Jorge Ahumada

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Member since: November 27, 2007

Title: Executive Director

TEAM Role: Coordinating UnitCoordinating Unit Role: Executive Director

Institution: Conservation International

Area of expertise and Interest

Research Core Areas: Diversity Indices, Modeling/Synthesis
Research Discipline: Animal behavior, Animal ecology, Animal population biology, Biological Diversity, Community ecology, Conservation biology, Ecological complexity, Ecological modeling, Epidemiology, Forest Ecology, Plant Population Ecology, Statistical Ecology, Statistics, Theoretical Population Biology, Zoology
Research Region: Global
Research Organism: Animals in general, Terrestrial Vertebrates


Jorge A. Ahumada is the Executive Director for TEAM. Jorge got his degree in Biology at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He spent 3-4 years doing field research on neotropical primates in Colombia and Panama. A few years later, Jorge obtained his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University where he worked with Andy Dobson and Henry Horn on the reproductive strategies of neotropical wrens in variable environments. He then returned to Colombia to take a position as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. During his tenure there, he created the Laboratory of Population Ecology and worked on the reproductive ecology of cloud forest birds and the effects of forest fragmentation on these communities. In 1997, he became Chair of the Department of Biology and held his position for two years. Jorge returned to the US to expand his academic opportunities working with Steve Hubbell on models of tropical forest dynamics. He then was hired by the University of Hawaii to model the dynamics of bird diseases in Hawaii as part of a Biocomplexity project looking at the impact of malaria and pox on Hawaiian native birds. Jorge is broadly interested in applying mathematical models to solve applied conservation problems. He has worked on the impacts of climate change on disease and biodiversity, incorporating the effects of temperature and rainfall on models of disease-transmitting vectors and more recently on the use of camera traps for monitoring vertebrates. He started as the Technical DIrector of TEAM in 2006 and was responsible for revising the protocols and design, ensuring standards were met accross sites, and leading the scientific agenda for the program.

TEAM Protocols: Climate, Terrestrial Vertebrate, Vegetation - Trees & Lianas

TEAM Site: Barro Colorado Nature Monument - Soberania National Park, Bukit Barisan, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Caxiuanã, Central Suriname Nature Reserve, Cocha Cashu - Manu National Park, Korup National Park, Manaus, Mudumalai Game Reserve, Nam Kading, Not Applicable, Nouabalé Ndoki, Pasoh Forest Reserve, Ranomafana, Rio Doce, Rwanda, Udzungwa, Volcán Barva, Yanachaga Chimillén National Park, Yasuni

Language(s): English, Portuguese, Spanish