San Martín, Colombia
I earned my PhD in Biology in December 2019 at University of Washington, where I have been a member of the Strömberg Lab.
For my dissertation, I have focused on the study of phytoliths - microscopic plant silica bodies preserved in ancient sediments - in modern habitats to improve our understanding of the spatial resolution of phytolith analysis in Neotropical ecosystems. This research was strongly motivated by the potential of phytolith analysis to inform about ancient vegetation heterogeneity. In addition, I used phytoliths to investigate vegetation structure and change at the onset of the Middle Miocene Climatic Optimum, in Patagonia, Argentina.
I am also passionate about angiosperm evolution, and the ecological and physiological meaning of angiosperm leaf traits. My Masters work focused on leaf vein density.
My current research objective is to integrate phytolith analysis and other paleobotanical tools in modern analogue studies, through collaboration with my colleagues, in order to refine our reconstructions of ancient habitat types in the Neotropics.