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Andrea Paz 
MS, PhD student

Parque Ecológico Mataredonda, Colombia.2018                     Download PDF

Education

PhD Student Biology. City University of New York; New York, USA. 2015-Present
M.S Biological Sciences – Universidad de los Andes; Bogotá, Colombia.  2010-2012
B.S. Biology– Universidad de los Andes; Bogotá, Colombia.  2006-2010

Publications

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Popular articles

Barrientos L.S, Paz A, Lasso E (2018). Leptodactlyus lithonaetes. Catálogo de Anfibios y Reptiles de Colombia. 4 (1):30-36

Barrientos L.S, Paz A (2017). Diasporus anthrax. Catálogo de Anfibios y Reptiles de Colombia. 3 (2):25-29

Gonzalez MA, Paz A (2013) iBOL Colombia advances: Barcoding life in a megadiverse country. Barcode Bulletin. 4(2): 6

Educational publications

Crawford A. J., Paz A. 2017. Anfibios. Pp23-24. In: Gonzalez M.A., Arenas-Castro H (Eds). Recolección de tejidos biológicos para análisis genéticos. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. Bogotá, D. C., Colombia. 33 pp.

Paz A (2016) Lab 10: Fieldtrip to the American Museum of Natural History. In: Laboratory Manual, Biology 22800, Ecology and Evolution. (ed Anderson RP), p. 70 pp. Department of Biology, The City College of New York, New York.

Scholarships and fellowships

2015    CUNY Science Scholarship. PhD stipend and tuition
2015    Fulbright-Colciencias doctoral fellowship (4 years).
2010    Master studies scholarship for teaching and research assistants. Facultad de
Ciencias, Universidad de los Andes (2 years).

Grants and awards

  • 2019 Travel Award to attend the 56thAnnual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation. Antananarivo, Madagascar. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. US$500.
  • 2019  Doctoral Student Research Grant. City University of New York. Improving biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest: Mapping diversity and its environmental correlates. US$1,500. PI.
  • 2018   Interdisciplinary Seed Grant. Center for Biodiversity under Environmental Change, City College of New York. “Exploring the potential of Google Earth Engine and Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite products to generate GIS layers of biologically relevant variables”. US$2,500. Co-PI with Derek Tesser.
  • 2018   Travel Award to attend the V Congreso Colombiano de Zooología, Bogotá, Colombia. Asociación Colombiana de Zoología. US $100
  • 2018   ERI Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship. City University of New York. Responses to environmental change in amphibians of the cold tropics: demographic and physiological processes in the southern AF (Boana prasina,) and in the highlands of the Colombian Andes (Pristimantis bogotensis). US$5,000. PI.
  • 2017   Doctoral Student Research Grant. City University of New York. Improving biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest: Mapping diversity and its environmental correlates. US$1,400. PI.
  • 2016     Travel award to attend the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation.Montpellier,France. Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation . €500
  • 2014     Travel award to attend the IV Congreso Colombiano de Zoología. Cartagena,
    Colombia. Asociación Colombiana de Zoología. US$250
  • 2012     Travel award to attend the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation. Bonito, Brazil. Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de los  Andes. US$500

Teaching experience

Professor

Biogeography; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. 2014-2015

Teaching assistant

  • Bio 228 Ecology and Evolution. Lab session- City College of New York. Fall 2016
  • Sustainable Development. MBA. Universidad de los Andes. 2015
  • Biostatistics. Lab session- Universidad de los Andes. 2010-2012
  • Evolutionary Genetics. Lab session- Universidad de los Andes. 2011

Undergraduate teaching assistant

  • Biostatistics. Universidad de los Andes. 2010
  • Evolution. Universidad de los Andes. 2010
  • Animal Physiology. Universidad de los Andes. 2009
  • Mathematics 3. Universidad de los Andes. 2009

Workshops

  • Species distribution modeling for conservation in R and Wallace. 2018. Co-organizer with Matthew Aiello-Lammens, Jamie Kass and Gonzalo E. Pinilla; Student Conference in Conservation Science at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA.

