Silvia Pineda-Munoz (Catalonia, 1986)

I grew up surrounded by nature and I was always curious about the mechanisms that have driven present-day earth’s life. I think that the study of the past is crucial for understanding present and future of ecosystems. If researchers from many disciplines worked together, we would be able to reconstruct all stages of life in the earth: "worldwide, and from any past time".

I graduated in Biology in 2010 at the University of Barcelona and I did my Master Thesis on Miocene Cricetids in the Institut Català de Paleontologia (Catalonia). I did my PhD in the Palaeobiology Lab, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), under the supervision of Dr John Alroy and the co-supervision of Dr. Alistair Evans

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, DC, for the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems (ETE) program. ETE was founded in 1986 by a team of museum curators from Smithsonian NMNH. Their collaborative work has resulted in more than 340 scientific publications. Their main goal is to understand how terrestrial ecosystems have changed over geologic time, and apply this to the study of present environments. It is then a great honor for me to have be
en included in team with such an amazing history.

My  research interests include understanding the dynamics of morphological evolution over geologic time through the study
of tooth ecomorphology and diet specialization.  I apply modern quantitative 3D methodologies to the study of ancient ecosystems. I'm also interested on the relationship between species' traits and ecological community assembly
I love being outdoors, so I enjoy participating in paleontological campaigns, although you can mostly see me visiting museum collections. On my free time I like travelling, hiking and riding my bike; painting and crafting keep me busy on rainy days.

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"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing" - Albert Einstein