Dr. Camilo A. Calderón-Acevedo

Mammal Evolution, Biogeography, Taxonomy and Systematics

About Me

I am a Colombian mammalogist, interested in mammal evolution in the Neotropics. My research has focused in Andean bat clades, studying their morphological variation and phylogenetic relationships. However, I am interested in the diversification patterns of mammals in general, with a particular interest in the cryptic diversity present in Marsupials, Bats and Rodents.
Currently, I am appointed as Post-Doctoral Associate at Rutgers University Newark in the Soto Lab of Bat Biology, where I am developing Landscape Connectivity models for Caribbean mammal species, as well as investigating the Biogeography and Phylogeography of Caribbean bats.

For a sample of my research here is my ORCID iD, Google Scholar and Researchgate profiles.

My Research Interests


Mammal taxonomy has always been one of my passions, I believe that in order to conserve nature, we must first understand the evolutionary units we will try to protect. I work mainly on Andean mammal taxonomy, particularly bats. I am interested in poorly studied groups of Andean mammals that show cryptic diversity. I use morphology and molecular phylogenetic methods to approach mammal taxonomy and provide supported meaning to nomenclature.


My research has focused in understanding morphological and acoustic variation in Andean bats. I use a wide array of techniques to understand morphology such as Gaussian Mixture Models, Shape analyses using Elliptical Fourier Transformations and Geometric Morphometrics to understand morphological and acoustic variation across phylogeny and geography.


I am also interested in Phylogenetics, based both on molecular and morphological sources of evidence. I have conducted molecular phylogenetic studies in the genus Anoura Gray 1838, investigating the relationships between most of the species currently recognized as valid. Currently, I am using molecular phylogenetics to understand diversification processes of different mammal clades in the Andes and the Caribbean.

Landscape Connectivity

Recently, I have been developing connectivity models of bat communities in Puerto Rico alongside Dr. J. A. Soto-Centeno. We investigate how land use, protected areas, vegetation cover, habitat suitability and natural disturbances affect the connectivity of bat communities across the island, focusing on the Caribbean endemic Red Fig-eating bat Stenoderma rufum.

Bat records of Puerto Rico (Gannon et al. 2005) and land use classification, showing protected areas, agricultural valleys and built area.
Landscape connectivity of bat communities in Puerto Rico among protected and rustic areas.


Calderón-Acevedo C.A. and N. Muchhala. (2020). First report of the Broad-toothed Tailless Bat, Anoura latidens Handley, 1984 (Chiroptera, Phyllostomidae), in Bolivia. Check List 16: 1545–1550. https://doi.org/10.15560/16.6.1545

Moreira-Hernández, J., C. A. Calderón-Acevedo, and N. Muchhala. (2020). Fur, wings, and flowers: development and progress on nectarivorous bat research in the last 50 years. Chp 9 in  Lim, B.K., Fenton, M.B., Brigham, R.M., Mistry, S., Kurta, A., Gillam, E.H., Russell, A., Ortega, J. (Eds.), 50 Years of Bat Research. Springer, Switzerland. (In press)

Calderón Acevedo, Camilo Andrés,Taxonomy, Species Limits, and Phylogenetic Relationships of Anoura Gray 1838 (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)” (2019). PhD dissertation, University of Missouri–St. Louis, Missouri, USA. https://irl.umsl.edu/dissertation/888

Calderón-Acevedo, C. A., & Muchhala, N. C. (2018). Identification and diagnosis of Anoura fistulata with remarks on its presumed presence in Bolivia. Journal of Mammalogy, 99(1), 131-137. doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyx159

Gamba, D., Maguiña, N. R., Calderón-Acevedo, C. A., Torres, K., & Muchhala, N. C. (2017). Seed dispersal for the unusual inflated berries of Burmeistera (Campanulaceae). Neotropical Biodiversity3(1), 10–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/23766808.2016.1258868

Díaz-Pulido, A., Benítez, A., Gómez-Ruiz, D., Calderón-Acevedo, C.A., Link, A., Pardo, A., Forero, F., De Luna, G., Payán, E., Solari, S., 2014. Mamíferos del bosque seco: una mirada al caribe colombiano, in: Pizano, C., García, H. (Eds.), El Bosque Seco Tropical en Colombia. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt (IAvH), Bogotá, D.C., Colombia, pp. 128-165.

Martínez-Arias, V., & Calderón-Acevedo, C. A. (2014). Platyrrhinus vittatus In J. D. Sánchez-Londoño, D. Marin-C, S. Botero-Cañola, & S. Solari (Eds.), Mamíferos Silvestres del Valle de Aburrá. Medellín: Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá, Corantioquia, Universidad de Antioquia.

Martínez-Arias, V., & Calderón-Acevedo, C. A. (2014). Platyrrhinus dorsalis. In J. D. Sánchez-Londoño, D. Marin-C, S. Botero-Cañola, & S. Solari (Eds.), Mamíferos Silvestres del Valle de Aburrá. Medellín, Colombia: Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá, Corantioquia, Universidad de Antioquia.


Calderón-Acevedo, C. A., Rodriguez-Posada, M. E., & Muchhala, N. (2018). Large Anoura(Chiroptera:Glossophaginae) taxonomy, taxonomic status of Anoura carishina, and implications for the distribution of Anoura latidens in Colombia. bioRxiv, 462051. doi:10.1101/462051


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