Dr Paty Celis


Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Animal & Environmental Biology

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Animal and Environmental Biology

Paty’s research expertise is in evolutionary biology with a particular focus on behavioural and molecular ecology.

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Paty is interested in the development and application of molecular tools for answering ecological and evolutionary questions. She has used molecular tools to study breeding behaviours (eg investigating breeding tactics: monogamy, polyandry, polygyny, parasitism, etc) and to determine the evolutionary history of hybridising species (population genetics).

Paty has also been involved in research projects concerning physiological adaptations in response to environmental changes.

Research interests

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Paty is a member of our Animal and Environment Research Group.

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  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCE:TLHE), Keele University
  • PhD Biology, University of St Andrews

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

Selected recent publications

Salaberria, C., Celis, P., López-Rull, I. and Gil, D., 2014. Effects of temperature and nest heat exposure on nestling growth, dehydration and survival in a Mediterranean hole-nesting passerine. IBIS, 156, pp.265-275.

López-Rull, I., Celis, P., Salaberría, C., Puerta, M. and Gil, D., 2011. Post-fledging recruitment in relation to nestling plasma testosterone and immuno-competence in the spotless starling. Functional Ecology 25(3), pp.500-508.

Gil, D., Bulmer, E., Celis, P. and Puerta, M. 2008. Increased sibling competition does not increase testosterone or corticosterone levels in nestlings of the spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor). Hormones and Behavior, 54(2), pp.238-243.

Gil, D., Bulmer, E., Celis, P. and López-Rull, I., 2008. Adaptive developmental plasticity in growing nestlings: sibling competition induces differential gape growth. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 275(1634), pp.549-554.

Bulmer, E., Celis, P. and Gil, D., 2008. Parent-absent begging: evidence for sibling honesty and cooperation in the spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor). Behavioral Ecology, 19(2), pp.279-284.

Celis, P., Gil, D. and Graves, J. 2007. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellites isolated from the Spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor) and cross-species amplification in the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Molecular Ecology Notes 7 (2): 251-253.

López-Rull, I., Celis, P. and Gil, D., 2007. Egg colour covaries with female expression of a male ornament in the spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor). Ethology, 113(10), pp.926-933.