Paleobiologist / Plant Morphologist
My research aims to understand how plants and tropical ecosystems have changed through geologic time. I study the plant fossil record and use observational and experimental approaches on plant function to better understand the paleobiology and evolution of tropical rainforests.
I am a Colombian botanist and paleobiologist.
Being the tropical creature that I am, I grew up surrounded by plants, and from an early age became marveled with leaves, photosynthesis, and evolution
I have worked with various topics related to plants, ranging from taxonomy and phylogenetics of fossil plants to phloem hydraulics and leaf functional morphology, plant-insect interactions in living and past ecosystems, and paleoecology.
Currently, I combine observational and experimental approaches on plant function with the fossil record to better understand the paleobiology and evolution of past tropical rainforests. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute wrote a wonderful piece describing my work as a postdoctoral fellow:
On the side, I love camping, winter hiking, cooking, and baking.
Education and Academic positions
Pres Postdoctoral Fellow Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
2017 Ph.D. Cornell University. Integrative Plant Sciences
2011 MS. Pennsylvania State University. Geosciences
2009 BSc. Universidad de Antioquia. Biology