Baselga Cervera

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Research statement

I am a Postdoctoral fellow focus in experimental evolution and broadly in the origin of life and complexity questions.  I have been honored with the Alfonso Martin Escudero Fellowships to study the origin of multicellularity and, as a fellow of the Philosophy of Science Department at UMN. I am currently contributing to the understanding of the origin and maintenance of multicellularity that will translate into insights from an evolutionary perspective in the problems related to multicellular lifestyle (e.g. immune system or developmental processes).

Additionally, I have the privilege to attend the Biology Interest Group (BIG) discussions about a mutual interest in the history and philosophy of biology. 

I am an advocate for bringing science closer to society through several outreach activities, projects, and volunteering initiatives (e. g., contributing in bridging science to non-English speakers ( project) or teaching science to children). As a scientist, I am fully committed to contributing to my community through volunteering with the UMN's Postdoctoral Association and involve myself with initiatives about diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia.


Selected publications

C. Garcia-Balboa, B. Baselga-Cervera, A. Garcia-Sanchez, J.M. Igual, V. Lopez-Rodas and E.Costas (2013). Rapid adaptation of microalgae to bodies of water with extreme pollution from uranium mining: An explanation of how mesophilic organisms can rapidly colonise extremely toxic environments. Aquatic Toxicology, 144– 145: 116– 123. DOI:10.1016/j.aquatox.2013.10.003.​

Beatriz Baselga-Cervera, Julia Romero-Lopez,  Camino Garcia-Balboa,  Eduardo Costas and  Victoria Lopez-Rodas (2018). Improvement of the Uranium Sequestration Ability of a Chlamydomonas sp. (ChlSP Strain) Isolated From Extreme Uranium Mine Tailings Through Selection for Potential Bioremediation Application. Front. Microbiol. 9:523. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00523.

Beatriz Baselga-Cervera, Camino Garcia-Balboa,  Marta Fernandez Diaz, Victoria Lopez-Rodas and Eduardo Costas (2019). Evidence of microalgal isotopic fractionation through enrichment of depleted uranium.  Sci Rep 9, 1973. DOI:10.1038/s41598-019-38740-2.