Associate Professor
Instituto de Biología
Office 1-7-337
Universidad de Antioquia
Medellín, Colombia

Phone: +57 4 2195629
Fax: +57 4 2330120

E-mail: [email protected]


Undergraduate in Biology, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, 1997.

M.S. in Biology, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, 2005.

Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, University of Central Florida, USA, 2010.


I am a biologist conducting research at the interface of evolution, ecology, genetics and conservation. Currently, I am pursuing two different but related research programs. First, I utilize genetic data, computational methods, and an integrated evolutionary approach to address hypotheses of systematics, speciation and biogeography. Second, I am very interested in developing new tools for biodiversity studies. As part of this goal I have been working in Ecoacoustics and Artificial Intelligence methods to better understand the spatial and temporal dynamics of populations, species and ecosystems in a highly diverse Neotropical region.

Doctoral Dissertation:

Biogeography and diversification in the Neotropics: Testing macroevolutionary hypotheses using molecular phylogenetic data.

Areas of Interest:

Artificial Intelligence in Biology, Bioacoustics, Ecoacoustics, Molecular Phylogenetics, Phylogeography, Systematics, Taxonomy of Neotropical Herpetofauna.


– Methods in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (graduate level)

– Biology for Engineering (graduate level)

– Evolutionary Biogeography (graduate level)

– Herpetology (graduate and undergraduate level)

– General Biology (undergraduate level)

– Seminar in Biodiversity Informatics (undergraduate level)

Recent publications:


Amézquita A, Mazariegos-H LA, Cañaveral S, Orejuela C, Barragán-Contreras LA, Daza JM. 2023. Species richness under a vertebral stripe: integrative taxonomy uncovers three additional species of Pholidobolus lizards (Sauria, Squamata, Gymnophthalmidae) from the north-western Colombian Andes. ZooKeys 1141: 119–148.
Guerrero, M. J., Bedoya, C. L., López, J. D., Daza, J. M., & Isaza, C. 2023. Acoustic animal identification using unsupervised learning. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 00, 1–15.


Arroyo, S., Targino M., Rueda-Solano L.A., Daza J.M. & Grant T. 2022. A new genus of terraranas (Anura: Brachycephaloidea) from northern South America, with a systematic review of Tachiramantis. Systematics and Biodiversity 20:1, 2123865, DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2022.2123865.
Amézquita, A., Daza, J.M., Barragan, L.A., Orejuela, C., Barrientos, L.S., Mazariegos, L.A. 2022. One more and one less: a new species of large bromelicolous lizard (Anadia: Gymnophthalmidae) from the cloud forests of northwestern Colombian Andes and the phylogenetic status of Anadia antioquensis. Zootaxa 5150(2): 217-238.
Rendon, N., S. Rodríguez-Buritica, C. Sanchez-Giraldo, J.M. Daza, and C. Isaza. 2022. Automatic acoustic heterogeneity identification in transformed landscapes from Colombian tropical dry forests. Ecological Indicators 140: 1-11.
Cano, E., Sánchez-Giraldo, C., Bedoya, C., Daza, J.M. 2022. Hábitat y espectro acústico como factores determinantes de la ocupación de anuros neotropicales. Biota Colombiana 23(1): 1-16.
Palacios-Rodríguez, P., J.M. Daza, L.A. Mazariegos, U. Rendón, A. Amézquita. 2022. A new species of Pristimantis (Anura: Strabomantidae) with a colourful venter from the cloud forests of Colombian western Andes. Zootaxa 5092 (1): 067–084.
Rivera-Correa, M. H. Correa-Medina, K. Venegas-Valencia, and J.M. Daza. 2022. Genetic diversity, acoustic signal and geographic distribution of a colourful rain frog of the genus Pristimantis (Anura: Strabomantidae). Herpetology Notes 15: 215-227.
Sepúlveda‑Seguro, A.M., Carlos M. Marín, A. Amézquita, Y.A. García, J.M. Daza. 2022. Phylogeographic structure suggests environmental gradient speciation in a montane frog from the northern Andes of Colombia. Organisms Diversity & Evolution.


Velez-Bravo, A., Daza, J.M. 2021. Molecular systematics and genital morphology of the Neotropical cockroaches from the genus Xestoblatta (Blattellidae). Zootaxa 5057 (3): 301–328.
Cabarcas F, Galvan-Diaz AL, Arias-Agudelo LM, García-Montoya GM, Daza JM and Alzate JF. 2021. Cryptosporidium hominis phylogenomic analysis reveals separate lineages with continental segregation. Frontiers in Genetics 12:740940. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2021.740940
Sánchez-Giraldo, C., Correa-Ayram, C., Daza, J.M. 2021. Environmental sound as a mirror of landscape ecological integrity in monitoring programs. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. In press.
Chaves-Portilla, G., Rueda-Solano, L. Daza, J.M. 2021. First record of Agalychnis terranova Rivera-Correa, Duarte-Cubides, Rueda-Almonacid & Daza, 2013 (Anura: Phyllomedusidae) from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia with the description of its advertisement call. Herpetology Notes. In press.


Daza, J.M., Ramírez-González, G., Galeano, Melisa, Henao, Yolanda. 2020. Anfibios y reptiles en el Santuario de Fauna y Flora Otún Quimbaya. In Situ 5: 18-29.
Fang, J., J.D. Vásquez-Restrepo, J.M. Daza. 2020. Filling the gaps in a highly diverse Neotropical lizard lineage: A new and endemic genus of Cercosaurinae (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae) with the description of two new species from the northern Andes of Colombia. Systematics and Biodiversity 18(5): 417–433. Doi:10.1080/14772000.2020.1783714
Rivera-Correa, M. & Daza, J.M. 2020. Out of the blue: A new rain frog species of the genus Pristimantis (Anura: Craugastoridae) from the northern Cordillera Central in Colombia. Zootaxa 4838 (1): 083–101. Doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.4838.1.4
Sánchez-Giraldo, C., C. Bedoya, C.V. Isaza, J.M Daza. 2020. Ecoacoustics in the rain: Understanding the acoustic indices under the most common geophonic source in tropical rainforests. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 6 (3): 248–261. doi: 10.1002/rse2.162
Vásquez-Restrepo, J.D., R. Ibañez, S.J. Sánchez-Pacheco, J.M. Daza. 202. Phylogeny, taxonomy and distribution of the Neotropical lizard genus Echinosaura (Squamata: Gymnophthalmidae), with the recognition of two new genera within Cercosaurinae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. Doi: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlz124