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Researcher Virtual Paleontology
Balcarce (Argentina), 1975
Since I was a student I was mystified for how evolution works. I would like to understand how evolution operates to generate / restrict morphological diversity. For me (a palaeontologist's point of view with few or no access to genetic data) that mean to analyse changes in morphology in the light of phylogenetic and functional constrains.
At the end of my degree I became fascinated by xenarthrans, as they are so unique, mostly unknown, strange mammals. In consequence, I did my PhD developing ecomorphological analysis and body mass estimation on mainly Pleistocene gliptodonts and ground sloths. As so many ecological and physiological characteristics correlate with body mass, accurate estimations are very important in palaeontology.
Now I keep working with them, trying to identify patterns of integration in the xenarthran skull with the help of geometric morphometrics methods, with the aim of understand why they had (and have) this huge disparity in comparison with other clades of mammals.
Despite my personal obsession with xenarthrans, I like to collaborate with colleagues working with other vertebrates, always a good occasion to get new points of view, and to learn more about animal diversity and evolution. Those collaboration include to analyse and develop functional analysis on fossil vertebrates with Finite Elements Methods.
Investigador associat. Paleoprimatologia i Paleontologia Humana
Llicenciat en Biologia per la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Màster en Antropologia Biològica (2007) per la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona i per la Universitat de Barcelona amb el títol “Orang-like manual adaptations in the fossil hominoid Hispanopithecus laietanus: first steps towards great ape suspensory behaviours” sota la direcció del Dr. Salvador Moyà-Solà. Doctorat l'any 2009 per la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, entre els anys 2010 i 2012 va realitzar una estada postdoctoral alAmerican Museum of Natural History i al New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP).Actualment és investigador al departament d'anatomia de Stony Brook University (New York) i investigador associat a l'ICP.
Interessat en l'evolució dels hominoïdeus, la seva recerca se centra en l'estudi dels canvis morfològics que es van produir en l'esquelet dels primers membres del gup que comprèn els grans simis (ximpanzés, goril·les i orangutans) i la família humana. En col·laboració amb investigadors de l'ICP, actualment participa en projectes de recerca que inclouen treball de camp en diferents jaciments del Miocè de Catalunya, la descripció de nou material fòssil d'hominoïdeus i hominins, així com estudis evolutius de regions clau de l'esquelet utilitzant tècniques de darrera generació de morfometria tridimensional i reconstrucció d'estats ancestrals.
Cap del grup de recerca en Paleoprimatologia i Paleontologia hkumana
Research group on Paleoprimatology and Human Paleontology
He obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Geology (University of Granada, 1999). His Ph.D. (University of Granada, 2006) was focused on the study of the small mammal (rodents and insectivores) from several Late Miocene and Pliocene localities from the Guadix-Baza Basin (southern Spain).
In 2008 he got a postdoctoral position at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP), becoming part of the Paleoprimatology and Human Paleontology Group. During this stage, his main focus was the study of the primates (Omomyiformes, Adapiformes, Plesiadapiformes) from several Iberian Eocene localities.
In December 2017 he started working at the Stratigtraphy and Paleontology Department (University of Granada), although he also collaborates with the ICP as a research associate. He continues developing the same main research lines: study of Paleogene primates and analysis of Neogene rodents and insectivores from the Iberian Peninsula.
He has published more than 50 scientific papers in international journals indexed in SCI, such as Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Quaternary Science Reviews, Journal of Biogeography, Lethaia and Palaeoecology, Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology. He has supervised a Doctoral Thesis (another one ongoing), he has been principal investigator of three competitive research projects, taught in several master degrees and directed several field campaigns.
Predoc. Mesozoic Faunas
Padova (Italy), 1986
She is currently studying her PhD thesis in the ICP, within the Mesozoic Research Group with an FPI pre-doctoral grant. Her research mainly concentrates in study of dinosaur tracks from rheological and biomechanical points of view. Data of some of the major dinosaur tracksite of the Iberian Peninsula were obtained from Laser scanning (LiDAR) and elaborated thanks to the collaboration with the University of Manchester.
