Dr. Juan Carvajal Quintero


Scientific Profile


My research focuses on understanding how distribution patterns of biodiversity are achieved and how global environmental change is and may affect these patterns, with an emphasis on freshwater fishes. To do this, I use and integrate different data types and theoretical frameworks that allow me to explore different perspectives of the origin, maintenance, and reshaping of biodiversity. I am also interested in the application of this knowledge to support conservation and decision making in tackling the main problems faced by people and nature today.

Scientific Career


Dec 2020 – Post-doctoral Researcher. Synthesis Centre for Biodiversity Sciences (sDiv). German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany.

2016-2020 – PhD, double degree at Université Paul Sabatier – Toulouse III (France) and Instituto de Ecología A.C. (Mexico)

2014-2016 – MSc, Instituto de Ecología (Mexico)

2014 – Biologist, The Nature Conservacy (Colombia)

2013 – Biologist, Instituto Humboldt (Colombia)

2004 – 2011 BSc, Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia)

Selected Publications


Comte L., Carvajal‐Quintero J.D., et al. 2020. RivFishTIME: A global database of fish time‐series to study global change ecology in riverine systems. Global Ecology and Biogeography, doi.org/10.1111/geb.13210

Carvajal-Quintero J.D., Villalobos F., Oberdorff T, Grenouillet G., Brosse S., Hugueny B., Jézéquel C., and Tedesco P.A. (2019) Drainage network position and historical connectivity explain global patterns in freshwater fishes’ range size. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States. 116 (27): 13434-13439

Carvajal-Quintero J.D., Januchowski-Hartley S.R., Maldonado-Ocampo J.A., Jézéquel C, Delgado J & Tedesco P.A. Damming fragments species ranges and heightens extinction risk. Conservation Letters, 10(6): 708–71.

Carvajal-Quintero J.D., Escobar F., Alvarado F., Villa-Navarro F.A., Jaramillo-Villa U. & Maldonado-Ocampo, J. A. (2015) Variation in freshwater fish assemblages along a regional elevational gradient in the Northern Andes, Colombia. Ecology and Evolution, 5: 2608-2620.

Granado-Lorencio C., Gulfo A., Alvarez F., Jiménez-Segura L.F., Carvajal-Quintero J.D. & Hernández-Serna A. (2012) Fish assemblages in floodplain lakes in a Neotropical river during the wet season(Magdalena River, Colombia). Journal of Tropical Ecology, 28: 271–279.

Granado-Lorencio C., Hernandez-Serna A., Carvajal-Quintero J. D., Jimenez-Segura L., Gulfo A., Alvarez F. (2012) Regionally nested patterns of fish assemblages in floodplain lakes of the Magdalena River (Colombia). Ecology and Evolution, 2:1296-303.

iDiv publications


A. B. García-Andrade, J. D. Carvajal-Quintero, P. A. Tedesco, F. Villalobos

(2021): Evolutionary and environmental drivers of species richness in poeciliid fishes across the Americas. Global Ecology and Biogeography
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Leipzig University

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