Carlos Jaramillo

Natalia Hoyos

Natalia Hoyos

Natalia Hoyos


CTPA (Center for Tropical Paleoecology and Archeology
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute


PhD Geography, Minor in Soil Science and Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, US. 2004

MS Environmental Science, GIS Certificate, University of New Haven, West Haven, US. 2001
Specialist Earth Sciences and Environment, Universidad EAFIT, Medellín, Colombia. 1998
BS Geology, Universidad EAFIT, Medellín, Colombia. 1996

Research Interests

As a physical geographer, I am interested in the study of human-environment interactions using a multidisciplinary, spatial approach. Specifically, I have used geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and statistical analyses to study land cover/land use change, coastal and watershed erosion, and water quality degradation, all relevant themes to understanding environmental change and assessing the long-term sustainability of human activities.

Current Research

Currently I am working on the conceptual design, data loading and maintenance of a geodatabase that includes detailed field geological data for Eastern Panama and the Canal area. Eventually, these data will be interpreted as geological maps and will include valuable information on structures, geochronology and biostratigraphy. I am also participating in a project that deals with paleogeographic reconstructions in northern Colombia, using the software GPlates. The purpose of this project is to recreate the movement of geological blocks at different time steps.

Selected Bibliography

Escobar J., D.G. Buck, M. Brenner, J. Curtis and N. Hoyos. Accepted. Thermal regimes and heat budgets in deep Florida lakes. Fundamental and Applied Limnology.

Hermelin M. and N. Hoyos. In press. Convulsive events, a widespread hazard in the Colombian Andes. In: Latrubesse E.M (ed). Geomorphology of natural and human-induced disasters in South America. Elsevier. The Netherlands.

Hoyos N., S. Acosta and I.D. Correa. A geographic information system for the study of coastal erosion, Departamento de Córdoba, Colombia: Design, implementation and application tools (in Spanish). Gestión y Medio Ambiente 9 (3): 147-156.

Hoyos N. 2005. Spatial modeling of soil erosion potential in a tropical watershed of the Colombian Andes. Catena 63 (1): 85-108.

Hoyos N. and N.B. Comerford. 2005. Land use and landscape effects on aggregate stability and total carbon of Andisols from the Colombian Andes. Geoderma 129 (3-4): 268-278.

Hoyos N., P.R. Waylen and A. Jaramillo. 2005. Seasonal and spatial patterns of erosivity in a tropical watershed of the Colombian Andes. Journal of Hydrology 314 (1-4): 177-191.

Hoyos N. and M. Hermelin. 2002. Natural hazard mapping in small urban areas, Antioquia, Colombia. In: Bobrowsky P.T. (ed). Geoenvironmental Mapping: Methods, theory and practice. A.A. Balkema, The Netherlands.

Hoyos N. 2001. Assessment of land use changes and watershed response in a tropical montane catchment, Upper Medellín River Basin, Colombia, South America. MS thesis, University of New Haven. West Haven, US.