Aida Gómez-Robles

I have a very general interest in human evolution that ranges from classic descriptive studies of hominin fossils to EvoDevo questions and philosophical accounts of what makes us humans. During my PhD research period I had the opportunity to study dental remains corresponding to the Pleistocene European fossil record, combining classic evaluations of dental morphology and mod
ern geometric morphometric approaches in order to contribute new information to the ongoing debates about hominin taxonomy and phylogeny. During my initial postdoctoral stage I focused on more general evolutionary questions, using dental morphology as a case study to explore the interaction of development and evolution, and of both of them with functional factors. During my second postdoc at The George Washington University, I studied brain variation in chimpanzees and humans, with emphasis on the evolution of brain plasticity in our species.

Currently, I am a UCL-Excellence Fellow at the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment of UCL. My current research draws from the research lines and projects that I have developed in the past, including the study of hominin evolutionary relationships and the evolution of human-specific brain traits. Specifically, my current research focuses on craniodental and brain variation in humans and nonhuman primates, combining medical imaging, morphometrics, quantitative genetics and phylogenetic comparative methods to describe anatomical variation within species and long-term patterns of evolution across lineages.