Dr Catalina Pimiento

Dr Catalina Pimiento

Research Fellow, Biosciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295260

Email address

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Pimiento is a researcher at Swansea University investigating the ecology and evolution of marine megafauna in deep time using the fossil record. She is particularly interested in shark’s long-term diversity dynamics, extinction and conservation. Catalina is a recipient of a PRIMA fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation and she spends part of her time in the Paleontology Institute and Museum at the University of Zurich.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Vertebrate palaeontology
  • Macroecology
  • Conservation Paleobiology

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Catalina is trained in Science Education and in Curriculum and Instruction and has published papers on the design and implementation of cutting-edge learning tools. She feels strongly about delivering transformative and authentic teaching experiences and about engaging women in science.


Catalina’s research applies different approaches (mainly meta-analyses using Bayesian inference; and field- and collection-based studies applying phyloegenetic, phenotypic and niche modelling) to both fossil and modern species. Her main research objective is to provide a bridge between what is known on past extinctions and the conservation of modern species.

Award Highlights

• PRIMA fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation.
• MSCA COFUND (H2020) from the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
• Marie Curie Independent Fellowship (MSCA-IF-EF-ST) from the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Horizon 2020 Framework Programme).
• Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany.
• Forschungskredit Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Zurich.


• Prof. Michael Benton, Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Bristol.
• Prof. Carlos Jaramillo, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
• Prof. Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science, Kew Gardens.
• Dr. John Griffin, Associate Professor, Swansea University
• Dr. Daniele Silvestro, Researcher, University of Gothenburg.