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Curriculum vitae

Division of Invertebrate Zoology

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street

New York, NY 10024, USA

Phone: +1 212 7695244; Fax: +1 212 7695277

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2006- 2007.- Visiting Scholar at Ohio State University. August 2006- April 2007.

2002- 2007.- Ph.D. (European doctorate) Deposited: June 2006, Received, April 2007. Dissertation entitled: “Taxonomía, biogeografía y algunos aspectos reproductivos de actiniarios y coralimorfarios (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) del mar de Weddell y peninsula antártica”. Advisors: Dr. JM Gili, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (CMIMA, CSIC), Barcelona, Spain; Dr. PJ López- González, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.

2000- 2002.- M.S. Fisiología y Biología Animal, Dpto. Fisiología y Biología Animal, Universidad de Sevilla.

1994- 1999.- B.S. Biology, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain).


2015 to present.- Associate Curator of Marine Invertebrates, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). March 2015

2009-2015.- Assistant Curator of Marine Invertebrates, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). July 2009.

2007- 2009.- Postdoctoral Fellow at Ohio State University. April 2007- June 2009.


2002- 2005.- PhD Fellowship: MCT-CSIC (I3P-BPD2001-1). Jan 2002- Dec 2005.

2002.- Scholarship for the Swedish Museum of Natural History (SMNH) within the Project HIGH LAT (HPRI-CT-2001-00125) supported by the European Community Program “Improving Human Potential” (IHP) action of “Transnational Access to major Research Infrastructures”. November- December 2002.

2003.- Scholarship for the Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, (ZMUC), within the Project COBICE (Copenhagen Biosystematics Center) supported by the European Community Program “Improving Human Potential” (IHP) action of “Transnational Access to major Research Infrastructures”. January 2003.

2006- 2007.- Scholarship at Ohio State University, as visiting scholar, funded by the Project “Cnidarian Tree of Life” (NFS 0531763 to M. Daly). August 2006- March 2007.

2007- 2009.- Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ohio State University, funded by the Project “Cnidarian Tree of Life” (NFS 0531763 to M. Daly). April 2007- June 2009.

2008.- Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research Award. American Museum of Natural History, New York (USA). May 2008.

2008.- PhD. Thesis award: “Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado de la Universidad de Sevilla curso 2006/2007”. Dec 2008.

2010.- Constantine S. Niarchos Expeditions: Sea Anemones (Cnidaria, Actiniaria) From the End of the World: First Step, A Taxonomic and Biogeographic Revision.

2011.- NSF 1110754, Dissection of A "Model" Organism: Understanding the Morphological and Genetic Diversity of A Symbiotic Sea Anemone (Dissertation Research).

2012.- NSF 1238406, “Training High School Students in Evolutionary Biology along-side REU Interns”. (NSF 11-1, DBI-Human Resources grant).

2015.- NSF 1457817, “RUI: Collaborative Research: Phylogenomics of Anthozoa (Cnidaria): new approaches to long-standing problems. Total budget of $702,295; co-Pi ($207,814).

2015.- NSF 1456196, “ARTS: Integrative Research and Training in Tropical Taxonomy. Total budget of $605,761; co-PI ($73,906).


Fieldwork: Participated in collection, preservation, and accession of tissue and specimens of benthic Cnidaria in two Antarctic and one tropical cruise (specified below) using different trawls; organized and participated in collecting marine invertebrates by Scuba diving (South Africa and Patagonia).

Collections: Assisted in transfer of specimens from the Dept. Fisiología y Zoología, University of Sevilla (Spain) collections to several European (SMNH, ZMH, ZMUC, NHM, etc.) and US (USMN, KUNHM, FMNH, AMNH) museums. Sorted and studied natural history collections at different museums (SMNH, ZMUC, and USNM). Curated and managed the collection of marine invertebrates as Assistant Curator at the AMNH.


Peer-review articles (Last five years)

- Grajales A, Rodríguez E (2015) Elucidating diversity within the Aiptasiidae, a widespread cnidarian-dinoflagellate model system (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria: Metridioidea). Mol Phylogen Evol 94(A):252-263. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev. 2015.09.004.

- Grajales A, Rodríguez E, Thornhill DJ (2015). Patterns of Symbiodinium spp. associations within the family Aiptasiidae, a monophyletic lineage of symbiotic of sea anemones (Cnidaria, Actiniaria). Coral Reefs, doi: 10.1007/s00338-015-1352-5

- Foox J, Brugler MR, Siddall M, Rodríguez E (2015) Multiplexed pyrosequencing of nine sea anemone (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Hexacorallia: Actiniaria) mitochondrial genomes. Mitochondrial DNA, Doi: 10.3109/19401736.2015.1053114.

