About Me

PhD: Biology, UF
Advisor: Bruce MacFadden
Minor: Educational Technology
Advisor: Swapna Kumar

MSc: Biology, UF 2010.
Advisor: Bruce MacFadden
Minor: Science Education
Advisor: Rose Pringle

BS: Biology, UJ 2006
Advisor: Fabio Gómez

My story…

I am from Bogotá, Colombia where I did my BSc in Biology at the Universidad Javeriana. Then I moved to Mexico where I did my senior thesis on the population ecology of whale sharks from the Caribbean. After I graduated I moved to Panama where I worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, first at the Naos Marine Laboratory studying the migration patterns of whale sharks from the Central Pacific, and then at the Center for Archeology and Paleoecology as a research assistant. Then I did a masters in Zoology in the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida (USA) with a minor in Science Education; and a PhD in Biology with a minor in Educational Technology. Both my masters and PhD research focused on extinct sharks, particularly ‘Megalodon‘. I then moved to Switzerland, where I did an independent postdoc funded by a Forschungskredit fellowship in the Paleontology Institute and Museum at the University of Zurich. My postdoc research studied the extinction of marine Megafauna during the Pliocene. Then, I moved to Berlin after being awarded a Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship. There, I worked at the Naturkundemuseum on the evolution of gigantism in sharks and their relatives. After that, I work at Swansea University, Wales, where I was supported by a Marie Curie Actions-COFUND fellowship. Currently, I am SNF PRIMA Grantee and I lead a group at both the Paleontology Institute and Museum in the University of Zurich and at the Biosciences Department in Swansea University.