Christian López

Christian is a Panamanian biologist and botanist, interested in multiple aspects of the chemical ecology and evolution of ferns and lycophytes. He is a specialist in the systematics, evolution, and biogeography of the spike moss genus Selaginella in the Neotropics, a region in which he has described several new species in this genus. From 2017 to 2019 he worked as a research assistant at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, where he began his studies in tropical ecology.

He is currently a second-year PhD student in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a graduate research assistant in the chemical ecology lab, under the advice of Dr. Brian E. Sedio.

Christian is broadly interested in Conservation biology, Archaeology, ethnology, and biological anthropology. He loves cats, hiking, cooking (especially Mexican and Italian cuisine), classical music, and learning languages.