Ten years of ornithological research in Spain through the analysis of PhD theses

Authors: BARBOSA, A.

Published: Volume 47(2), December 2000. Pages 273-278.

Language: Spanish

Original Title: Diez años de investigación ornitológica en España a través de las Tesis Doctorales

Keywords: bird groups, Ornithology, PhD theses, research topics, Spain, temporal variation and Universities.


This work summarizes the 93 PhD theses in ornithology defended in Spain between 1990 and 1999 according to universities, research topics and taxonomic groups. The number of PhD theses defended per academic year varied around nine per year, with no clear temporal trends (Fig. 1). The Universidad de Barcelona and Complutense de Madrid were the universities with the largest shares of PhD´s, followed by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Universidad de Extremadura (Fig. 2). The reseach topic most favoured by the recenmost Spanish PhD´s was the reproductive biology of birds, followed by habitat selection, food and foraging, conservation, population dynamics and behaviour (Fig. 3). Most effort has been devoted to Passerines (especially tits and crows; Fig. 4), followed by waders and diurnal raptors (Fig. 5). We hope that this information will be useful for junior researchers and suggest that bibliometric analysis of the papers derived from PhD theses could provide a clearer picture on the usefulness and difussion of the research lines currently developed by Spanish ornithologists.

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