Jorge Ari Noriega

Jorge Ari Noriega
Jorge Ari Noriega collecting dung beetles in South Africa.
Photo by Christian Deschodt.

  Jorge Ari Noriega is community ecologist interested in dung beetles. He is an associate researcher at the Laboratory of Zoology and Aquatic Ecology of the University of Los Andes and also member of ScarabNet. His main line of research focuses on ecology, biogeography, and invasive species of dung beetles (Aphodiinae and Scarabaeinae) in the Neotropics and Palearctic regions. He is also interested in temporal and spatial dynamics of dung beetles assemblages and in the negative effects of anthropic disturbances on functional diversity. His studies with this group started in 1999 with his undergraduate thesis on an altitudinal gradient in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. For his Master’s degree he studied biogeographical patterns of dung beetles in Colombia.
For his PhD in the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid (Spain) he studied ecosystem services and dung beetle functionality in pastures and natural forests in a global experiment design. He has conducted research on dung beetles in many different countries in the Neotropics, mainly in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia and Brazil, in pastures in Spain and Portugal, and in savannas in South Africa. He has published more than 60 scientific articles and book chapters.


Jorge Ari Noriega, PhD
Laboratory of Zoology and Aquatic Ecology
University of Los Andes
TEL: +34 662039906


• Noriega, J.A., and E. Realpe. (2018). Altitudinal turnover of species in a neotropical
peripheral mountain system: A case study with dung beetles (Coleoptera:
Aphodiinae and Scarabaeinae). Environmental Entomology, 47(5): 1-12.
• Noriega, J.A., J. Hortal, F.M. Azcarate, M.P. Berg, N. Bonada, M.J.I. Briones, I.
Del Toro, D. Goulson, S. Ibañez, D.A. Landis, M. Moretii, S.G. Potts, E.M. Slade,
J.C. Stout, M.D. Ulyshen, F.L. Wackers, B.A. Woodcock, and A.M.C. Santos.
(2018). Research trends in ecosystem services provided by insects. Basic and
Applied Ecology, 24: 1-16.
• Schowalter, T.D., J.A. Noriega; T. Tscharntke. (2018). Insect effects on
ecosystem services – Introduction. Basic and Applied Ecology, 24: 1-12.
• Milotic, T., C. Baltzinger, C. Eichberg, A.E. Eycott, M. Heurich, J. Muller, J.A.
Noriega, et al. (2018). Dung beetle assemblages, dung removal and secondary
seed dispersal: data from a large-scale, multi-site experiment in the Western
Palearctic. Frontiers of Biogeography, 10.1 e37829.
• Pablo-Cea, J.D., M.A. Velado-Cano, R. Fuentes, M. Cruz, and J.A. Noriega. 2017.
First report of Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius, 1787) and new records for
Euoniticellus intemedius (Reiche, 1849) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae Latreille,
1802) in El salvador. Acta Zoologica Mexicana (n.s.), 33(3): 527-531.
• Noriega, J.A. (2017). Elephant poo: A dream for a dung beetle lover. Scarabs, 84:
• Noriega, J.A., O. Delgado, J.I. Blanco, J. Gámez, and J. Clavijo. (2017).
Introduction, establishment, and invasion of Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius,
1787) (Coleoptera: Scrabaeinae) in the Savannas of Venezuela and Colombia.
Natural Resources, 8: 370-381.
• Hudson, L.N., et al. (J.A. Noriega.). (2017). The database of the PREDICTS
(Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems)
project. Ecology and Evolution, 7(1): 145-188.
• Echeverria-Londoño, S., et al. (J.A. Noriega). (2016). Modelling and projecting
the response of local assemblage composition to land use change across Colombia.
Diversity and Distributions, 22: 1099-1111.
• Noriega, J.A. (2016). First report of Latrodectus geometricus Koch (Araneae:
Theridiidae) as a predator of Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius) (Coleoptera:
Scarabaeidae). The Coleopterist Bulletin, 70(2): 407-408.
• Noriega, J.A., W. Barranco, J. Hernández, E. Hernández, S. Castillo, D. Monroy, and H. García. (2016). Estructura estacional del ensamblaje de escarabajos coprófagos (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) en una parcela permanente de bosque seco tropical. Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales, 40(154): 75-83.
