Sara Varela

Investigadora distinguida, Universidade de Vigo, Spain
Profesora honorífica, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
Guest Researcher, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany.


I started my research career as a field palaeontologist, working in Gran Dolina, Atapuerca, Spain, but also collaborating in other excavations in Spain, Uruguay and in the Republic of Georgia.

Then, I completed my phD at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain, under the supervision of Jorge M. Lobo. We analyzed the spotted hyena extinction event in Europe, relating this extinction to the past glacial-interglacial cycles. After that, I worked as a postdoc at the University of Castilla La-Mancha, in Toledo, studying the effects that current global warming could cause on endangered plant species in Central Spain with Federico Fernández.

In 2012 I moved to Prague to continue my work on Pleistocene extinctions joining a European research project with David Storch. In 2015 I went to the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, to work with Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, after that to Berlin with a Humboldt fellowship, to the Museum für Naturkunde, to work with Faysal Bibi and Johannes Müller.

Finally, in 2020 I will start my own lab in Vigo, with an ERC-Horizon2020 Starting Grant.

Sara Varela