, 2020.06.19.160283.

Bliard L, Paquet M, Robert A, Dufour P, Renoult JP, Grégoire A, Crochet P-A, Covas R , Doutrelant C (2020) Examining the link between relaxed predation and bird colouration on islands. Biology Letters, 16:20200002.

Ferreira AC, Silva LR, Renna F, Brandl HB, Renoult JP, Farine DR, Covas R, Doutrelant C (2020) Deep learning-based methods for individual recognition in small birds. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 11, 1072-1085.

Miralles A, Geniez P, Beddek M, Aranda DM, Brito JC, Leblois R, Crochet P-A (2020). Morphology and multilocus phylogeny of the Spiny-footed Lizard (Acanthodactylus erythrurus) complex reveal two new mountain species from the Moroccan Atlas. Zootaxa, 4747, 302-326.


Giska I, Farelo L, Pimenta J, Seixas FA, Ferreira MS, Marques JP, Miranda I, Letty J, Jenny H, Hackländer K, Magnussen E, Melo-Ferreira J (2019) Introgression drives repeated evolution of winter coat color polymorphism in hares. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1910471116

Durant SM, Brito JC, Canney S, Carvalho SB, Rebelo H, Abáigar T, Algadafi W, Besenyei L, Young CH, Berbash A, Comizzoli P, Crochet P-A, Fahd S, Garba HHM, Mallon D, Nagy A, Newby J, Olson D, Pettorelli N, Pleguezuelos JM, Qninba A, Samna A, Soultan A, Sow AS (2019). Protect environment from armed conflicts. Nature, 571, 478. DOI: 10.1038/d41586-019-02248-6

Jansen D, Pradel R, Mares R, Doutrelant C, Spottiswoode C, Covas R, Altwegg R (2019) An integrated population model sheds light on the complex population dynamics of a unique colonial breeder. Population Ecology, 61, 406-420. DOI: 10.1002/1438-390X.12010

Robert A, Lengagne T, Melo M, Gardette V, Julien S, Covas R, Gomez D & Doutrelant C. 2019 The Theory of Island Biogeography and Soundscapes: species diversity and the organization of acoustic communities. Journal of Biogeography,  46, 1901-1911. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13611

Covas R, Doutrelant C (2019) Testing the Sexual and Social Benefits of Cooperation in Animals. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 34, 112–120. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.11.006


Silva LR, Lardy S, Ferreira AC, Rey B, Doutrelant C, Covas R. (2018) Females pay the oxidative cost of dominance in a highly social bird. Animal Behaviour, 144, 135–146. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.08.006

Seixas FA, Boursot P, Melo-Ferreira J (2018) The genomic impact of historical hybridization with massive mitochondrial DNA introgression. Genome Biology, 19, 91. DOI: 10.1186/s13059-018-1471-8.

Brito JC, Durant SN, Pettorelli N, Newby J, Canney S, Algadafi W, Rabeil T, Crochet P-A, Pleguezuelos JM, Wacher T, de Smet K, Gonçalves DV, Ferreira da Silva MJ, Martínez-Freiría F, Abáigar T, Campos JC, Comizzoli P, Fahd S, Fellous A, Malam Garba HH, Hamidou D, Harouna A, Hatcha MS, Nagy A, Silva TL, Sow AS, Vale CG, Boratyński Z, Rebelo H, Carvalho SB (2018) Armed conflicts and wildlife decline: challenges and recommendations for effective conservation policy in the Sahara-Sahel. Conservation Letters, 12, e12446. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12446.

Caeiro-Dias G, Luís C, Pinho C, Crochet PA, Sillero N, Kaliontzopoulou A (2018) Lack of congruence of genetic and niche divergence in the Podarcis hispanicus complex. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 56, 479-492. DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12219.

