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
2023 (pres) Assistant Professor/Curator University of Michigan
2017–2022 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