A project by Rosa Fernández, group leader at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (IBE: CSIC-UPF), has been one of the 7 winners of the prestigious Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Early Career Scholarship. 716 interdisciplinary and innovative collaborations between research teams working in different countries had been presented.
The project will receive more than 1 million dollars over 3 years to study the transition from breathing in water to breathing in air – one of the most important evolutionary episodes in the history of animal life.
International, intercontinental and interdisciplinary
The project aims to test the hypothesis that the increase in atmospheric oxygen facilitated the conquest of the mainland by the first terrestrial arthropods. To do this, they will use an interdisciplinary approach that includes genomics, paleobiology and chemical physics to study the properties of the oxygen chain in different architectures of respiratory organs.