Colombia has one of the greatest diversities of primate species of any country in the world, and many are Endemic, found nowhere else. Unfortunately many are also threatened with extinction.
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NPC Colombia Projects
Founded in 2016 by a group of dedicated young primatologists
Meet the team
Alma Hernández Jaramillo
Alma is the founding president of NPC Colombia. She is a dedicated field researcher who has worked in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, focusing on seed dispersal and feeding behaviour of primates.
Catalina is a biologist from the National University of Colombia, and has an MSC in Biodiversity and Conservation from the Pará Federal university, Brazil.
Juan has a biology degree from Los Andes University, Colombia, and a master’s in conservation biology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
His principle interest is in the distribution of biodiversity and its sustainable use. He has worked in different conservation projects in the Colombian Amazon and Orinoco basins, including projects that support forestry compensations and forest restoration with an important wildlife component. Currently he is starting PhD studies at the University of Tübingen assessing the impacts of biodiversity use.
Catalina is a conservation biologist from the University of Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia.
She has worked with diverse species of threatened primates, in investigation and conservation, as well as being a university lecturer. She also works in research and community conservation for the environmental authorities of Caldas, Colombia.
Sam Shanee is co-founder of NPC in the UK, Peru and Colombia. He has worked at various projects in South America, Asia and the Middle East.
Sam has an MSc in Primate Conservation and a PhD in the conservation and ecology of Andean primates, both from Oxford Brookes University, UK. Since 2007 he has been in South America carrying out conservation and research in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, where he tries to bridge the gap between academia and activism. Sam is a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group, a Research Associate of Oxford Brookes University, and board member of the Latin American Primatological Society. Sam also sits on the board of NPC Peru.
Nathalia is a biologist from the Universidad de los Andes with a master's degree in biodiversity, biology and evolution from the University of Gottingen.
She has worked with primates in the wild for over 5 years, making fieldwork her passion and one of her strengths. She is interested in studying infant behaviour and learning from it, but in recent years she has focused on conserving tropical forests, home to many of her favourite primates such as sakis and spider monkeys. During her time at NPC Colombia, she has learned that community work and environmental education are essential for any conservation project to be successful.
Sthepanny is a conservation biologist, with experience in topics related to botany, herbaria,
biodiversity studies, plant-animal interactions, and work with communities, especially ethnobotany. She is very interested in learning about the diet of primates, their role in forest regeneration, and supporting conservation projects that involve the participation of local communities, through the understanding of use relationships.
Sebastian is a biologist with a master's degree in Ecology and Biodiversity Evolution from PUCRS,
Brazil. He has worked with primates both in field studies and with local communities in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. He has extensive experience in field data collection, methodologies and analysis mainly for the study of medium and large mammals (mainly primates) at an ecological and behavioural level. He is currently a doctoral student in the Ecology and Conservation program at the State University of Santa Cruz, Brazil.