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Jorge Ahumada

Jorge Ahumada
Senior Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Conservation International-Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Professor of Practice, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Dr. Jorge A. Ahumada, Conservation International-Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Professor of Practice, is the Executive Director for Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM).  Jorge received his degree in Biology at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and obtained his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He then returned to Colombia to take a position as an Assistant 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 and became chair of the Department of Biology. 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. Dr. Ahumada 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.

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, 1996

MA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, 1992

BSc, Biology, University of Los Andes, 1988

Journal Articles


Ferreira, G. B., J. A. Ahumada, M. J. Oliveira, F. F. de Pinho, I. M. Barata, C. Carbone and B. Collen. 2017. Assessing the conservation value of secondary savanna for large mammals in the Brazilian Cerrado. Biotropica 49(5):734-744. (link )

Rovero, F. and J. A. Ahumada. 2017. The Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network: An early warning system for tropical rain forests. Science of the Total Environment 574(Jan):914-923. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.146. (link )

Steenweg, R., M. Hebblewhite, R. Kays, J. Ahumada, J. T. Fisher, C. Burton, S. E. Townsend, C. Carbone, J. M. Rowcliffe, J. Whittington, J. Brodie, J. A. Royle, A. Switalski, A. P. Clevenger, N. Heim and L. N. Rich. 2017. Scaling-up camera traps: Monitoring the planet’s biodiversity with networks of remote sensors. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(1):26-34. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1448 . (link )


Beaudrot, L., J. A. Ahumada, T. G. O'Brien, P. Alvarez-Loayra, K. Boekee, A. Campos-Arceiz, D. Eichberg, S. Espinosa, E. Fegraus, C. Fletcher, K. Gajapersad, C. Hallam, J. Hurtado, P. A. Jansen, A. Kumar, E. Larney, M. G. Moreira Lima, C. Mahoney, E. H. Martin, A. McWilliam, B. Mugerwa, M. Ndoundou-Hockemba, J. C. Razafimahaimodison, H. Romero-Saltos, F. Rovero, J. Salvador, F. Santos, D. Sheil, W. R. Spironello, M. R. Willig, N. L. Winami, A. Zvoleff and S. Andelman. 2016. Standardized assessment of biodiversity trends in tropical forest protected areas: The end is not in sight. PLOS One 14(1):e1002357. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002357. (link )

Beaudrot, L., K. Kroetz, P. Alvarez-Loayra, T. Breuer, C. Fletcher, P. A. Jansen, D. Kenfack, M. G. Moreira Lima, A. R. Marshall, E. H. Martin, M. Ndoundou-Hockemba, T. G. O'Brien, J. C. Razafimahaimodison, H. Romero-Saltos, F. Rovero, C. H. Roy, D. Sheil, C. E. Silva, W. R. Spironello, R. Valencia, A. Zvoleff, J. A. Ahumada and S. Andelman. 2016. Limited carbon and biodiversity co benefits for tropical forest mammals and birds. Ecological Applications 26(4):1098-1111. DOI: 10.1890/15-0935. (link )

Forrester, T., T. G. O'Brien, E. Fegraus, P. A. Jansen, J. Palmer, R. Kays, J. Ahumada, B. Stern and W. McShea. 2016. An open standard for camera trap data. Biodiversity Data Journal 4:e10197. DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e10197. (link )


Stevenson, P. R., M. L. Beltran, M. J. Quinones and J. A. Ahumada. 2015. Differences in home range, activity patterns and diet of red howler monkeys in a continuous forest and a forest fragment in Colombia. Revista de al Academia Columbiana de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y Naturales 39(153):503-513. DOI: 10.18257/raccefyn.262. (link )


Cavanaugh, K. C., J. S. Gosnell, S. L. Davis, J. A. Ahumada, P. Boundja, D. B. Clark, B. Mugerwa, P. A. Jansen, T. G. O'Brien, F. Rovero, D. Sheil, R. Vasquez and S. Andelman. 2014. Carbon storage in tropical forests correlates with taxonomic diversity and functional dominance on a global scale. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23(5):563-573. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12143. (link )

Rovero, F., E. Martin, M. Rosa, J. A. Ahumada and D. Spitale. 2014. Estimating species richness and modelling habitat preferences of tropical forest mammals from camera trap data. PLOS One 9(10):e110971. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110971. (link )


Ahumada, J. A., J. Hurtado and D. Lizcano. 2013. Monitoring the status and trends of tropical forest terrestrial vertebrate communities from camera trap data: A tool for conservation. PLOS One 8(9):e73707. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0073707. (link )

Busch, J., J. A. Ahumada, F. de Koning, C. A. Harvey, J. Hewson, D. G. Hole, M. Honzak, S. N. Panfil, E. Pidgeon, R. Portela, M. Steininger, K. Tabor and W. R. Turner. 2013. Research Spotlight: Designing nature-based mitigation to promote multiple benefits. Journal of Carbon Management 4(2):129-133. DOI: 10.4155/cmt.13.14. (link )


Pekin, B. K., J. Jung, L. J. Villanueva-Rivera, B. C. Pijanowski and J. A. Ahumada. 2012. Modeling acoustic diversity using soundscape recordings and LIDAR-derived metrics of vertical forest structure in a neotropical rainforest. Landscape Ecology 27(10):1513-1522. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-012-9806-4. (link )