• Tovar, H.L., J.A. Noriega, and P. Caraballo. (2016). Efecto de la ivermectina sobre
la estructura del ensamble de escarabajos coprófagos (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae:
Aphodiinae-Scarabaeinae) en las sabanas colombianas de la región Caribe.
Actualidades Biológicas, 38(105): 157-166.
• Noriega, J.A., A. Santos, S. Aranda, J. Calatayud, I. De Castro, V. Espinoza, J.L.
Horreo, N.G. Medina, M.L. Peláez, and J. Hortal. (2015). Cual es el alcance de la
crisis de la Taxonomía? Conflictos, retos y estrategias para la construcción de una
taxonomía renovada. Revista Ide@ - SEA, 9: 1-16.
• Noriega, J.A. (2015). How a locality can have so many species? A case study
with dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) in a tropical rain forest in Colombia.
175-204 pp. Chapter 7. In: Beetles: Biodiversity, Ecology and Role in the
Environment. Ed. Camilla Stack. Nova Science Publisher, Inc.
• Noriega, J.A., E. Camero, J. Arias-Buritica, L.C. Pardo-Locarno, J.M. Montes,
A.A. Acevedo, A. Esparza, B. Murcia, H. Garcia, andC. Solis. (2015). Grado de
cobertura del muestreo de escarabajos coprófagos (Coleoptera: Scrabaeidae:
Scarabaeinae) en Colombia. International Journal of Tropical Biology, 63(1): 97-
• Hudson, L.N., et al. (J.A. Noriega.). (2014). The PREDICTS database: a global
database of how local terrestrial biodiversity responds to human impacts. Ecology
and Evolution, 10.1002: 1-35.
• Noriega, J.A.. (2014). First “European” Scarab Symposium at the NHM.
Antenna, 38(4): 251-254.
• Noriega, J.A., and J.L. Navarrete-Heredia. (2013). Quantification of predation on
the dung beetle Canthidium cupreum (Blanchard) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae:
Scarabaeinae) by Leistotrophus versicolor (Gravenhorst) (Coleoptera:
Staphylinidae). The Coleopterist Bulletin, 67(2): 190-193.
• Noriega, J.A., C. Solis, H. Garcia, L. Murillo-Ramos, J.M. Renjifo, and J.E. Olarte.
(2013). Sinopsis de los escarabajos coprófagos (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) del
Caribe Colombiano. Caldasia, 35(2): 465-477.
• Otavo, S.E., A. Parrado-Rosselli, and J.A. Noriega. (2013). Superfamilia
Scarabaeoidea (Insecta: Coleoptera) como elemento bioindicador de perturbación
antropogenica en un parque nacional amazónico. Revista de Biología Tropical,
61(2): 735-752.
• Noriega, J.A. (2012). Dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) attracted to
Lagothrix lagotricha (Humboldt) and Alouatta seniculus (Linnaeus) (Primates:
Atelidae) dung in a colombian amazon forest. Psyche, 437589: 1-6.
• Noriega, J.A., J. Moreno, S. Otavo, and E. Castaño. (2012). New departmental
records for Digitonthophagus gazella (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) in Colombia.
Acta Biologica Colombiana, 17(1): 201-204.
• Ampudia, C., R.V. Estrella, and J.A. Noriega. (2012). New country record for
Tetramereia convexa (Harold, 1869) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae).
Insecta Mundi: A journal of world insect systematics, 0270: 1-4.
• Noriega, J.A., J. Palacio, J.D. Monroy, and E. Valencia. (2012). Estructura de un
ensamblaje de escarabajos coprófagos (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) en tres sitios
con diferente uso del suelo en Antioquia, Colombia. Actualidades Biológicas,
34(96): 43-54.
• Noriega, J.A., J. Moreno, and S. Otavo. (2011). Quince años del arribo del
escarabajo coprófago Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius, 1787) (Coleoptera:
Scarabaeidae) a Colombia: proceso de invasión y posibles efectos de su
establecimiento. Biota Colombiana, 12(2): 35-44.
• Noriega, J.A., and A. Acosta. (2011). Population size and dispersal of
Sulcophanaeus leander (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) on riverine beaches in the
Amazonian region. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 27: 111-114.
• Solis, C., J.A. Noriega, and G. Herrera. (2011). Escarabajos coprófagos
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) en tres bosques secos del departamento del Atlántico-
Colombia. Boletin del Museo de Entomología de la Universidad del Valle, 12(1):