During 2010-2011, she attended the MSc in Paleontology (UB-UAB) and presented a research work based on the quantitative and qualitative analyses of a Lower Cretaceous theropod tracksite in Soria proposing as well three-dimensional reconstructions of the main studied tracks. This work was directed by Dr. Bernat Vila i Ginestí.
She graduated in Natural Sciences at the Universitá degli Studi di Padova (2009). Complementary, she developed an essay under the direction of Dr. Luca Capraro (Universitá degli Studi di Padova) and the support of Dr. Àngel Galobartabout extraction and excavation techniques of sauropod bones and eggs in respectively a Lower Cretaceous outcrop (Cinc Torres, Castellón) and an Upper Cretaceous outcrop (Coll de Nargò, Lleida).
During her degree, she participated to a short internship at the ICP with the aim to elaborate her graduation essay.
Investigador sènior Mesozoic
PhD in Geology, achieved an excellent “cum laude” for her doctoral dissertation describing the cranial and dental remains of the Miocene hominoid species from Vallès-Penedès basin with the aim to investigate their phylogenetic position. Degree in Geology with specialization on Paleontology in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and Master in Paleontolgoy in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat de Barcelona.
She was associated with the team of introductory reserach of the Miocene locality of Somosaguas (Madrid, Spain) directed by the Dr. Nieves López. During the last three years of her degree, she dealed with the paleogeography of the macromammals of this Miocene site as well as with several divulgation works about those findings.
She was awarded with an introductory research grant of the Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicasn (CSIC) in the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN) in Madrid supervised by Dr. Jorge Morales, working in the field campaings as well as in research of the Cerro de los Batallones Miocene site.
Thanks to her interest on the origin and evolution of the hominoids, she is currently working with a FPI grant of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Research (MICIN) in the departament of Paleoprimatology and Human Paleontology of the Institut Català de Paleontologia (ICP) supervised by Dr. Salvador Moyà Solà and Dr. David M. Alba.
During her phD research, she has published international science citation journal papers concerning the paranasal architecture of the crania of Pierolapithecus catalaunicus and also about the dentition of Miocene apes. She is also interested in the new technologies, dealing with CT scans and 3D reconstructions of primate fossils.
ICREA Research Professor i Cap del Grup de Recerca de Paleobiologia a l'Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, és també professora associada a la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
És doctora per la Universitat d'Hamburg amb una tesi sobre l'evolució dels bòvids del Miocè de Turquia.
El seu camp és la Paleobiologia evolutiva, específicament la teoria de l'evolució de Life-Histories i la seva aplicació als fòssils usant histologia òssia i dental. Dins d'aquest marc, el seu interès se centra en: tendències evolutives, ecofisiologia, l'evolució en illes i en altres ecosistemes de recursos limitats, i l'evolució del cervell i del sistema nerviós.
Ha publicat els seus treballs en diverses revistes de prestigi internacional, entre elles: Nature, Science, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, PNAS, Current Biology, and Scientific Reports.
Ha rebut diversos guardons per la seva tasca, d'entre els que destaca la menció especial del Premi Ciutat de Barcelona, l'any 1999; el "Premi Bartomeu Darder" de la Societat d'Història Natural de les Balears; el "Premio Paleonturología 10"; el "Premi a l'Excel·lència Investigadora 2010" UAB.
La seva recerca ha rebut el suport de la fundació Wenner Gren de recerca antropològica, la National Science Foundation USA, la German Science Foundation (DFG), la Generalitat de Catalunya (DURSI) i el Ministeri d'Educació i Ciència (MINECO, CAICYT), entre altres.
