|2015 – Present||PhD Student in Evolutionary Biology Institut für Systematische Botanik, Universität Zürich|
|2015||Volunteer herbarium curator assistant
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
|2014 – 2015||Master of Science in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants
University of Edinburgh
Thesis: Phylogenetic analysis of the Andira clade based on ITS and chloroplast sequences
|2011 – 2014||Herbarium curator assistant
Víctor Manuel Ovalles (MYF), Universidad Central de Venezuela
|2008 – 2014||Bachelor of Science – Biology
Universidad Central de Venezuela
Thesis: Glossary of morphological terms describing trichomes and indumentum present in angiosperms of the Venezuelan flora.
My research interests are focused in plant systematics, taxonomy and evolution. During my PhD I will study rapid diversification events (radiations) to gain insights of the causes and mechanisms that generate diversity.The genus Lupinus (Leguminosae) represents one of the most notable examples of plant radiation; comprising ca. 275 species that span an ecological gradient from lowland to montane temperate climates, it is distributed across a wide geographical area with major centers of species diversity in western North America, Mexico and the Andes. The Andean clade (ca. 85-100 species) shows an incredible high net species diversification rate - one of the highest documented in plants. Although the species from the Andes have been widely studied in the framework of plant radiations, there are critical sampling gaps that need to be filled. For example, the relationships of the Venezuelan species remain unknown, raising questions about the monophyly of the Andean radiation. My first aim in my PhD is to sort out the taxonomy of Lupinus in Venezuela and assemble comprehensive research material, including RAD sequences and herbarium specimens, as a starting point for investigating the evolutionary relationships and diversification trajectories of this fascinating group.