Jorge Enrique García Melo

Jorge Enrique García Melo, was born in Ibague (Tolima, Colombia) in 1979, he obtained with honors his degree in Biology in 2003 and later he achieved a Master in Biological Sciences at the Universidad del Tolima. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Biological Sciences at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and woks in conservation, ecology, systematics and biogeography of freshwater fish, particularly those of South American basins (

At age of 12 he made his first birds observations about feeding behaviors. He always has been encouraged by his father, who headed him in the compression of the biological world and nature sensitivity during his childhood in the countryside.

At the age of 18 years Jorge decides that not only observation and data collection in the field is enough to withstand ethology studies in academia. For this reason, he wants to express it through photography. After many failed efforts (using an old secondhand SLR camera Minolta SR-T 101), he made a decision of study photography by himself and capture any manifestation of life in order to transmit your feelings as a biologist with the art of photography.

Despite limited financial resources, Jorge overcomes this condition by himself and support of his family and closest people. This allowed him to improve his photographic training simultaneously with his education as a biologist researcher in matters like molecular biology of parasites, zoology, biodiversity, and conservation biology. The merger of biology and photography mark his lifestyle as a biologist but photographer at heart. In this way, all his work as a biologist has been influenced inseparably with the still image, in an attempt to raise awareness and show the mega-biodiversity of his region and country, as well as highlight the role of photography and its evolution over science.

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