I am a biologist from the Universidad del Valle, Cali (Colombia). Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in biology with professor Daniel E. Ruzzante at Dalhousie University, Halifax (Canada).
My main interest is in the field of conservation and evolutionary biology. My research is focused on studying ecological and evolutionary processes involved in local adaptation and in shaping genetic diversity and population structure of endangered and commercially exploited aquatic organisms. I am also particularly interested in the transfer of scientific knowledge to conservation planning and management.
The aim of my thesis is to contribute to our understanding of the role played by historical and contemporary processes in shaping current patterns of genetic diversity of spawning populations of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus). For this, I am using whole-genome resequencing, seascape genomics, mixed stock analysis, and bioinformatic tools. Herring is an ideal model for the study of ecological adaptation owing to presumably large effective population sizes and small effect of genetic drift. The ultimate goal of this study is to provide stakeholders and managers genetic tools that could be used for fish stock monitoring.