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Postdoctoral Researcher

Juliana Vélez

Juliana Vélez (she/her) is a postdoctoral researcher with the Natural Capital Project, studying land-use change and vector-borne disease risk in Perú. Her research applies quantitative ecological methods to understand interactions among species, their habitat, and anthropogenic disturbance. Juliana's work incorporates ecological experimentation and collaborations with decision makers to assess the effectiveness of conservation actions for improving ecosystems. She has worked as a data analyst for the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Ministry of Housing of Colombia. She conducts her research under open science standards and has contributed to the development of online resources for reproducible research, including the publication of guides, datasets, and code related to statistical modeling and camera trap image processing using artificial intelligence. Juliana earned her Ph.D. in Conservation Sciences from the University of Minnesota.