Prof. Dr. Carsten F. Dormann

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Frau Eva Meier

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Biometrie und Umweltsystemanalyse

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Tennenbacher Straße 4 
79106 Freiburg i. Br.


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Isabel Cristina Avila

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Isabel Cristina Avila

Department of Biometry and Environmental System Analysis

Tennenbacher Straße 4, 79106 Freiburg, Germany
Room 03.063

email: isabel.avila(a)biom.uni-freiburg.de
phone: +49 761 203-8666 
fax: +49 761 203-3751

Research Interests


• I am interested in the interactions between marine mammals and their environment and would like to contribute to their conservation, understanding conservation as an integral process of local knowledge, protection, and appropriate/sustainable management and use of the marine living resources.

• Measuring and georeferencing the effect of environmental factors, including human activities, climate change on the ecological patterns of marine mammals and how the animals are responding to these changes.

• Developing conservation strategies on the biodiversity associated to marine and coastal ecosystems, including action plans, environmental education and ecotourism planning.


Selected publications


For a full list of publications see here

Avila, I.C., Correa, L. M. & Van Waerebeek, K, 2017. Where humpback whales and vessel traffic coincide, a Colombian Pacific case study.Boletin del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Chile, 2017; 66: 85-99. Available on line: issuu.com/mnhn_cl/docs/tr7_avila_et_al

Amorocho, D., A. Leslie, M. Fish, E. Sanjurjo, S. Amoros, I. C. Avila, V. Toral, J. L. Gerhartz, K. Bilo, P. Guerrero, L. A. Zapata & K. Douthwaite, 2016. Marine Turtle Action Plan. WWF Latin America and The Caribbean: 2015-2020. Amorocho, D. & C. A. Dereix (Eds.). WWF- Colombia. Cali, Colombia, 122 p. ISBN: 978-958-8915-28-9. Available on line: http://d2ouvy59p0dg6k.cloudfront.net/downloads/lac_tortugas_b11_c10_final_web_seguro.pdf

Van Bressem, M.-F., Simões-Lopes, P. C., Félix, F., Kiszka, J. J., Daura-Jorge, F. G., Avila, I. C., Secchi, E. R., Flach, L., Fruet, P. F., du Toit, K., Ott, P. H., Elwen, S., Di Giacomo, A. B., Wagner, J., Banks, A., Van Waerebeek, K.: Epidemiology of lobomycosis-like disease in bottlenose dolphins Tursiops spp. from South America and southern Africa Dis Aquat Organ, 2015; 117: 59-75: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.3354/dao02932

Avila, I.C., Correa, L. M., Parsons, E. C. M.: Whale-Watching Activity in Bahía Málaga, on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, and its effect on humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) behavior. Tourism in Marine Environments, 2015; 11: 19-32(14):http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/154427315X14398263718394

Avila, I.C., Alava JJ, Galvis CA: On the presence of a vagrant Juan Fernández fur seal (Arctocephalus philippii) in the Pacific coast of Colombia: a new extralimital record Journal of Neotropical Mammalogy, 2014; 21 (1) : 109-114: Available on line  http://www.sarem.org.ar/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SAREM_MastNeotrop_21-1_11_Avila.pdf 

Avila, I.C., C. García, D. Palacios & Caballero, S. 2013. Aquatic Mammals of the Colombian Pacific Region. P.: 128- 169. In: Trujillo, F., A. Gärtner, D. Caicedo & M. C. Diazgranados (Eds.). Diagnosis of the state of knowledge and conservation of aquatic mammals in Colombia. Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Fundación Omacha, Conservation International (CI) and WWF. Bogotá, Colombia. 282 p. (In Spanish).Available on line: awsassets.panda.org/downloads/diagnostico_mamiferos_acuaticos_colombia___baja.pdf

Palacios, D.M.; Gerrodette, T.; Herrera, J; García, C.; Soler, G.A.; Avila, I.C.; Bessudo, S.; Hernández E.; Trujillo, F. & L. Flórez-González. 2012. Cetacean distribution and relative abundance in Colombia’s Pacific EEZ from survey cruises and platforms of opportunity. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 12(1): 45–60.

Avila I.C., L.M. Cuellar & J.R. Cantera. 2011. Crustaceans ectoparasites and epibionts of humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae (Cetacea: Balaenopteridae), in the Colombian Pacific. UNED Research Journal / Cuadernos de Investigación UNED 3 (2): 177-185.

Arias-Gaviria, D., Muñoz-Vargas, C.A. & Avila, I.C. 2011. Tourist Guide of Whalewatching in Colombia Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Vice Ministry of Tourism, Direction of Quality and Sustainable Development of Tourism of Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia. 61p. (Available online http://www.guiadeballenas.com/english/).

Avila, I.C., C. García & J.C. Bastidas. 2008. A note on the use of dolphins as bait in the artisanal fisheries off Bahía Solano, Chocó, Colombia. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 10(2):179–182.

Van Bressem M.F., Van Waerebeek, K., Reyes, J., Félix, F., Echegaray, M., Siciliano, S.,Di Beneditto, A.P. , Flach, L., Viddi, F., Avila, I.C., Herrera, J.C.,Tobón, I.C., Bolaños, J.,Moreno, I. , Ott, P.H., Sanino, G.P., Castineira, E., Montes, D., Crespo, E., Flores, P.A.C., Haase, B., Mendonça de Souza, S.M.F., Laeta, M. &. Fragoso, A.B. 2007. A preliminary overview of skin and skeletal diseases and traumata in small cetaceans from South American waters. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals (LAJAM): 6(1): 7-42. http://dx.doi.org/10.5597/lajam00108

Flórez-González, L.,Avila, I.C., Capella, J., Falk, P., Félix, F., Gibbons, J., Guzmán, H.,. Haase, B, Herrera, J., Peña, V., Santillán, L., Tobón, I.C. & Van Waerebeek, K.. 2007. The Conservation Strategy of the Southeastern Pacific humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Fundación Yubarta (Ed.). Cali. Colombia. 106p.

Stevick, P., Aguayo, A.,  Allen, J.,  Avila, I.C., Capella, J., Castro, C., Chater, K. , Dalla-Rosa, L. , Engel, M. H. , Félix, F., Flórez-González,L., Freitas,A., Haase,B., Llano, M., Lodi, L., Muñoz, E., Olavarría, C, Secchi, E., Scheidat, M. &  Siciliano,S.. 2004. A note on the migrations of individually identified humpback whales between the Antarctic Peninsula and South America. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 6(2): 109-113.


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