On teaching

I believe that teaching is a fundamental component of graduate education, and one of the best ways to enhance personal understanding of one's own research field. Teaching, you are forced to go beyond your research and present your ideas, some basic and some more complicated, to students who are not necessarily knowledgeable or interested in the topic. This not only enhances your communication skills, but forces you to remain in contact with broader concepts in the sciences. Furthermore, it represents the quintessential responsibility of the scientist to transfer his/her knowledge to other people. Teaching has been one of the most challenging and valuable aspects of my career.

Teaching experience

  • 2016. Macroecoloy. Graduate programs in Ecology & Evolution and Animal Biodiversity. UFG
  • 2016. Biodiversity Informatics Workshop. University of Florida/JRS Foundation. Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • 2015. Macroecology. Graduate program in Ecology and Evolution. UFG
  • 2014. Macroevolution and diversification. Invited lecture for graduate course. UFG
  • 2013. Geographical Ecology and Macroecology. Advanced undergraduate course. UFG
  • 2013. Macroecology: the ecological macroscope and the biogeographical microscope. Short-course. UFG
  • 2011. Recent Advances in Spatial Analysis of Multivariate Environmental Data: Theory and PracticeBiological conservation. Short graduate course at IE, UNAM, given by Prof. Pierre Legendre and where I participated as teaching assitant
  • 2011. Introduction to the statistical language R. Responsible for the module "Null models in community ecology and macroecology". IIES, UNAM
  • 2008. Bioacustics: recording and identifying bats, techniques and applications. Advanced undergraduate course UNICACH


Post-Doctoral researchers

  • Jorge Gómez Díaz , PhD (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany). PostDoc @ Instituto de Ecología, A.C.

Graduate students

  • 2017-. Erick J. Corro Méndez. PhD. Co-supervisor. Macroecology of interaction networks. Instituto de Ecología, A.C., Mexico
  • 2017-. Axel Arango García. MSc. Co-supervisor. Geographic gradients of dry forests phylogenetic diversity. Instituto de Ecología, A.C., Mexico
  • 2016-. César Eduardo Damián Jiménez. MSc. Niche conservatism in Crassulaceae. Instituto de Ecología, A.C., Mexico
  • 2016-. Alejandro Sánchez Barradas. MSc. Geographic variation of co-ocurrence and interactions of felids. Instituto de Ecología, A.C., Mexico
  • 2016-. Juan David Carvajal Quintero. PhD. Ecological and evolutionary factors determining freshwater fish distributions. Instituto de Ecología, A.C., Mexico
  • 2016-. Nicholas Diniz Mazzei. MSc. Paleomacroecology of Dinosaurs. UFG, Brazil
  • 2015-. Santiago Elias Velazco. PhD. Co-supervisor. Biogeographic studies of the Cerrado biome. UFG, Brazil
  • 2015-. Karem Olarte. PhD. Co-occurrence patterns of Carnivores. UFG, Brazil
  • 2015-. Danilo de Siqueira Fortunato. PhD. Taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity gradients in New World bats. UFG, Brazil
  • 2014-. Lucas Lacerda Caldas Zanini Jardim. PhD. Co-supervisor. Robustness of macroecological patterns to knowledge shortfalls. UFG, Brazil
  • 2014-2017.Jesús N. Pinto Ledezma. PhD. Co-supervisor. Origin and assembly of Furnariides assemblages across space and time: the role of historical processes. UFG, Brazil
  • 2013-2017. Franciele Parreira Peixoto. PhD. Co-supervisor. Biogeographic drivers of bat assemblage structure at different spatial scales. UFG, Brazil
  • 2013-2017. Davi Mello Cunha Crescente Alves. PhD. Co-supervisor. Patterns and processes of bat biodiversity at large spatial scales. UFG, Brazil
  • 2013-2015. Lorena Mendes Simon. MSc. Historical processes and global diversity patterns in diurnal raptors. Concluded. UFG, Brazil
"...yet without a commitment to science and rationality in its proper domain, there can be no solution to the problems that engulf us” S.J. Gould