Lloyd KJ, Altwegg R, Doutrelant C, Covas R (2018) Factors affecting the foraging distance and duration of a colonial bird, the sociable weaver, in a semi-arid environment. African Journal of Ecology, 56, 659-663. DOI: 10.1111/aje.12484.

Velo-Antón G, Martínez-Freiría F, Pereira P, Crochet P-A, Brito JC (2018). Living on the edge: ecological and genetic connectivity of the Spiny-footed lizard, Acanthodactylus aureus, confirms the Atlantic Sahara desert as biogeographic corridor and centre of lineage diversification. Journal of Biogeography 45: 1031-1042. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13176.

Gonçalves DV, Martínez-Freiría F, Crochet P-A, Geniez P, Carranza S, Brito JC (2018) The role of climatic cycles and trans-Saharan migration corridors in species diversification: biogeography of Psammophis schokari group in North Africa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 118, 64-74. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.09.009.

Paquet M, Covas R (2018) Communal Behaviour. In Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. J. Vonk, T.K. Shackelford (eds.) Springer.

Santarém F, Brito JC, Pleguezuelos JM, Marques J, Vieira Sousa F, Peyre O, Geniez P, Crochet P-A (2018) Birds in northern Mauritania, including range extensions and breeding evidence. Malimbus 40: 37-46.


Lobato E, Doutrelant C, Melo M, Reis S, Covas R (2017) Insularity effects on birds immune parameters: a comparison between island and mainland populations in West Africa. Ecology and Evolution 7 (11), 3645-3656. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2788.

Lobato E, Geraldes M, Melo M, Doutrelant C*, Covas R* (2017) Diversity and composition of cultivable gut bacteria in an endemic island bird and its mainland sister species. Symbiosis, 71, 155–164. DOI: 10.1007/s13199-016-0419-6 (* joint last authors)

Loiseau C, Melo M, Lobato E,  Beadell JS, Fleischer RC, Reis S, Doutrelant C, Covas R (2017) Insularity effects on the assemblage of the blood parasite community of the birds from the Gulf of Guinea. Journal of Biogeography 44(11), 2607-2617. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13060.

Mares R, Doutrelant C, Paquet M, Spottiswoode S, Covas R (2017) Breeding decisions and output are correlated with both temperature and rainfall in an arid-region passerine, the sociable weaver. Royal Society Open Science 4 (9), 170835. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170835.

Marques JP, Farelo L, Vilela J, Vanderpool D, Alves PC, Good JM, Boursot P, Melo-Ferreira J (2017) Range expansion underlies historical introgressive hybridization in the Iberian hare. Scientific Reports 7, 40788. DOI: 10.1038/srep40788

Martínez-Freiría F, Crochet P-A, Fahd S, Geniez P, Brito JC, Velo-Antón G (2017). Integrative phylogeographic and ecological analyses reveal multiple Pleistocene refugia for Mediterranean Daboia vipers in North-West Africa. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 22, 366-384. DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blx038

Tamar K, Geniez P, Brito JC, Crochet P-A (2017) Systematic revision of Acanthodactylus busacki (Squamata: Lacertidae) with a description of a new species from Morocco. Zootaxa, 4276, 357-386. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4276.3.3


Paquet M, Doutrelant C, Loubon M, Theron F, Rat M, Covas R (2016) Communal roosting, thermoregulatory benefits and breeding group size predictability in cooperatively breeding sociable weavers. Journal of Avian Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jav.00916. In Press

Brito JC, Tarroso P, Vale C.G., Martínez-Freiría F, Boratyński Z, Campos JC, Ferreira S, Godinho R, Gonçalves DV, Leite JV, Lima VO, Pereira P, Santos X, Ferreira da Silva MJ, Silva TL, Velo-Antón G, Veríssimo J, Crochet P-A, Pleguezuelos JM, Carvalho SB (2016). Conservation Biogeography of the Sahara-Sahel: additional protected areas are needed to secure unique biodiversity. Diversity and Distributions 22: 371-384. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12416

Doutrelant C, Paquet M, Renoult JP, Grégoire A, Crochet P-A, Covas R (2016). Worldwide patterns of bird colouration on islands. Ecology Letters 19: 537-545. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12588


Acker P, Grégoire A, Rat M, Spottiswoode CN, van Dijk RE, Paquet M, Kaden J, Pradel R, Hatchwell BJ, Covas R, Doutrelant C 2015. Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 2027–2041.

