Mario F. Garcés-Restrepo

PhD Student
(Co-advised with Dr. Jonathan Pauli)


In my PhD research, I will be studying the population and community ecology of two species of sloths in Costa Rica. I will research different topics in both species, like dispersal of the hatchlings, variation of the population variables through time and correlation of the distribution with some characteristics of the landscape. In general, I have three areas of special interests: population ecology of terrestrial vertebrates, especially in threatened species; effects of human perturbation at level of the community and population; and urban ecology.


M.Sc. Biological Sciences, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. 2013. Thesis: Population Ecology of the Chocoan River Turtle (Rhinoclemmys nasuta, Boulenger 1902) in three localities in the Pacific Coast of the Valle del Cauca.

B.Sc. Biology. Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. 2008. Thesis: Population Structure, Morphometric Variation and Sexual Dimorphism of Rhinoclemmys nasuta (Testudines: Geoemydidae) from Two Localities on the Colombian Pacific Coast.


In my free time, I like to go hiking, play basketball and watch movies.


Garcés-Restrepo, M. F., J. N. Pauli, and M. Z. Peery. In Review.Natal dispersal of tree sloths in a human-dominated landscape: Implications for tropical biodiversity conservation.

Garcés-Restrepo, M. F., M. Z. Peery, B N. Reid, J. N. Pauli. 2017. Individual reproductive strategies shape the mating system of tree slothsJournal of Mammalogy 98(5): 1417–1425.

Garcés-Restrepo, M.F., Carvajal-Nieto, P., Astorquiza-Onofre, J. M., and A. Giraldo-López. 2014. Density and structure of populations of Cebus capucinus curtus (Primates:Cebidae) and Bradypus variegatus gorgon (Pilosa:Bradypodidae) in Gorgona Island, Colombia. Rev. Biol. Trop. (Int. J. Trop. Biol.) 62(Suppl. 1):447-456.

Garcés Restrepo, M.F., A. Giraldo and J. Carr. Population Ecology and Morphometric Variation of the Chocoan River Turtle (Rhinoclemmys nasuta) from two Localities on the Colombian Pacific Coast. 2013. Boletín Científico Centro De Museos Museo de Historia Natural Universidad De Caldas 17 (2): 160-171.

Giraldo, A., M.F. Garcés-Restrepo, W. Bolívar-García and J. L. Carr. 2013. First Report of Hatching of The Chocoan River Turtle Rhinoclemmys nasuta (Boulenger 1902) (Testudines: Geoemydidae). Boletín Científico Centro De Museos Museo de Historia Natural Universidad De Caldas 17 (2): 153-168.

Garcés-Restrepo, M.F. and C. A. Saavedra. 2013. Red-tailed squirrel (Sciurus granatensis) density in forested and non-forested habitats in the Andes of Colombia. Mastozoología Neotropical 20(2):381-386.

Velandia-Perilla, J. H. and M. F. Garcés-Restrepo. 2013. Confirmation of the presence of Nyctinomops laticaudatus (Chiroptera: Molossidae) in Southwestern Colombia. Chiroptera Neotropical 19(1): 1154-1156.

Garcés-Restrepo, M. F., A. Giraldo, J. L. Carr & L. D. Brown. 2013. Turtle ectoparasites from the Pacifc coastal region of Colombia. Biota Neotrop. 13(3):0-0.

Giraldo, A., M. F. Garcés Restrepo, J. Carr and J. Loaiza. 2012. Population size and structure of the Large-nosed wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys nasuta, Testudines: Geoemydidae) in an insular environment of the Colombian Pacific region. Caldasia 34(1): 109-125.

Rentería-Moreno, L.E., Forero-Medina, G., Garcés-Restrepo, M. F., Carr, J.L., and Rueda-Almonacid, J.V. 2012.  Range extension of Kinosternon dunni Schmidt, 1947 (Reptilia, Testudines, Kinosternidae) in Chocó, Colombia. Check List 8(6):1310–1312.

Carr, J., M. F. Garcés-Restrepo, A. Quintero, A. Giraldo.  2010. RHINOCLEMMYS NASUTA (Chocoan River Turtle). DIET. Herpetelogical Review 41(3): 347-348.