Camila Gomez

Postdoctoral Fellow


Migration • Ecology • Evolution • Conservation • Neotropical birds

A century ago, Frank Chapman led a group of prominent naturalists that included the founders of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology on a series of expeditions in Colombia, where they collected thousands of specimens and maintained detailed bird records which are now deposited at Cornell, the American Museum of Natural History, and other institutions. As a Rose Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Lab, I am leading an initiative to revisit those expedition sites in Colombia and to integrate historical and current data to evaluate changes in Colombian bird assemblages over the past 100 years.

This highly collaborative endeavor includes the participation from researchers within the Citizen Science, Conservation Science, and Education programs of the Cornell Lab as well as partners in Colombia such as the nonprofit SELVA, Universidad de Los Andes, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali and the Instituto Alexander von Humboldt.

Through this postdoctoral fellowship I aim to better our understanding of the nature and magnitude of changes in avian assemblages and to enhance the Colombian nationwide bird monitoring initiative. Frank Chapman and his colleagues could hardly have envisioned that their specimens and field data would be used a century later to address old and new questions, via tools unknown in their time, in ways that promote conservation in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.


Ph.D., Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

Recent Publications

Gómez, C., K. A. Hobson, N. J. Bayly, K. V. Rosenberg, A. Morales-Rozo, P. Cardozo, and C. D. Cadena (2021). Migratory connectivity then and now: a northward shift in breeding origins of a long-distance migratory bird wintering in the tropics. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 288:20210188.
Gómez, C., S. L. Guerrero, A. M. FitzGerald, N. J. Bayly, K. A. Hobson, and C. D. Cadena (2019). Range-wide populations of a long-distance migratory songbird converge during stopover in the tropics. Ecological Monographs.
Bayly, N. J., K. V. Rosenberg, C. Gómez, and K. A. Hobson (2019). Habitat choice shapes the spring stopover behaviour of a Nearctic-Neotropical migratory songbird. Journal of Ornithology.
Pulgarín-R, P. C., C. Gómez, N. J. Bayly, S. Bensch, A. M. FitzGerald, N. Starkloff, J. J. Kirchman, A. M. González-Prieto, K. A. Hobson, J. Ungvari-Martin, H. Skeen, et al. (2019). Migratory birds as vehicles for parasite dispersal? Infection by avian haemosporidians over the year and throughout the range of a long-distance migrant. Journal of Biogeography 46:83–96.
Bayly, N. J., K. V. Rosenberg, W. E. Easton, C. Gómez, J. Carlisle, D. N. Ewert, A. Drake, and L. Goodrich (2018). Major stopover regions and migratory bottlenecks for Nearctic-Neotropical landbirds within the Neotropics: a review. Bird Conservation International 28:1–26.
Gómez, C., N. J. Bayly, D. R. Norris, S. A. Mackenzie, K. V. Rosenberg, P. D. Taylor, K. A. Hobson, and C. Daniel Cadena (2017). Fuel loads acquired at a stopover site influence the pace of intercontinental migration in a boreal songbird. Scientific Reports 7.
Rosenberg, K. V., N. Bayly, and C. Gómez (2017). Stopping over: Learning what birds need on migration. Bird Conservation International Spring 2017:22–26.
Bayly, N. J., C. Gómez, K. A. Hobson, and K. V. Rosenberg (2016). Prioritizing tropical habitats for long-distance migratory songbirds: an assessment of habitat quality at a stopover site in Colombia. Avian Conservation and Ecology 11.
Gómez, C., E. Tenorio, and C. D. Cadena (in review). [In review] 100+ years of bird survey data reveal changes in functional fingerprints indexing ecosystem health of a tropical montane forest through time. Conservation Biology.

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