Departamento de Estratigrafía y Paleontología
Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología
Universidad del País Vasco
Sarriena s/n, 48940 Leioa
Área de Paleontología
Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra
Universidad de Zaragoza
His career started fifteen years ago in Perú, in the field of archaeozoology, with permanent supervision of Dr. Jane C. Wheeler. On 1998 he defended a license thesis on the archaeological faunal assemblage from an extreme south Peruvian site. In 1999 he was awarded with the “Reina Sofía” grant for master studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), under the direction of Dr. Arturo Morales-Muñíz. JR is an active member of the Atapuerca Research Team since 2001.
From 2004 to 2010 he worked on small mammals from Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain) at the Universidad de Zaragoza, under the direction of Dr. Gloria Cuenca-Bescós. His main aim there was the study of fossil Insectivora (Mammalia) from the Early and Middle Pleistocene deposits of Atapuerca. Thanks to the concession of two more research grants he defended a doctoral thesis on June 2009.
He was awarded with a “Juan de la Cierva” post doctoral contract on 2010 and moved to Universidad del País Vasco/EHU (Bilbao). His current research there mainly deals with palaeoenvironmental reconstructions based on the small mammal archaeo-palaeontological records from the Cantabrian range. However, his is still involved with the Atapuerca Team, and has started a new line of collaboration with the IMEDEA-CSIC of Mallorca (Balearic Islands) on insular fossil soricids.
He has published more than 30 scientific papers on renowned national and international journals and books, 16 of which belong to the JCR-SCI. His main interests are taxonomy, phylogeny, palaeoecology, palaeobiogeography and the reconstruction of past environments through small mammals, especially from the Pliocene, Pleistocene and Holocene records.
Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avançats
Cr Miquel Marqués 21
Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Division of Vertebrate Zoology/Mammalogy
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
10024 New York
Pere is a biologist working at the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies in Mallorca (Balearic Islands). He is also a Research Associate at the Division of Vertebrate Zoology/Mammalogy of the American Museum of Natural Histoy of New York (USA) where he stayed with a MEC-Fubright postdoctoral fellowship.
His scientific interests are related with the study of the fossil faunas from insular environments and the past and present impact of humans on these ecosystems. His research is focused in taxonomy, functional morphology, extinction and phylogeny of vertebrates from the Plio-Quaternary of the Balearic Islands and other islands around the world.
I was born in Lagunillas del Zulia, Venezuela (1958), where I grew up until my mid-teens. My interest in natural sciences started then. The Geology was the closest education training in natural sciences I had the opportunity to achieve in Zaragoza, the city my parents had chosen for living in Spain. I obtained my MSc in Geology in 1981, and after two Doctoral grants MAE in the Netherlands and Prague, I presented my PhD, with Cum Laude qualification, in 1987, at the University of Zaragoza.
1987. Assistant Professor Contract in Paleontology, University of Zaragoza, giving lectures in General Paleontology, Paleobiology and Micropaleontology.
1992. Associate Professor at the department of Earth Sciences, University of Zaragoza, Micropaleontology, Vertebrate Paleontology, Field Geology, Geology for teachers, for undergraduate and graduate students, and leading the study of fossil vertebrates (mammals and dinosaurs) of 18 MSc’s, and 7 PhD’s.
Honors, Awards, and Professional service
1997. Principe de Asturias Award as member of the Atapuerca Research Team.
1997. Investigación Científica Castilla y León Award, Atapuerca Research Team.
1997. Award Academy of Sciences of Zaragoza
2004-present. National Evaluation and Foresight Agency (ANEP). Advisor.
2005. III Certamen InterCampus 2005, University of Zaragoza, Research on Web: www.aragosaurus.com
2007. Salvador de Madariaga research fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
2009-present. Agencia Calidad del Sistema Universitario de Castilla y León, advisor.
2010-present. Proyectos de la Consellería de Economía e Industria. Dirección Xeral de Investigación, Desenvolvemento e Innovación. Xunta de Galicia. Advisor.
2011. Ramon y Cajal contracts. Advisor.
1987-1989. Earth Sciences field work commision.
2002-2004. Vice-Dean of Foreign Relationships. Faculty of Sciences, University of Zaragoza.
Nearly 200: Gloria Cuenca-Bescós in www.aragosaurus.com page.
Josep Antoni Alcover, zoologist and palaeontologist of IMEDEA (Institut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats - Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies) is leading a research team devoted to the study of the insular fossil vertebrates from the Balearic Islands. Recent research concerns the description of extinct vertebrates from the Balearic and the Macaronesian Islands, emphasizing causes of extinction of endemic vertebrates. Author/Editor of different books, such as “Les Quimeres del Passat”, Palma de Mallorca, 1981), “Life History of the Mallorcan Midwife Toad” (Palma de Mallorca, 1983), “Biogeography and Ecology of the Pityusic Islands” (The Hague 1984), “Ecologia de les illes” (Palma de Mallorca, 1999), “Les Balears abans dels humans” (Palma de Mallorca, 2000), “ Proceedings of the International Symposium ‘Insular Vertebrate Evolution: the Palaeontological Approach’, September 16-19 2003 (Palma de Mallorca, 2005).