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Alejandro Arteaga

Portrait of Richard Gilder Graduate student Alejandro Arteaga in the field with evening sky in the background.

PhD Student, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)


  • Ph.D. in Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, anticipated 2021.
  • B.S. in Biological sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, 2015.

Research Interests

Alejandro Arteaga is a biologist and wildlife photographer from Venezuela. He is based in Quito and New York and is the scientific director of Tropical Herping, an institution he co-founded in 2009 to preserve tropical reptiles and amphibians through tourism, photography, education and research. He obtained his biology degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, and now is a PhD fellow at the American Museum of Natural History. Alejandro is author of The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo and 11 scientific articles. He has described 12 new species to science and his photographic work has been featured in National Geographic, Anima Mundi, and the Discovery Channel. In 2015, he was awarded in the Big Picture Natural World Photography competition.



Guayasamin J.M., Hutter C.R., Tapia E.E., Culebras J., Peñafiel J., Pyron R.A., Morochz C., Funk W.C., and Arteaga, A. Diversification of the rainfrog Pristimantis ornatissimus in the lowlands and Andean foothills of Ecuador. PLoS ONE. 2017 Mar 22. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172615.

Arteaga A., Mebert K, Valencia J.H., Cisneros-Heredia D.F., Peñafiel N., Reyes-Puig C., Vieira-Fernandes J.L., and Guayasamin, J.M. Molecular phylogeny of Atractus (Serpentes, Dipsadidae), with emphasis on Ecuadorian species and the description of three new taxa. ZooKeys. 2017;661: 91–123.

Arteaga A., Vieira-Fernandes J.L., Bustamante L., Di Doménico S., and Aguiar G. Reptiles of the Ecuadorian Choco—Rapid identification guide. Quito: Tropical Herping; 2017.

Amador L., Gómez C., Londoño-Guarnizo C.A., López-Caro J., and Arteaga, A. Northernmost new records of Enyalioides touzeti Torres-Carvajal, Almendáriz, Valencia, Yánez-Muñoz & Reyes, 2008 (Sauria: Hoplocercidae) from Ecuador: altitudinal and latitudinal distribution extension, new provincial and biogeographical record. Check List. 2017 Jan 08. doi: 10.15560/13.1.2032.

Pyron R.A., Arteaga A., Echevarría L.Y., and Torres-Carvajal O. A revision and key for the tribe Diaphorolepidini (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) and checklist for the genus Synophis. Zootaxa. 2016;4171: 293–320.

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