Dr. Ismael Coronado
Dr. Ismael Coronado studied a B. Sc. in Geology, a M. Sc. in Paleontology at the Complutense University of Madrid and obtained his PhD (Geology and Geological Engineering) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sergio Rodríguez. His thesis with title “On biomineralization of Carboniferous auloporid corals” was supported by a fellowship of the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2014, he was awarded with the International Award in Paleontology Research “Paleonturologia 14” by the Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel-Dinópolis. Currently he works as postdoct in the Paleobiology Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), within the project “Assessment of organics in the control of crystallographic properties in otoliths”.
He is specialist in several spectroscopy and microscopy techniques usually applied in the characterization of biominerals. As results of his research and collaborations, has acquired a broad understanding on biomineralization, crystallography and geochemistry of fossils and recent marine calcium carbonate organisms (mainly cnidarians) and their modification during diagenesis. The current research lines are focused in the study of structure, chemical composition and crystallography of biominerals, comparing recent and fossil organisms to shed light on current problems and their analogy in the fossil record. At present, he collaborates with different research groups both national and international in several topics, from the evolution of biomineralization in cnidarians, molluscs and crustaceans to the study of crystallographic and geochemical properties of Recent corals derived from stressful marine environments.
A brief curriculum:
Affiliation Address: Department of Environmental Paleobiology. Institute of Paleobiology. Polish Academy of Sciences.
Ul. Twarda 51/55.
00-818 Warsaw (Poland).
B. Sc. in Geological Sciences, Universidad Complutense, Spain , Graduated with honours.
Equivalent Postgraduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E.): Postgraduate diploma in learning Natural Sciences and teaching in Higher Education. Universidad Complutense, Spain.  Internship: High School San Isidoro de Sevilla (Madrid, Spain).
B. Sc. in Palaeontology, Universidad Complutense, Spain .
Advisor: Dr. Sergio Rodríguez García.
Master Thesis: Biosedimentary study of Las Ilces section, Cosgaya Formation, Carboniferous, Cantabria (Spain).
PhD in Geology and Geological Engineering, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain . Doctorate: Summa cum laude.
Advisor: Dr. Sergio Rodríguez García.
Dissertation: On biomineralization of Carboniferous auloporid corals.
Postdoctoral Research Position at the Institute of Paleobiology – Polish Academy of Sciences [2017 – Present].
Proffesional practicum in the ‘Natural Sciences Museum from Madrid (Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Madrid CSIC). Curator in Palaeoinvertebrates and Palaeobotany collections .
Introduction to Research Fellowship (during Master):– Department of Palaeontology (Universidad Complutense) .
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Palaeontology. (Universidad Complutense). Formation Program of Researchers (FPI-UCM). Funding organism: Universidad Complutense. [2010 –2014].
European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant SYNTHESYS; FR-TAF-2397 ‘Systematic, microstructural, biomineralogical and palaeobiogeographical studies of the Carboniferous auloporids corals deposited in the Muséum National de l´Histoire Naturelle, MNHN (Paris, France)’ [June].
Short-term fellowships abroad. FPI-UCM 2011. (Universidad Complutense). Formation Program of Researchers (FPI-UCM). Funding organism: Universidad Complutense. [October 2012 – December 2012 in University of Alabama (USA)].
Honorary research fellow – Department of Palaeontology (Universidad Complutense) [2014 – 2017].
Awards, Distinctions Earned
2014. PALEONTUROLOGÍA 14. International Award in Palaeontology Research. Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel-Dinópolis, la Fundación Teruel Siglo XXI and Sociedad Gestora Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel (Dinópolis, Teruel, Spain). 4500€.
2015. Poster Award. 12th International Symposium of Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera. German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and International Association of Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera.
2015. Front cover in Geobiology journal with the article “Reconstructing a Carboniferous inferred coral-alcyonarian association using a biomineralogical approach”.
2015. Jury member of the International Award in Palaeontology Research PALEONTUROLOGÍA 15. Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel-Dinópolis, la Fundación Teruel Siglo XXI and Sociedad Gestora Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel (Dinópolis, Teruel, Spain).
2016. Extraordinary Doctorate Award in Geology by the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain)
2015-2016. Coronado, I. (PI). “Structure and crystallographic arrangement of Axophyllidae skeletons (Rugosa) from Mississippian (Carboniferous): possible architectural and evolutionary implications”. Research grant of Spanish Palaeontology Society. 1210€
Short Stays in Scientific Institutions
Department of Palaeontology, Muséum National d’histoire Naturelle, MNHN (Paris, France). Research topic: Systematic, microstructural, biomineralogical and paleobiogeographical studies of the Carboniferous auloporids corals deposited in the MNHN. (June, 2012). Advisor: Prof. Jean-Paul Saint Martin.
Department of Geological Sciences, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, USA). Research topic: Application Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) to Palaeozoic corals skeletons. (October-December, 2012). Advisor: Prof. Alberto Pérez-Huerta.
School of Geological Sciences, University College of Dublin (Dublin, Ireland). Research topic: Deepening on the biomineralization of Syringoporicae. (April-October, 2013). Advisor: Prof. Ian D. Somerville.
Institute of Palaeobiology (Warsaw, Poland). Research topic: Crystallographic properties of Recent Scleractinian. (June, 2015). Advisor: Prof. Jarosław Stolarski.
