Felipe Suarez Castro

I am particularly interested in using the knowledge of ecological functioning in conservation and environmental management planning. I hold a Master’s degree in conservation and wildlife management, and I have worked on habitat characterizations and wildlife inventories in various regions of my home country, Colombia. This experience has allowed me to contribute to the knowledge of the taxonomy, ecology, and distribution of some Neotropical mammal species. My research interests include the following areas: species distribution patterns, landscape ecology and functional ecology. Now, I am looking for developing a predictive model to quantify the effects of landscape structure on the relationship between species diversity and functional diversity. This model will help to elucidate how different landscape configurations help to meet biodiversity conservation objectives when ecosystem functions are explicitly incorporated.



  • BSc. (Biology - Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

  • MSc (Biological Sciences – Universidad Nacional de Colombia)


 Felipe Suarez Castro 


Ramírez-Chaves HE, Suárez-Castro AF. Morales-Martínez DM and Vallejo-Pareja MC. In press. Richness and distribution of porcupines (Erethizontidae: Coendou) from Colombia. Mammalia.


Suárez-Castro AF and Montenegro-Díaz O. In press. Plant consumption patterns of bats in one locality of Colombia Orinoco. Mastozoología Neotropical. [in Spanish]


Mitchell MGE,  Suarez Castro AF, Martinez-Harms M, Maron M, McAlpine CA, Gaston KJ, Johansen K and  Rhodes JR. 2015. Reframing landscape fragmentation’s effects on ecosystem services. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30:190-198.


Ramírez-Chaves HE, Suárez-Castro AF and Bruce D. Patterson. Re-examining the hypothesis of allopatric distribution of M. acouchy and M. pratti (Dasyproctidae) in South America. Papeis Avulsos de Zoologia 12/2014; 54(31):447-456. DOI: 10.1590/0031-1049.2014.54.31


Morales-Martínez DM and Suárez-Castro AF. 2014. New records for Glyphonycteris Thomas, 1896 (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) from Colombia.  Checklist. 10:639-644. DOI: 10.15560/10.3.639


Suárez-Castro AF. 2013. Proposal of a functional diversity index of bat assemblages in flooded savannahs of Pauto River. In: Mora Fernández C and Peñuela Recio L (Eds.) Ecosystem health of flooded savannahs associated to Pauto river basin, Casanare, Colombia. Yoluka ONG, Fundación Horizonte Verde y Ecopetrol SA. 150 pp [in Spanish] http://yoluka.org.co/blog2/publicaciones/libros/salud-ecosistemica-de-las-sabanas-inundables-casanare/


Suárez-Castro AF, Ramírez-Chaves H, Rodriguez-Posada M and García J. 2012 New records of Peropteryx leucoptera and first record of Peropteryx pallidoptera (Chiroptera-Emballonuridae) from Colombia. Mastozoología Neotropical 19: 165-http://www.sarem.org.ar/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/SAREM_MastNeotrop_19-1_16_Suarez-Castro.pdf


Marín DA, Ramírez-Chaves HE and Suárez Castro AF. 2012. Cranio-dental revision of Procyon (Carnivora: Procyonidae) in Colombia and Ecuador, with remarks on its taxonomy and distribution.Mastozoología Neotropical. 19 (2): 259-270. [in Spanish] http://www.sarem.org.ar/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/SAREM_MastNeotrop_19-2_05_Marin.pdf


Suárez-Castro AF & Sánchez Palomino, P. 2011. Diversity of mammals in Cubiro oil exploration block and threatens for their conservation. In: León Sicard, T., Sánchez Palomino, P & Vargas, O (Eds). 2010. Mamíferos, Reptiles y Ecosistemas del bloque Cubiro. Universidad Nacional de Colombia Instituto de Estudios Ambientales – Departamento de Biología. 410 pp. [in Spanish]