Professional experience

Researcher

  •  Researcher at the Conservation Genetics Lab. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. Colombia. 2013-2014
  • Researcher at the Conservation Biology Program. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. Colombia. 2012-2013

Research/Graduate Assistant

  • Graduate assistant:  Graduate Center, City University of New York. 2015-Present
  • Research assistant:  School of management, Universidad de los Andes. 2015
  • Research assistant: The effect of environmental variation on amphibian diversification and prevalence of their mortal pathogen: A transect among wetlands from the Magdalena Medio to the Orinoquia; Universidad de los Andes. 2011

Scientific presentations 

Oral presentations (*presenter)

  • Paz A*.2018. Mapeando la diversidad en la Mata Atlántica y su relación con variables ambientales. V Congreso Colombiano de Zoología. Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Paz A*, Carnaval AC. 2018. A Multidisciplinary framework for biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Hotspot. NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Meeting. Washington DC, USA.
  • Paz A*, Brown J, Amaro RC, Cordeiro CLO, Freitas AVL, Filho HB, Lohmann L, Lyra ML, Michelangeli FA, Miyaki C, Reginato M, Rodrigues MT, Silva-Brandão KL, Silva TS, Carnaval AC. 2018. Improving biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest: Mapping diversity and its environmental correlates. Climate Change Biogeography. International Biogeography Society. Évora, Portugal.
  • Paz A*, Spanos Z, Brown J, Lyra M, Haddad C, Rodrigues MT, Carnaval AC. 2016. Filogeografía comparada de dos ranas de cristal (Vitreorana) endémicas de la mata atlántica de Brasil. I Congreso Colombiano de Herpetología. Medellín, Colombia.
  • Curiel Yuste J, Heres AM, Ojeda G, Paz A, Pizano C, García-Angulo D, Lasso E*. 2016. Abrupt, non-linear responses of soil heterotrophic respiration (RH) to intense climatic fluctuations may result in rapid losses of soil organic carbon in tropical high elevation ecosystems (Páramos) . 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation. Montpellier, France.
  • Paz A*, Gonzalez GA, Crawford AJ.2016. Differential response of Andean frogs by elevational range to Pleistocene climate change inferred from a distribution modeling analysis. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation. Montpellier, France.
  • Flechas SV, Paz A*, Crawford AJ, Acevedo A, Arboleda A, Bolívar W, Castro F, Franco R, Mojica C, Muñoz A, Quintero MP, Sarmiento C, Amézquita A. 2014. Environmental variables predict the distribution of the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Colombia. X Latin American Congress of Herpetology. Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Paz A, Salgado-Negret B, Cortes Gomez AM, Lopez JP, Pinto A, Bello JC, Gonzalez MA*. 2014. Explorando los patrones de diversidad taxonómica, filogenética y funcional de las aves de páramo en Colombia. IV Congreso Colombiano de Zoología. Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Gonzalez MA*, Paz A, Madriñan S, Restrepo S. 2013. iBOL Colombia advances and perspectives. Fifth International Barcode of Life ConferenceKunming, China.
  • González MF*, Barriga J, Corzo L, Corzo G, Díaz A, García H, Hernández OL, Longo M, Mesa L, Paz A, Portocarrero M. 2013. Planeación Ambiental para la Conservación de la Biodiversidad en las Áreas Operativas de Ecopetrol-Componente Flora. VII Congreso Colombiano de Botánica. Ibagué, Colombia.
  • Paz A*, Ibáñez R, Lips KR, Crawford AJ. 2012. Testing the role of ecology and life history in structuring genetic variation across a landscape: A comparative ecophylogeographic approach. VII World Congress of HerpetologyVancouver, Canada.
  • Crawford AJ*, Ibáñez R, Lips KR, Paz A, Driskell A. 2012. Cryptic diversity and diversification in the amphibian fauna of Panama. VII World Congress of HerpetologyVancouver, Canada.
  • Paz A*, Ibáñez R, Lips KR, Crawford AJ. 2012. Testing the role of ecology and life history in structuring genetic variation across a landscape: A comparative ecophylogeographic approach. Symposium DNA Barcodes and Beyond: Developing and Utilizing Community-Wide DNA Sequence Data to Understand Ecology and Evolution of Tropical Biodiversity49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation. Bonito, Brazil. Invited Presentation

