Born in 1966 in San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain. Married with three children. Degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1989. PhD in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1994. I was a postdoctoral researcher at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1995 to 1997 with Prof. Axel Meyer. On my return, I joined the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid where, at present, I am Research Professor.
My main research interest is the study and understanding of the evolutionary processes and mechanisms that generate and maintain the fascinating biodiversity that we observe in nature. In particular, I am interested in reconstructing the phylogenetic relationships of different groups of taxa based on genomic sequence data in order to establish an evolutionary framework in which perform comparative biological studies. I am currently working with venomous marine snails of the genus Conus from Cape Verde archipelago.
As of Jan 2015, I have more than 110 publications in SCI journals that account for >8000 citations and my h-index is 49 (Google Scholar).
With regards to research management, I was member of the reviewing committee of Spanish NSF (ANEP) for Plant and Animal Biology, and Ecology in 2007-2008; Coordinator of the Natural Resources Area of the CSIC during 2008-2012; President of the National Committee of the IUBS (International Union of Biological Sciences) from 2004-2009; member of the bioGENESIS panel of DIVERSITAS from 2006 to 2012, and member of the LS8 panel of Evolutionary Biology of the ERC CoG grants since 2010.