Ahumada, J. A., C. E. Silva, K. Gajapersad, C. Hallam, J. Hurtado, E. Martin, A. McWilliam, B. Mugerwa, T. O'Brien, F. Rovero, D. Sheil, W. R. Spironello, N. Winami and S. J. Andelman. 2011. Community structure and diversity of tropical forest mammals: Data from a global camera trap network. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1578):2703-2711. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2011.0115. (link )

Fegraus, E. H., K. Lin, J. A. Ahumada, C. Baru, S. Chandra and C. Youn. 2011. Data acquisition and management software for camera trap data: A case study from the TEAM Network. Ecological Informatics 6(6):345-353. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2011.06.003. (link )

Samuel, M. D., P. H. Hobbelen, F. DeCastro, J. A. Ahumada, D. A. LaPointe, C. T. Atkinson, B. L. Woodworth, P. J. Hart and D. C. Duffy. 2011. The dynamics, transmission, and population impacts of avian malaria in native Hawaiian birds: a modeling approach. Ecological Applications 21(8):2960-2973. DOI: 10.1890/10-1311.1. (link )


DeFries, R., F. Rovero, P. Wright, J. A. Ahumada, S. Andelman, K. Brandon, J. Dempewolf, A. Hansen, J. Hewson and J. Liu. 2010. From plot to landscape scale: Linking tropical biodiversity measurements across spatial scales. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(3):153-160. DOI: 10.1890/080104 . (link )


Hansen, S. P., A. Choudhury, D. M. Heisey, J. A. Ahumada, T. L. Hoffnagle and R. A. Cole. 2006. Experimental infection of the endangered bonytail chub (Gila elegans) with the Asian fish tapeworm (Bothriocephalus acheilognathi): Impacts on survival, growth, and condition. Canadian Journal of Zoology 84(10):1383-1394. DOI: 10.1139/z06-126. (link )

Pascual, M., J. A. Ahumada, L. F. Chaves, X. Rodó and M. Bouma. 2006. Malaria resurgence in the East African highlands: temperature trends revisited. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103(15):5828-5834. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0508929103. (link )


Ahumada, J. A., D. A. LaPointe and M. D. Samuel. 2004. Modeling the population dynamics of Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae), along an elevational gradient in Hawaii. Journal of Medical Entomology 41(6):1157-1170. DOI: 10.1603/0022-2585-41.6.1157. (link )


Hubbell, S. P., J. A. Ahumada, R. Condit and R. B. Foster. 2001. Local neighborhood effects on long-term survival of individual trees in a neotropical forest. Ecological Research 16:859-875. DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1703.2001.00445.x. (link )


Stevenson, P. R., M. J. Quinones and J. A. Ahumada. 2000. Influence of fruit availability on ecological overlap among four neotropical primates at Tinigua National Park, Columbia. Biotropica 32(3):533-544. (link )


Stevenson, P. R., M. J. Quinones and J. A. Ahumada. 1998. Annual variation in fruiting pattern using two different methods in a lowland tropical forest, Tinigua National Park, Columbia. Biotropica 30(1):129-134. (link )

Stevenson, P. R., M. J. Quinones and J. A. Ahumada. 1998. Effects of fruit patch availability on feeding subgroup size and spacing patterns in four primate species at Tinigua National Park, Columbia. International Journal of Primatology 19(2):313-324. DOI: 10.1023/A:1020387700923. (link )

Book Chapters


Ahumada, J. A., T. G. O'Brien, B. Magerwa and J. Hurtado. 2016. Camera trapping as a monitoring tool at national and global levels. Pp. 196-218 In: Rovero, F. and F. Zimmermann eds., Camera Trapping for Wildlife Research. Pelagic Publishing. ISBN: 978-1784270483.


Jansen, P. A., J. A. Ahumada, E. Fegraus and T. O'Brien. 2014. TEAM: A standardised camera trap survey to monitor terrestrial vertebrate communities in tropical forests. Pp. Chapter 24 In: Meek, P., P. Fleming, G. Ballard, P. Banks, A. Claridge, J. Sanderson and D. Swann eds., Camera Trapping: Wildlife Management and Research. CSIRO Publishing . Collingswood, VIC, Australia. ISBN: 9781486300396.


Metzker, T., T. C. Sposito, B. S. Filho, J. A. Ahumada and Q. S. Garcia. 2013. Tropical forest and carbon stock's valuation: A monitoring policy. Pp. Chapter 7 In: Lameed, G. A. ed., Biodiversity Enrichment in a Diverse World. IntechOpen. DOI: 10.5772/48355. (link )


Ahumada, J. A., M. D. Samuel, D. C. Duffy, A. P. Dobson and P. H. Hobbelen. 2009. Modeling the epidemiology of avian malaria and pox. Pp. 331-358 In: Pratt, T. K., C. T. Atkinson, P. C. Banko, J. D. Jacobi and B. L. Woodworth eds., Conservation Biology of Hawaiian Forest Birds: Implications for Island Avifauna. Yale University Press. ISBN: 9780300141085.