Jaime escobar

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Universidad del Norte

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

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I was born in Medellin, Colombia where I studied Environmental Engineering at the Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia. I obtained a M.sc at the Department of Geological Sciences and a Ph.D at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Florida. For my master project I studied the utility of testate rhizopods as bioindicators of past environmental conditions in Florida lakes. My Ph.D research focused  on a high-resolution reconstruction of lowland Central American climate during the last deglaciation, Last Glacial Maximum, and MIS3 using stable isotopes on biogenic carbonates. After one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama I returned to Colombia. I am married to Dra. Natalia Hoyos a Geographer and Assistant Professor at the History Department at Universidad del Norte. We have two children, Antonia (6) and Emilio (3).

At the moment I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia. I am also a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Associate Editor of the Journal of Paleolimnolgy.

My research focuses on environmental/climate history in tropical and sub-tropical watersheds. I employ methods from aquatic ecology, biogeochemistry, and micropaleontology and often collaborate with researchers from geology, geography, chemistry, archaeology, sociology, and engineering. Several specific questions interest me. (1) What are the various forcing mechanisms of tropical environmental and climate change on different time scales? (2) What is the timing, rate, and structure of tropical climate and environmental change on different time scales? (3) How do tropical ecosystems and societies respond to natural and human-induced environmental and climate change?