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Maria Elena Gutierrez-Lagoueyte

Maria Elena Gutierrez-Lagoueyte
Universidad EIA, Envigado, Colombia · Ingeniería Ambiental

EE, MS, PhD candidate


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My main research interests are in the understanding of climate change impacts on high mountain ecosystems in the Andes, the so-called páramos, towards the assessment of vulnerability and adaptation strategies for their conservation. My analyzes involve modeling of spatial distribution of species for historical and projected scenarios of climate change, hence considering fields of Geography, Plant Ecology, Ecological Modelling, and Hydroclimatology.
Additional affiliations
July 2012 - present
Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia
  • Researcher-professor
August 2015 - August 2019
National University of Colombia, Medellín, Colombia
Field of study
  • Ecology
August 2010 - May 2012
January 2002 - December 2007
Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia
Field of study
  • Environmental Engineering


Publications (8)
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Aparte del prologo escrito por Dubán Canal: "El presente documento constituye un aporte invaluable de 9 mujeres y 6 hombres colombianos quienes dedican sus esfuerzos al conocimiento de los atributos de los bosques andinos del país. Los estudios presentados son tan diversos como los Andes mismos e incluyen aspectos relacionados con el origen de la d...
Conference Paper
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The pronounced upper tropospheric warming will likely continue unabated due to the growing emissions of greenhouse gases and the relentless rates of deforestation. This disruptive process is already threatening the integrity of tropical high-altitude Andean environments, affecting the vast number of ecosystem services they provide. We are monitorin...
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This book presents a selection of plant species representative from the andean forests, found in the Claro river basin in Villamaría Municipality (Caldas, Colombia). The book includes an overview of the environmental conditions in the zone; the methodology and results of the floristic characterization; a total of 301 vascular species (152 with morp...
High mountain ecosystems are among the most sensitive environments to changes in climatic conditions occurring on global, regional and local scales. The article describes the changing conditions observed over recent years in the high mountain basin of the Claro River, on the west flank of the Colombian Andean Central mountain range. Local ground tr...
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The purpose of this paper is to present the impact of roads on wildlife and to evaluate the ways to manage these impacts. Various foreign articles and studies were analyzed as well as environmental impact studies of roads developed in Antioquia. As a result of this study it was found that the main impacts were roadkills, population isolation, and c...


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Project (1)
A faster tropical upper-tropospheric warming is having a negative impact on the overall integrity of páramo environments. The goal of our long-term, multi-tiered research project is to deepen our understanding of the function and importance of these environments and assess the best suite of adaptation strategies for their conservation. Activities are focused on the Los Nevados Natural Park, on the El Ruiz-Tolima volcanic massif, a key protected area in the Colombian Central Andean region. The proposed socio-ecological, mountain monitoring system integrates seven components of analysis: (i) long-term changes in key circulation dynamics (e.g. convective processes); (ii) diagnostics of water balance and potential changes in hydrological regimes; (iii) assessments of biodiversity levels and vulnerabilities; (iv) role of anthropic disturbances; (v) carbon capture and storage in soils, peatlands and aquatic microhabitats; (vi) socio-economic factors (e.g. ecosystem services valuation, communities perceptions, land-use practices, and prevalent concerns of stakeholders); and (vii) long-term changes in climatic conditions (past climate reconstructions, analysis of instrumental periods, hindcasts, and climate model projections). Additional info: https://www.geomountains.org/projects-impact-stories/affiliated-projects/2786-monitoring-sustainable-monitoring-and-research-at-the-poleka-kasue-mountain-observatory-los-nevados-natural-park-el-ruiz-tolima-volcanic-massif-central-cordillera-colombia