I am a Biologist (2003) from the Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile. My PhD thesis entitled “Neuroethology and evolution of the mammalian vomeronasal system” regards a comparative description of the relationship between natural history and the anatomy of the accessory olfactory bulb (AOB) of mammals. I studied some Rodents (squirrels, capybaras and degus), and some members of the Afrotheria superorder (tenrecs and hyraxes). I have also employed c-Fos and behavioural studies with Octodon degus to assess the contextual participation of the segregated AOB subdomains. I discovered that the loss of the V2R-cAOB pathway has occurred at least 4 times in eutherians, as a case of systemic convergence, in lineages that acquired sexual dimorphisms and gained the ability of detecting other males at distance.
I am also very interested on systemic/historic perspectives about biological phenomena such as evolution and behavior, and participate enthusiastically in the Núcleo decenio discussion group, held at the Rayo lab and on the web.
Email Rodrigo Suárez: rsuarezsaa[at]gmail.com