-Gonzalez-Muñoz R, Simões N, Tello-Musi JL, Sánchez-Rodríguez J, Rodríguez E (2015) New records of sea anemones (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria) in the Mexican Caribbean. Mar Biodiversity Rec 8: 1-7 (e100). Doi:10.1017/S1755267215000767.

- Gonzalez-Muñoz R, Simões N, Mascaro M, Tello-Musi JL, Brugler MR, Rodríguez E (2014) Morphological and molecular variability of the sea anemone Phymanthus crucifer (Cnidaria, Actiniaria, Actinoidea). J Mar Biol Ass UK. doi:10.1017/S0025315414000988.

- Rodríguez E, Fautin DG (2014) Hexacorallia. In: De Broyer C, Koubbi P, Griffiths HJ, Raymond B, Udekem d’Acoz Cd’, et al. (eds.). Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, Cambridge, pp. 113-116

- Häussermann V, Rodríguez E (2014) A new genus and species of isanthid sea anemone (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from Chilean Patagonia, Anthoparactis fossii n. gen. et sp. Helgol Mar Res 68(3): 431-438. doi: 10.1007/s10152-014-0399-y.

- Grajales A, Rodríguez E (2014) Morphological revision of the genus Aiptasia and the family Aiptasiidae (Cnidaria, Actiniaria, Metridioidea). Zootaxa 3826(1), 055–100.

- Rodríguez E, Barbeitos M, Brugler MR, Crowley L, Gusmão L, Häussermann V, Grajales A, Reft A, Daly M (2014) Hidden among sea anemones: The first comprehensive phylogenetic reconstruction of the order Actiniaria (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Hexacorallia) reveals a novel group of hexacorals. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96998. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096998.

Article featured in several major news media outlets including: NBC news, IFL Science, Fox news, USA today.

- Grajales A, Rodríguez E (2013) Case 3633: Dysactis pallida Agassiz in Verrill, 1864 (currently Aiptasia pallida; Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Hexacorallia, Actiniaria): proposed precedence over Aiptasia diaphana (Rapp, 1829), Aiptasia tagetes (Duchassaing de Fombressin & Michelotti, 1864), Aiptasia mimosa (Duchassaing de Fombressin & Michelotti, 1864) and Aiptasia inula (Duchassaing de Fombressin & Michelotti, 1864). Bull Zool Nomencl 70(3): 153-154.

- Gonzalez-Muñoz R, Simões N, Tello-Musi JL, Rodríguez E (2013) Sea Anemones (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria) from coral reefs in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Zookeys 341: 77-106. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.341.5816

- Lauretta D*, Häussermann V, Brugler M, Rodríguez E* (2013) Isoparactis fionae sp. nov. (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from Southern Patagonia, with a discussion of the family Isanthidae. Org Div Evol 14(1): 31-42. DOI: 10.1007/s13127-013-0149-z. (*) both authors contributed equally to this work.

- Rodríguez E, Mendoza M, Häussermann V (2013) New records and redescription of Halcurias pilatus McMurrich, 1893 and Halcurias mcmurrichi Uchida, 2004 (Actiniaria, Endocoelantheae). J Mar Biol Ass UK 93(8): 2089-2100. DOI:10.1017/S0025315413000775.

- Rodríguez E, López-González PJ (2013) New records of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic sea anemones (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria and Corallimorpharia) from the Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, and Scotia Arc. Zootaxa 3624: 1-100.

- Rodríguez E, Orejas C, López-González PJ & Gili JM (2013) Reproduction in the externally brooding sea anemone Epiactis georgiana in the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea. Mar Biol 160: 67-80. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-012-2063-x (online 2012).

- Gonzalez-Muñoz R, Simões N, Sanchez-Rodriguez J, Rodríguez E & Segura-Puertas L (2012) First Inventory of Sea Anemones (Cnidaria: Actiniaria) of the Mexican Caribbean. Zootaxa 3556: 1-38.

- Rodríguez E (2012) First endomyarian Sea Anemone (Cnidaria, Actiniaria) putatively from Chemosynthetic Environments: A New Deep-Sea genus and species from The North Pacific. Mar Biol Res 8: 791-801.

- Rodríguez E, Barbeitos M, Daly M, Gusmão L, Häussermann V (2012) Toward A Natural Classification: Phylogeny of Acontiate Sea Anemones (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria). Cladistics 28: 375-392. DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00391.x

- Rodríguez E (2012) Another Bipolar Deep-Sea Anemone: New Species Of Iosactis

(Actiniaria, Endomyaria) from Antarctica. Helgol Mar Res 66: 211-218. DOI: 10.1007/s10152-011-0263-2 (online 2011).

