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Close & Personal

  • I am from Cali, Colombia
  • I have a smaller brother nicknamed Japo
  • I speak spanish, english and a bit of italian
  • I enjoy taking underwater photos & learning scientific names of fish
  • I have about 460 registered dives 
  • I now live in Melbourne (after 3 years in Townsville)

Education 

  • PhD in Marine Biology. James Cook University. Australia (2013- 2017)

PhD thesis: Controlling Mesopredators. importance of behavioural interactions in trophic cascades. Supervised by: Prof Mark McCormick

  • BSc Marine biology. Universidad del Valle, Colombia (2005 -2010) 

BSc thesis: Biases associated with visual censuses of reef fishes in the Eastern Tropical Pacific: implications of using single vs mixed-size transects, observer experience, and fish size estimation.  Supervised by: Prof Fernando Zapata

GRANTS & AWARDS

Grants

  • Ian Potter Doctoral fellowship @ LIzard Island (2015)

  • Australian Coral Reef Society research award (2015) 

  •  Graduate Research Scheme @ James Cook University (2014 & 2015)

  •  Young Researcher and Innovator Program award, COLCIENCIAS- Administrative Department of Science, Technology & Innovation of Colombia (2011)

Scholarships

  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, James Cook University (2013-2016) 
  • Scholarship for doctoral studies, COLCIENCIAS- Administrative Department of Science, Technology & Innovation of Colombia (2013-2016)

Other awards & prizes

  • Academic excellence recognition (Best GPA of class), Universidad del Valle (2005-2009). Award granted on 7 occasions (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th semester) during the 10 semesters of undergraduate studies 
  • Oral presentation award: Australian Coral Reef Society annual conference (2015) & Postgraduate student conference James Cook University (2014)
  • Photography award: Australian Coral Reef Society annual conference (2014 & 2015) & Postgraduate student conference James Cook University (2014)