(Founded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education FPI; 2014-2018).
Alex’s Ph.D. project is focused on the ecomorphology of carnivorous mammals to investigate different biological aspects of extinct species with special emphasis on the Pleistocene cave bear.
He correlates internal and external cranial traits with a plethora of environmental variables. He also uses three-dimensional techniques to virtually reconstruct the skull anatomy of living and extinct species from CT scans, surface scanners, and photogrametry.
He is also an expertise of 3D software such as AutoCAD, 3DStudioMax, Rhinoceros, Landmark and Avizo. Alex has already published in peer-review international journals such as Plos one, Journal of Mammalian Evolution and Naturwissenschaften.
Bea is assembling a taxonomic database of large and small mammals from North America to test for different preservational biases in the fossil record.
She is interested in both Mesozoic and Cenozoic mammals. One of the most important results of her project is that preservational biases seem to affect differently to large and small mammals but at different intervals of time.
Her main goal is to compare their patterns of taxonomic diversity; Are small and large mammals affected by the same biotic and abiotic factors, and in a similar fashion, or they respond differently? This is the main question that Bea is trying to answer.
Some of her preliminary results have been already presented at the Annual meeting of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP).
Carlos is exploring the association between the anatomy of the orbits in extant carnivorous mammals and their daily activity pattern and habitat use.
He is characterizing the orbits of a wide sample of carnivores (with different life styles) by means of a set of three-dimensional landmarks gathered with a Microscribe G2X.
He is also using other techniques of three-dimensional modelling for deriving visual parameters from dry skulls in order to evaluate the possibility to make these kinds of inferences in extinct taxa.
His collaboration in my research projects have already presented at both, international meetings (ICVM-2013) and Spanish meetings (SEP-2013).