Alumni Spotlight: Claudia Ceballos Fonseca

January 16, 2018

Claudia CeballosAfter receiving her Ph.D. in 2010, Dr. Claudia Ceballos Fonseca returned to her home country of Colombia. She now serves as an Associate Professor at the Veterinary Medicine School of the University of Antioquia. Over the last seven years, she has worked on several research studies on reptiles:

  • sexual dimorphism in Bothrops asper snakes
  • reproduction, anatomy, and the thermosensitive period of the endemic Colombian river turtle Podocnemis lewyana
  • the natural history and phylogeography of the mud turtle Kinosternon leucostomum
  • sex determination of the tortoise Chelonoidis carbonarius
  • a collaboration with other colleagues to discover a new river turtle species from Colombia, Trachemys medemi 

She also has mentored three masters students and created an undergraduate course on wildlife morphophysiology.

Last year, Dr. Ceballos Fonseca began a new phase of learning when she became a mother to her daughter Isabella.

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