• Paleogenomic analysis of Cinchona bark collections

March 26th, 2020. NTNU, Norway.

Natural History Museum department, NTNU.

  • Cinchona bark collections: from alkaloids to genomes

Jan 26th, 2020. RBG Edinburgh, UK.

Science talks at The Botanics.

  • Reconectando las colecciones de Cinchona en Madrid y Kew (Real expedición botánica al virreinato del Perú).

October 2nd, 2019. Madrid, Spain.

Synthesys+ presentation, RJB Madrid.

  • Semillas históricas del árbol de la quina (Cinchona sp): de leyenda a historia

September 19th. Lima, Peru. Remotely.

Simposio Peruano de Diversidad y Taxonomía Vegetal.

  • Maximum recovery of genomic DNA from bark collections to resolve the evolutionary history of the Fever tree.

June 17-20, 2019. Trondheim, Norway.

Lightening talk in the Barcode of Life Conference - aDNA and Past Communities section

  • Paleogenomic annotation of historical Cinchona bark samples across time and space.

April 3-5, 2019. London, UK.

3rd UK Plant Evolution meeting - Early researchers session, Kew gardens.


  • Plants, phylogenies, drugs and G&Ts, lecture in the “Animal-plants interactions and evolutionary approach” bachelor course.

September 2019.

  • Genome assembly course (Spanish), online course with IGBM.

April 2019, January 2020.

  • Introduction to Phylogenetics course (Spanish), online course with IGBM.

January 2018, June 2019.

Blog post

Bolivia fieldwork blog for Plant.ID

About my field work in Bolivia, collaborating with the Herbario Nacional de Bolivia on the 1st Flora of Bolivia expedition in Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve:

Botanists as time travelers. Read it here.

Science communication

BBC Travel

The tree that changed the world map interviewed by Vittoria Traverso.

Originally posted here on May 28, 2020.

La República - Perú

El árbol de la quina no es cura al coronavirus interviewed by Jesica León.

Originally posted here on April 25, 2020.

Rumbos - Perú

No, la corteza del árbol de la quina no es la cura al coronavirus translation to Spanish of The Conversation piece.

Originally posted here on April 7, 2020.

The Conversation UK

No, cinchona bark is not a cure for coronavirus by Kim Walker, Royal Holloway; Cassandra Quave, Emory University, and Nataly Olivia A Canales, University of Copenhagen.

Originally posted here on March 31, 2020.


From malaria to gin and tonic: the story of the fever tree

Short video about my PhD project.

Check out this short documentary about the Cinchona project

The Cinchona collections I work with belong to the Economic Botany collection in RBG Kew, curated by Prof. Mark Nesbitt, who is also my co-supervisor: Economic Botany Collection | Kew

THE QUEST FOR CINCHONA from Alphafilm & Kommunikation on Vimeo.