About me

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Next position: 

January 2023-2026: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Barcelona, Spain (Beatriu de Pinós grant). Brain evolution in gliding mammals. Co-Principal investigator with Isaac Casanovas Vilar (Barcelona, Spain).

Current position: 

October 2020 – present: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mammal Palaeontology at the University of Edinburgh, UK funded through an ERC grant: “The Rise of Placental Mammals: Dissecting an Evolutionary Radiation”. Supervisor: Prof. Stephen Brusatte. Skills: cladistics, cranio-dental and postcranial character scoring, comparative anatomy of Euarchontoglires and early placental mammals, taxonomy, systematics.

2021-present: Associate Editor at Journal of Mammalian Evolution.

Former positions:

Postdoctoral fellow – University of Edinburgh, UK (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship). Brain evolution and the rise of mammals after the dinosaur extinction. Supervisor: Stephen Brusatte. Skills: CT scanning, segmentation, comparative anatomy, geometric morphometrics, biostatistics with R, Avizo. 2018 – 2020.

Postdoctoral researcher – University of Toronto, Canada. Endocranial shape variation among squirrels and fossil Ischyromyidae. Supervisor: Mary T. Silcox. Skills: Geometric morphometrics, biostatistics with R, Avizo. Other duties: send back specimens to different Museum collections, ensuring the continuous functionality of the 3D printer, checking that everyone in the lab had what they needed to accomplish their research, and participating in the hiring process of new lab technicians. 2017 – 2018.

Predoctoral researcher – Division of Paleontology, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), New York, NY, USA. Two new rodents (Rodentia: Caviomorpha) from the early Oligocene of the Tinguiririca River Valley (Chile): taxonomic description, systematics, initial radiation and diversification of Caviomorpha (Rodentia: Hystricognathi) from South America. Supervisor: Prof. John J. Flynn. Skills: Comparative anatomy on cranio-dental material, systematics, phylogenetic analysis. 2010 – 2012.

Research Masters project (2nd year) – Laboratoire de Paléontologie, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISE-M; UMR 5554), France. Phylogeny and biogeographical history of the first African and Asian Hystricognathi during the Paleogene (Mammalia: Rodentia). Supervisor: Dr. Laurent Marivaux. Skills: cladistics, dental morphology of rodents. 2009.

Research Maters project (1st year) – Laboratoire de Paléontologie, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISE-M; UMR 5554), France. Study of the appendicular skeleton and initial radiation of Hyracoidea (Mammalia: Afrotheria). Supervisor: Dr. Rodolphe Tabuce. Skills: Comparative anatomy on postcranial remains, biometric measurements; acid preparation, screen washing and sorting sediment. 2008.

Research Undergraduate project (3rd year) – Unité Origine, Structure et Evolution de la Biodiversité, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (UMR 5202), Paris, France. FLAT Base: Taxonomic database of Aradidea (Heteroptera: Pentatomomorpha). Supervisor: Dr. Eric Guilbert. Skills: Taxonomy and systematics of Aradidea. 2007.

Education:

2012 – 2016: University of Toronto, CanadaPhD in Evolutionary Anthropology

Thesis: Virtual Endocasts for Ischyromyidae and Sciuridae: Brain Evolution in Rodentia and a Deeper Understanding of the Ancestral Condition for the Brain of Euarchontoglires.

Thesis advisor: Prof. Mary T. Silcox. Thesis committee members: Prof. David Begun and Prof. Jin Meng. Thesis External and Internal committee members: Dr. Lawrence J. Flynn and Dr. Michael A. Schillaci.

2010 – 2011: English course at American-Spanish Institute, New York, NY, USA

2010: Workshop on phylogenetic methods at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

2007 – 2009: Master BGAE (Biology – Geosciences – Agroresources – Environment) at Université des Sciences Montpellier II, France; Speciality: Paleontology, Phylogeny, Paleobiology

2004 – 2007: Bachelor of Sciences at Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France (Biology of organisms and ecosystems)

Grants and Awards

  • Student awards:
  1. Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, First Place. 2017. 
  2. Robert Lynn Carroll Prize for Best Student Presentation at the Canadian Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting. 2016. 
  • Conference travel grants:
  1. European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists Conference, travel grant. 2022.
  2. Department of Anthropology Conference Expenses, University of Toronto. 2014-2016. 
  3. Jackson School of Geosciences Student Travel Grant, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 2013. 
  4. IdigBio Project for North American Paleontological Convention. 2014. 
  5. Student Grant, North American Paleontological Convention. 2014. 
  • Research and collection study grants:
  1. Burke Museum Vertebrate Paleontology Collections Study Grant. 2019.
  2. Collection Study Grant Program American Museum of Natural History. 2014. 
  3. Department of Anthropology Research Expenses University of Toronto. 2014. 
  4. Pilot research funding from the Department of Anthropology. University of Toronto. 2013.

Grant for workshop in Phylogeny Methods, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 2010.

Scientific community roles:

Reviewer for scientific journals (54, in alphabetical order): American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2018); Anatomical Record (2018); Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (2019); Evolution (2020); Frontiers Ecology And Evolution (2020); Journal of Anatomy (2022, 2021, 2019); Journal of Comparative Neurology (2022); Journal of Mammalian Evolution (2022, 2021, 2020, 2017, 2016, 2014); Journal of Morphology (2022, 2021; 2020; 2019); Journal of Paleontology (2022); Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (2021); Journal of Zoology (2018); Northwestern Naturalist (2020); Palaeontologia Electronica (2020, 2017); Palaeontology (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018); PeerJ (2021); Primates (2018); Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018); Scientific Reports (2018).

Conferences:

  • Scientific committee member of the Palaeontological Virtual Congress. 2021.
  • Society memberships: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. 2010-present.
  • Session chair at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting. 2017, 2018, 2022.
  • Volunteer for organizing the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology. 2013.