About Me

I am a Mexican-American quantitative evolutionary biologist sponsored by Drs. Lauren O’Connell and Elizabeth Hadly at Stanford University. My research interests include the macroevolution of form and function within an ecological context and methods development to model complex phenotypes. My goal is to diversify the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology by mentoring underprivileged students to expand their professional network and knowledge of statistics and herpetology.

Soy un biólogo evolutivo cuantitativo Mexicano-Estadounidense patrocinado por las Dras. Lauren O’Connell y Elizabeth Hadly en la Universidad de Stanford. Mis intereses de investigación incluyen la macroevolución de forma y función dentro de un contexto ecológico y el desarrollo de métodos para modelar fenotipos complejos. Mi objetivo es diversificar los campos de la ecología y la biología evolutiva asesorando a estudiantes desfavorecidos para que amplíen su red profesional y su conocimiento de las estadísticas y la herpetología.

Education
  • PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2021

    Iowa State University

  • MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2015

    University of Michigan

Research

Aquaporin Evolution
Aquaporins, or water channels, are transmembrane proteins responsible for transporting water across cell membranes. Surprisingly, aquaporin proteins have not been characterized across the diversity of Anura despite their importance in allowing frogs and toads to maintain homeostasis throughout their lifetimes, but especially during the breeding period. What is the relationship between genetic diversity in aquaporins and phenology in Anura?
Macroevolution of Breeding Phenology in Anura
Interspecific differences in the start of the breeding period are well-known across Anura. The goal of this project is to characterize the evolution of the total duration of the breeding period relative to several important ecological factors including climate, habitat, and body size.

Collaborators? Possibly you!

Collaborators? Possibly you!
Estoy buscando colaboradores para secuenciar genes de acuaporina en la diversidad de Anura. Si puede proporcionar tejidos o les interesa participar en mis investigaciónes, por favor comuníquese conmigo por correo electrónico. Me interesan especialmente las colaboraciones internacionales.