I am broadly interested in studying the evolutionary history of mammals and learning about the processes that have played important roles in shaping their current diversity and biogeographic patterns in the Neotropics.
My research includes the systematics and natural history of tropical mammals; by using primarily molecular approaches, I explore the phylogeographic and population genetic patterns of species restricted to fragile environments such as montane and insular systems.
The combination of phylogenetics, the coalescent theory and the species distribution modeling approaches allows me to generate spatio-temporal hypotheses that explain potential scenarios related to the evolutionary history and the effect of climate change in tropical mammal diversity, specially in fragile environments such as cloud forests and insular ecosystems..
Other interests also includes conservation and conservation genetics; but more broadly I am interested in developing strategies that promote the building of local capacities in tropical countries.
Current position: Investigador en Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí, UNACHI
Funding support from:
- Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí (UNACHI)
- Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación (SENACYT)
- Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF)
- University of Florida (UF)
- Department of Biology at UF
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UF
- Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH)
- PIRE-PCP (NSF) at FLMNH
- Sociedad mastozoológica de Panamá
- Mary Shaw May Foundation
- Sigma Xi