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Curriculum Vitae

L. Omar Torres-Carvajal

torreso@si.edu


http://www.nmnh.si.edu/vert/reptiles/reptiles-publications.htm

http://www.puce.edu.ec/zoologia/vertebrados/personal/colaboradores/otorres/index.html



PERSONAL INFORMATION

Place of Birth: Quito, Ecuador

Date of Birth: 12 April 1975

Nationality: Ecuadorian

EDUCATION

2005 Ph.D. with honors, Biology (Systematics and Ecology), Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. Advisors: Drs. Rafe Brown, Kevin de Queiroz, Steve Hasiotis, Linda Trueb, E. O. Wiley. Dissertation Title: Phylogenetic systematics and biogeography of South American lizards Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania).


2003-2004 Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA.
2001 M.A. with honors, Biology (Systematics and Ecology), Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. Co-Advisors: Drs. Linda Trueb, William E. Duellman, Edward O Wiley. Thesis Title: The cranial osteology of the iguanid lizard Stenocercus guentheri (Squamata: Iguanidae) and its postembryonic development.
1998 Administration and Management of Conservation Units, Insituto Estadual de Florestas, Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais, Fundação Biodiversitas, Parque Estadual do Rio Doce, MG-Brazil.
1992-1998 Licenciatura (B.Sc.), Biology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador. Co-Advisors: Drs. Luis Coloma, Ana Mafla, Tjitte de Vries. Thesis Title: Ecuadorian lizards of the genus Stenocercus (Sauria: Tropiduridae).

POSITIONS

2008 Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.


2007-2010 Research Collaborator, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA.
2006-2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA.
2001-present Research Associate, Museo de Zoología QCAZ, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2008 Adjunct Professor. Comparative Anatomy (BIOL 206). Department of Biology, Georgetown University, Washington DC.


2005 Graduate Teaching Assistant. Introductory Biology (BIOL 102). Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas.
2003 Teacher at KU Natural History Museum Summer Herpetology Workshop for children.
Graduate Teaching Assistant. Introductory Biology (BIOL 102). Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas.
2002 Graduate Teaching Assistant. Comparative Anatomy Laboratory (BIOL 510). Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas.
Graduate Teaching Assistant. Introductory Biology (BIOL 102). Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas.
Graduate Teaching Assistant. Herpetology (BIOL 583/783). Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas.

CURATORIAL AND FIELD EXPERIENCE

2004-2005 Curatorial Assistant, The University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, Division of Herpetology.


2001-2005 Several short field trips to Ecuador to collect specimens of Stenocercus lizards as part of dissertation work.
1997 Participant in the “Marine turtles monitoring at Machalilla National Park, Manabí province, Ecuador. Corporación CDC and The Nature Conservancy.
Herpetologist in the “Faunal sampling at the Block 31 of the Yasuní National Park, Napo province, Ecuador”. Perez-Compan and Compagnie Générale de Géophysique.
1996 Coordinator and herpetologist of the “Biodiversity study at Lorocachi, Pastaza province, Ecuador”. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and Instituto para el Ecodesarrollo de la Región Amazónica.
Participant in the “Inventory of herpetofauna of the Napo-Galeras National Park, Napo province, Ecuador”. Fundación Jatun Sacha and Western Atlas Company.
Participant in the “Inventory of reef fish of the Machalilla National Park, Manabí province, Ecuador”. Corporación CDC and The Nature Conservancy.
Field assistant in the “Herpetofauna monitoring of the Yasuní National Park, Block 16, Napo province, Ecuador”. Ecuambiente S.A. and Maxus Inc.
1995 Herpetologist of the expedition “Isla de La Plata 1995”, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and Fundación Natura.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2001-2004 Section Editor (Current Research): Herpetological Review. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.


2002 Judge, Douglas County Science Fair. Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
Graduate and Professional Association Representative. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Kansas.
1998 Participant in the elaboration of a database for the Páramo Project. EcoCiencia, Mountain Institute, and University of Amsterdam.
1997 Tourist guide at the Maquipucuna Reserve, Pichincha province, Ecuador. Agencia Albatros and Metropolitan Touring.
1996 Student Representative to Faculty Council. Faculty of Natural and Exact Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.


    1. Volunteer at the Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés, Quito.


Journals reviewed:

Herpetologica, Journal of Herpetology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Zoologica Scripta, Molecular Biology and Evolution.



AWARDS AND HONORS

2006-2008 Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship.


2006 Finalist for Herpetologist´s League Jaeger Student Award.
Nominee for Haglund and Argersinger prizes for outstanding dissertations, University of Kansas.
2005 Honors for Ph.D. dissertation: “Phylogenetic systematics and biogeography of South American lizards Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania).”
2003-2004 Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship.
2001 Honors for Masters Thesis: “The Cranial Osteology of the Andean Lizard Stenocercus guentheri (Squamata: Iguanidae) and Its Postembryonic Development.”
1999-2001 Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Scholarship.
University of Kansas Graduate School Tuition Scholarship.
PUBLICATIONS

Peer reviewed:

Torres-Carvajal, O. Sistemática filogenética de las lagartijas Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania) de los Andes del norte. Proceedings on the symposium “Systematics and biogeography of the Latin American herpetofauna.” VII Congreso Latinoamericano de Herpetología. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, UNAM. Cuernavaca, México. In Press.


