Juan M. Daza

Juan 2

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 vertebrate biologist conducting research at the interface of evolution, ecology, and genetics. I utilize genetic data, computational methods, and an integrated evolutionary approach to address hypotheses of speciation and biogeography. I use several groups of snakes as model system but I am also interested in understand the organismic evolution in the tropics. The ultimate goals of my research are to identify and understand the ecological and historical processes that have lead the origin and evolution of biodiversity at small and large spatio-temporal scales.

Doctoral Dissertation:

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

Areas of Interest:

Phylogeography, Molecular Phylogenetics, Ecoacoustics, Taxonomy of Neotropical Herpetofauna.


– Methods in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (graduate level)

– Evolutionary Biogeography (graduate level)

– Introduction to Herpetology (graduate and undergraduate level)

– General Biology (undergraduate level)

– Seminar in Biodiversity Informatics (undergraduate level)

Recent publications:

Bedoya, C., J.M. Daza, D.C. Duque, C. Isaza, J.D. López, and J.F. Vargas. 2015. Software AUREAS: Automatic Recognition of Animal Sounds. Ministerio del Interior, Colombia.

Padilla-Pérez, D.J, Murillo-Monsalve, J.D., Rincon-Barón, E.J. and Daza, J.M. Non-specialized caudal pseudoautotomy in the Emerald Racer snake Drymobius rhombifer (Günther, 1860). Herpetology Notes.

Rivera-Correa, M., Daza, J.M. Molecular phylogenetics of the Pristimanstis lacrimosus species group (Anura: Craugastoridae) with the description of a new species from Colombia. Acta Herpetologica.

Daza, J.M., Restrepo, A. 2015. Barcoding herpetological collections: discovering hidden biodiversity in a hotspot. Genome 58: 209-210. DOI: 10.1139/gen-2015-0087.

Velasco, J.A., Martínez-Meyer, E, Flores-Villela, O., García-Aguayo, A., Algar, A.C. Köhler, G. and Daza, J.M. 2015. Climatic niche attributes and diversification in Anolis lizards. Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12627

Rhodin, A.G.J., H. Kaiser, P.P. van Dijk, W. Wüster, M. O’Shea, M. Archer, M. Auliya, L. Boitani, R. Bour, V. Clausnitzer, T. Contreras-MacBeath, B.I. Crother, J.M. Daza, O. Flores-Villela, J. Frazier, U. Fritz, A. Gardner, C. Gascon, A. Georges, F. Glaw, F.G. Grazziotin, C.P. Groves, G. Haszprunar, M. Hoffmann, M.S. Hoogmoed, B.D. Horne, J.B. Iverson, M. Jäch, C.L. Jenkins, R.K.B. Jenkins, A.R. Kiester, T.E. Lacher Jr., J.E. Lovich, L. Luiselli, D.L. Mahler, D. Mallon, R. Mast, R.W. Mcdiarmid, J. Measey, R.A. Mittermeier, S. Molur, V. Mossbrugger, R. Murphy, D. Naish, M. Niekisch, H. Ota, J.F. Parham, M.J. Parr, N.J. Pilcher, A.B. Rylands, J.G. Sanderson, J. Savage, W. Schleip, G.J. Scrocchi, H.B. Shaffer, E.N. Smith, R. Sprackland, S.N. Stuart, L.J. Vitt, T. Waller, G. Webb, E.O. Wilson, H. Zaher, and S. Thomson. 2015. Comment on “Spracklandus Hoser, 2009 (Reptilia, Serpentes, ELAPIDAE): request for confirmation of the availability of the generic name and for the nomenclatural validation of the journal in which it was published. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 72: 61-68.

López-Victoria M, Daza J.M. 2015. The endangered species Aristelliger georgeensis (Squamata: Sphaerodactylidae) in Roncador Cay, Colombian Caribbean. Acta Biológica Colombiana 20: 221-224. doi: dx.doi.org/10.15446/abc.v20n3.49373

Ortiz-Yusti, C., Daza, J.M., Páez, V., Bock, B. 2015. The MHUA herpetological collection: 16 years of amphibian and reptile data from northwestern Colombia. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e1325. Doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e1325

Restrepo, A., Páez, V.P., Vásquez, A., Campo, O. and Daza, J.M. 2015. Rapid microsatellite marker development in the endangered neotropical freshwater turtle Podocnemis lewyana (Testudines: Podocnemididae) using 454 sequencing. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 59: 220-225.

Rivera-Prieto, D., M. Rivera-Correa, and J.M. Daza. 2014. A new colorful species of Pristimantis (Anura: Craugastoridae) from the eastern flank of the Cordillera Central in Colombia. Zootaxa 3900: 223–242. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3900.2.