La meva pàgina en ICREA conté el meu CV i altra informació:
Investigadora associada. Paleoprimatology and Human Paleontology
Lab. Physical Anthropology, Dept. Zoology. Graduate School of Science
Kyoto University, Japan
Science Building #2. 3rd floor.
Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan)
Phone: +81 075-753-9094
I am a paleoprimatologist and biological anthropologist interested in the evolution of the primate postcranium and the origin of the positional behaviors observed in living apes and humans. I have a background in biology and paleontology, and a set of technical skills that includes morphometry, 3D imaging, computer modeling, statistical analysis and engineering methods (i.e., finite element analysis). My current research seeks to identify the morphofunctional and biomechanical adaptations associated with the different orthograde locomotor types of extant hominoids and to reconstruct the evolution of their positional behaviors. I am particularly interested in the study of the fossil limb remains of the Eurosian and African Miocene apes by means of comparative anatomy, functional morphology and biomechanics. My thesis dissertation focused on the morphofunctional and biomechanical study of the hind limb bones of the Vallès-Penedès hominoids and it was supervised by Dr. Salvador Moyà-Solà and Dr. Sergio Almécija.
Additionally to my academic education, I have received specialized training through a series of courses focused mainly on biomechanics, computed-tomography scanning, and phylogenetic comparative methods.
From November 2017, I am a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at Kyoto University (Japan) within the Laboratory of Physical Anthropology leaded by Professor Masato Nakatsukasa. I also keep collaborating with the ICP Miquel Crusafont as Associate Researcher.
Part of my dissertation work, as well as other collaborative studies, have resulted in a series of articles that have been published in journals such as Science, Nature Communications, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, PLoS ONE, and Journal of Human Evolution; as well as a number of contributions to both international and national specialized meetings (Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, and Annual Meeting of the Sociedad Española de Paleontología, among others). Moreover, all my research has been externally funded by the Spanish Government, the Generalitat de Catalunya (Spain), the Synthesys-3 Program of the European Union, and the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation. I have also participated in three national projects (Spanish Government and Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain) and have been the principal investigator of an international project (L.S.B. Leakey Foundation).
During my early-stage career I have visited several institutions including the American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA), Royal Museum of Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium), Museum of Comparative Zoology & Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University (Cambridge, USA), Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (Madrid, Spain), and the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Vienna, Austria).
Furthermore, I have experience on teaching undergraduate students at the Universtitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). I have taught in different courses, including Primatology, Human Biology, and Human Origins, both lecture and laboratory classes, within the degrees of Biology and Environmental Biology.
I have actively collaborated in paleontological fieldwork campaigns since I started my university degree, including the fossil sites of Somosaguas, Cerro de los Batallones, and Pinilla del Valle (Madrid, Spain), Venta del Moro (Valencia, Spain), La Roma 2 (Teruel, Spain), Toril-3A and Nombrevilla-9 (Zaragoza, Spain), Can Llobateres-1, La Valenciana, Castell de Barberà, and Creu Cunill (Barcelona, Spain).
In addition to scientific research and paleontological fieldwork, I am also committed to scientific outreach and public engagement through collaborations with local schools and general audience talks (e.g., JSPS Scientific Dialogue program).
- D. Biodiversity (June 2016) – International PhD honors Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). Supervisors: Dr. Salvador Moyà-Solà and Dr. Sergio Almécija
- S. Paleontology (June 2011). Universitat de Barcelona – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain).Supervisor: Dr. Salvador Moyà-Solà
- S. Degree in Biology (February 2010) – Specialization in Zoology. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain).Degree Project (special degree honors). Supervisor: Dr. Manuel J. Salesa
Please, visit my professional profiles for additional information and publications:
Research Gate - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marta_Pina
Google Scholar - https://scholar.google.es/citations?user=_NI2YjIAAAAJ&hl=ca
ORCID Number: 0000-0001-9762-6402 (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9762-6402)
Twitter: @_martapina_ (https://twitter.com/_martapina_)