Miguel Mendez Sandin
My research interests are mainly in large-scale diversification patterns and how biotic and abiotic interactions shaped the diversity we observe today. I also would like to better understand the molecular environmental diversity and what it represents, its phylogenetic relationships, and its ecological preferences.
In the Burki lab, I will try to connect the phylogeny of environmental sequences (and described species) to some of the main ecological adaptations during eukaryotic diversification.
On November 2019 I defended my PhD thesis at the Biological Station of Roscoff (France), in which I explored the molecular diversity and evolution of Radiolaria. Before that, I received in 2015 an international MSc degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC) in Ghent University (Belgium). And in 2013 I completed a bachelor in Biology from Oviedo University (Spain), with a specialty in ecology.
In my free time I always try to go rock climbing. Besides, I also enjoy other sports such as swimming, running, juggling, hiking or a bit of surfing or skiing. In general, I would join any kind of activity, especially if it is outdoors.