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Alejandro Cano – Lasso Carretero

Born 1988, Madrid.

Artist and early-career scientist with ten years of experience in illustration and design. Committed to a multidisciplinary approach to marine conservation, creates art to communicate scientific research and to inspire the general public to care for science and the ocean. Accomplished in various media, uses both hand-drawing and digital software to produce natural history plates, scientific figures or art installations. Works independently or in collaboration with other artists and scientists to communicate forefront oceanographic studies.

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EDUCATION

September 2007 – May 2011

Slade School of Fine Arts (University College of London) B.A. with honors                     

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September 2020 – September 2021

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California San Diego) M.A.S. Marine Biodiversity and Conservation                      

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EXPERIENCE

February 2021 – today

San Diego State University Department of Biology, San Diego, California. Research experience, Volunteering. · Studying the mechanisms of acoustic reception in baleen whales. This work is needed in the field of ocean management and conservation to mitigate human noise impact on whales · Revealed the role of the gray whale mandibles in low frequency hearing. Research paper to be published in 2022 · The art collection which accompanies these studies has been used by colleagues in the field of whale acoustics for scientific outreach purposes.

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September 2020 – today

Choy Laboratory (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), San Diego, California. Field and lab research experience, Internship. · Executed an art collection to illustrate the deep sea biodiversity for lab outreach programs. · Creating figures for research papers. These projects, which involve stomach content analyses, focus on trophic food-webs and species connectivity in deep pelagic environments. Two papers to be published in 2022. · Research Cruise. Collecting, identifying and preserving specimens for biochemical tests, biomass analyses and anatomical studies. This work involved the creation of a data collection protocol, and the specimens are now part of the lab’s collection for academic research purposes. · Studying the gastrointestinal anatomy of mid-water fishes. Describing and illustrating the anatomy of understudied species, to identify morphological signatures induced by ecology, metabolism and predator-prey interactions.

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November 2020 – May 2021

Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, San Diego, California. Artist, Project collaborator. · Contributed as an artist to projects led by Fishfull Future. The artwork which resulted from these projects aims to inspire potential uses of seafood “waste” products and promote San Diego local fisheries.

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RELEVANT EXHIBITIONS

2019

· Hybrid, Plaza de Santa Bárbara, 28004 Madrid. Invitation to participate in Hybrid festival art fair, with a bionic design of a foldable lamp.

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2018

· Comederos, Barbecho. C. Acebo 6, 28016 Madrid. Group show reclaiming craftsmanship through the production of bird feeders.

· Los Cachos, Barbecho. C. Acebo 6, 28016 Madrid. Solo exhibition introducing the series ‘Los Cachos’, with the head of a humpback whale and two blue whale hearts.

· Los ‘Apartes’ del arquitecto, Cruz Bajo, Calle de Don Ramón de la Cruz, 15, 28001 Madrid. Group exhibition on furniture design.

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2017

· Prototipos 1, Barbecho. C. Acebo 6, 28016 Madrid.

· Prototipos 2, Barbecho. C. Acebo 6, 28016 Madrid. Two workshops and group exhibitions about biodegradable furniture.

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2012

· Now I Gotta Reason, Jerwood Space, 171 Union St, London SE1 0LN. Workshop about handcraft curated by Grizedale Arts.

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2011

· Slade Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Arts, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Official presentation of the ‘Natural History’ series with a live sized Sperm Whale and Manta Ray.

· Open innovation, The Interoceanic Canal Museum of Panama, Calle 5a Este, Panamá. Presentation of a video about ‘El Batel’ Congress Centre in Cartagena, part of a group show in collaboration with SelgasCano.

· It Started with a Car Crash, Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB. Performance event and exhibition about merzsummer school, Lake District, England, in 2011.

· Architectural Environments for Tomorrow, MOMA, 150-0001 Tokyo, 5 Chome−10−1 GYRE. Presentation of a video about SelgasCano’s ‘silicon house’. In collaboration with SelgasCano.

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2010

· Buoy, Trinity Buoy Warf, 64 Orchard Place, London E14 0JW. Outdoor sculptural installation of a stranded whale by the Thames.

· Contemplating the Void, The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128. Proposal for an intervention in the Guggenheim Museum, in collaboration with SelgasCano architecture studio.

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PERMANENT WORKS

2019

· Second Home London Fields, 125–127 Mare Street, London E8 3SJ.

