PhD. Evolutionary Paleobiology
Graduated in Biology (University of Barcelona, 2014) specialized in Biodiversity and Interuniversity Master’s degree on Paleontology (UAB-UB, 2015) with the project “Turolian dwarf Hipparion from Spain: inferring life-history mechanisms underlying size shift from dental microstructure”.
Pre-doctoral researcher at the Evolutionary Paleobiology department of the Institut Català de Paleontologia (ICP) under the supervision of Dr. Meike Köhler. His thesis is focused on the study of an equid fossil group, the hipparionine horses, and the changes in their life-histories in response to the environmental shifts during the Neogene. The understanding of this adaptations is crucial for the animal’s conservation, considering the actual scene of climate change.
His relation with the Evolutionary Paleobiology department started during his Final Degree Project “Life-histories of extant and fossil dormice through their bone histology”, developed in association with the Ecology department of the UB, where he had a collaboration scholarship (2013-2014).
He is granted with a FI grant from the Departament d'Empresa i Coneixement (Generalitat de Catalunya), the Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) and Secretaria d'Universitats i Recerca, co-financed with the Fons Social Europeu.
She holds a degree in Biology (2011) and a master’s degree in Biodiversity (2012) by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, as well as a PhD in Biodiversity by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2018). She did her PhD studies at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (2014 – 2018) with an FPI contract from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Afterwards, she received a postdoctoral research fellowship to work at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town (South Africa, 2019 – 2021).
Her research focuses on the histological study of different groups of mammals, with a special emphasis on horses, zebras and their extinct relatives. In extant species, she microscopically analyses their hard tissues (bones and teeth) to correlate different features (e.g., tissue type) with key life history traits (e.g., growth rate). In extinct species, she uses hard tissue histology to reconstruct their life history strategy, and therefore to shed light on their palaeobiology, palaeoecology and evolution.
Her research has been published in prestigious journals (e.g., Scientific Reports, PLoS ONE) and presented in international and national meetings (e.g., EAVP). She has received funding from several Spanish (e.g., Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness), European (e.g., European Comission) and South African (e.g., Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences) R&D agencies and institutions. She has also participated in scientific and academic committees, R&D projects, and outreach and teaching activities.
ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carmen-Nacarino-Meneses
WoS Researcher ID: ABI-6198-2020
SCOPUS Author ID: 55214012300
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID): 0000-0003-2123-8758