Researchers at UCD


Beatriz Gamarra Rubio

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of Archaeology



Originally from Barcelona, the fellow¿s education includes an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master of Primatology at the University of Barcelona. She received her PhD in Biodiversity from the University of Barcelona in December 2014. Her thesis explored the phylogenetic and adaptive implications of tooth shape variability in extant and fossil primates. Throughout her PhD, she was actively involved in several research projects concerning the study of dental morphology and ecological adaptations of primates in the Anthropology Unit (Department of Animal Biology), at the University of Barcelona. In the course of her research training, she has attended several courses, as well as international and national meetings presenting the results of her research. During these years, she has visited several European osteological collections making tooth moulds and macrophotographs of living and fossil primate teeth. She has also had the chance to collaborate in an international project in Gabon and participate in several field campaigns to obtain dental moulds.

Dr. Beatriz Gamarra joined UCD in 2015 as a Research Assistant and later as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Prof. Ron Pinhasi¿s team (School of Archaeology). Currently, she holds a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship which project aims to characterize the changes in dental traits of past European populations and the factors influencing them


Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship: An integrative analysis of shifting trends in dental traits in human populations from Neolithic to Iron Age (175,866 EUR)

Conference Contributions

Gamarra, B., Nova-Delgado, M., Romero, A., Galbany, J., Pérez-Pérez, A. (2013) [Poster Presentation], 10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, Barcelona, Spain , 08-JUL-13 - 12-JUL-13.
Torrijo, S., Romero, A., Galbany, J., Gamarra, B., De Juan, J., Pérez-Pérez, A. (2013) [Poster Presentation], Dental shape modularity and phenotypic variation in human populations, Barcelona, Spain , 08-JUL-13 - 12-JUL-13.
Becerra, JM., Casado, A., Cuesta-Torralvo, E., Pérez-Pérez, A., Pacheco, D., Romero, A., Galbany, J., Gamarra, B (2016) [Poster Presentation], 6th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Madrid , 14-SEP-16 - 17-SEP-16.
Gamarra, B., Romero, A., Mayo-Alesón, M., Pérez-Pérez, A., Galbany, J (2016) [Poster Presentation], 6th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Madrid , 14-SEP-16 - 17-SEP-16.


Employer: University College Dublin, Social Science and Law/Archaeology
Position: MSCA Research Fellow (Post- Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1)
Employer: University College Dublin, Social Science and Law/Archaeology
Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Level 1
Employer: University College Dublin, School of Archaeology
Position: Research Assistant


Year 2008 Institution: Universitat de Barcelona
Qualification: BS Subject: Biology
Year 2009 Institution: Universitat de barcelona
Qualification: MS Subject: Primatology
Year 2014 Institution: Universitat de Barcelona
Qualification: PhD Subject: Physical Anthropology





Peer Reviewed Journals

Galbany, J., Romero, A., Mayo-Alesón, M., Itsoma, F., Gamarra, B., Pérez- Pérez, A., Willaume, E., Kappeler, P.M., Charpentier, M.J.E. (2014) 'Age-related tooth wear differs between forest and savanna primates'. PLoS ONE, . [Details]
Nova Delgado, M., Gamarra, B., Nadal, J., Mercadal, O., Olesti, O., Guàrdia, J., Pérez-Pérez, A., Galbany, J. (2014) 'Dental shape variability in cercopithecoid primates: A model for the taxonomic attribution of macaques from roman archaeological contexts'. Folia Primatologica, . [Details]
Gamarra, B., Nova-Delado, M, Romero, A., Galbany. J., Pérez-Pére, A. (2016) 'Phylogenetic signal in molar dental shape of extant and fossil catarrhine primates'. Journal of Human Evolution, . [Details]
Lazaridis J, Nadel D, Rollefson G, Merrett DC, Rohland N, Mallick S, Fernandes D, Novak M, Gamarra B, Sirak K, Connell S, Stewardson K, Harney E, Fu Q, Gonzalez-Fortes G, Alpaslan- Roodenberg S, Lengyel G, Bocquentine F, Gasparian B, Monge JM, Gregg M, Eshed V, Ahuva-Sivan M, Meiklejohn C, Gerritsen F, Bejenaru L, Blüher M, Campbell A, Cavalleri G, Comas D, Froguel P, Gilbert E, Kerr SM, KovacsP, KrauseJ, McGettigan D, Merrigan M, Merriwether DA, O'Reilly S, Richards MB, Semino O, Shamoon-Pour M, Stefanescu G, Stumvoll M, Tönjes A, Torroni A, Wilson JF, Yengo L, Zalloua P, Hovhannisyan NA, Patterson N, Pinhasi R, Reich D (2016) 'Genomic insights into the origin of farming in the ancient Near East'. Nature, . [Details]

Conference Publications

Mayo-Alesón, M., Romero, A., Gamarra, B., Willaume, E., Itsoma, F., Pérez-Pérez, A., Kappeler, P.M., Charpentier, M.J.E., Galbany, J. (2014) Relación entre el desgaste dental y la ecología en babuinos y mandriles/ Dental wear and ecology relationship between baboon and mandrills XVIII Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Antropología Física [Details]
Romero, A., Galbany, J., Górka, K., Gamarra, B., Pérez-Pérez, A. (2014) Análisis de la topografía dental en relación al macro- y microdesgaste/ Dental topography analysis related to macro- and microwear XVIII Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Antropología Física [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the ecological adaptation of dental morphology to different dietary regimes. My expertise is in morphometric and topographic methods applied to primate dental molars. Employing cutting-edge imaging technology, isotope analyses and ancient DNA methods, my research aims to understand the sources of dental morphology variation in past European populations associated with dietary and cultural past changes.