Researcher at the University of Barcelona. Alba Sánchez is an organismic and evolutionary biologist with extensive paleobiological expertise. She obtained her MSc in Palaeontology and PhD in Earth Sciences with honors from the University of Barcelona, working on the systematics and paleobiology of several arthropod groups, namely crustaceans, arachnids, and hexapods.
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Although grounded in taxonomy, her works aim to extract paleoecological, paleoethological, and taphonomic data. Her research has studied exceptional preservation localities, namely amber deposits. To date, Dr Sánchez has published papers on fossil arthropods related to continental aquatic and edaphic environments, i.e., crustaceans (tanaidaceans), arachnids (mites), and hexapods (i.e., springtails, beetles, and semi-aquatic true bugs) in internationally renowned journals like Scientific Reports and Plos One and Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. Overall, she has described about thirty taxa new to science.
For over six years, Dr Sánchez has taken part of two multidisciplinary research teams funded by governmental funds in competitive calls that study the Early Cretaceous amber from Spain. She also collaborates in the study of other Cretaceous ambers of international importance, such as those from Lebanon, France, Myanmar, and New Jersey. Throughout her career, she has been a visiting scholar at different research institutions from Spain, USA, France and Germany.
Dr Sánchez is currently working on several projects: An overview of bristletail diversity in the Lebanese and Spanish amber faunas, building upon the body of data available for understanding the Cretaceous evolution of this basal insect order; the description of termites newly recovered from Cretaceous amber in Spain; and an overview of terrestrial isopod diversity in the Spanish amber fauna.