Michelle García-Arroyo

Michelle García-Arroyo
University of Helsinki | HY · Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

MSc

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Education
September 2018 - August 2022
Institute of Ecology INECOL
Field of study
  • Ecology
September 2015 - February 2018
Institute of Ecology INECOL
Field of study
  • Ecology

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Publications (16)
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Behavior provides a useful framework for understanding specialization, with animal personality aiding our understanding of the invasiveness of birds. Invasions imply dispersion into unknown areas and could require changes in behavior or spatial clustering based on personality. Reduced neophobia and increased exploring behavior could allow individua...
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The Eurasian Collared-Dove ( Streptopelia decaocto ) is one of the most successful invasive bird species across the world. Worryingly, the invasive dove is a known reservoir of many diseases, some of which can potentially infect mammals (including human beings). Additionally, aggressive behaviors have been recorded toward other bird species resulti...
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To tackle urban heterogeneity and complexity, several indices have been proposed, commonly aiming to provide information for decision-makers. In this study, we propose a novel and customizable procedure for quantifying urban ecosystem integrity. Based on a citywide approach, we developed an easy-to-use index that contrasts physical and biological v...
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Cambios en la actividad nocturna de las aves durante el confinamiento decretado con motivo de la pandemia de la enfermedad por coronavirus (COVID–19) en una ciudad neotropical El confinamiento decretado con motivo de la pandemia por COVID–19 ofreció la oportunidad de medir la biodiversidad de especies en ambientes urbanos en condiciones diferentes...
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Biological invasions occur when individuals of alien species establish and colonize new locations. The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is one of the most widespread invasive birds, native to Eurasia and North Africa, and has successfully invaded many regions from across the world. The House Sparrow was successfully introduced in 1852 into North A...
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The global lockdown to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic health risks has altered human interactions with nature. Here, we report immediate impacts of changes in human activities on wildlife and environmental threats during the early lockdown months of 2020, based on 877 qualitative reports and 332 quantitative assessments from 89 different studies. Hundr...
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For being a relatively small island, of approximately 480 km2, Cozumel receives particular national and international attention for the coral reefs to which it is related, which are part of the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Due to its ecological importance, in 1996 the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park was decreed in order to protect these uniq...
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In 2020, a small urban center from southern Finland, the City of Lahti, was awarded the 2021 European Green Capital, which recognizes and rewards local efforts that seek to improve the urban environment, together with its economy and the quality of life for its inhabitants, further posing ambitious goals for ecological improvement. In this commenta...
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Urbanization has been identified as one of the major causes of species endangerment. Albeit important efforts by urban ecologists, there are still understudied regions in the globe with an important bias toward bird studies. Fortunately, studies from biodiversity-rich regions are increasingly growing; yet, with few exceptions, most evidence-based s...
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Background Among urban stimuli, anthropogenic noise has been identified to be one of the behavioral drivers of species that rely on acoustic signals for communication. Studies have shown both species-specific and assemblage responses to urban noise, ranging from the modulation of their acoustic frequencies and spatiotemporal adjustments to declines...
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Biological invasions are the second most important cause of species extinction. Aided by processes such as transportation and urbanization, exotic species can establish and spread to new locations, causing changes in the function and structure of ecosystems. The House Sparrow is a widespread and highly abundant landbird associated to human presence...
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Behavioral plasticity can drive feeding innovations, a frequent trait of urban exploiter species. The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is a widespread and abundant urban dweller whose success has often been related to its dietary breadth. Although both formal and informal sources (e.g., internet videos, news, and blogs) have shown meat scavenging...
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Birds invest time and resources in escape behaviors, thus changing their foraging strategies, habitat selection, and even reproduction. Flight initiation distance (FID) and the distance at which birds detect a threat, alert distance (AD), have been used as indicators of the ability of birds to detect potential predators. In this study we compared t...
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Background: Cities differ from non-urban environments by the intensity, scale, and extent of anthropogenic pressures, which can drive the occurrence, physiology, and behavior of the organisms thriving in these settings. Traits as green cover often predict the occurrence patterns of bird species in urban areas. Yet, anthropogenic noise and artificia...
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Urban ecology in Latin America still lags behind temperate developed countries; yet, knowledge in the region has increased remarkably in the last decade. Based on previously published literature, including major global and regional reviews, we underline the prominent patterns of bird species richness and composition recorded in urban Latin America,...

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