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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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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