Mateo García
Ph.D. Student

Mateo Garcia

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Texas A&M University 

3258 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843 

Curriculum Vitae (updated April 2018)

Mateo García

I graduated from the Universidad de la República (Montevideo, Uruguay) with a B.S in Biological Sciences in 2012. As an undergrad I first worked with Valentina Franco in fur seal Archtocephalus australis and the sea lion Otaria flavescens population dynamics and then with Martin Bollazzi in social insects task allocation. During my master degree, I continued my work in social insects with Martin Bollazzi and Flavio Roces, exploring how performance can affect task allocation in the leaf cutting ant Acromyrmex lundi. During that period I was a T.A. for Enrique Lessa's evolution course.

In 2016 I won a Fulbright Scholarship and joined the Rosenthal's Lab. My PhD is co-advised by Gil Rosenthal and Manfred Schartl and is going to focus on cancer research; in our study system we have a non melanotic sp Xiphophorus maliche that hybridizes with the melanotic sp Xiphophorus birchmanni producing hybrids that can either be melanotic or not. The idea is to use this system to identify the melanoma genes and explain how they are maintained in the population.


  1. V. Franco-Trecu, M. Drago, M.D. Garcia-Olazabal , C. Baladán , E.A. Crespo , L. Cardona and P. Inchausti , 2015. Post-harvesting population dynamics of the South American sea lion (Otaria byronia) in the Southwestern Atlantic. Marine Mammal Science 31 (1): 963-978.
  2. V. Franco-Trecu, M.D. Garcia-Olazabal , B. Tassino and J. Acevedo , 2015. Parturition process in an amphibian mammal species: new evidences in South American fur seal (Arctocephalus australis). Animal Biology 66 (2016): 21–29.