Torres-Carvajal, O. 2007. A taxonomic revision of South American Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania) lizards. Herpetological Monographs. 21:76–178.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2007. Heterogeneous growth of marginal teeth in the black iguana Ctenosaura similis (Squamata: Iguania). Journal of Herpetology. 41:528–531.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2007. Phylogeny and biogeography of a large radiation of Andean lizards (Squamata: Stenocercus). Zoologica Scripta 36:311–326.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2007. A new species of iguanian lizard (Iguania: Stenocercus) from the Andes of Colombia. Copeia 2007:56–61.
Torres-Carvajal, O., J. A. Schulte, and J. E. Cadle. 2006. Phylogenetic relationships of South American lizards of the genus Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania): a new approach using a general mixture model for gene sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39:171–185.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2005. A new species of Stenocercus (Squamata, Iguania) from central-western Brazil with a key to Brazilian Stenocercus. Phyllomedusa 4:111–120.
Torres-Carvajal, O., E. Lehr, and M. Lundberg. 2005. Resurrection of Stenocercus torquatus Boulenger, a spiny-tailed iguanid lizard (Squamata: Iguania) from Peru. Herpetologica 61(4):440­–448.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2005. New Species of Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania) from the Andes of Central Peru with a Redescription of S. variabilis. Journal of Herpetology 39(3):471–477.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2005. A new species of iguanian lizard (Stenocercus) from the western lowlands of southern Ecuador and northern Peru. Herpetologica 61:78–85.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2004. The abdominal skeleton of tropidurid lizards (Squamata: Tropiduridae). Herpetologica 60:75–83.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2004. Stenocercus Azureus (NCN). Reproduction. Herpetological Review. 35(2):172.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2004. Terrestrial Herpetofauna of Isla de La Plata (Ecuador). Herpetological Review 35(1):85.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2003. Amphibien und Reptilien in Peru. Die Herpetofauna entlang des 10. Breitengrades von Peru: Arterfassung, Taxonomie, ökologische Bemerkungen und biogeographische Beziehungen, by Edgar Lehr. 2002. Book Review. Herpetological Review 34:403–404.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2003. The Cranial Osteology of the Andean Lizard Stenocercus guentheri (Squamata: Iguanidae) and Its Postembryonic Development. Journal of Morphology 255:94–113.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2002. Tooth Number Does Not Vary Ontogenetically in the Andean Lizard Stenocercus guentheri (Squamata: Iguanidae). Journal of Herpetology 36(4):707–711.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2001. Lizards of Ecuador: checklist, distribution, and systematic references. Smithsonian Herpetological Information Service 131:1–35.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2000. Ecuadorian lizards of the genus Stenocercus (Squamata: Tropiduridae). Scientific Papers Natural History Museum, The University of Kansas 15:1-38.
Torres-Carvajal, O. 2000. Reptiles del Ecuador: lista de especies y distribución. Amphisbaena y Sauria. [en línea]. Ver. 1.1. 25 Mayo 2000. Museo de Zoología, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. http://www.puce.edu.ec/zoologia/vertebrados/reptiliawebec/reptilesecuador/index.html
Popular science and reports:

Torres-Carvajal, O. 2002. Guagsas: Las Lagartijas Más Grandes de los Andes Ecuatorianos. Nuestra Ciencia 4:4–7.


Torres, O. 2000. Traficando con la vida. Revista Diners, Año XX, 218:52-55.
Torres, O. 1998. Aves, insectos y mastodontes en el Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales. Revista Diners, Año XIX, 197:72-73.
Torres, O. 1997. Especies ecuatorianas, una lista que crece. Revista Diners, Año XVIII, 182:76-77.
Torres, O. 1997. La vida de las serpientes. Revista Diners, Año XVIII, 181:52-53.

PRESENTATIONS


2007 Phylogeny of Hoplocercid/Hoplocercine Lizards (Squamata: Iguania). Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Herpetologist’s League and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. St Louis University, St Louis, Missouri.
2006 A Bayesian implementation of mixture models and the phylogeny of South American Stenocercus lizards (Squamata: Iguania). Ernst Mayr Award competition session. Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, American Society of Naturalists, and Society of Systematic Biologists. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York.
Evolution and biogeography of Andean lizards in the genus Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania). Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Herpetologist’s League and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. The University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
2005 Phylogenetic systematics and biogeography of South American lizards Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania). Doctoral dissertation defense. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
Sistemática filogenética de las lagartijas del género Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania) de los Andes del norte. VII Congreso Latinoamericano de Herpetología. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, UNAM. Cuernavaca, México.
2004 Phylogenetic relationships of South American lizards in the genus Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania) as inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Museum Lunch Seminar. Natural History Museum, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
Systematics of the Andean lizards of the genus Stenocercus (Squamata: Iguania). Zoology Seminar. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
2003 El esqueleto abdominal en la familia Tropiduridae (Squamata: Iguania). VI Congreso Latinoamericano de Herpetología. Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Univerisidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, CIMA. Lima, Perú.
2002 Cranial Osteology and postembryonic development of the Andean lizard Stenocercus guentheri (Squamata: Tropiduridae). Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Herpetologist’s League and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. The University of Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri.
Herpetofauna of Southern Ecuador. Museum Lunch Seminar. Natural History Museum, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
2001 The Cranial Osteology of the Andean Lizard Stenocercus guentheri (Squamata: Iguanidae) and Its Postembryonic Development. Master's Thesis defense. The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
2000 Ecuadorian lizards of the genus Stenocercus (Sauria: Tropiduridae). Museum Lunch Seminar. Natural History Museum, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
Ecuadorian lizards of the genus Stenocercus (Sauria: Tropiduridae). Annual Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Herpetologist’s League and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico.

1997 Taxonomy and distribution of Ecuadorian lizards of the genus Stenocercus. XXI Ecuadorian Meetings of Biology. Universidad Estatal de Guayaquil, Guayas province, Ecuador.


1996 Fauna, flora, and environmental problems of La Plata island. XX Ecuadorian Meetings of Biology. Universidad Luis Vargas Torres de Esmeraldas, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.


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