About me

The overall theme of my research lies in reconstructing the physical and biological conditions of ancient environments and its responses to climatic fluctuations. I use multidisciplinary approaches to understand the past, the present and predict future global environmental changes. I have a multidisciplinary education, and experience  in the fields of continental sedimentology, paleontology, stratigraphy, geochemistry, climate change, archaeology and paleolimnology. I have carried out my research in different institutions; in Spain: University of Granada, Institut Català de Paleontologia, University of Cádiz, Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (Spanish National Research Council), and University of Córdoba; in France: Université Claude Bernard Lyon I; in UK: University of Glasgow.

I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Geology in 2000 and my PhD on Earth Sciences in 2006 at the University of Granada with the PhD Thesis entitled “Biostratigraphy of the continental deposits during the Mio-Pliocene transition in the Granada Basin (Spain)”, obtaining the maximum qualification: Cum Laude. I have been awarded with multiple competitive research grants and contracts since I was an undergraduate student.

After receiving my PhD (2007-2008), I worked in a research company studying building materials (natural stones), and its applications in society: AIDICO, Instituto Tecnológico de la Construcción (Valencia, Spain; from 2007 to 2008).

During my postdoctoral stage, I have been awarded with two regular competitive postdoctoral research fellowships. In addition, I was awarded with some prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, such as a Juan de la Cierva Fellowship (2010-2013) at the Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (Spanish National Research Council), and a Marie Curie Fellowship (IEF program; 2013 Call) at the University of Glasgow. Currently, I am a Ramón & Cajal Fellow at the University of Granada studying specific organic compounds in lacustrine sediments.

I regularly collaborate with different research groups and I have actively participated in several projects (14), and I have been the P.I. of four of them.

I taught in several Spanish Universities: University of Granada (2003-2005 and 2014), University of Cádiz (2009), University of Córdoba (2013), and Menéndez Pelayo International University (2011-2012). I was certified in 2014 as a Lecturer (Profesor Titular de Universidad) by the Spanish Government (Agencia Nacional de Evaluación de la Calidad y Acreditación: ANECA).