Ana Maria Bastidas Urrutia

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department for Life Science Systems
TUM School of Life Sciences
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail:  anamaria.bastidas-urrutia[at]

Curriculum vitae

01/2019- present PhD student at the Chair of Terrestrial Ecology, Technische Universität München under the supervision of Dr. C. Hof. Topic: Trait-based spatial community ecology of island birds: crossing scales and ecosystems.
10/2015- 03/2018 M.Sc. Evolution, Ecology and Systematic at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Thesis: " The effect of light on web building preferences in spiders (Steatoda triangulosa)".
08/2001- 12/2009 B.Sc. Biology at Universidad de Nariño, Colombia. Thesis: "Prioritization of research areas in the Formicidae family in the States of Cauca and Nariño, Colombia".

Research interest

  • Spatial dynamics of trophically interacting species
  • Spatial community ecology
  • Macroecology and Biogeography
  • Conservation


DynaCom - Spatial community ecology in highly dynamic landscapes: from island biogeography to metaecosystems, DFG Research Unit, subproject 9 (



  • Czaczkes, Tomer J.; Bastidas-Urrutia, Ana María; Ghislandi, Paolo; Tuni, Cristina: Reduced light avoidance in spiders from populations in light-polluted urban environments. The Science of Nature 105 (11-12), 2018 more…

Conference Talks and Posters


Impact of oil palm cultivation to deforestation in the southwest of Colombia. Macroecology 2019 - Bridging local patterns and global challenges – Macro 2019. Poster presentation. Würzburg, Germany. March 2019.


Impact of oil palm cultivation to deforestation rate over the last three decades in the southwest of Colombia. International Union of Forest Research Organizations – IUFRO, Landscape Ecology Conference 2017. Conference session: Human Wildlife Conflicts in cultural landscapes: who pays the bill? Oral presentation. Halle, Germany. September 2017.


Bastidas-Urrutia A & Sarmiento M., 2008. Composición y estructura de la comunidad de hormigas en un Bosque Seco – Reserva Natural el Charmolan.  In: Rodríguez M., G. M.; Guerra G., E.; Reyes B., S.; Banda R., K (Eds), III International Congress of Dry Ecosystems. “Experiences and Strategies for its management and Conservation” (November 2008, Santa Marta, Colombia). Dry Ecosystem Foundation. Bogotá. 181 p. ISBN: 978-958-98766-0-2.19:589-599.

Insects: Models for college research and teaching. Coordinator of the course. Pasto, Colombia. September 2008.

Structure and composition of the ant community in a dry forest of the Charmolan Natural Reserve, Narino, Colombia. III International Congress of Dry Ecosystems. “Experiences and Strategies for its management and Conservation”. Santa Marta, Colombia. November 2008.


  • 2017-2018 LMU scholarship by the Bavarian state (December 2017/January 2018)
  • 2017 Funding for internship research by “Lehre@LMU-funded research projects grant” from the University of Munich.
  • 2009 Meritorious Bachelor Thesis. Score: 98/100
  • 2009 Funding for bachelor thesis granted by IDEA WILD - ONG