Irene Montanez-Rivera, B.Sc.

Master's candidate

Email: irene.mntz(at)


I am a Biologist graduated from the Humboldt University of Berlin with a thesis focusing on xenarthran's humeral microanatomy, more specifically, on "cortical compactness". My main interests are animal biodiversity, functional morphology, and the understanding of evolution.

Currently, I am studying towards a master's degree in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin. In my ongoing research, which is part of the integrative project of "Grasping grasping", I investigate pedal grasping adaptations of small arboreal mammals at a muscular level. Do primates with their characteristic prehensile specializations engage in a more powerful grasp than mammals of other orders? I approach this question by examining microCT-data architectural parameters and the force generation capacity of intrinsic pedal muscles of several mammalian species.

Since 2017 I have been a tutor for Bachelor students in the field of Zoology at the HU Berlin.

Here is the link to my ResearchGate profile.