Background and activities
I am an evolutionary biologist, working under Mike Martin on the diversification and adaptive radiation of the Scalesia genus in Galapagos.
Before, I was a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Evolab in UC-Berkeley, under Rosemary Gillespie, and at the Frontiers of Evolutionary Zoology, University of Oslo, under Torsten H. Struck.
I combine genomic data (population genomics, phylogenomics, comparative genomics), together with ecological and phenotypic data from non-model organisms to understand how they evolve and adapt. During the last few years I have worked on adaptation (how species adapt), speciation (how species become different species), biogeography (how species move around and are distributed), and parallel and convergent evolution (how different species adapt to similar problems) - focusing on Island biota. Considering global climatic changes, as well as elevated rates of species extinction, there is an urgent need for understanding how species adapt, diversify, move around and respond to changing environments.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2020) Delimitation of cryptic species drastically reduces the geographical ranges of marine interstitial ghost-worms (Stygocapitella; Annelida, Sedentaria). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. vol. 143.
- (2020) Deceleration of morphological evolution in a cryptic species complex and its link to paleontological stasis. Evolution. vol. 74 (1).
- (2019) Fitness benefits and costs of floral advertising traits: insights from rayed and rayless phenotypes of Anacyclus (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany. vol. 106 (2).
- (2019) Cryptic Species and Their Evolutionary Significance. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.
- (2018) Marine connectivity dynamics: clarifying cosmopolitan distributions of marine interstitial invertebrates and the meiofauna paradox. Marine Biology. vol. 165 (8).
- (2017) Finding Evolutionary Processes Hidden in Cryptic Species. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. vol. 33 (3).