Phd Thesis started in 2021
The gut microbiota of the spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus L.): Best friends of a tree killer?
First Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth
I am studying the gut microbial community of the spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus). My main objective is to untangle the role that these bacteria play in the insect’s ecological success, and perhaps contribute to understand how this beetle manages to colonize and kill healthy trees during its destructive population outbreaks. Aside from the specifics of my project, I have a general interest in the ecological significance of symbiosis in invertebrates.
- MSc. in Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems, 2018 - 2020. Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain & Montpellier SupAgro, France. Holder of an Erasmus+ Scholarship.
- Bachelor of Engineering in Agronomy, 2011 - 2016. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico. Holder of the scholarship "Excelencia Academica".
- Exchange Semester, Jan-Jun 2015. Universidad Politècnica de Madrid, Spain.
- Biobest Group NV Belgium. Research Internship, Mar - Sep 2020. Master thesis project: "Improving the quality of pollen as feed for mass-reared bumblebees (Bombus terrestris L.)"
- BASF México - Agricultural Products division. Project Manager for new products in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, 2017 - 2018.
- Rancho Los Dragones. Farm Manager, 2016.
- Bayer México. Student research internship, Dec 2015 - Jun 2016.