About me

My research interest has been focused on the use of molecular techniques to describe the population structure and evolutionary processes of different groups of aquatic mammals.  The main aim of this research is to get new sources of information to improve our knowledge of several species and improve their management programs.  I have been working on several species, as humpback whales, sharks, manatees, bottlenose dolphins, Amazon River Dolphins and the South American coastal and riverine dolphins, the tucuxi and Guiana dolphin.

I lectured in several national and international courses on aquatic mammals and I have participated in a number of specialized conferences at international level.  I have been visiting researcher at the University of Auckland (February 2000), the University of California, Berkeley (May 2000), Edith Cowen University, Perth, Western Australia (June 2003) and Universidad Federal de Belo Horizonte, Brazil (October 2004).  I recently completed my PhD and a post-doctoral study as a visiting scientist at University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand.  I am starting as an Assistant Professor at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and I am working in collaboration with three leading NGO’s in Colombia working on aquatic vertebrates, Fundación Omacha, Fundación Yubarta, and Fundación Malpelo, as well as other organizations in the Caribbean (Caribbean Stranding Network, Puerto Rico).  I have been advisor of a number of students on their BSc and MSc. thesis research.


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