Karen LopezKaren is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the MEEP Lab. She is interested in the evolutionary causes of lineage diversification and morphological change, using molecular phylogenetic and phylogenomic hypotheses as a baseline. She works with several groups of organisms such as beetles, dragonflies, fairy shrimps, and angiosperms. Recently, Karen has been exploring the use of meta-analytical approaches to investigate the biotic or abiotic factors that affect rates of morphological evolution in various groups of organisms.

Karen was previously a postdoctoral researcher at Real Jardín Botánico RJB-CSIC in Madrid, working with Dr Andrea Sánchez Meseguer. She completed her PhD in 2022 at Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC) and Real Jardín Botánico (RJB-CSIC) under the supervision of Mario García París and Isabel Sanmartín. Karen obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

A list of Karen’s publications can be found on Google Scholar.