Long-term Collaborators

Michael Castaño

Michael is a biologist from the University of Antioquia (Medellín – Colombia). His main interests relate to evolutionary ecology and conservation, behavioral ecology, biogeography, and ethnobiology. Michael did his undergraduate thesis understanding how mixed-species flocks were structured and how their foraging niches varied along a precipitation and fragmentation gradient in the Isthmus of Panama as part of the PLUMAS project. Michael has also collaborated for the conservation of Antioquia brushfinch (Atlapetes blancae), a critically endangered bird in Colombia, and in other projects to understand the distribution of tropical birds in altitude gradients. Michael’s other interests are scientific dissemination and citizen science. On a personal level, Michael enjoys reading, writing, and outdoor activities. In his spare time, he practices cycling, tennis, plays the guitar and drums; also he enjoys dancing.