- Lauretta D, Rodríguez E, Penchaszadeh PE (2011). A new vermiform sea anemone (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from Argentina: Harenactis argentina sp. nov. Zootaxa 3027: 9-18.

- Rodríguez E, Daly M (2010) Phylogenetic relationships among deep-sea and chemosynthetic sea anemones: Actinoscyphiidae and Actinostolidae (Actiniaria: Mesomyaria). PLoS ONE 5(6): e10958.doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010958.

- Daly M, Gusmão L, Reft A, Rodríguez E (2010) Phylogenetic signal in mitochondrial and nuclear markers in sea anemones (Cnidaria, Actiniaria). Integr Comp Biol 50(3): 371-388. DOI: 10.1093/icb/icq081.

PRESENTATIONS (last five years)

Oral presentations (*speaker/ presenter; students underlined)

2014.- Lara A*, DeSalle R, Macrander J, Daly M, Rodríguez E. “Fishing for genes: the distribution of nervous network components across cnidarians”. Evolution 2014, North Carolina (USA); June, 2014.

2014.- Barragán PY*, Sánchez C, Rodríguez E, Hooker YSA, Riosmena R. “Inventario de las especies de anémonas de mar (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) de la Bahía de la Paz, Golfo de California, México”. XVIII Congreso Nacional de Oceanografía. La Paz (Mexico); June, 2014.

2013.- Grajales A*, Brugler MR, Rodríguez E. “An integrative approach of species delimitation in sea anemones: The family Aiptasiidae (Cnidaria: Actiniaria: Metridioidea) as a case study”. The International Conference on Coelenterate Biology (ICCB) 2013, Eilat (Israel); December, 2013.

2013.- Foox J*, Brugler MR, Rodríguez E. “Evolution of Sea Anemone Mitogenomes revealed by Next-Generation Pyrosequencing”. Evolution 2013, Utah (USA); June, 2013.

2013.- Brugler MR*, Lara A, González-Muñoz R, Rodríguez E. “Evaluation of novel nuclear introns within shallow and deep-water sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Hexacorallia: Actiniaria)”. Evolution 2013, Utah (USA); June, 2013.

2013.-. Rodríguez E*, Brugler M. “Molecular analysis reveals a giant deep-sea anemone may represent a new order of Anthozoa”. Evolution 2013, Utah (USA); June, 2013.

2013.- Grajales A*, Rodríguez E. “Molecular diversity of Aiptasia sp.” Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB). San Francisco; January 2013.

2012.- Grajales A*, Brugler M, Rodríguez E. “Dissection of a model organism, Exploring the molecular and morphological diversity of Aiptasia spp.” 12th International Coral Reef Symposium. Cairns, Queensland (Australia); July, 2012.

2011.- Rodríguez E. Diversity and evolution of sea anemones (Cnidaria: Actiniaria) at the AMNH”. Guest lecture at Dowling College, Long Island (NY), USA; March 28th 2011.

2010.- Rodríguez E. Diversity and evolution of sea anemones (Cnidaria: Actiniaria) at the AMNH”. Guest lecture at Brigham Young University (BYU), Hawaii, USA; October 1st 2010.

2010.- Daly M*, Rodriguez E. “Problems and Progress in sea anemone Phylogeny”. 2010 Annual Meeting Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), Seattle (USA); January, 2010.

Published abstracts

2011.- Rodríguez E, Brugler M, Crowley L, Daly M, Grajales A. Are sea anemones (Cnidaria, Actiniaria) monophyletic? First phylogenetic higher-level classification for the order. Zitteliana 30: 43.

2011.- Brugler MR, Grajales A, France SC, Rodríguez E. A one-two punch: Anthozoans are characterized by extremely low rates of mitochondrial DNA sequence evolution and variable nuclear markers remain elusive. Zitteliana 30: 13.

2005.- Rodríguez E, López-González PJ (2005). Sagartiogeton antarcticus Carlgren, 1928: redescription of a deep-sea Antarctic sea anemone, with a discussion on its familiar and generic placement. In: Thatje S., Calcagno J.A. & Arntz W. (eds) “Evolution of Antarctic Fauna. Extended Abstracts of the IBMANT/ANDEEP. International Symposium and Workshop in 2003”. Ber Polarforsch 507: 178.


2015.- “ARTS: Integrative Research and Training in Tropical Taxonomy; Sea Anemones (Actiniaria) From Panama”. Panama, from 6th-28th Oct 2015, supported by NSF (Award 1456196 to ER). Organizer and participant.

