DR. JAVIER A. MALDONADO-OCAMPO (aka Nano) built a strong connection with the Colombian Andes, the ravines, and the Ubaté Valley's fishes since he was a child. This connection remained until his untimely death at the age of 42 in the waters of the magnificent Vaupés River.

Javier was born on February 6, 1977 in Ubaté, Cundinamarca (Colombia). He graduated as an ecologist in 2000 from Pontifical Xavierian University (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana). As an undergraduate, he studied the fish community in the confluence between the Bita and Orinoco Rivers close to Puerto Carreño-Vichada. His advisor was professor Germán Galvis Vergara. He later named a new species of electric fish, Apteronotus galvisi, after professor Galvis. Between 2003 and 2009, he was the curator of the fish collection at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute in Villa de Leyva, Boyacá. During this period, one of his more important contributions to the knowledge of...

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