Gamarra, Beatriz


Phone: (+34) 607 982 161



Sponsor: Postdoctoral Beatriu de Pinós AGAUR Grant

Employing cutting-edge 3D imaging technology and Geometric Morphometrics, my main research interests are focused on understanding of the sources of dental morphology variation in past European populations associated with population dynamics, dietary and cultural past changes.

Originally from Barcelona, my education includes a Bachelors’ degree in Biology (2008) and a Master of Primatology (2009) at the University of Barcelona. I received my PhD in Biodiversity from the University of Barcelona in December 2014. My thesis investigated the phylogenetic and adaptive implications of tooth shape variability in extant and Miocene primates. Throughout my PhD, I was actively involved in several national research projects concerning the study of dental morphology and ecological adaptations of primates at the Zoology and Anthropology Unit (Dept. of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Science), at the University of Barcelona.

During my PhD, I visited several European osteological collections making dental moulds of living and fossil primate teeth, such as Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science (Brussels) and Natural History Museum of London. I also had the chance to collaborate with the international Project Mandrillus (CNRS) in Gabon and participate in several field campaigns to obtain dental moulds of living primates. In the course of my research training, I have attended several courses in Geometric Morphometrics, as well as international and national meetings presenting the results of my research.

Then I changed primates for humans and joined the University College Dublin (Ireland) in 2015 as a Research Assistant and later as a Post-Doctoral Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow in Prof. Ron Pinhasi’s research team (School of Archaeology). There I joined several international research projects focused on the genetic, morphologic and dietary diversity of past European populations, specifically during the farming transition. My Marie Sklodowska-Curie project aimed to characterize the changes in dental traits of past Hungarian populations, through cutting-edge 3D imaging technology and Geometric Morphometrics, and dietary factors influencing them. This experience allowed me to get trained in new techniques applied in Archaeology, such as the stable isotope analysis, and the new revolutionary approaches in ancient DNA.

Currently, I hold a Beatriu de Pinós Fellowship (BP-2017) here, at IPHES. The aim of this project is to study changes in dental traits of past population of North East of Iberian Peninsula as indicators of genetic replacements and dietary shift (or lack thereof), analyzing shape changes of the inner dental tissue through time.