· Second Home Hollywood, 1370 N Saint Andrew’s Place, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Furniture design and space curation of the co-working spaces of Second Home.

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2016

· Librería, 65 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JP. Interior design and space curation of ‘Librería’, a bookshop by Second Home.

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2014

· Second Home Spitafields, 68 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL. Furniture Design and lighting for the first work spaces of Second Home.

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PUBLICATIONS

2022

· R. S. Chen, E. J. Portner & C. A. Choy. “Gelatinous cephalopods as important prey for a deep-sea fish predator”. Marine Biology 169, 155 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-022-04116-w.

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2021

· Scripps Student Spotlight. A Master of Advanced Studies student fuses art and science in order to understand the natural world. Scripps news, scripps.ucsd.edu/news.

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2019

· Arquine. ‘holLa’. Article about the design of the offices of SecondHome in Los Ángeles. Revista trimestral de arquitectura y diseño. 21st of November of 2019, Ciudad de México, México.

· Designboom. ‘60 oval-shaped offices set in nature’. Article by Philip Stevens about the offices of SecondHome Hollywood, photography by Iwan Baan. 20th of November of 2019. Designboom Magazine.

· C Magazine. ‘A first for community-focused co-working in California’. Article by Degen Pener about Second Home Hollywood, photography by Rainer Hosch. Fall/Winter 2019, California, U.S.A.

· Dezeen. ‘A return to physical material things’. Article by Amy Frearson about the project ‘Libería’ in London, 22nd of February of 2016, and article by Calum Lindsay about the project of Second Home Hollywood, 3rd of December of 2019, Dezeen Ltd, London, United Kingdom.

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2017

· Architecture Today. ‘Present Imperfect’. Article about the project ‘Librería’ in London, 7th of July of 2017. Photography by Iwan Baan. Architecture Today Magazine, United Kingdom.

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2016

· Wallpaper. ‘Reading matter’. Article by Ellie Stathaki about the design of ‘Librería’, photography by Iwan Baan. 22nd of February of 2016, WorldHQ, London, United Kingdom.

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2014

· El Croquis. #171. ‘Vacilante Naturaleza’, page 208. Article about the design of the Rooftop Café in London Bridge, London. Published and edited by Fernando Márquez Cecilia and Richard Levene. El Croquis Editorial, 2014, Madrid, España.

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MAJOR AWARDS AND HONORS

2021

· Interdisciplinary Research Award (Graduate Student Division, University of California San Diego)

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2020

· Enhanced Educational Opportunity scholarship (Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

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WORKSHOPS / SEMINARS ATTENDED

April – November 2022

Underwater Acoustics · Modelling and Soundscapes · DOSITS, University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in partnership with Inspire Environmental of Newport, 45 Upper College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881.

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January 2021

Science of Whales · Understanding the history, informing conservation. Biennial International Conference, American Cetacean Society, Pacific Grove, CA 93950.

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April – November 2021

Underwater Acoustics · Monitoring and Abatement · DOSITS, University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in partnership with Inspire Environmental of Newport, 45 Upper College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881.

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October – November 2020

Microplastic Effect on Human and Ecological Health. California Ocean Protection Council, 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

I am particularly interested in the anatomical and physiological adaptations of secondary marine forms to life in the ocean. I am currently studying the mechanisms of acoustic reception in Mysticetes, looking at the cranial anatomy of the gray whale (Escrichtius robustus) to understand the morphological structures that enable low frequency hearing underwater. The project takes an interdisciplinary approach, which combines computational language with biological data, to bypass some of the limitations of studying living specimens. Identifying homologous trends across taxa may highlight the morphological elements that are fundamental to baleen whale hearing. This is a framework that is fundamental to the study of marine mammal temporary and permanent threshold shifts induced by human noise in the ocean. With a similar passion for the anatomy and physiology of fish, I perform comparative studies on the gastrointestinal anatomy of mid-water fishes. My main interest is to combine these studies with biochemical analyses of the organs and contents of the digestive system. The purpose is to find morphological patters that could be traced back to the feeding habits and ecology of the different species.

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RELEVANT SKILLS

· Fluent in Spanish and English, conversational in French                               · Certified advanced open water diver

· Experienced in Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut and Microsoft Office · Experienced in graphic design and video

· Accomplished at croquis drawing and quick sketching                                 · Ability to work at sea

· Academic training in Biological Censuses and Conservation Policy               · Experienced in data collection