Biographic Sketch

Born in Mexico City on a Thrusday 8 of February 1962, I am a molecular ecologist and evolutionary biologist with 22 years of research experience in the field. I started my research career in 1988 by investigating mating tactics in threespine sticklebacks using molecular genetics methods and developed the first microsatellite loci in cold blooded vertebrates. After completion of my PhD, I took a NSERC-NATO (Canada) fellowship at the School of Biological Sciences in the University of East Anglia where I worked in the conservation of biodiversity and evolutionary genetics of marine and freshwater fish for 10 years, 3 of them as postdoctoral fellow and 7 as faculty member. 

In 2002, I moved to the Estación Biológica de Doñana from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) where I am presently part of the permanent staff as Research Scientist. Over the last 19 years, I have successfully established an externally funded research program in molecular ecology by obtaining funds from national and international agencies for over three million Euros. I have been Principal Investigator of 12 projects and co-investigator of 11 more. I have supervised 11 PhD and 3 MSc theses. I am author of 63 SCI publications in the field which collectively have been cited over 1400 times with an h index of 24. I have taught courses in evolutionary biology, molecular ecology and evolutionary genetics for 7 years.