2010.- “Sea Anemones (Cnidaria, Actiniaria) From the End of the World: First Step, A Taxonomic and Biogeographic Revision”. Southern Patagonia, from 5th Dec 2010 to 6th Jan 2011, supported by the Niarchos Foundation. Organizer and participant.

2007.- “Survey of Deep-water benthic Fauna of the north Eastern Pacific Seaboard, Aurora-Quezon”, within the project “Census of Philippine Deep Sea Biodiversity 2007”, along Aurora Province (Philippines), from 15th May to 2nd Jun 2007, on board M/V-DA-BFAR supported by Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History (USA) and Museum National D’Histoire Naturelle Paris (France). Participant.

2003.-“ANTARCTIC XXI/2”, along the eastern Weddell Sea, from 17th November 2003 to 18th January 2004, on board of the R/V Polarstern and supported by the AWI (Alfred-Wegener-Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany). Participant.

2002.- “LAMPOS I, ANT XIX/5”, within the “Latin American “Polarstern” Study”, along the Scotia Arc to the Antarctic Peninsula, from 3rd April 2002 to 5th May 2002, on board of the R/V Polarstern and supported by the AWI (Alfred-Wegener-Institut for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany). Participant.


2010-2014.- “Fall Graduate Student Symposium”. Course in the Comparative Biology PhD Program at the Richard Gilder Graduate School (AMNH, New York) (1 credit). Fall 2010-2014.

2010-2014.- “Comparative Biology Seminar Series”. Core course in the Comparative Biology PhD Program at the Richard Gilder Graduate School (AMNH, New York). (2 credits). Fall-Spring 2010-11; Spring 2013.

2008.- “Anthozoa (Cnidaria): Anatomy and Methods”. Course for biology majors # 881.06 at the Dept. of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University (2 credits). Winter 2008.


- Alejandro Grajales (2013) Ph.D. in Comparative Biology at the Richard Gilder Graduate School (RGGS): “Systematics and taxonomy of the family Aiptasiidae (Hexacorallia: Actiniaria) and population genetics of the species Aiptasia pallida.” Principal advisor.

- Adolfo Lara (Ph.D. expected 2017) PhD in Comparative Biology at the Richard Gilder Graduate School (RGGS). Principal advisor.

- Polet Yamaly Barragan Marin (expected 2017) M.S. at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (México). External Advisor and Committee Member.

- Rebeca Zapata Guardiola (2014) Ph.D. in Zoology and Ecology at Universidad de Sevilla (Spain): “Diversity and evolution of Antarctic gorgonians (Octocorallia, Primnoidae), distribution, growth and reproductive patterns”. Ph.D. External Committee Member.

- Ricardo Enrique González Muñoz (2014) Ph.D. in “Ciencias del Mar y Limnología” at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). External advisor; Ph.D. External Committee Member.

- Marisol Mendoza (2013) B.S. in Biology at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico; B.S. External Committee Member.

- Shaadi F. Pooyaei Mehr (2013) PhD (CUNY/AMNH) in “Molecular evolution of fluorescent proteins”. Ph.D. External Committee Member.

- Luciana Gusmão (2010) Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio). PhD. Dissertation Committee Member.

- Mercer R. Brugler (2011-2014) Postdoctoral fellow at the AMNH: “Developing species level molecular markers for sea anemones”.

- Luciana Gusmão (2015-2016) Postdoctoral fellow at the AMNH: “Systematics and biogeography of deep-sea anemones from Brazil”.


- NSF Panel service (Panelist for Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants [DDIG], Feb 2010).

- Occasional reviewer for articles in scientific journals.

- Judge of student presentations, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (Division of Evolutionary Biology) 2010.

- Occasional reviewer for research grants: NSF (Antarctic Sciences Program, 2014); Fondo para la Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica FONCYT (Argentina) (2007; 2008; 2009, 2015).

- “OSU Museum Open House” (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio); participated in annual public event attended by ~1000 people (2007, 2008).

- “Behind the Scenes Tour” at the American Museum of Natural History (May 2010).

- “Science at Work Tour and Luncheon” at the American Museum of Natural History (May 2011).

- Development of stories for Scholastic Magazines (Science World magazine and SuperScience magazine).

- “Guest Scientist” lectures in Lang Science Program in the AMNH Education Department (Aug 2010), Science and Nature Program Class (April 2011), and Discovery Room “Meet a scientist” Program (April 2012).

- Special guest in the “Under the Sea Radio Show” (June 2014).

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