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Andrea Paz Velez


Professeure adjointe

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de sciences biologiques

Complexe des sciences office B5413


Travail 1 : 514 343-2286

PhD in Biology
2021 , Biologie et autres sciences connexes , City University of New York (États-Unis)

Master in Biological Sciences
2012 , Biologie et autres sciences connexes , Universidad de los Andes (Colombie)

B.S Biology
2010 , Biologie et autres sciences connexes , Universidad de los Andes (Colombie)

MPhil in Biology
2018 , Biologie et autres sciences connexes , City University of New York (États-Unis)

Areas of Expertise

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31.Paz A, Crowther T, Maynard DS. 2024. Functional and phylogenetic patterns of tree biodiversity. Online early Global Ecology and Biogeography.

30. Paz A, Pardo-Diaz C. 2024. Female researchers are under-represented in the higher ranks of the Colombian science infrastructure. PLoS One. 19(3): e0298964.

29. Paz A, Lauber T, Crowther TW, van den Hoogen, J. 2024. Improving access and use of climate projections for ecological research through the use of a new python tool. News & Views Ecography. In press

28. Specker F*, Paz A, Crowther T, Maynard DS.2024. Treemendous: an R package for standardizing taxonomical names of tree species. PeerJ. 12:e16896

27.Suárez-Atilano M, Pacheco-Sierra G, Vázquez-Domínguez E, Pérez-Alquicira J, Kass JM, Paz A, Domínguez-Laso J. Genomic insights and conservation challenges for two hybridizing Mexican crocodile species: Crocodylus acutus and C. moreletii. Online Early Animal Conservation

26. Arias A, Barrientos LS, Pardo-Diaz C, Paz A, Crawford AJ, Salazar C. 2024. Taxonomic inflation and a reconsideration of speciation in the Andes: the case of the high-elevation tree frog Dendropsophus molitor (Anura: Hylidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.  200(3):763-775

25. Merow et al (including Paz A). 2023. The academic software developers’ paradox: Incentivizing software maintenance and updates in Ecology and Evolution. Nature Ecology & Evolution. 7: 626-627

24. Kass JM, Pinilla-Buitrago G, Paz A et al. 2023. Interactive modeling of species niches and distributions using a redesigned and expanded Wallace 2.0. Ecography. 3:e06547

23. Galante PJ, Chang S, Paz A, Aiello-Lammens M, Gerstner BE, Johnson BA, Kass JM, Merow C, Noguera-Urbano E, Pinilla-Buitrago GE, Blair ME. 2023. changeRangeR: an R package for reproducible biodiversity change metrics from species distribution estimates Conservation science and practice. 5:e12863

22. Paz A, Silva TS, Carnaval AC. 2022. A framework for near-real time monitoring of diversity patterns based on indirect remote sensing, with an application in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. PeerJ. 10:e13534

21. Paz A, Hernandez LA*, Melo LSO*, Lyra M, Haddad C, Carnaval AC. 2022. Extreme environments filter functionally rich communities of Atlantic Forest treefrogs along altitudinal and latitudinal gradients. Ecography. e06138

20. Paz A, Brown J, Cordeiro CLO, Aguirre-Santoro J, Bacci LF, Kaehler M, Assis C, Caddah MK, Reginato M, Lyra ML, Amaro RC, Amaral F, d’Horta F, Freitas AVL, Goldenberg R, Lohmann L , Michelangeli FA, Miyaki C, Rodrigues MT, Silva-Brandão KL, Silva TS, Carnaval AC. 2021. Environmental correlates of taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity in the Atlantic Forest. Journal of Biogeography. 48(6):1377-1391

19. Brown J, Paz A, Reginato M, Amaro R; Assis C, Lyra M, Caddah M, Aguirre-Santoro J, d’Horta F, Raposo do Amaral F, Goldenberg R, Silva-Brandão K, Freitas A, Rodrigues M, Michelangeli F, Miyaki C; Carnaval A. 2020. Seeing the forest through many trees: multi-taxon patterns of phylogenetic diversity in the Atlantic Forest hotspot. Diversity and Distributions. 26(9) :1160-1176

18. Betancourth-C M, Palacios-R P, Mejía D, Paz A, Amézquita A. 2020. Genetic differentiation and overexploitation history of the critically endangered Lehmann Poison Frog: Oophaga lehmanni. Conservation Genetics. 21:453-465

17. Velez MA, Robalino J, Cardenas JC, Paz A, Pacay E. 2020. Is Collective Titling Enough to Protect Forests? Evidence from Afro-descendants Communities in the Colombian Pacific Region. World Development. 128:104837.

