Natalia Juliana Bayona Vásquez

Environmental Health Science
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Curriculum Vitae

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Environmental Health Science

Natalia is interested in molecular ecology, genomics and evolution of species of relevance in conservation and environmental science. Her research questions are about genetic diversity, population structure, gene flow, phylogenetics, and community composition and diversity. She enjoys designing, standardizing, and implementing genomic protocols in non-model organisms to address her research questions.

Education

Ph.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2015, Marine Sciences.

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Natalia was born in a small town in Colombia. When she was a little kid, her parents introduced her to the love of nature and outdoors. At 12 years of age, she snorkeled for the first time and was fascinated with underwater creatures, their forms and interactions. Since then, Natalia knew she wanted to study natural sciences.

In 2003, she went to college to study Biology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. During her third year of college she got interested in genetics, evolution and molecular ecology. Natalia started working on a project on population genetics of Crocodylus acutus, and then, in the same lab she did her research thesis on population genetics of Plagioscion magdalenae, an endemic freshwater fish in Colombia.

In 2009, she moved to Mexico to pursue master’s and doctoral studies at UNAM. Natalia got interested in widely distributed and commercially important marine fish, systems that have captivated her since then. During Natalia’s academic formation, she also has been curious about molecular techniques. She has witnessed the tremendous advances in genomic technologies and bioinformatics resources in the last decade. Which motivates Natalia to explore new methods and tools for analyses and ask how can she apply them to her research questions.

That is how she landed in her current postdoctoral appointment in Travis Glenn’s lab at the University of Georgia. Here, Natalia uses genomic methods on a wide array of organisms, but she particularly enjoys the most to work with species of conservation interest and environmental relevance. She analyzes from kinship relationships to interactions between communities, covering popgen and phylogeography, on an array of species from bacteria and fungi to insects and big vertebrates, all by high-throughput genomic data.

Areas of Expertise
  • Molecular biology
  • Population genetics
  • Genomics.
Course Instruction

2020 Co-Instructor. Molecular Ecology—GENE4530/ECOL6530. University of Georgia. USA.

2019 Co-Instructor. Environmental Genomics—EHSC 8460. University of Georgia. USA.

2019 Guest Lecturer. Departamental Seminar —EHSC 8030. Environmental Health Science,
University of Georgia, USA. “Genomics in Environmental Sciences”.

2019 Co-Instructor. Special Problems, Genomic Analyses —EHSC 8800. University of
Georgia, USA.

2019 Guest Lecturer. Genetic Applications in Environmental Healtch Sciences —EHSC 4700.
University of Georgia, USA. “Conservation and Environmental Genomics: Study cases
and methods in a new era”.

2018 Teaching Assistant. Environmental Genomics—EHSC 8460. University of Georgia. USA.

2018 Guest Lecturer. First Year Odyssey Seminar —FYOS 1001. University of Georgia, USA.
“My experience as an international researcher using DNA”.

2011–2014, Co-Instructor. Molecular Ecology and Conservation Genetics. Posgrado en
2016 Ciencias del Mar y Limnología. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Mexico.

Research Interests
  • Macro– and micro–evolutionary processes that shape the distribution
  • Patterns of genetic diversity and divergence among populations of species of relevance in conservation biology and environmental science
  • Biodiversity at the genetic level and to link the discoveries to life history traits, biogeography and conservation
  • Pioneering technologies within her field
Selected Publications

2020 HERNÁNDEZ-ÁLVAREZ C*, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ*, DOMÍNGUEZ-DOMÍNGUEZ O,
URIBE-ALCOCER M & DÍAZ-JAIMES P. Phylogeography of the Pacific Red Snapper
(Lutjanus peru) and the Spotted Rose Snapper (Lutjanus guttatus) in the inshore Tropical
Eastern Pacific. Copeia. 108(1): 61-71. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1643/CG-18-157.

2020 DELGADO-MACHUCA N, MEZA-LÁZARO RN, ROMERO-NAPOLES J, SARMIENTO-
MONROY CE, AMARILLO A, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ & ZALDÍVAR-RIVERÓN A. Genetic
structure, species limits and evolution of the parasitoid wasp genus Stenocorse
(Braconidae:Doryctinae) based on nuclear 3RAD and mitochondrial data. Systematic
Entomology. 45(1): 33-47. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12373.

2019 GHOSH A, JOHNSON MG, OSMANSKI AB, GLENN TC, LOUHA S, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ,
GONGORA J, GREEN RE, ISBERG S, STEVENS RD & RAY DA. A high-quality reference
genome assembly of the saltwater crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, reveals patterns of
selection in Crocodylidae. Genome Biology and Evolution evz269. DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evz269.

2019 BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ*, GLENN TC*, KIERAN TJ, PIERSON TW, HOFFBERG SL, SCOTT
PA, BENTLEY KE, FINGER JR. JW, LOUHA S, TROENDLE N, DÍAZ-JAIMES P, MAURICIO
R & FAIRCLOTH BC. Adapterama III: Quadruple-indexed, double/triple-enzyme RADseq
libraries (2RAD/3RAD). PeerJ 7:e7724. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7724.

2019 GLENN TC, PIERSON TW, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, KIERAN TJ, HOFFBERG SL,
THOMAS IV JC, LEFEVER DE, FINGER JR. JW, GAO B, BIAN X, LOUHA S, KOLLI RT,
BENTLEY K, RUSHMORE J, WONG K, SHAW TI, ROTHROCK JR. MJ, MCKEE AM, GUO
TL, MAURICIO R, MOLINA M, CUMMINGS BS, LASH LH, LU K, GILBERT GS, HUBBELL
SP & FAIRCLOTH BC. Adapterama II: Universal amplicon sequencing on Illumina platforms
(TaggiMatrix). PeerJ 7:e7786. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7786.

2019 GLENN TC, NILSEN RA, KIERAN TJ, SANDERS JG, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, FINGER JR.
JW, PIERSON TW, BENTLEY KE, HOFFBERG SL, LOUHA S, GARCÍA-DE LEÓN FJ, DEL
RÍO-PORTILLA MA, REED KD, ANDERSON JL, MEECE JK, AGGREY SE, REKAYA R,
ALABADY M, BÉLANGER M, WINKER K & FAIRCLOTH BC. Adapterama I: Universal stubs
and primers for 384 unique dual-indexed or 147,456 combinatorially-indexed Illumina libraries.
PeerJ 7:e7755. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7755.