JAE DOC PhD Student
I am a Phd student, under joint supervision of Miguel Bastos Araújo and Pablo Marquet, both from the Laboratorio Internacional en Cambio Global (MNCN-CSIC & PUC).
I have a bachelor degree in biology by the Universidad de Extremadura where I was also hired to work in the Life project “Conservación de artrópodos amenazados de Extremadura”. Afterwards I did a Master of Science in Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing for Biodiversity Conservation at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) in The Netherlands. My master thesis focused on modelling the thermal habitat of reptiles at a micro scale.
I am interested in ecological modeling of reptiles from an ecophysiological perspective and on the integration of phylogenetic structure as well as evolutionary processes in spatially explicit habitat models. This would reduce the number of assumptions that have to be made when assessing the effect of environmental changes on species habitat.
My current PhD research deals with the evolution of climatic niche, focusing on the phylogenetic structure of thermal adaptations in the genus Liolaemus, one of the most diverse groups of lizards in South America. The research involves extensive fieldwork and ecophysiological experiments that will be carried out at the Universidad Pontificia de Chile (2010-2011) as well as phylogenetic analysis and computer simulations that will be done at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (2011-2013).