Lic. Joaquin del Rio

Department of Archaeogenetics

Main Focus

The ear -including all of it's three regions- is responsible for our ability to perceive sound. Analyzing the human ear's morphology from an evolutionary and comparative perspective will allow me to gain some insight on how spoken language shaped it's anatomy, or the other way around. Using the latest methods of shape analysis -i.e. 3D geometric morphometrics- I will be able to analyze the morphology of the ear region of both extant and extinct species. This last group is specially interesting, because it includes human ancestors and I will be able to predict their hearing abilities with a certain degree of confidence.

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

2019-Current: Ph.D Archaeogenetics, MPI for the Science of Human History, Jena.

2011-2018: Graduate (Licentiate) in Biology (Zoology), Faculty of Natural Sciences and Museum, National University of La Plata, Argentina.

Reasearch training

Internship at the Anthropology Division of theNatural Sciences Faculty and Museum, National University of La Plata: “Estudios morfométricos en Monos del Nuevo Mundo” / “Morphometric studies of the New World Monkeys”. Under the supervision of Dr. S. Ivan Perez. 2016-2018.

ECV CIN 2017 Scholarship at the Anthropology Division of the Natural Sciences Faculty and Museum, National University ofLa Plata: “Variación morfométrica en el cráneo y la mandíbula de Cebus (Primates: Platyrrhini)” / “Morphometric variation in the skull and mandible of Cebus (Primates: Platyrrhini)”. Under the supervision of Dr. S. Ivan Perez. 2018-2019.

Presentations

del Rio Joaquin. and Perez, S. Ivan: "Variación morfométrica craneofacial en el clado Cebus-Sapajus (Primates: Platyrrhini)" / “Morphometric variation in the skull of the Cebus-Sapajus clade (Primates: Platyrrhini)” Poster presentation during the "XVIII Congress Morphological Sciences ". La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2016.

del Rio Joaquin. and Perez, S. Ivan: “Variación morfométrica mandibular en el clado Cebus-Sapajus (Primates: Platyrrhini)” / “Morphometric variation in the mandible of the Cebus-Sapajus clade (Primates: Platyrrhini)”. Poster presentationduring the "4º Meeting of Morphometry". La Rioja, Argentina. 2017.

Publications

S. Ivan Perez, Jimena Barbeito-Andrés, Joaquin del Rio and María C. Muñe. 2017. “Diversificación morfológica de los primates platirrinos: una aproximación craneofuncional comparativa” / “Morphological diversification in platyrrhine primates: a craneo-functional comparative approach”. Chapter in the book "De como cruzar fronteras en la ciencia: Homenaje al Dr. Hector Pucciarelli". Edited by IIDyPCa and the CENPAT, compiled by Rolando Gonzalez-José, Carolina Paschetta and José Luis Lanata. pp. 59-71. ISBN 978-987-28950-9-9.

Joaquin del Rio, Sergio Furtado dos Reis, Thaís Maria Pires dos Santos, Ricardo T. Lopes, S. Ivan Perez. 2018. “Diversidad morfológica mandibular de los monos capuchinos:un análisis morfométrico” / “Morphological diversity in Capuchin monkeys: a morphometric analisys”. Revista Argentina de Antropología Biológica 20 (2): 1-11. DOI:10.17139/raab.2018.0020.02.07

del Rio, J., Aristide, L., dos Reis, S.F. et al. Allometry, Function and Shape Diversification in the Inner Ear of Platyrrhine Primates. J Mammal Evol 28, 135–143 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10914-019-09490-9

Teaching experience

Biology Teacher, Institute Fray Mamerto Esquiú, (secondary school). City Bell, Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 2018-August 2019.

Teacher at the University Extension Program: “Exploracuáticos: Explorando el ambiente acuático y sus habitantes” / “Aquatic Explorers: exploring the aquatic environment and its inhabitants”. National University of La Plata, Argentina. 2016-2018.

Teacher at the University Extension Program: “La vida en las Lagunas”/ The life in the lagoons”. National University of La Plata, January 2018-January 2019


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