I conduct research in several Latin-American countries (Colombia Guatemala Mexico and Venezuela) in different ecosystems including the tropical rain forest (TRF) of the Amazon Basin and Chocó province the inter-montane dry biomes savanna ecosystem and its boundaries with TRF.
My research interest focuses in to understand patterns of distribution and dynamics of tropical vegetation the biogeographical control of different plant species and their relationships with main drivers of climate change. In order to investigate climate variability and environmental change I do apply different proxies to study both long-and-short term sedimentary records from different tropical biomes. Most of the time is dedicated to trace such climate variations and vegetation changes at millennial and decadal to orbital time scales.
Robinson, M., Morcote-Rios, G., Aceituno, F.J., Roberts, P., Berrío, J.C, Iriarte, J., (2021). 'Moving South': Late Pleistocene plant exploitation and the importance of palm in the Colombian Amazon. Quaternary, 4(3), p.26. https://doi.org/10.3390/quat4030026
Velez, M.I., Mackenzie, M., Boom, A., Bremond, L., Gonzalez, N., Carr, A., Berrio, J.C. (2021). Lacustrine responses to middle and late Holocene anthropogenic activities in the northern tropical Andes. Journal of Palaeoelimnology 65,123-136. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10933-020-00152-y
Adolf, C., Tovar, C., Kühn, N., Behling, H., Berrío, J.C., Dominguez-Vázquez, G., Figueroa-Rangel, B., Gonzalez-Carranza, Z., Islebe, G.A., Hooghiemstra, H., Neff, H. (2020). Identifying drivers of forest resilience in long-term records from the Neotropics. Biology Letters, 16(4), p.20200005. doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2020.0005
Cardale de Schrimpff, M., Berrio, J.C., Groot, A.M., Botero, P., Duncan, N. (2019). Culture and the environment on the floodplain of the river Cauca in southwestern Colombia: Reconstructing the evidence from the Late Pleistocene to the Late Holocene. Quaternary International. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2018.12.022
Onyia, N.N., Balzter, H., Berrio, J.C. (2018). Normalized Difference Vegetation Vigour Index: A New Remote Sensing Approach to Biodiversity Monitoring in Oil Polluted Regions. Remote Sensing 10, 897. doi.org/10.3390/rs10060897
Teh, Y.A., Murphy, W., Berrio, J.C., Page, S., Boom, A. (2017). Spatial and temporal variability in methane and nitrous oxide fluxes from Amazonian tropical peatlands. Journal of Biosciences 14, 3669-3683. 10.5194/bg-14-3669-2017
I do teach on modules such as Dynamic Biosphere Understanding Ecosystems and Environments of the Distant Past and Research Design
Palaeoecology and Environmental change Vegetation analysis and Biogeography
Member of the Leicester's Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Research group. I am also a member of the Palaeoclimate Commission (PALCOM) of INQUA.
Bsc Biology from the Colombian Universidad Javeriana; PhD in Biology from the University of Amsterdam.