I am an associate professor at the Department of Animal Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (UB). I obtained my PhD in Zoology from the UB in 1998. After extensive postdoctoral experience first in the US (University of Hawaii, 1998-1999, University of California at Berkeley, 1999-2001), and then in the UK (Natural History Museum London, 2002), I re-joined the UB as a Ramon y Cajal researcher in 2003. My work combines fieldwork, molecular biology and systematics, and addresses fundamental questions in evolutionary biology.
My research focuses on elucidating the patterns and processes involved in the generation of biological diversity within a phylogenetic framework. I am particularly interested in the study of ecological and evolutionary dynamics at the population/species interface. I utilise isolated systems, i.e. islands, caves or mountaintops, as models for the study of speciation and character evolution. Additionally, I am conducting research on higher-level phylogenies, to investigate evolutionary innovations and clade diversification. In the past few years, I have been actively involved in the use of genomic tools for ecosystem research, and the application of DNA barcoding techniques for biodiversity assessment