18 de May de 2020

Catalina Simian

CONICET Internship Doctoral fellow, Instituto de Diversidad y Ecología Animal (IDEA).


PhD Student of Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba.

In 2020 I graduated as a Biologist, from the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. During

my time as a laboratory assistant I had the opportunity to get to know and collaborate with some of the lines of work performed there. This is how, with time, my interest in Arthropods and the study of Sexual Selection increased, which eventually led me to want to dedicate my doctoral research to it. This led to the development of my thesis plan “Reproductive biology in Solifuges (Arachnida, Solifugae): an approach from sexual selection”, which covers the analysis mainly of morphological, morphofunctional and spermatic aspects of the reproductive biology of two species of Solifuges, Nothopuga sp. and Oltacola chacoensis, which live in the Salinas Grandes de Córdoba.  These animals have been poorly studied, and these species are of particular interest in the field of Sexual Selection as they possess opposite reproductive strategies, where one has a markedly persuasive courtship and the other develops copulation in a coercive manner. My thesis is directed by Dr. Alfredo Peretti and Dr. David Vrech at the Laboratory of Reproductive Biology and Evolution, IDEA- FCEFyN.