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Silvia Pineda-Munoz

Ph.D. Macquarie University, 2015
M.S. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2011
Biology Degree. Universitat de Barcelona, 2010


Smithsonian NMNH
10th St & Constitution Av NW
Washington, DC


Research Focus:


I study the dynamics of mammalian ecological and morphological evolution over geologic time (i.e. millions of years) using 3D quantitative methods and ecosystem modeling. I work to understand how environmental perturbations such as climate change, mass extinctions or human-induced habitat change affect mammal communities and their ecosystems. I approach these topics through the study of organismal traits such as tooth ecomorphology, dietary specialization, and body mass. Because the fossil record provides a natural experiment spanning millions of years of evolution, I develop analytical methods using extant species and modern ecosystems that can also be applied to the study of past faunal assemblages.

As part of ETE, I am interested in the role species’ traits play on structuring mammal communities.


From: Pineda-Munoz et al. 2016, Methods Ecol. Evol.: Three-dimensional occlusal reconstruction of western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla). Surface orientation or orientation patch count (as indicated in each colour wheel) and slope values (green-yellow-red gradient from 0 to 90 as in slope chart) are two of the variables obtained for each specimen in the study. Upper right tooth row, anterior towards the right.


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