David Salazar-Valenzuela

Assistant Professor / PhD (Assistant Professor Center for Biodiversity and Climate Change Research, BioCamb)

David Salazar-Valenzuela graduated in Biological Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in 2007. In 2016, David received a Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from The Ohio State University with a thesis entitled Diversification in the Neotropics: Insights form demographic and phylogenetic patterns of lancehead pitvipers, and in that year became a postdoctoral fellow at the same institution. David is currently Curator of Reptiles at the Zoology Museum of Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica, Quito, Ecuador, and a professor in its Department of Environmental Sciences. He is mainly interested in the evolutionary ecology and toxinology of Neotropical reptiles and amphibians.

David's Blog Post

From a fascination to specialization

In my years doing fieldwork, some people in rural communities have taught me that negative attitudes towards snakes can be diminished as they discover fascinating aspects of these reptiles’ natural...

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