Departamental II – DII. 248
Area of Biodiversity and Conservation
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
c/ Tulipán, s/n.
E-28933 Móstoles (Madrid)

Phone: +34 91 488 7033
Fax:      +34 91 664 7490
E-mail: juan.rubalcaba at /jg.rubalcaba at


Short CV

2011 – Degree in Biology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
2014 – MsC in Ecology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
2017 – PhD in Biology, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Research lines

Reproductive ecology and sexual selection in birds.

Evolution of life histories in stochastic environments.

Mathematical models and simulation of reproductive strategies and other biological processes.


Rubalcaba, J. G.; Gouveia, S. F.; Olalla-Tárraga, M. A. (2019).  Upscaling microclimatic conditions into body temperature distributions of ectotherms. The American Naturalist 193: 677-687.

Rubalcaba, J. G.; Polo, V. (2018). Sex differences in early determinants of lifetime reproductive success in a polygynous bird: should mothers adjust offspring sex ratios? The Auk 135: 400-408.

Rubalcaba, J. G.; Fuentes, D.; Veiga, J. P.; Polo, V. (2017). Nest decoration as social signals by males and females: greenery and feathers in starling colonies. Behavioral Ecology 28: 1369-1375.

Rubalcaba, J. G.; Veiga, J. P.; Polo, V. (2017). Is offspring dispersal related to male mating status? An experiment with the facultatively polygynous spotless starling. Journal of Avian Biology 48: 203-208.

Rubalcaba, J. G.; Polo, V.; Maia, R.; Rubenstein, D. R.; Veiga, J. P. (2016). Sexual and natural selection in the evolution of extended phenotypes: the use of green nesting material in starlings. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29: 1585-1592.

Polo, V.; Rubalcaba, J. G.; Veiga, J. P. (2015). Green plants in the nest reduce offsping recruitment rates in the spotless starling. Behavioral Ecology 26: 1131-1137.