Luis Amador

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Faculty Advisor: 
Lisa Barrow

Universidad Austral de Chile, PhD in Ecology and Evolution, 2016 - 2021, Guillermo D'Elia (advisor)
Universidad de Guayaquil, MSc Natural Resources, 2016, Juan M. Guayasamin (advisor)

Curriculum vitae
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Research Area(s)

Animal Ecology,  Computational Biology & Genomics,  Conservation Biology,  Evolutionary Biology,  Genetics,  Global Change Biology,  Molecular Evolution,  Population Genetics & Phylogenetics,  Systematics/Phylogenetics

Research Interests:

Population genetics and phylogenetics, molecular systematics and taxonomy, computational molecular evolution, machine learning, community ecology, and conservation biology.

Selected Publications:

Amador L, Arroyo-Torres I, Barrow LN. (2023). Machine learning and phylogenetic models identify predictors of genetic variation in Neotropical amphibians [preprint]. bioRxiv, 2023.06.15.545105. 

Amador L, Leaché AD, Victoriano PF, Hickerson MJ, D'Elía G. (2022). Genomic scale data shows that Parastacus nicoleti encompasses more than one species of burrowing continental crayfishes and that lineage divergence occurred with and without gene flow. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 169, 107443. 

Amador L, Victoriano PF, D’Elía G. (2021). Molecular species delimitation reveals hidden specific diversity within a freshwater burrowing crayfish (Decapoda: Parastacidae) from southern Chile. Systematics and Biodiversity. DOI: 

Amador L, Soto‐Gamboa,M, Guayasamin JM. (2019). Integrating alpha, beta, and phylogenetic diversity to understand anuran fauna along environmental gradients of tropical forests in western Ecuador. Ecology and Evolution, 9: 11040– 11052. 

Amador L, Parada A, D’Elía G, Guayasamin JM. (2018). Uncovering hidden specific diversity of Andean glassfrogs of the Centrolene buckleyi species complex (Anura: Centrolenidae). PeerJ, 6: e5856 

Amador L, Cruz F, Ayala-Varela F, Nárvaez A, Torres-Carvajal O. (2017). First record of the invasive Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei Duméril & Bibron, 1837 (Squamata: Iguanidae: Dactyloinae), in South America. Check List, 13(2): 2083. 


2020 Scholarship Completion of Doctoral Theses, Escuela de Graduados, Universidad Austral de Chile

2019 Internship Abroad Scholarship, Beca de Estadía en Centros de Investigación Científica, Tecnológica y Humanística, segundo semestre 2019, Universidad Austral de Chile

2019 Fellowship Doctoral Internships Abroad, Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT)

2019 Course Scholarship Bursary award towards the registration fee in the Wellcome Genome Campus Advance Course: Computational Molecular Evolution.

2019 Fellowship Research Costs for PhD Thesis Project, Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT)

2017 Scholarship for PhD students, Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT)

2014 PhD Scholarship, Secretaría Nacional de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (SENESCYT)

2010 MSc Scholarship, Universidad de Guayaquil, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales