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Mónica Carvalho

Paleobiologist / Plant Morphologist

MY RESEARCH

My research aims to understand how plants and tropical ecosystems have changed through geologic time. I study the plant fossil record and use observational and experimental approaches on plant function to better understand the paleobiology and evolution of tropical rainforests.

ABOUT

I am a Colombian botanist and paleobiologist.

 

Being the tropical creature that I am, I grew up surrounded by plants, and from an early age became marveled with leaves, photosynthesis, and evolution

 

I have worked with various topics related to plants, ranging from taxonomy and phylogenetics of fossil plants to phloem hydraulics and leaf functional morphology, plant-insect interactions in living and past ecosystems, and paleoecology.

 

Currently, I combine observational and experimental approaches on plant function with the fossil record to better understand the paleobiology and evolution of past tropical rainforests. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute wrote a wonderful piece describing my work as a postdoctoral fellow: 

 

On the side, I love camping, winter hiking, cooking, and baking.

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Education and  Academic positions

Pres     Postdoctoral Fellow Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

2017    Ph.D. Cornell University. Integrative Plant Sciences

2011    MS. Pennsylvania State University. Geosciences 

2009    BSc. Universidad de Antioquia. Biology

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Contact

moccada@gmail.com

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