Jorge Doña


I am interested in describing biodiversity through environmental DNA methods and understanding speciation mechanisms in symbiont species. I use a multiscale approach studying from the foraging and population ecology of the species to the gene flow, community assemblages and cophylogenetic dynamics of host-symbiont species.


network.jpg PhD Thesis My PhD thesis is about the evolutionary ecology of the interaction between feather mites and birds aiming to understand the mechanisms underlying the diversity and the ecology of this ectosymbiont group. It will be solved with an integrative taxonomy approach (morphological + high throughput sequencing data), cophylogenomic, macroecological and ecological network analysis. PhD advisors: Roger Jovani and David Serrano.


Plumage and bacterial symbionts of hoopoes Previously, I’ve been working on plumage colour patterns and the symbiotic relationship between hoopoes (Upupa epops) and bacteria. This has been in collaboration with the Animal Behaviour and Ecology group of the University of Granada.


2014-2018 ”Severo Ochoa” Predoctoral Research Fellow (EBD-CSIC) Spain.

    2016 (4 months) Visiting scholar at Kevin P. Johson lab (University of Illinois).

    2016 (2 months) Visiting scholar at University of Florida.

2012-2013 M.Sc. Genetics and evolution. University of Granada. Spain.

2006–2012 B.Sc. Biology. University of Granada. Spain.




Vizcaíno, A* Doña, J*., Vierna, J., Marí-Mena, N., Esteban, R., Mironov, S., Urien, C., Serrano, D., Jovani, R. Enabling large-scale feather mite studies: An Illumina DNA metabarcoding pipeline. In prep. (*Authors contributed equally to this work).

Doña, J., Serrano, D., Ascunce, MS., Huguet-Tapia, JC., Johnson, KP., Jovani, R. Cleaning feathers: DNA metabarcoding validates the generalist diet of feather mites. In prep.


Carlson, C.,Muellerklein, O., Phillips, A., Burgio, K., Castaldo, G., Cizauskas, C., Cumming, G., Dallas, T., Doña, J., Harris, N., Jovani, R., Miao, Z., Proctor, H., Yoon, HK., Getz, W. The Parasite Extinction Assessment & Red List: an open-source, online biodiversity database for neglected symbionts. In rev. bioRxiv preprint

[11] Doña, J., Proctor, HC., Mironov, SV., Serrano, D., Jovani, R. Host-specificity, infrequent major host-switching and the diversification of highly host-specific symbionts: the case of feather mites. Global Ecology and Biogeography, In press.


[10] Doña, J., Sweet, AD., Johnson, KP, Serrano, D., Mironov, SV., Jovani, R. Cophylogenetic analyses reveal extensive host-shift speciation in a highly specialized and host-specific symbiont system. Molecular phylogenetics and Evolution 115: 190-196. Pdf Article has an altmetric score of 10

[9] Carlson, C., Burgio, K., Dougherty, E., Phillips, A., Bueno, V., Clements, C., Castaldo, C., Dallas, T., Cizauskas, C., Cumming, C., Doña, J., Harris, N., Jovani, R., Mironov, S., Muellerklein, O., Proctor, H., Getz, W. Parasite biodiversity faces extinction and redistribution in a changing climate. Science advances, 3, 10.1126/sciadv.1602422. Link
Article has an altmetric score of 10

[8] Vierna, J*., Doña J*., Vizcaíno, A., Serrano D and Jovani, R. PCR cycles above routine numbers do not compromise high-throughput DNA barcoding results. Genome 60: 868-873. Pdf (*Authors contributed equally to this work) Article has an altmetric score of 10

[7] Jovani, R., Doña J., Labrador, M and Serrano D. Opening the doors of parasitology journals to other symbionts. Trends in Parasitology 33: 578-579 Link, pdf Article has an altmetric score of 10

[6] Doña, J., Potti, J., De la Hera, I., Blanco,G., Frias, O and Jovani, R. Vertical transmission in feather mites: insights into its adaptive value. Ecological entomology 00: 000-000, In press. Link, pdf Article has an altmetric score of 10

[5] Doña, J.*, Proctor, H.*, Mironov, S.*, Serrano, D., and Jovani, R. (2016). Global associations between birds and vane-dwelling feather mites. Ecology, 97(11):3242. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1528. (*Authors contributed equally to this work). pdf and dataset.Please, read the propietary restrictions in the metadata before using for research purposes. Article has an altmetric score of 10

[4] Doña, J*, Moreno-García M.*, Criscione CD., Serrano, D., Jovani, R. (2015). Species mtDNA genetic diversity explained by infrapopulation size in a host-symbiont system. Ecology and Evolution , 5:5801-5809 Link, pdf Article has an altmetric score of 10 (*Authors contributed equally to this work)

[3] Doña, J*1280px-Strix_aluco_3young , Ruiz-Ruano, FJ.*, Jovani, R. (2015). DNA barcoding of Iberian Peninsula and North Africa Tawny Owls Strix aluco suggests the Strait of Gibraltar as an important barrier for phylogeography.Mitochondrial DNA, 27(6):4475-4478 Link, pdf Article has an altmetric score of 10 (*Authors contributed equally to this work)

[2] Mironov, S., Doña, J., Jovani, R. A new feather mite of the genus Dolichodectes (Astigmata:Proctophyllodidae) from Hippolais polyglotta (Passeriformes: Acrocephalidae) in Spain (2015). Folia parasitologica, 62:32. Link, pdf

[1] Doña, J., Diaz‐Real, J., Mironov, S., Bazaga, P., Serrano, D., &Jovani, R. (2015). DNA barcoding and mini‐barcoding as a powerful tool for feather mite studies. Molecular Ecology Resources, 15, 1216-1225 Link,  pdf Article has an altmetric score of 10

[Non SCI]

[2] Doña, J., Diaz‐Real, J., Mironov, S., Bazaga, P., Serrano, D., & Jovani, R. (2015). Barcoding Feather Mites. The Barcode Bulletin. 6,2 pdf


[1] Martín-Vivaldi, M., Doña, J., Masegosa, J. R., & Cárdenas, M. S. (2014). Abubilla–Upupa epops Linnaeus, 1758. pdf