Mammalogy, Universidad de Antioquia
Academic Unit: Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences
Our group is looking to consolidate itself as a leader at a national level in four mammalian research areas, allowing a comprehensive collaboration with other researchers and their academic and professional interests. These lines include a) taxonomic diversity inventories, b) systematic and taxonomic studies, c) conservation and handling of species or focal groups, and d) ecology and natural history to describe interactions of species and groups within the environments they inhabit.
Research Areas and Topics
- Biodiversity and Conservation.
- Systematics and Biogeography.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Our research group is a benchmark for the mammalian fauna of the region. Its projects include generation of taxonomic lists along with national (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and foreign researchers (Texas Tech University, Field Museum, American Museum), assessment of geographical distribution and areas with conservation priorities, direction of environmental studies (for companies such as EPM or ISAGEN), and identification of native populations of focal species (in collaboration with Corantioquia, Cornare, CorpoUrabá, and Metropolitan Area of the Aburra Valley).
- Infectious agents in bats: contribution to the diagnosis of acute febrile syndrome of zoonotic origin in Urabá, Antioquia. Colombian Ministry of Science.
- Status of feline populations in the area of direct influence of the Ituango Hydroelectric Project. Empresas Públicas de Medellín and Universidad de Antioquia.
- Biological assessment (mammals) of Serranía San Lucas, Bolívar. PNN Colombia & WCS.
Main Research Results
- Imama. Wild mammals of Aburrá Valley (Android and iOS application).
- Identification key for South American bats. Programa de Conservación de los Murciélagos de Argentina (Program for the Conservation of Bats of Argentina).
- Study of feline populations in Northern Antioquia.
- Advances in Systematics of Bats: towards a consensus on species delimitation and classifications through integrative taxonomy. Journal of Mammalogy, 100: 838-851.
- Family Phyllostomidae, New World Leaf-nosed Bats. In: Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 9. Bats. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Our group provides the expertise of its researchers for developing activities associated with large-scale projects to propose specific environmental solutions in focal species ecology studies (carnivores, primates, ungulates) and fauna inventories (diversity and abundance). Specialized courses in specific lines developed by our researchers and colleagues are also offered. These are coordinated by the Mammalogy Group through the Community Outreach Office of the School of Exact and Natural Sciences of Universidad de Antioquia.
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