16. Paz A, Guarnizo CE. 2020. Environmental ranges estimated from species distribution models are not good predictors of lizards and frogs’ physiological tolerances. Evolutionary ecology. 34(1):89-99

15. Prates I, Paz A, Brown JL, Carnaval AC. 2019. Effects of prey turnover on poison frog toxins: a landscape ecology approach to assess how biotic interactions affect species phenotypes. Ecology and Evolution. 9(24):14317-14329. Preprint:

14. Paz A+, Gonzalez GA+*, Crawford AJ. 2019. Responses of frogs of different elevation ranges in the cordillera of Colombia to past climatic change. 11(1):e37055. Frontiers of biogeography

13. Paz A, Spanos Z, Brown JL, Lyra M, Haddad C, Rodrigues M, Carnaval AC. 2018. Phylogeography of Atlantic Forest glassfrogs (Vitreorana): when geography, climate dynamics and rivers matter. Heredity.122:545-557

12. Rueda X, Paz A, Gibbs-Plessl T, Leon R, Moyano B, Lambin ED. 2018. Smallholders at a cross-road: intensify or fall behind? Exploring alternative livelihood strategies in a globalized world. Business Strategy and the Environment, 27(2):215–229.

11. Gonzalez C, Leon C, Paz A, Lopez M, Molina G, Toro D, Ortiz M, Cordovez JM, Atencia MC, Aguilera G, Tovar C. 2018. Diversity patterns, Leishmania infection, and feeding preferences of Phlebotominae sand flies in rural human settlements in northern Colombia. PloS one. 13(1): e0190686

10. Gonzalez C, Molina G, Leon C, Salcedo N, Rondon S, Paz A, Atencia MC, Tovar C, Ortiz M. 2017. Assessing the eco-epidemiology of Malaria transmission in northern Colombia through vector and parasite species identification, spatial distribution and infection rate analyses. Malaria Journal.16(1):431.

9. Flechas SV+, Paz A+, Crawford AJ, Sarmiento C, Acevedo A, Arboleda A, Bolívar-García W, Echeverry-Sandoval CL, Franco R, Mojica C, Muñoz A, Palacios-Rodríguez P, Posso-Terranova A, Quintero-Marín MP, Rueda-Solano LA, Castro-H F, Amézquita A. 2017. Current and predicted distribution of the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Colombia, a hotspot of amphibian biodiversity. Biotropica.49(5):685-694

8. Curiel Yuste J, Heres AM, Ojeda G, Paz A, Pizano C, García-Angulo D, Lasso E. 2017. Soil heterotrophic CO 2 emissions from tropical high-elevation ecosystems (Páramos) and their sensitivity to temperature and moisture fluctuations. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 110:8-11

7. Mendoza AM, Torres MF, Paz A, Trujillo-Arias N, Lopez-Alvarez D, Sierra S, Forero F, Gonzalez MA. 2016. Cryptic diversity revealed by DNA barcoding in Colombian illegally traded bird species. Molecular Ecology Resources. 16(4):826-873

6. Paz A, Ibáñez R, Lips KR, Crawford AJ. 2015. Testing the role of ecology and life history in structuring genetic variation across a landscape: A trait-based phylogeographic approach. Molecular Ecology. 24(14): 3723-3737. [Cover]

5. Guarnizo CE, Paz A, Muñoz-Ortiz A, Flechas SV, Mendez-Narvaez J, Crawford AJ. 2015. DNA barcoding survey of anurans across the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia and the impact of the Andes on cryptic diversity. PLOS one. 10(5): e0127312.

4. González C, Paz A, Ferro C. 2014. Predicted altitudinal shifts and reduced spatial distribution of Leishmania infantum vector species under climate change scenarios in Colombia. Acta Tropica. 129:83-90

3. Portocarrero-Aya M, Corzo G, Días-Pulido A, Gonzalez MF, Longo M, Mesa L, Paz A, Ramírez W, Hernández-Manrique OL. 2014. Systematic conservation assessment for most of the Colombian territory as a strategy for effective biodiversity conservation. Natural Resources. 5:981-1006

2. Paz A, Crawford AJ. 2012. Molecular-based rapid inventories of sympatric diversity: A comparison of DNA barcode clustering methods applied to geography-based vs. clade-based sampling of amphibians. Journal of Biosciences. 37(5):887-896. [Cover]

1. Paz A, Gonzalez M, Crawford AJ. 2011. Códigos de barras de la vida: Introducción y perspectiva. Acta Biológica Colombiana. 16(3):161-176.

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Wallace EcoMod: Nuevas funcionalidades para aplicaciones en conservación

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