Renáta KOPENA, PhD

IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
kopena.renata [at]
Brief description of the main scopes: 

Investigation of the migration syndrome of a species with wing polymorphism, the soybean (Callosobruchus maculatus): the morphological, neural, pheromonal, and behavioral background of adaptation to the flight and flightless lifestyle

Visual and chemical sexual signals of lizards

Investigation of the effect of tick-borne pathogens on the condition, sexual signals, and reproductive success of lizards, furthermore the possibility of transmission of these pathogens from mother to offspring

Main profile in keywords: 
Callosobruchus maculatus, migratory syndrome, sexual signals of lizards, tick-borne pathogens
Selected publications:


Kopena, R., López, P., Majlathova, V. and Martín, J. (2020): Sexually dichromatic coloration of female Iberian green lizards correlates with health state and reproductive investment. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 74(11), 1-12.


Kopena, R., López, P. and Martín, J. (2017): Immune challenged male Iberian green lizards may increase the expression of some sexual signals if they have supplementary vitamin E. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71: 173.


Kopena, R., López, P. and Martín, J. (2014): Relative contribution of dietary carotenoids and vitamin E to visual and chemical sexual signals of male Iberian green lizards: an experimental test. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68(4): 571-581.
Kopena, R., López, P. and Martín, J. (2014): What are carotenoids signaling? Immunostimulatory effects of dietary vitamin E, but not of carotenoids, in Iberian green lizards. Naturwissenschaften, 101(12): 1107-1114.


Kopena, R., Martín, J., López, P. and Herczeg, G. (2011): Vitamin E supplementation increases the attractiveness of males' scent for female European green lizards. PLoS One, 6(4): e19410.