Nuestro equipo que desarrolla herramientas para el análisis cuantitatitvo y aplicaciones en conservación

Juan Gerardo Zuloaga-Villamizar

Co-founder - Director

Juan Zuloaga is passionate about wildlife, whether it is tracking jaguars, bird banding migratory birds or monitoring sea turtles. He is also passionate about spatial ecology, conservation and biodiversity science. He is a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University working with Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, developing methods and tools to help identifying Key Biodiversity Areas in Canada.  Juan Zuloaga has a PhD in Biology (University of Ottawa), MES (York University),  B.Sc. in Biology (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and GIS certificate (Ryerson University). He loves outdoors activities, photography and mountain bike. He loves mentoring and volunteering.

Carlos Galán

Co-founder

Laura Melissa Guzman

Ecóloga computacional - Postdoctoral Liber Ero Fellow, Canada 

Laura Melissa está liderando el equipo que desarrolla esta iniciativa. 

Originalmente de Colombia, ahora soy investigadora postdoctoral  Liber Ero en el Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas de la Universidad Simon Fraser, trabajando bajo la dirección de Dr. Elizabeth Elle y Dr. Leithen M'Gonigle. Hice mi doctorado en el Departamento de Zoología de la Universidad de Columbia Británica trabajando con Diane Srivastava.

 

El objetivo general de mi investigación es comprender los procesos que dan forma a la biodiversidad a múltiples escalas espaciales, y desarrollar las herramientas estadísticas y de software necesarias para hacerlo.

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Andrea Paz

PhD Candidate in Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour 

City Univerristy of New York (CUNY)

I graduated with a BS in Biology from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia where I studied the phylogeography of the Red-eyed tree frog and how the environment may be influencing the phylogeographic patterns. During my Master´s at the same university I studied the environmental and ecological determinants of population genetic divergence in amphibians of Panama. 

I am broadly interested in the patterns of species distributions and the processes behind the generation and persistence of those patterns.

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Gabriel Muñoz

PhD Candidate Concordia University

I'm a Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences working with the Community Ecology and Biogeography Lab at Concordia University in Montreal-Canada (PI: J.P. Lessard ). I also have a M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in The Netherlands where I worked with the Biogeography and Macroecology research group (BIOMAC). I did my B.Sc. in Biology with a minor in Environmental management at San Francisco University of Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador.

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Gonzalo Pinilla Buitrago

PhD Candidate City University of New York

Soy biólogo de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia y estudiante de doctorado en la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York. Mis áreas de interés son biogeografía de pequeños mamíferos no voladores y modelamiento de nicho ecológico. En el pregrado analicé bases de datos de mamíferos de la Orinoquía y estudié la taxonomía de un género de marsupiales en Colombia. Hice una maestría en el Instituto de Ecología, A.C. (México) donde evalué cambios en el pasado de la Zona de Transición Mexicana, usando la distribución geográfica de mamíferos y coleópteros. En mi doctorado voy a utilizar rasgos funcionales y modelos de distribución para predecir comunidades de pequeños mamíferos en bosques nublados de México. También soy uno de los desarrolladores de Wallace, una aplicación para hacer modelos de nicho ecológico.

Andrés Felipe Suárez-Castro

Postdoctoral Fellow Humboldt Institute

I am an ecologist interested in using the knowledge on ecological functioning in conservation and environmental management planning. I received my PhD at The University of Queensland (Australia) and I hold a master’s degree in conservation and wildlife management from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. During my research, I have used different biological models to explore diverse research interests such as what drives species distribution patterns, the effect of landscape change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the science-policy interface for ecosystem services and biodiversity to inform landscape planning. I have strong statistical and quantitative skills in spatial modelling, and a strong background in ecology, conservation science, natural resource management, ecosystem services and geographical information systems. I also have extensive fieldwork experience in multiple ecosystem types in Colombia and Australia. Currently, my research focuses on evaluating how to integrate ecological knowledge across multiple spatial scales to maximise biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes.

Angela Fuentes-Pardo

Postdoctoral Fellow Uppsala University, Sweden

Soy una bióloga evolutiva interesada en cómo los organismos responden y se adaptan al cambio ambiental y antropogénico, y en cómo los procesos ecológicos y evolutivos dan forma a la diversidad genética en varias escalas espaciales y temporales. Mi objetivo es aprovechar el poder de la genómica, la bioinformática y el análisis del paisaje para abordar estas preguntas y desarrollar herramientas genéticas que puedan ayudar a informar esfuerzos de conservación y manejo. Actualmente soy investigadora postdoctoral en el grupo de Leif Andersson en la Universidad de Uppsala, Suecia. Completé mi doctorado en la Universidad de Dalhousie, Canadá, con el profesor Daniel E. Ruzzante, y mi licenciatura en biología en la Universidad del Valle, Colombia, con el profesor Guillermo Barreto.

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Flavia Montaño-Centellas

Associate researcher at the Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz Bolivia

I am a biologist with a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida, where I was part of the Loiselle Lab.

My research interests lie in the processes driving biodiversity at several scales and along environmental gradients, both natural and anthropogenic. In particular, I am interested in the role of species interactions in community assembly and structure, and how these associations change across elevation and gradients of human disturbances. My interests also expand to the conservation of the endangered tropical Andes. I have extensive experience in field and applied ecology as a researcher and program coordinator in Bolivia and a growing interest and passion for theoretical and evolutionary ecology. 

I was born and raised in La Paz city (Bolivia) thus I hiked mountains as soon as I could walk. I majored in Biology from the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (Bolivia) and focused my undergraduate research on the seed dispersal effectiveness of tyrant flycatchers (Tyrannidae) dispersing mistletoes (Loranthaceae) in Yungas of La Paz. Since my sophomore year, I volunteer and then collaborated with the Programa para la Conservación de Murciélagos de Bolivia (Bolivian Bat Conservation Program). Therefore, I share my passion for birds, bats and seed dispersal systems, and use them all as model organisms to test ecological hypotheses.

 

Later on, I pursue a Master in Science in Ecology and Conservation at the Instituto de Ecología – Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. My Master´s research evaluated the potential of Cotapata National Park for specialized tourism and analyzed the ecological and socio-economical conditions for birdwatching programs to be set in the park. After graduation (and during my Masters) I worked in local NGO´s in Bolivia as a researcher and project coordinator in various conservation and sustainable developing programs/projects.

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