Jorge Ahumada

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Jorge A. Ahumada is the Acting Executive Director for the TEAM Network. 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 Associate 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 likes the outdoors, cooking, savoring good wine and is a frequent salsa dancer.