About us: @trichodes

cropped-p1030067.jpgAlejandro Izquierdo Lopez  @trichodes

Alejandro is an evolutionary biologist (University of Barcelona, 2015: Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, 2017) interested in morphological evolution, taxonomy, palaeontology and functional morphology who writes here mostly about poorly known creatures and interdisciplinary topics that gather together evolutionary biology with astronomy, history or the advance of scientific thinking.

Alejandro is currently a PhD student in the University of Toronto (Canada), where he is researching  a group of 500 million years fossils from the well-renowned Burgess Shale, as part of the Royal Ontario Museum Invertebrate Palaeontology group. Alejandro is also aLaCaixa fellowship 2019 recipient.

Some of the current communication initiatives: 

-Writer at OnElephantsandBacteria

-Instructor of the ROMU Workshop Fantastic Fossils from Prehistoric Ontario  and participant in other ROM initiatives.

General curriculum vitae: 

BSc. in Biology, 2015, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

MSc. in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics, 2017, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany.

Research bio: visit Researchgate

A) Articles:

Izquierdo-López, Alejandro, and Jean-Bernard Caron. “Correction to ‘A possible case of inverted lifestyle in a new bivalved arthropod from the Burgess Shale’.” Royal Society Open Science 7, no. 1 (2020): 192111.

Romeikat, Corinna, Alejandro Izquierdo Lopez, Christine Tietze, Juliane Kretschmann, and Marc Gottschling. “Typification for reliable application of subspecific names within Peridinium cinctum (Peridiniales, Dinophyceae).” Phytotaxa 424, no. 3 (2019): 147-157.

Tanković, Mirta Smodlaka, Ana Baričević, Victor Stinga Perusco, Roland R. Melzer, Alejandro Izquierdo Lopez, Jana Sophie Dömel, Martin Heß, Nataša Kužat, Daniela Marić Pfannkuchen, and Martin Pfannkuchen. “Experimental evidence for shaping and bloom inducing effects of decapod larvae of Xantho poressa (Olivi, 1792) on marine phytoplankton.” Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 98, no. 8 (2018): 1881-1887.

Izquierdo López, Alejandro, Juliane Kretschmann, Anže Žerdoner Čalasan, and Marc Gottschling. “The many faces of Peridinium cinctum (Peridiniaceae, Peridiniales): morphological and molecular variability in a common dinophyte.” European Journal of Phycology 53, no. 2 (2018): 156-165.

B) Conferences:

Palass 2019 (Poster), Canadian Palaeontology Congress 2019 (Talk), North American Palaeontology Convention 2019 (Talk), DZG-Meeting 2017 (Talk), Entomologentagung 2017 (Poster).

Previous science communication initiatives:

-Editorial section of Wild Mentor APP (https://www.wildmentor.org/); responsible for writing and curating the description section for each species.

-Volunteer at the Education and Outreach department at the European Southern Observatories (ePOD); multiple duties, including contributions to ESO’s and Hubble’s Picture of the Week . See:(https://www.hq.eso.org/public/images/potw1840a/)

-Writer at @Sharpminds , a blog dedicated to multiple interdisciplinary science topics (Spanish).

-Writer at B-On (http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/b_on/index), a semester-based magazine covering multiple topics related to research at Universitat de Barcelona, biology faculty (Spanish, Catalan).