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Natalia Gutierrez Pinto


I am a Colombian biologist, currently pursuing a Ph.D. at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have spent the past few years studying how Andean birds use oxygen across elevations, and whether those changes are related to physiological changes evolved for living in low-oxygen environments. I love going to the field and interacting with the birds in my beloved Colombian mountains, but most of my time I’m in front of my computer, analyzing my field data, reading, or writing. When not science-ing, you can find me in the outdoors or being crafty. I became a scientist because I love discovering new things and pushing the boundaries of knowledge, and whenever I find out about some exciting science, I want everyone else, scientist or not, to feel the same excitement I do. As a bilingual scientist, I am in the privileged position of being able to translate jargon-heavy but exciting literature into an everyday language accessible to both Spanish and English speakers. I am utterly excited about spending my summer doing exactly that, while working with the Idaho Statesman team!



Natalia Gutierrez Pinto smiles in front of a tree outside.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation

Fellowship Host: The Idaho Statesman