Sandra J. Amézquita 


Sandra Amézquita collecting near Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico.

Sandra J. Amézquita M. is a Colombian biologist interested in dung beetles. She worked in Colombia and Bolivia between 1996-1998 in partnership with Alejandro Lopera and with the guidance of Adrian Forsythe using dung beetles as bioindicators of forest fragmentation. For her Masters degree in 2000 she compared the dung beetle community in two Andean forest fragments comparing data of two years of sampling (1996 and 2000) and discussed the application of these studies as tools for environmental management in this type of forest.

She graduated in 2009 at the Instituto de Ecologia, A.C. in Xalapa, Mexico, where she worked under the supervision of Mario Favila. Their work was about dung beetle ecology that involves evaluating the effects of forest fragmentation on dung removal by dung beetles in forest fragments at Los Tuxtlas, Mexico.

Sandra is now working as an advisor in Biodiversity at the Science, Technology and Innovation Department (Colciencias).


Sandra J. Amézquita M. 
Dpto. Biodiversidad y Comportamiento Animal
Instituto de Ecología, A.C
Km 2.5 antigua carretera a Coatepec No. 351
Congregación El Haya, CP 63, Xalapa 91070
Veracruz, MEXICO

TEL: 228 + 8421800, Ext. 4131


Amat-García, G., A. Lopera-Toro y S. Amézquita-Melo. 1997. Patrones de distribución de escarabajos coprófagos (Coleoptera :Scarabaeinae) en relictos de bosque altoandino, Cordillera Oriental de Colombia. Caldasia 19.

Amézquita M, S., A. Forsyth, A. Lopera T, y 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 Zoológica Mexicana No. 76: 113-126.

Nichols, E., S. Spector, J. Louzada, T. Larsen, S. Amezquita, M. Favila and the Scarab Net Research Network. 2008. Ecological functions and ecosystem services of Scarabaeinae dung beetles: a review. Biological Conservation 141: 1461-1474.

Amézquita, S. and M. E.  Favila.2011. Carrion removal rates and diel activity of necrophagous beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) in a fragmented tropical rain forest.  Environmental Entomology 40(2): 239-246.

Amézquita, S. and M. E. Favila. 2010. Removal rates of native and exotic dung by dung beetles (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in a fragmented tropical rain forest.. Environmental Entomology 39(2): 328-336.

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