Sin-Yeon Kim

    Research fellow
    Behavioural Ecology Lab
    Departamento de Ecoloxía e Bioloxía Animal
    Universidade de Vigo
    36310 Vigo Spain
    Tel + 34 986 812590 



2015-            PI. Universidade de Vigo.
010-2014   Parga Pondal research fellow: Universidade de Vigo.
2008-2009   Postdoctoral researcher: Universidade de Vigo.
2006-2008   Postdoctoral researcher:
Universidad Autónoma de México.
2001-2005   Ph.D.: University of Glasgow
(supervisor: Prof. Pat Monaghan).
1997-2001   B.Sc.: Bioloy. Kyung-hee University, Seoul.

research interests

Life-history evolution; Plasticity; Gene expression; Quantitative genetics; Eco-evolutionary dynamics
I am interested in life-history evolution and its demographic consequences in natural populations.
Currently, I am studying how the interplay between genes and environment influences the evolution of complex phenotypes. I do this by  applying quantitative genetic models based on experimental data and analysing gene expression in wild birds and fish.

research grant

Phenotypic changes in response to climate change: experimental studies of rear edge populations
I+D+I project for young scientist, 2015-2018


2016 Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2016. Unsociable juvenile male three-spined sticklebacks grow more attractive. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, in press.  
  Kim S-Y, Metcalfe NB & Velando A. 2016. A benign juvenile environment reduces the strength of antagonistic pleiotropy and genetic variation in the rate of senescence. Journal of Animal Ecology, in press.  
  Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2016. Genetic conflict between sexual signalling and juvenile survival in the three-spined stickleback. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16:52.  
  Kim S-Y. 2016. Fixed behavioural plasticity in response to predation risk in the three-spined stickleback. Animal Behaviour, 112, 147-152.  
2015 Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2015. Antioxidants safeguard telomeres in bold chicks. Biology Letters, 11, 20150211.
  Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2015. Phenotypic integration between anti-predator behaviour and camouflage pattern in juvenile sticklebacks. Evolution, 69, 830-838.
2014 Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2014. Stickleback males increase red coloration and courtship behaviours in the presence of a competitive rival. Ethology, 120, 502-510.
  Nava CP, Kim S-Y, Magalhães MC & Neves V. 2014. Do Cory’s Shearwaters Calonectris borealis choose mates based on size? Journal of Ornithology, 155, 869-875.  
2013 Noguera JC, Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2013. Maternal testosterone influences a begging component that makes fathers work harder in chick provisioning. Hormones and Behavior, 64, 19-25.  
  Velando A, Kim S-Y & Noguera JC. 2013. Begging response of gull chicks to the red-spot of parental bill. Animal Behaviour. 85, 1359-1366.  
  Kim S-Y, Fargallo JA, Vergara P & Martínez-Padilla J. 2013. Multivariate heredity of melanin-based coloration, body mass and immunity. Heredity. 111, 139-146.
* I dedicate this paper to the memory of Dr. Pablo Vergara, a coauthor of this work, who died suddenly on 7th August, 2013.
  Kim S-Y, Noguera JC, Tato A & Velando A. 2013. Vitamins, stress and growth: the availability of antioxidants in early life influences the expression of cryptic genetic variation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 26, 1341-1352.
2012 Kim S-Y, Sanz-Aguilar A, Mínguez E & Oro D. 2012. Small-scale spatial variation in evolvability for life-history traits in the storm petrel. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 106, 439-446.
  Noguera JC, Kim S-Y & Velando A. 2012. Pre-fledgling oxidative damage predicts recruitment in a long-lived bird. Biology Letters, 8, 61-63.  


Kim S-Y, Noguera JC, Morales J & Velando A. 2011. The evolution of multi-component begging display in gull chicks: sibling competition and genetic variability. Animal Behaviour, 82, 113-118.
  Kim S-Y, Velando A, Torres R & Drummond H. 2011. Effects of recruiting age on senescence, lifespan and lifetime reproductive success in a long-lived seabird. Oecologia, 166, 615-626.

Kim S-Y, Noguera JC, Morales J & Velando A. 2011. Quantitative genetic evidence for trade-off between growth and resistance to oxidative stress in a wild bird. Evolutionary Ecology, 25, 461-472.

Kim S-Y, Drummond H, Torres R & Velando A. 2011. Evolvability of an avian life-history trait declines with father's age. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24, 295-302.

Noguera JC, Alonso-Alvarez C, Kim S-Y, Morales J & Velando A. 2011. Yolk testosterone reduces oxidative damages during postnatal development. Biology Letters, 7, 93-95.  


Morales J, Kim S-Y, Lobato E, Merino S, Tomás G, Martínez-de la Puente J & Moreno J. 2010. On the heritability of blue-green eggshell coloration. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23, 1783-1791.   

Kim S-Y, Noguera JC, Morales J & Velando A. 2010. Heritability of resistance to oxidative stress in early life. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23, 769-775.

Kim S-Y, Velando A, Sorci G & Alonso-Alvarez C. 2010. Genetic correlation between resistance to oxidative stress and reproductive life span in a bird species. Evolution, 64, 852–857.

Drummond H, Torres R, Rodriguez C & Kim S-Y. 2010. Is kin cooperation going on undetected in marine bird colonies? Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, 64, 647-655.


Montes-Medina AC, Drummond H & Kim S-Y. 2009. Distance from the forest edge matters in habitat selection of the Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii. Journal of Ornithology, 150, 845-852.

Kim S-Y, Torres R & Drummond H. 2009. Simultaneous positive and negative density dependent dispersal in a colonial species. Ecology, 90, 230-239.


Kim S-Y, Torres R, Domínguez C & Drummond H. 2007. Lifetime philopatry in the blue-footed booby: a longitudinal study. Behavioral Ecology, 18, 1132-1138.

Kim S-Y, Torres R, Rodriguez C & Drummond H. 2007. Effects of breeding success, mate fidelity and senescence on breeding dispersal of male and female blue-footed boobies. Journal of Animal Ecology, 76, 471-479.


Kim S-Y & Monaghan P. 2006. Interspecific differences in foraging preferences, breeding performance and demography in herring (Larus argentatus) and lesser black-backed gulls (L. fuscus) at a mixed colony. Journal of Zoology, 270, 664-671.

Kim S-Y & Monaghan P. 2006. Sex of the first hatched chick influences survival of the brood in the herring gull (Larus argentatus). Journal of Zoology, 270, 116-121.

Kim S-Y & Monaghan P. 2006. Effects of early incubation constancy on embryonic development: An experimental study in the herring gull Larus argentatus. Journal of Thermal Biology, 31, 416-421.


Kim S-Y & Monaghan P. 2005. Effects of vegetation on nest microclimate and breeding performance of lesser black-backed gulls (Larus fuscus). Journal of Ornithology, 146, 176-183.

Kim S-Y & Monaghan P. 2005. Interacting effects of nest shelter and breeder quality on behaviour and breeding performance of herring gulls. Animal Behaviour, 69, 301-306.