• Noriega, J.A. (2011). A new, arboreal dung trap. Scarabs, 62: 1-7.
• Noriega, J.A., and J.S.H. Lee. (2010). Predation on Onthophagus rutilans Sharp
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) by Dindymus albicornis (Fabricius) (Hemiptera:
Pyrrhocoridae). Boletin de la Sociedad Entomologica Aragonesa, 46: 609-610.
• Noriega, J.A., F.G. Horgan, T.H. Larsen, and G. Valencia. (2010). Records of an
invasive dung beetle species, Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius, 1787)
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in Peru. Acta Zoologica Mexicana (n.s.), 25(2): 451-
• Noriega, J.A., C.P.D.T. Gillett, A. Sandoval-Mojica, F.G. Horgan, J.I. Blanco, G.
Valencia, L.C. Pardo, and A. Santibañez. (2009). New records and distributional
range extension for Phanaeus haroldi Kirsch, 1871 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae): a
consolidation of biological and biogeographic information. Lambillionea, 109(4):
• Noriega, J.A. (2009). Análisis de la diversidad de escarabajos coprófagos
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) en el departamento de Cundinamarca. Revista de
Tecnología, 8(1): 83-89.
• Noriega, J.A., and G. Fagua. (2009). Monitoreo de escarabajos coprófagos
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) en la región neotropical. Pp. 165-188. En: Técnicas
de campo en ambientes tropicales: Manual para el monitoreo en ecosistemas
acuáticos y artrópodos terrestres. Unidad de Ecología y Sistemática – UNESIS,
Pontificia Javeriana University, Bogotá.
• Noriega, J.A., A.M. Cubillos, C. Castañeda, and A.M. Sánchez. (2008). Actividad
diaria de colonización del recurso alimenticio en un ensamblaje de escarabajos
coprófagos (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) en la Amazonía Colombiana. Acta
Biologica Colombiana, 13(3): 75-86.
• Vidaurre, T., J.A. Noriega, and M.J. Ledezma. (2008). First report on the
distribution of Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius, 1787) (Coleoptera:
Scarabaeidae) in Bolivia. Acta Zoologica Mexicana (n.s.), 24(3): 217-220.
• Noriega, J.A., and J.C. Calle. (2008). Consumption of Gustavia hexapetala (Aublet)
Smith (Lecythidales: Lecythidaceae) by the dung beetle Eurysternus plebejus
Harold (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). The Coleopterist Bulletin, 62(4): 455-460.
• Noriega, J.A., J.M. Rengifo, and F.Z. Vaz-de-Mello. (2008). First report of the
genus Tetramereia Klages, 1907 (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Phanaeini) in
Colombia – notes to its distribution. Biota Colombiana, 9(1): 131-133.
• Noriega, J.A., J.P. Botero, M. Viola, and G. Fagua. (2007). Dinámica estacional de
la estructura trófica de un ensamblaje de Coleoptera en la Amazonía Colombiana.
Revista Colombiana de Entomología, 33(2): 157-164.
• Noriega, J.A., E. Realpe, and G. Fagua. (2007). Diversidad de escarabajos
coprófagos (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) en un bosque de galería con tres estadios
de alteración. Universitas Scientiarum, special number, 12: 51-63.
• Noriega, J.A., C. Solis, F. Escobar, and E. Realpe. (2007). Escarabajos coprófagos
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) de la provincia de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Biota Colombiana, 8(1): 77-86.
• Noriega, J.A., C. Solis, I. Quintero, L.G. Perez, H.G. Garcia, and D.A. Ospino.
(2006). Registro continental de Digitonthophagus gazella (Coleoptera:
Scarabaeidae) en Colombia. Caldasia, 28(2): 379-381.
• Noriega, J.A. (2004). Preliminary checklist of the scarab community (Coleoptera:
Scarabaeidae) at CIEM, Tinigua National Partk, Meta – Colombia. Field Studies
of Fauna and Flora La Macarena, Colombia, 14: 37-44.
• Noriega, J.A. (2002). Aportes a la biología del escarabajo sudamericano
Sulcophanaeus leander (Waterhouse, 1891) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Acta
Zoológica Mexicana (n.s.), 87: 67-82.
• Noriega, J.A. (2002). First report of the presence of the genus Digitonthophagus
(Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Colombia. Caldasia, 24(1): 213-215.

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