I am interested in using insects as study models for understanding patterns of diversity. In the past I studied dung beetles and butterflies. Currently I am interested in the evolutionary dynamics, higher-level phylogeny, and biogeography of insects using phylogenetic methods applied to different character systems (molecular data, morphology, larvae and host plants).
More specifically, my PhD thesis is focused on the diversification patterns in Geometridae – a family of moths (order Lepidoptera). One of the projects involves molecular systematics and diversification of the Neotropical Ennominae, and another is focused on the phylogenetic position of the subfamilies Oenochrominae and Desmobathrinae within Geometridae.
I was born in Colombia. I have a lovely family and I am the second of three siblings. I graduated as a biologist from the Universidad de Córdoba in Colombia with a thesis focused on the diversity and composition of the community of dung beetles in a silvopastoral system of Córdoba. I obtained my Master’s degree at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 2013. My research was focused on elucidating the phylogenetic relationships of five genera of the subfamily Coliadinae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) using morphology and molecular data.
My research experience includes: i) species richness and geographical distribution of geometrid moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) in the dry forest of Sucre, Colombia; ii) the role of riparian vegetation in a tropical dry forest on diversity of butterflies and dung beetles in a landscape of Córdoba, on the northern coast of Colombia; and iii) climate regulation capacity of a tropical dry forest in Córdoba, Colombia for designing adaptation strategies to global warming.
My professional experience has been as teaching assistant and researcher at the University of Córdoba in the area of zoology in the periods 2010–2012 and 2014–2015. Starting in August 2015, I became a lecturer in animal taxonomy and comparative anatomy at Universidad de Sucre, Colombia.