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dr Ivan García-Cunchillos

Scientific interests

My leading scientific interest is comprehending the processes driving the diversification and specialization of different microscopic eukaryote lineages in evolutionary history. I am particularly captivated by the changes and stages occurring during the symbiosis establishment between prokaryotes-eukaryotes and eukaryotes-eukaryotes. Specifically, I am intrigued by the events that conducted distinct endosymbionts to become permanent organelles, especially concerning secondary plastids. Thus, I intend to discover and characterize new potential symbiotic relationships in freshwater ecosystems involving microscopic eukaryotes and bacteria. Besides, I am also interested in understanding the morphological diversification in a single-celled fruiting-bodyforming lineage within Amoebozoa (Myxomycetes).


  • Biology of eukaryotic microorganisms

Research projects


  • Freshwater microbial communities in the eutrophication gradient: diversity and interactions of protists and bacteria (MicroDivEr), Opus Grant NCN, Principal Investigator: Anna Karnkowska
  • Study of the diversity of Amoebozoa (Myxomycetes and Arcellinida) in the Mata Atlántica forest of Brazil. Assessment in function of its conservation status (MYXOTROPIC VII), Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, Principal Investigator: Enrique Lara Pandi.


  • Neotropical Mixobiota. VI. Biosystematic study of Amoebozoa (Myxomycetes and Arcellinidae) from the Andean salt flats, 2018–2022, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, Principal Investigator: Carlos Lado Rodríguez.
  • Neotropical Mixobiota. V. Biosystematic study of the Myxomycetes from the arid regions in the Peruvian Tropical Andes, 2015–2018, Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (CGL2014-52584-P), Principal Investigator: Carlos Lado Rodríguez.


  • Museum of Evolution and Department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden (scientific supervisors: Prof. Juan Carlos Zamora and Prof. Martin Ryberg), November 2018 – February 2019, scientific internship.


  • Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
  • Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Technological University of Peru, Arequipa, Peru



Jiménez-Mejías, Pedro; Manzano, Saúl; Gowda, Vinita; Krell, Frank-Thorsten; Lin, Mei-Ying; Martín-Bravo, Santiago; Martín-Torrijos, Laura; Nieto Feliner, Gonzalo; Mosyakin, Sergei L; Naczi, Robert F C; Acedo, Carmen; Álvarez, Inés; Crisci, Jorge V; Luceño Garcés, Modesto; Manning, John; Moreno Saiz, Juan Carlos; Muasya, A Muthama; Riina, Ricarda; Sánchez Meseguer, Andrea; Sánchez-Mata, Daniel; additional 1543 coauthors,

Protecting stable biological nomenclatural systems enables universal communication: A collective international appeal Journal Article

In: BioScience, pp. biae043, 2024.

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Useros, Fernando; García-Cunchillos, Iván; Henry, Nicolas; Berney, Cédric; Lara, Enrique

How good are global DNA-based environmental surveys for detecting all protist diversity? Arcellinida as an example of biased representation Journal Article

In: Environmental Microbiology, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. e16606, 2024.

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Treviño-Zevallos, Italo; García-Cunchillos, Iván; de Basanta, Diana Wrigley; Lado, Carlos

Diversity of Myxomycetes from Peru Part III: The high Andes and the altiplano Journal Article

In: Phytotaxa, vol. 624, no. 1, pp. 1-92, 2023.

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García-Cunchillos, Iván; Zamora, Juan Carlos; Ryberg, Martin; Lado, Carlos

Phylogeny and evolution of morphological structures in a highly diverse lineage of fruiting-body-forming amoebae, order Trichiales (Myxomycetes, Amoebozoa) Journal Article

In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 177, pp. 107609, 2022, ISSN: 1055-7903.

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Zevallos, Italo Francisco; García-Cunchillos, Iván; Lado, Carlos

New records of Myxomycetes (Amoebozoa) from the tropical Andes Journal Article

In: Phytotaxa, vol. 522, pp. 231-239, 2021.

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García-Cunchillos, Iván; Estébanez, Belén; Lado, Carlos

Spore ultrastructural features and significance of their diverse ornamental elements in the evolutionary history of the order Trichiales (Myxomycetes, Amoebozoa) Journal Article

In: European Journal of Protistology, vol. 81, pp. 125839, 2021, ISSN: 0932-4739.

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García-Cunchillos, Iván; Estébanez, Belén; Lado, Carlos

New Approach to the Ultrastructure of the Capillitium in the Order Trichiales (Myxomycetes, Amoebozoa) and its Phylogenetic Implications Journal Article

In: Protist, vol. 172, no. 2, pp. 125805, 2021, ISSN: 1434-4610.

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Ronikier, Anna; García-Cunchillos, Iván; Janik, Paulina; Lado, Carlos

Nivicolous Trichiales from the austral Andes: unexpected diversity including two new species Journal Article

In: Mycologia, vol. 112, no. 4, pp. 753-780, 2020.

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Mediavilla, Sonia; García-Cunchillos, Iván; Andrés-Rivera, Carmen; Escudero, Alfonso

Losses of leaf area owing to abiotic stress along the leaf economics spectrum: implications for carbon gain at the branch level Journal Article

In: Trees, vol. 32, pp. 1-11, 2018.

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Basanta, Diana Wrigley; Estrada-Torres, Arturo; García-Cunchillos, Iván; Echevarría, Asunción Cano; Lado, Carlos

Didymium azorellae, a new myxomycete from cushion plants of cold arid areas of South America Journal Article

In: Mycologia, vol. 109, no. 6, pp. 993-1002, 2017.

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García-Cunchillos, Iván; Sánchez, Sergio; Barriuso, Juan; Perez-Collazos, Ernesto

Population genetics of the westernmost distribution of the glaciations-surviving black truffle Tuber melanosporum Journal Article

In: Mycorrhiza, vol. 24, 2013.

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