Research Projects and collaborations
Collaboration on CGL 2006-03085 Project (CSIC) ‘Análisis paleogeográfico, estratigráfico y paleobiológico del Mississippiense de las plataformas carbonatadas en Sierra Morena y en la Meseta Occidental de Marruecos. Comparación con las plataformas de la Cantábrica, Irlanda, Gran Bretaña y Francia. Potencial económico’ [2008 – 2009]. Led by Dr. Pedro Cózar (Instituto de Geología Económica, IGE. CSIC-UCM).
Collaboration on CGL2008-05813-C02-01 Project (MNCN – CSIC). ‘Paleontología, Tafonomía y Geomorfología de los yacimientos pseudocársticos del Cerro de los Batallones’. [2008 – 2010]. Radiometric surveying of vertebrate fossil sites. Led by Dr. Jorge Morales (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, MNCN-CSIC).
Collaboration on academically directed work by José Luis Contreras González. Title: ‘Medida de radiactividad natural en algunos restos fósiles’ [March – July 2009].Author: Vadym Paziy. College of Physical Sciences. Universidad Complutense of Madrid (Spain).
Member of Complutense University Research Group (910231) ‘Precámbrico y Paleozoico perigondwánico: estratigrafía y paleontología’ [2009 – present]. Led by Dr. Sergio Rodríguez (Complutense University of Madrid).
Member of CGL-2009-10340 Project (CSIC) ‘Influencia latitudinal de un periodo de Icehouse (Serpujoviense) en faunas y floras marinas someras de cuencas del Palaeotethys occidental’ [2009 – 2011]. Led by Dr. Pedro Cózar (Instituto de Geología Económica, IGE. CSIC-UCM).
Member of CGL2012-30922 Project ‘Variaciones de la biodiversidad en relación con los cambios paleoambientales en el periodo Serpujoviense-Bashkiriense del Paleotethys occidental’ [2013 – 2016]. Led by Dr. Pedro Cózar (Geosciences Institute, IGEO. CSIC-UCM).
Collaboration with Dr. Alberto Pérez-Huerta from University of Alabama (USA) on the study of biomineralization of Palaeozoic and Recent corals [2012 – present].
Collaboration with the Dr. Rosalía Rodríguez of the Protein Research Group of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-I Department of the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) analysing the organic matrices of corals [2012 – 2015].
Collaboration with Dr. Samuel Moncayo and Dr. Jorge Cáceres Gianni of the Chemical Laser Group from Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) applying LIBS on the study of Recent and fossil corals [2013 – present].
Collaboration with Dr. Esperanza Fernández-Martínez from University of León (Spain) on the application of biomineralization to solving paleontological problems related with tabulate corals [2013 – present].
Collaboration with the project ‘The Changing Ocean of the Polar North’. In the task WP3 ‘Recent and subfossil biomineral skeletons of Arctic carbonate sediments and organisms as (paleo)environmental archives: a critical assessment‘ within the framework of Polish-Norwegian Research Cooperation. Led by Dr. Jarosław Stolarski (Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Science).
Collaboration with Dr. Jorge Esteve from Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), on the study of primary biomineral features preserved in cuticles of trilobites [2016-present].
Member of CGL2016-78738-P Project ‘El Serpukhviense en el Palaeotethys occidental: variaciones climáticas y sus consecuencias sobre las biotas, aspectos paleoambientales, paleogeográficos y bioestratigráficos’ [2017 – present]. Led by Dr. Sergio Rodríguez (Complutense University of Madrid).
Member of NCN 2015/19/B/ST10/02148 Project ‘The role of proteins on the biomineralization of carbonate gravitational receptors (otoliths) in fossil and Recent fishes’ [2015 – present]. Led by Dr. Jarosław Stolarski (Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Science).
Research Topics and interests
- Biomineralization and biomaterials on natural world.
- Microscopy and spectrometric methods.
- Structure, composition and crystallography of biominerals in calcium carbonate-shelled organisms.
- Biogeochemistry – Geochemistry.
- Uses of biomineralization and geochemistry in palaeontology.
- Mineral phase transformations, replacements and crystallization.
- Evolution of Anthozoa (Cnidaria).
Teaching Experience and Supervision
- Geology Principles II in Geological Sciences College of Complutense University (two semesters as assistant in the practical part and field trips, 2012, 2014).
- Biosedimentation in Geological Sciences College of Complutense University (assistant in the practical part, 2011).
- Introduction to Geology in Biology Degree in Biological Sciences College of Complutense University (assistant in the field trips, 2012 and assistant in the practical part 2015).
- Palaeontology in Geological Engineering Degree (one semester as assistant in the practical part, 2016).
- Energy Resources: Coal Geology (one semester as assistant in the practical part, 2016).
- Master supervision in Advanced Master in Palaeontology (UCM-UAH).
Student: J. Ricardo Mateos-Carralafuente. Title: Structural and geochemical study of the giantoproductid shells of San Antonio section (Serpukhovian, Córdoba): vital effect in the paleoclimate interpretation. Course: Oct-2015 to Sep-2016.
- PhD Student: J. Ricardo Mateos-Carralafuente. Title: Paleo-climatic and paleogeographic inferences about the mid-Carboniferous glaciation (Viseense-Bashkieriense) using Gigantoproductidae shells (Brachiopoda) from circum-tropical seas. [In process. 2017- present].
- Spanish Palaeontology Society: 2009 – present.
- European Association of Geochemistry: (EAG) 2011 – present.
- Palaeontological Association (PalAss): 2012 – present.