Scientific papers

The Fundación Oso Pardo (FOP-Brown Bear Foundation) contributes to improving knowledge about the brown bear by developing conservation applied research in collaboration with different universities and research centers, and whose main results are presented in scientific literature or specialized conferences.

PAPERS IN SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS

From this list you can download pdfs of the papers or link to the page with the summary in those published in journals that are not open access (available on request):

Pérez-Girón JC, Álvarez-Álvarez P, Ballesteros F, López-Bao JV. 2024. Potential impacts of climate change on wild cherry distribution and associated consequences on brown bears. Biological Conservation Volume 289, 110390. Link to the paper.

Blanco JC, Palomero G, Ballesteros F, López-Bao JV. 2022. Late mating behaviour in European brown bears. European Journal of Wildlife Research 68, 71.  Link to the paper.

– Pérez-Girón JC, Díaz-Varela ER, Álvarez-Álvarez P, Hernández O, Ballesteros F, López-Bao JV. 2022. Linking landscape structure and vegetation productivity with nut consumption by the Cantabrian brown      bear during hyperphagia. Science of the Total Environment 813:152610.

– Herrero J, García-Serrano A, Reiné R, Ferrer V, Azón R, López-Bao JV, Palomero G. 2021. Challenges for recovery of large carnivores in humanized countries: attitudes and knowledge of sheep farmers towards brown bear in Western Pyrenees, Spain. European Journal of Wildlife Research 67, 105.

– Martínez-Abraín A, Llaneza L, Ballesteros F, Grandal-d’Anglade A. 2021. Do apex predators need to regulate prey populations to be a right conservation target?. Biological Conservation 261:109281.  Link to the paper

– Blanco JC, Palomero G, López-Bao JV, Ballesteros F. 2021. Does genetic variation on the shy–bold continuum influence carnivore attacks on people? Evidence from the brown bear. Oryx 1-4.

– Ballesteros F, Palomero G, Blanco JC, López-Bao JV. 2021. Sexually selected infanticide or predation? Killing and consumption of a female brown bear in a male infanticide attempt. European Journal of Wildlife Research 67, 17.   Link to the paper

– Parres A, Palazón S, Afonso I, Quenette P-Y, Batet A, Xamarra J-J, Garreta X, Gonçalves S, Guillén J et al.2020. Activity patterns in the reintroduced Pyrenean brown bear population. Mamm Res 65: 435-444.

– Martínez-Abraín A, Jiménez J, Jiménez I, Ferrer X, Llanez L, Ferrer M, Palomero G, Ballesteros F, Galán P, Oro D. 2020. Ecological consequences of human depopulation of rural areas on wildlife: A unifying perspective. Biological Conservation 252:108860.   Link to the paper

– Blanco JC, Ballesteros F, Palomero G, López-Bao JV. 2020. Not exodus, but population increase and gene flow restoration in Cantabrian brown bear (Ursus arctos) subpopulations. Comment on Gregório et al. 2020. PLoS ONE 15(11): e0240698.

– López-Bao JV, Godinho R, Rocha RG, Palomero G, Blanco JC, et al. 2020. Consistent bear population DNA-based estimates regardless molecular markers type. Biological Conservation 248:108651.  Link to the paper

– Planella A, Jiménez J, Palomero G, Ballesteros F, Blanco JC, López-Bao JV. 2019. Integrating critical periods for bear cub survival into temporal regulations of human activities. Biological Conservation 236:489-495.   Link to the paper

– González EG, Blanco JC, Ballesteros F, Alcaraz L, Palomero G, Doadrio I. 2016. Genetic and demographic recovery of an isolated population of brown bear Ursus arctos L., 1758. PeerJ 4:e1928.

– Chapron G, Kaczensky P, Linnell JD, von Arx M, Huber D, et al. 2014. Recovery of large carnivores in Europe’s modern human-dominated landscapes. Science 346:1517-1519.

– Blanco JC, Ballesteros F, García-Serrano A, Herrero J, Nores C, Palomero G. 2010. Behaviour of brown bears killing wild ungulates in the Cantabrian Mountains, Southwestern Europe. European Journal of Wildlife Research 57:669-673.

– Nores C, Ballesteros F, Blanco JC, García-Serrano A, Herrero J, Palomero G. 2010. Evidence of non-hibernation in Cantabrian brown bears. Acta Theriologica 55: 203-209.

– Palomero G, Ballesteros F, Nores C, Blanco JC, Herrero J, García-Serrano A. 2010. Are brown bears recovering in the Cantabrian Mountains? Reply to Fernández-Gil et al. Ursus 21(1):125–127.

– Palomero G, Ballesteros F, Nores C, Blanco JC, Herrero J, García-Serrano A. 2007. Trends in number and distribution of brown bear females with cubs-of-the-year in the Cantabrian Mountains, Spain. Ursus 18:145-157.

PRESENTATIONS AT SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS

– Palomero G, Blanco JC, Ballesteros F, Nores C. 2014. Brown Bear in the Cantabrian Mountains
(NW Spain). The partial recovery of one of the most endangered European bear populations.
23th IBA Conference on Bear Research and Management. Thessaloniki, Greece.

– Gómez-Manzanedo M, Mateo-Sánchez MC, Ballesteros F, Saura S, Blanco JC. 2014.
Cantabrian bear corridor restoration: Combining empirical species data with connectivity
models to implement conservation actions. 23th IBA Conference on Bear Research and
Management. Thessaloniki, Greece.

– De Barba M, Selva N, Zedrosser A, Balkenhol N et al. 2017. Brown bear research in Europe: a
review of the data collected and their value for conservation. 25th IBA Conference on Bear
Research and Management. Quito, Ecuador.

– Ballesteros F, López-Bao JV, Blanco JC, Palomero G, Planella A. 2018. Exceptional aggregation
of Cantabrian brown bears during hyperphagia. 26th IBA Conference on Bear Research and
Management. Ljubljana, Slovenia.

– Planella A, López-Bao JV, Ballesteros F, Blanco JC, Palomero G. 2018. Trends in litter size in
the Cantabrian brown bear population. A 25 year-period perspective. 26th IBA Conference on
Bear Research and Management. Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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