Poster presentations (*presenter)

  • Paz A*, Brown J, Damasceno R, Reginato M, Michelangeli F, Carnaval A. 2016. Improving biodiversity prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest: Mapping diversity and its environmental correlates. NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Meeting. Silver Springs, USA.
  • Crawford AJ*, Muñoz AG, Guarnizo C, Paz A, Flechas SV. 2012. DNA barcoding survey of amphibians across the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. VII World Congress of HerpetologyVancouver, Canada.
  • Paz A*, Moreno S, Quiroga V. 2010. Conservación de las ranas venenosas (Anura: Dendrobatidae) en Colombia: Una perspectiva filogenética. III Congreso Colombiano de Zoología. Medellín, Colombia.

Courses and workshops

On GIS and niche modeling

  • Advanced course on species distribution modeling.  Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt. Villa de Leyva, Colombia.13-17 May 2013
  • Workshop: GIS and environment during the CEGeoIC 2013 meeting. Bogotá, Colombia. 6-8 February 2013
  •  Workshop: Applying landscape ecology for Biodiversity conservation during the 49th annual meeting of the Association for tropical biology and conservation. Bonito, Brazil. 18-22 June 2012       

On genetics and evolution

  • “Workshop: Analysis of RAD-Sequence Data (RADCamp):”.Organized by the City College of New York & Universidade de São Paulo. São Paulo, Brazil. 16-18 July 2018
  • “CEBA Thematic school. Advanced methods in Neotropical Biogeography: focus on the Guiana Shield”. Organized by the Laboratoire d´excellence: Centre d´études  de la biodiversité amazonienne. Kourou, French Guiana. 10-12 October 2013. (Invited to participate)
  • “Extending and Enhancing DNA Barcoding Research in Argentina and Neighboring Countries: Fifth Leading Labs Training Workshop”. Organized by Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernadino Rivadavia”, the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding and the International Barcode of Life Project. Buenos Aires, Argentina.20-24 May 2013.
  • Sao Paulo School of advanced Science- Evolution. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 19-31 August 2012(Invited to participate)

Others

  • Graduate Course: “Colombian Herpetology an integrative vision”. Field course organized by Universidad de Antioquia and Asociación Colombiana de Herpetología. Vichada, Colombia.7-14 September 2012    

Service

Organizing committee

  • Organizing committee. Comparative and mechanistic Phylogeography in the big data era symposium. Second Joint Conference on Evolutionary Biology- Evolution 2018, Montpellier, France. August 2018
  • Co-organizer. Plenary Symposium: Back to the future: integrating paleomodels, genomic and functional data to understand biological responses to environmental change. IBS Climate Change. Evora, Portugal. March 2018
  • Co-Organizer. Symposium on landscape genetics and phylogeography of neotropical herpetofauna. I Colombian Congress of Herpetology. Medellin, Colombia. November 2016
  • Organizing committee. First latin american symposium on systematics and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles. X Latin American Congress of Herpetology. Cartagena, Colombia. December 2014
  • Organizing committee. Third Colombian symposium on biodiversity informatics. IV Congreso Colombiano de Zoología. Cartagena, Colombia. December 2014

Reviewer (Publons)

BMC Evolutionary Biology, Biotropica, Environmental Conservation, Genome, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Herpetology, Molecular Ecology (2), Molecular Ecology Resources, PeerJ (2), South American Journal of Herpetology

Volunteer

Mentor, 1000 Girls 1000 Futures. New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). 2018-Present

Global Guide in NYC public schools, Global Classroom. One To World. Spring 2016

Mentor, CCNY Women in Science. The City College of New York. October 2015-June 2016.

Memberships

Member, Society of Systematic Biologists.2017
Member, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC). 2016-Present
Member, Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). 2015- Present
Member, CCNY Women in Science group. 2015-Present
Member, Asociación Colombiana de Herpetología. 2010-Present

Languages

Spanish (native), English (Fluent), French (Fluent), Portuguese (Intermediate)