Juan Carlos Verhelst

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Darwin Fellow

US cataloguer & MSc at King’s College, London

E-mail: juancarlos@biomap.net

MINI CURRICULUM VITAE

Born: 1973

Nationality: Colombian

1997: BSc, Biology at Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia.

1997-1998: Field Ornithologist, Asociación Bogotana de Ornitología-Interconexión Electrica (I.S.A.)

1998-present: Field Ornithologist, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones de Café (Cenicafé)

 RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests focus on the biogeography and conservation of the birds of Colombia. Specially I have great interest in three themes:

1) Study and model how land use changes affected the distribution of Colombian birds;

2) assess the consequences generated by these processes in the field of bird conservation, specially for endemics and

3) study on a macroevolutive level how changes in habitats and landscapes have had been part of the evolutive scenario that contribute to the speciation and radiation of Colombian birds endemic taxa.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Project BioMap Darwin Fellow: Entry of locality-based data of bird distributions from US museums and assess the information collected through GIS/WorldMap to produce a MSc Thesis at King’s College London.
  • Field Coordinator of Project Bolborhynchus: Assist the field work and data analysis of two BSc theses at Laguna del Otún, Risaralda (finishing).
  • Field Ornithologist Cenicafé: Assist all the studies of the CBP-Cenicafé on Bird communities in shade coffee plantations and in forest remnants in the coffee grown zone of Colombia (finishing).

PROFESSIONAL HONOURS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Chaid Neme Undergraduate Fellowship, Los Andes University, 1995-1996.
  • August 2000. Grant from IAvH. CBP-Cenicafé, Field Coordinator “Ecology of the Rufous-fronted Parakeet in the regions near Laguna del Otún, Los Nevados National Park, Colombia.
  • July 2000. Grant from ANS and from IAvH. CBP-Cenicafé, Research assessor, “Ecology of the Turquoise Dacnis (Dacnis hartlaubi), a rare Colombian endemic, in coffee regions”.
  • January 2000. Grant from Los Nevados National Park. CBP-Cenicafé, Consultant-Biologist. Priorities in wildlife conservation and research and monitoring programs in Los Nevados National Park, Colombia.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

VERHELST, J.C., J.E. BOTERO, O. ORREGO & N. D. FAJARDO. In press. El Carpinterito Punteado, Picumnus granadensis, en las zonas cafeteras de Colombia. Caldasia 0:00.

VERHELST, J. C., J. C. Rodríguez, O. Orrego, J. E. Botero, J. A. López, V. M. Franco & A. M. Pfeifer. In press. Lista de revisión de las aves del Municipio de Manizales. Biota Colombiana 0:00.

Orrego, O., J. C. Verhelst, J. E. Botero, J. A. López, V. M. Franco, J. C. Rodríguez & A. M. Pfeifer. In press. Lista regional de las plantas vasculares reportadas para el Municipio de Manizales, Caldas. Biota Colombiana 0:00.

BOTERO, J.E. & J.C. VERHELST. 2001. Turquoise Dacnis, Dacnis hartlaubi, a Colombian endemic in shade coffee plantations. Cotinga 15:34-36.

BOTERO, J.E., J.C. VERHELST & D. FAJARDO. 1999. Neotropical migratory birds in the Colombian coffee-grown region. Cenicafé Technical Advance 266, 8 pp.

BOTERO, J.E., J.C. VERHELST & D. FAJARDO. 1999. Las Aves de la Zona Cafetera de Colombia. Avance Técnico Cenicafé 265, 8 pp.

BOTERO J. E. & J. C. VERHELST. In edition. El Dacnis Turquesa, Dacnis hartlaubi. En Libro rojo de especies de aves amenazadas de Colombia. Renjifo, L. M., A. M. Franco, B. López-Lanús, G. Kattan, J. D. Amaya & M. F. Gómez (eds.). Instituto Alexander Von Humboldt, Bogotá.

VERHELST, J.C. & L. M. RENJIFO. In edition. El Periquito Frentirrufo, Bolborhynchus ferrugineifrons. En Libro rojo de especies de aves amenazadas de Colombia. Renjifo, L. M., A. M. Franco, B. López-Lanús, G. Kattan, J. D. Amaya & M. F. Gómez (eds.). Instituto Alexander Von Humboldt, Bogotá.

PFEIFER, A. M., J. C. VERHELST & J.E. BOTERO. 2001. Estado de conservación de las especies de aves en el Parque Nacional Los Nevados, Colombia. Boletín SAO 12:21-41.

PUBLICATIONS SUMMARY

Papers – 9
Reports – 5
Workshops/Conference Proceedings, etc. – 5
Total – 19