Natalia Bayona Vasquez

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

I was born in a small town in Colombia, the tip of South America and one of the megadiverse countries in the world. When I was a little kid, my parents introduced me to the love of nature and outdoors. My first time snorkeling in the ocean, I was fascinated with that world of underwater creatures, their forms and interactions. Since then, I knew I wanted to study natural sciences.

I went to college to study Biology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. During my junior year, I got interested in genetics, evolution, and molecular ecology, disciplines that have captivate me since. I did a research thesis on population genetics of Plagioscion magdalenae, an endemic freshwater fish in Colombia. Then, I moved to Mexico to pursue master's and doctoral studies at UNAM. There, I got interested in widely distributed and commercially important marine fish. But importantly, during my academic formation, I  have witnessed the tremendous advances in genomic technologies and bioinformatics resources in the last decade. Which motivates me to explore new methods and tools for analyses and ask how can I apply them to my research questions.

​My research interests are in molecular ecology and genomics at various levels in organisms that are relevant in conservation and environmental sciences. The ecological llevels of the questions I am interested go from kinship relationships all the way to interactions between communities. These topics cover disciplines such as popgen, phylogeography, and phylogenetics. I have been lucky to study a wide array of species from bacteria and fungi to insects and big vertebrates, all with genomic data.

 

 


Education

PhD| Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México| 2015

MSc| Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México| 2011

BSc| Universidad Nacional de Colombia| 2007

Courses Taught

2020-Fall Instructor. Two sections. Cellular and Molecular Biology & Genetics with Lab—BIOL_OX-141Q. Division of Natural Science and Mathematics. Oxford College. Emory University. Oxford GA, USA.

Publications

2020         DÍAZ-JAIMES P, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, ESCATEL-LUNA E, URIBE-ALCOCER M, PECORARO C, ADAMS DH, FRAZIER BS, GLENN TC & BABUCCI M. Limited dispersal promotes genetic divergence of Bonnethead Sphyrna tiburo in the Western North Atlantic. Aquatic Conservation, Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 1-16. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3434

2020         KIERAN T, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, VARIAN CP, SALDAÑA A SAMUDIO F, CALZADA JE, GOTTDENKER NL, & GLENN TC. Population genetics of two chromatic morphs of the Chagas disease vector Rhodnius pallescens Barber, 1932 in Panamá. Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 84. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meegid.2020.104369

 

2020         THOMAS IV JC, OLADEINDE A, KIERAN TJ, FINGER JW, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, CARTEE JC, BEASLEY J, SEAMAN JC, MCARTHUR JV, RHODES Jr OE & GLENN TC. Co- occurrence of  antibiotic, biocide, and heavy metal resistance genes in bacteria from metal and radionuclide contaminated soils at the Savannah River Site. Microbial Biotechnology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1751-7915.13578

 

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.

 

2018         MEZA-LÁZARO RN, POTEAUX C, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, BRANSTETTER MG & ZALDIVAR-RIVERÓN A. Extensive mitochondrial heteroplasmy in the neotropical ants of the Ectatomma ruidum complex (Formicidae: Ectatomminae). Mitochondrial DNA Part A. 29(8): 1203-1214. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/24701394.2018.1431228.

 

2018         DÍAZ-JAIMES P, BONFIL R, PALACIOS-BARRETO P, BOLAÑO-MARTÍNEZ N & BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ. Mitochondrial genome of the critically endangered smalltooth sawfish Pristis pectinata from Veracruz, Mexico. Conservation Genetics Resources. 10(4):  663-666. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s12686-017-0896-9.

 

2018         BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, GLENN TC, URIBE-ALCOCER M, PECORARO C & DÍAZ-JAIMES P. Complete mitochondrial genome of the yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) and the blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus): notes on mtDNA introgression and paraphyly on tunas. Conservation Genetics Resources. 10(4): 697-699. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12686-017-0904-0.

 

2018         BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, GLENN TC, DOMÍNGUEZ-DOMÍNGUEZ O, URIBE-ALCOCER M & DÍAZ-JAIMES P. Mitochondrial genomes of the Pacific sierra mackerel Scomberomorus sierra and the Monterey Spanish mackerel Scomberomorus concolor (Perciformes, Scombridae). Conservation Genetics Resources. 10(3): 471-474. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12686-017-0851-9.

 

2017      BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, HERNÁNDEZ-ÁLVAREZ CA, GLENN T, DOMÍNGUEZ-DOMÍNGUEZ O, URIBE-ALCOCER M & DÍAZ-JAIIMES P. Complete mitogenome sequences of the pacific red snapper (Lutjanus peru) and the spotted rose snapper (Lutjanus gutattus). Mitochondrial DNA Part A. 28(2): 223-224. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2015.1115851.

 

2016         DÍAZ-JAIMES P, URIBE-ALCOCER M, ADAMS DH, RANGEL-MORALES JM & BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ. Complete mitochondrial genome of the porbeagle shark, Lamna nasus (Chondrichthyes, Lamnidae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B. 1(1): 730-731. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23802359.2016.1233465.

 

2016         DÍAZ-JAIMES P, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, ADAMS DH & URIBE-ALCOCER M. Complete mitochondrial DNA genome of bonnethead shark, Sphyrna tiburo, and phylogenetic  relationships among main superorders of modern elasmobranchs. Meta Gene. 7: 48-55. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mgene.2015.11.005.

 

2016         BOLAÑO-MARTÍNEZ N, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ N, URIBE-ALCOCER M & DÍAZ-JAIMES P. The mitochondrial genome of the hammerhead Sphyrna zygaena. Mitochondrial DNA Part A. 27(3): 2098-2099. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2014.982574.

 

2015         DÍAZ-JAIMES P, BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, HINOJOSA S & URIBE-ALCOCER M. The complete mitogenome of the common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus). Mitochondrial DNA. 26(6): 959-960. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3109/19401736.2013.865175.

 

2015         BAYONA-VÁSQUEZ NJ, DÍAZ-JAIMES P & URIBE-ALCOCER M. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the common dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus (Percifromes:Coryphaenidae) from next generation sequencing and cross amplification in pompano dolphinfish Coryphaena equiselis. Conservation Genetics Resources. 7(2): 373-375. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s12686-014-0372-8.