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Tibisay Escalona

Dr. Tibisay Escalona

  • Former Postdoctoral Associate
Tiby was an NSF postdoctoral fellow. She was very interested in the ecology, life history evolution and conservation of freshwater turtles in the Neotropics. Tiby worked on the metapopulation genetic analysis of Podocnemis unifilis turtles in South America.

Her work was funded by the National Science Foundation (DBI 0511958 to T. Excalona), and the Scott Neotropical Fund from the Cleveland Zoo (to N. Valenzuela [PI] and T. Escalona [CoPI]).

She is now a Researcher in the Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics Team at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research from the University of Porto in Portugal, where she has worked since leaving Iowa.
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4. Escalona T, Valenzuela N, and Adams DC. 2019. Do local environmental factors and lunar cycle influence timing and synchrony of oviposition of a turtle with strict nocturnal nesting? Diversity 11: 78; DOI:10.3390/d11050078.

3. Escalona T, Valenzuela N Adams DC. 2018. A lengthy solution to the optimal propagule size problem in the large-bodied South American freshwater turtle, Podocnemis unifilisEvolutionary Ecology. 32:29–41.DOI 10.1007/s10682-017-9922-3.

2. Escalona, T., Engstrom T.N., Hernandez O.E., Bock B.C., Vogt R.C. and Valenzuela N. 2009. Population genetics of the endangered South American freshwater turtle, Podocnemis unifilis, inferred from microsatellite DNA data. Conservation Genetics 10(6):1683–1696. DOI 10.1007/s10592-008-9746-3

1. Escalona, T., Adams, D.C., and Valenzuela, N. 2009. Nesting ecology in the freshwater turtle Podocnemis unifilis: spatiotemporal patterns and inferred explanations. Functional Ecology 23: 826-835 DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2009.01562.x