Kapli P, Lymberakis P, Crochet P‐A, Geniez P, Brito JC, Almutairi M, Ahmadzadeh F, Schmitz A, Wilms T, Pouyani NR, Poulakakis N (2015). Historical biogeography of the lacertid lizard Mesalina in North Africa and the Middle East. Journal of Biogeography, 42: 267‐279.

Lopes SC, Velo‐Antón G, Pereira P, Lopes S, Godinho R, Crochet P‐A, Brito JC (2015).cDevelopment and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for spiny‐footed lizards, Acanthodactylus scutellatus group (Reptilia, Lacertidae) from arid regions. BMC Research Notes, 8: 794.

Metallinou M, Červenka J, Crochet P.‐A., Kratochvíl L, Wilms T, Geniez P, Shobrak MY, Brito JC, Carranza S (2015). Species on the rocks: Systematics and biogeography of the rock‐dwelling Ptyodactylus geckos (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae) in North Africa and Arabia. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 85: 208‐220.

Paquet M, Doutrelant C, Hatchwell BJ, Spottiswoode CN, Covas R 2015.Antagonistic effect of helpers on breeding male and female survival a cooperatively breeding bird. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 1354–1362.

Paquet M, Covas R, Doutrelant C 2015. A cross‐fostering experiment reveals that prenatal environment affects begging behaviour in a cooperative breeder. Animal Behaviour 102:251‐258.

Rat M, van Dijk RE, Covas R, and Doutrelant D 2015. Dominance hierarchies and associated signalling in a cooperative passerine. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69: 437‐448.

van Dijk RE, Covas R, Doutrelant C, Claire N. Spottiswoode & Hatchwell BJ 2015. Fine‐scale genetic structure reflects sex‐specific dispersal strategies in a population of sociable weavers (Philetairus socius) Molecular Ecology 24: 4296–4311.


Altwegg R, Doutrelant C, Anderson MD, Spottiswoode CN and Covas R 2014 Climate, social factors and research disturbance influence population dynamics in a declining sociable weaver metapopulation. Oecologia 174: 413–425

Brito JC, Godinho R, Martínez‐Freiría F, Pleguezuelos JM, Rebelo H, Santos X, Vale CG, Velo‐Antón G, Boratyński Z, Carvalho SB, Ferreira S, Gonçalves DV, Silva TL, Tarroso P, Campos JC, Leite JV, Nogueira J, Álvares F, Sillero N, Sow AS, Fahd S, Crochet P‐A, Carranza S (2014) Unravelling biodiversity, evolution and threats to conservation in the Sahara‐Sahel. Biological Reviews, 89: 215‐231.

Melo‐Ferreira J, Vilela J, Fonseca MM, da Fonseca R, Boursot P, Alves PC (2014) The elusive nature of adaptive mitochondrial DNA evolution of an arctic lineage prone to frequent introgression. Genome Biology and Evolution 6, 886‐896. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evu05

Melo‐Ferreira J, Farelo L, Freitas H, Suchentrunk F, Boursot P, Alves PC (2014) Home loving boreal hare mitochondria survived several invasions in Iberia: the relative roles of recurrent hybridisation and allele surfing. Heredity 112, 265‐273. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2013.102

Sow AS, Martínez‐Freiría F, Crochet P‐A, Geniez P, Ineich I, Dieng H, Fahd S, Brito JC (2014). Atlas of the distribution of reptiles in the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania. Basic and Applied Herpetology, 28: 99‐111.