Caminer Rodriguez, Marcel Adrián

Marcel Adrián Caminer Rodriguez
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Curriculum Vitae

Education

since 2019 PhD student, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
Preliminary title: “The role of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of gene expression in division of labour in the ant Temnothorax longispinosus”
2013 - 2014 M.Sc., Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Thesis title: “Phylogenetic relationships, taxonomic revision and phylogeography of the species complex Dendropsophus leucophyllatus (Beireis, 1783) and Dendropsophus triangulum (Gunther, 1869) (Anura Hylidae)”.
2004 - 2010 B.Sc., Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
Thesis title: “Systematics of the species complex Hypsiboas fasciatus (Günther, 1858) and Hypsiboas calcaratus (Troschel, 1848) (Anura: Hylidae)”.

 

Work Experience

2015 - 2018 Research Associate, Division of Herpetology, Department of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.
Supervisor: Santiago R. Ron, PhD.
Project: “Genetic characterization and bioinformatic analysis of the biodiversity of Podocarpus, Sangay, Yacuri and Llanganates National Parks”.
2014 Research Associate, Department of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain.
Supervisor: Borja Milá, PhD.
Project: “Phylogenetic relationships, taxonomic revision and phylogeography of the species complex Dendropsophus leucophyllatus (Beireis, 1783) and Dendropsophus triangulum (Gunther, 1869) (Anura Hylidae)”.
2013 Research Associate, Division of Herpetology, Department of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.
Supervisor: Santiago R. Ron, PhD.
Project: “Genetic characterization and bioinformatic analysis of the biodiversity of Yasuní Park”.
2011 Research Assistant, Division of Herpetology, Department of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.
Supervisor: Santiago R. Ron, PhD.
Project: “Inventory and Characterization of genetic and morphological diversity of amphibians, birds and reptiles from the Andes of Ecuador”.
2010 Research Assistant, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Laboratory of Analytical Biology, Washington DC.
Supervisors: Lee A. Weigt, Andrea Ormos and Santiago R. Ron, PhDs.
Project: “Sequencing of the Barcode in several Anuran species of Ecuador”.

Auszeichnungen

Graduate Research Fellow, Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación del Ecuador SENESCYT.

Forschungsinteressen

PhD Project

Social insects dominate the arthropod communities of many habitats due to their effective division of labor. Not only do queens and workers take over their tasks, but also workers specialize on tasks such as brood care, nest construction or foraging. Indeed, social insects are models for the evolution of phenotypic plasticity as variation in gene expression largely controls caste development. In ants, task specialization changes according age and colony needs, where young workers take care of brood inside the nest and older workers focus on external tasks such as foraging. Workers of the ant Temnothorax longispinosus show a clear spatial and functional division of labor, which makes it suitable to investigate the molecular basis of phenotypic plasticity in behavior.

I am interested to understand the molecular basis of division of labor in T. longispinosus ants by analyzing the expression and functions of the genes controlling task specialization and the importance of histone modifications for controlling expression of these genes. My aim is to understand how all of these regulatory processes respond to external cues, the expression of which genes they alter and how fast they can change gene expression.

Publikationen

Caminer MA, Ron SR (In press) Molecular phylogeny and morphology of Ecuadorian frogs of the genus Boana (Anura: Hylidae) with the description of two new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Chasiluisa VD, Caminer MA, Varela-Jaramillo A, Ron SR (In press) Description and phylogenetic relationships of a new species of treefrog of the Osteocephalus buckleyi species group (Anura: Hylidae). Neotropical Biodiversity.

Ron RS, Caminer MA, Varela-Jaramillo A, Almeida-Reinoso D (2018) A new treefrog from Cordillera del Cóndor (Anura, Hylidae, Hyloscirtus) with comments on the biogeographic affinity between Cordillera del Cóndor and the Guianan Tepuis. ZooKeys 809: 97–124.

Ron RS, Duellman WE, Caminer MA, Pazmiño D (2018) Advertisement calls and DNA sequences reveal the existence of a cryptic species of Scinax (Anura: Hylidae) on the Pacific Lowlands of Ecuador. PLoS ONE 13 (9): e0203169.

Caminer MA, Milá B, Jansen M, Fouquet A, Venegas PJ, Chávez G, Chek A, Ron SR (2017) Phylogenetic relationships, bioacoustics and taxonomic revision of the Dendropsophus leucophyllatus and Dendropsophus triangulum species complex (Anura: Hylidae) with the description of two new species. PLoS ONE 12 (3): e0171785.

Caminer MA, Ron SR (2014) Systematics of treefrogs of the Hypsiboas calcaratus and Hypsiboas fasciatus species complex (Anura, Hylidae) with the description of four new species. ZooKeys 370: 1–68.

Funk WC, Caminer MA, Ron S.R (2012) In Amazonian frogs there is much more diversity than meets the eye. FrogLog 100:73.

Funk WC, Caminer MA, Ron SR (2011) High levels of cryptic species diversity uncovered in Amazonian frogs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279: 1806–1814.