I grew up in rural Colombia, and thanks to a wonderful mother and father, I manage to get a higher education that very few achieve in a country that lives in poverty and is constantly touched by violence; this is to say that as a country we have very critical things to worry about. As a peasant in the country side, I observed the massive transformation of the natural world and I myself might have added to it. However, it was only until I finished my PhD that I truly understood the magnitude of the damage to the natural world and that we were all responsible for it. Unfortunately, we cannot expect everyone to do a PhD to better appreciate and be sensible about biodiversity loss, which is why I dedicated my life to bring scientifically based awareness to this problem and its solutions.
- Postdoctoral - Census of Marine Life, Future of Marine Animal Populations project:
- Fellow and part-time faculty, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2008-2010
- Fellow and lecturer, SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 2006–2008
- Fellow, University of Auckland, 2005
- PhD, Biology, University of Windsor, Canada, 2005
- BSc, Marine Biology, Universidad del Valle, Colombia, 1999
- GEOG 302: Global Environmental Issue
- GEOG 309: Introduction to Biogeography
- GEOG 710B: Methods for Analysis in Biogeography
My lab focuses on interconnected lines of research aimed to understand how biodiversity patterns are generated and modified by human activities and in the process identifying the conditions where suitable conditions for both, humans and biodiversity, are met.