Staff / Landscape dynamics and biodiversity
Sazatornil, Víctor
Biodiversity and Animal Conservation
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Biologist, he is currently working as a technician at the Biodiversity and Animal Conservation Lab in CTFC. He started his professional career back in 2002 as a wildlife technician in Galicia and Asturias (NW Spain) where he did wildlife monitoring (specially wolves) and contributed to techincal reports and management plans. From 2008 he has been working also as a technician in the Environmental Impact Assessment Office of the Generalitat de Catalunya, always combining his professional duties with his research on wildlfie conservation.

His main research interests are large carnivores, focusing on conservation and management of these charistmatic species in human-dominated landscapes. To develop his research, he focuses on wolves as a model species, and it revolves around understanding and developing coexistence frames at different scales as a way to integrate the persistence of large carnivores in landscapes dominated by human activities.

He is currently involved in research projects on human wildlife conflicts in Europe and Asia and is also a member of the Iberian Wolf Research Team (

Llaneza, L., Sazatornil, V. & López-Bao, J.V.. (2018). The importance of fine‑scale breeding site selection patterns under a landscape‑sharing approach for wolf Conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation.

Sazatornil, V., Rodríguez, A., Klaczek, M., Ahmadi, M., Álvares, F., Arthur, S., Blanco, J.C., Borg, B.L., Cluff, D., Cortés, Y., García, E.J., Geffen, E., Habib, B., Iliopoulos, Y., Kaboli, M., Krofel, M., Llaneza, L., Marucco, F., Oakleaf, J.K., Person, D.K., Potočnik, H., Razen, N., Rio-Maior, H., Sand H., Unger, D., Wabakken, P., López-Bao, J.V. (2016).  The role of human-related risk in breeding site selection by wolves. Biological Conservation, 201: 103-110

Llaneza, L., García, Ej., , Palacios, V., Sazatornil, V., & López-Bao, Jv. (2016). Resting in risky environments: the importance of cover for wolves to cope with exposure risk in human-dominated landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation, 2: 1515-1528.

López-Bao, J.V., J. C. Blanco, A. Rodríguez, R. Godinho, V. Sazatornil, F. Álvares, E. J. García, L. Llaneza, M. Rico, Y. Cortés, V. Palacios, & G. Chapron (2015). Toothless Wildlife Protection Laws. Biodiversity and Conservation, 24: 2105-2108

López-Bao, J.V., Sazatornil, V., Llaneza, L. & Rodriguez, A. (2013). Indirect effects on heathland conservation and wolf persistence of contradictory policies that threaten traditional free-ranging horse husbandry. Conservation Letters, 6 (6): 448-455.

Llaneza, L., López-Bao, J.V. & V. Sazatornil (2012). Insights into wolf presence in human-dominated landscapes: The relative role of food availability, humans and landscape attributes. Diversity and Distributions, 18(5): 459-469.