Alejandro Lopera

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Alejandro Lopera at his
home laboratory.


Alejandro Lopera works on dung beetle (Scarabaeinae) species richness and ecology and the effect that forest fragmentation has on this guild. He has worked in Colombia, Venezuela, and Bolivia under the guidance of Dr. Adrian Forsyth of the Smithsonian Institution.  He knows well the Colombian dung beetle fauna as well as some shared species from the other countries in which he has worked.  His studies with this group started in 1994 with his undergraduate thesis on the effects of fragmentation on three dung beetle communities in Andean forests.  After several collecting trips to most of the regions of Colombia, he broadened his knowledge of the systematics  of this group. He has conducted several museum trips to the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, to INBio in Costa Rica, and to Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. He is now working on dung beetle ecology and their role as nutrient recyclers by dung removal and its impact on secondary seed removal in fragmented forests of Venezuela, Colombia, and Bolivia.

A.A 120118
Santafe de Bogota,

TEL: 571 2741714
FAX: 571 2156419

Amat,  G.D., A. Lopera, and S. Amézquita. 1997. Patrones de distribución de escarabajos coprófagos (COLEOPTERA: SCARABAEIDAE) en relicto de bosque altoandino, cordillera oriental de Colombia. Caldasia 19: 191-204.

Amézquita, S.J., A. Forsyth, A. Lopera, and A. Camacho. 1999. Comparación de la   composición y riqueza  de especies de escarabajos coprófagos (COLEOPTERA: SCARABAEIDAE) en remanentes de bosque de la Orinoquía Colombiana. Acta Zoologica Méxicana (n.s.) 76: 113-126.

Escobar, F., C. A. Medina, A.  Lopera-Toro, and S. J. Amézquita-Melo. Los Coleópteros coprófagos  (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) de Colombia: Diversidad y Distribución.  En Sinopsis de los Lamelicornia y Pectinocornia de America. México. In press.

Lopera, A. 1996.  Distribución y diversidad de escarabajos coprófagos (Scarabaeidae:  Coleoptera) en tres relictos de bosque altoandino (Cordillera Oriental, Vertiente Occidental, Colombia). Trabajo de Grado. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Santafé de Bogotá.

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