In the wet forest….“I can only add raptures to the former raptures . . .
each new valley is more beautiful than the last. It is not possible to give an
adequate idea of the high feeling of wonder, admiration and devotion which
fill the mind” (Darwin, 1839).


I am a researcher in tropical plant biology with a special interest in biogeography, ecology and conservation. My most recent work has combined ecological, biogeographical and phylogenetic analyses to understand the evolution and current species diversity of the lowland rain forest biome.

At the moment, I am also actively involved in the rbgeColombia‘s public engagement program. I have taken part in several activities like the Festival Colombiano, Expedition Botanics, and the discussion based event “Cocaine: between white lines”, among others.

I have extensive experience in leading plot inventories in Colombia, and working directly with local communities. My work with local communities has been based on areas under high human pressure,  and with high risks of severe biodiversity loss due to the expansion of illegal and legal crops, oil and mining projects and the overexploitation of timber.

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