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I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the origins of biodiversity in a geographical context. I use fieldwork, phylogenetic, genomic and modelling approaches to reconstruct diversification dynamics over evolutionary time scales. I work on a variety of organisms (plants, birds and mammals) from islands and continental biodiversity hotspots.

I also study the impact of anthropogenic extinctions in islands worldwide.

I am based at Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Leiden) and I have joint appointment with the University of Groningen, where I am affiliated with Rampal Etienne's group. We collaborate in many projects focusing on island biodiversity.

Education/Academic qualification

Evolutionary biology, PhD, CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), CSIC - Real Jardin Botanico de Madrid, RJB, Royal Bot Garden Madrid

Award Date: 10-Jun-2010

Ecology, Evolution, Conservation, MSc, Imperial College London, London

Award Date: 10-Oct-2006

Biology, BSc, University College London

Award Date: 10-Sept-2005

External positions

Senior Researcher, Naturalis Biodiversity Center


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