Dr. Julio Benavides


Dr. Julio Benavides

Fono oficina: (56-2) 26618047
Ubicación: República 440, piso 2

Profesor Investigador
Departamento de Ecología y Biodiversidad
Facultad de Ciencias de la Vida

Universidad Andrés Bello

Dr. Julio Benavides

Antecedentes académicos:

Licenciado en Biología poblacional y Ecología, Universidad de Montpellier, Francia (2006)

Máster en Evolución, Ecología y Biodiversidad, Universidad de Montpellier (2008)

Doctor en Biología Evolutiva y Ecología , Universidad de Montpellier (2012)

Postdoctorado en Montana State University, Estados Unidos (2012-2014)

Postdoctorado en University of Glasgow, Escocia (2015-2018)

Postdoctorado en Universidad Estadual Paulista- UNESP, Brasil (2018)

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Líneas de Investigación:

As an ecologist and evolutionary biologist, my general research interests are in disease ecology, conservation biology and public health. There are three central themes in my current research:

(1) study cross-species disease transmission and antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the interface between humans, livestock and wildlife.

 (2) understand how social and ecological factors influence pathogen spread in wildlife populations.

 (3) Evaluate the socio-economic cost and efficiency of control strategies to limit zoonotic diseases.

To study these questions, I often apply multi-disciplinary approaches integrating data collection in remote settings, social surveys, lab analyses, complex statistics and individual-based models. The overall ‘One Health’ goal of my work is to help keeping ecosystems, wildlife and people healthy.


2018-2020: Proyecto: ‘Factores ecológicos y antropogénicos asociados a la transmisión de rabia en primates’ Ministerio de Salud de Brasil, y Organización Panamericana de la Salud. Co-investigador.

2016-2018: ‘The role of vampire bats on the transmission of bacteria resistant to antibiotics used in humans and livestock’ Basic Research Projects and Applied Research Projects UK-CONCYTEC-Perú Fondo para la Ciencia y la Innovación. Diseño del proyecto y co-investigador.


Benavides JA, Shiva C, Virhuez M, Tello C, Appelgren C, Vendrell J, Solassol J, Godreuil S, Streicker DG, (2018) Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases-producing Escherichia coli found in vampire bats and livestock in Peru. Zoonoses and Public Health 65(4): 454-458 

Benavides JA, Rojas – Paniagua E, Hampson K, Valderrama William, Daniel Streicker (2017). Quantifying the burden of vampire bat rabies in Peruvian livestock. Plos NTD. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0006105. 

Pafčo B, Benavides JA, Pšenková-Profousová, I. et al. (2017). Do habituation, host traits and seasonality have an impact on protist and helminth infections of wild western lowland gorillas? Parasitology Research 116(12):3401-3410 

Benavides JA, Caillaud D, Scurlock BM, Maichak EJ, Edwards WH, Cross PC (2017). Estimating antibody titer loss from age-seroprevalence data of elk brucellosis. Ecohealth, 14(2): 234–243. 

Benavides JA, Valderrama W, Streicker D (2016). Spatial Expansions and Travelling Waves of Rabies in Vampire Bats. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 283:1832. 

Benavides JA, Cross PC, Luitkart G, Creel S (2014). Limitations to estimating bacterial cross-species transmission using genetic and genomic markers: inferences from simulation modeling. Evolutionary Applications 7(7): 774–787. 

Sak B, Petrzelkova KJ, Kvetonova D, Mynarova A, Shutt KA, Pomajbikova K, Kalousova B, Modry D, Benavides J, Todd A, Kvac, M (2013). Long-term monitoring of Microsporidia, Cryptosporidium and Giardia Infections in western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at different stages of habituation in Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas, Central African Republic. PloS one. 8 (8): e71840. 

Benavides JA, Godreuil S, Bodenham R, Ratriarson S, Devos C, Petretto M, Raymond M, Escobar-Páramo P (2012). No evidence for transmission of Escherichia coli antibiotic resistant strains from  humans to wild western lowland gorillas in Lopé National Park, Gabon. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 78 (12): 4281-4287. 

Benavides J, Walsh PD, Meyers L, Raymond M, Caillaud D (2012). Transmission of infectious diseases in the vicinity of habitat hotspots. PloS one. 7(2): e31290. 

Benavides JA, Huchard E, Pettorelli N, King AJ, Brown ME, Archer CE, Appleton CC, Raymond M, Cowlishaw G (2012). From parasite encounter to infection: multiple-scale drivers of parasite richness in a wild social primate. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 147: 52-63. 

Huchard E, Raymond M, Benavides J, Marshall H, Knapp LA and Cowlishaw G (2010). A female signal reflects MHC genotype in a social primate. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 10: 96.

Brigatti, E Oliva M, Núñez-López M, Oliveros-Ramos R and Benavides J (2009). Pattern formation a predator-prey system characterized by a spatial scale of interaction. Europhysics letters. 88: 6.

Huchard E, Courtiol A, Benavides JA, Knapp LA, Raymond M and Cowlishaw G (2009). Can fertility signals lead to quality signals? Insights from the evolution of primate sexual swellings. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 276: 1889-1897.

Huchard E, Benavides JA, Setchell JM, Charpentier MJE, Alvergne A, King AJ, Knapp LA, Cowlishaw G and Raymond M (2009). Studying shape in sexual signals: the case of primate sexual swellings. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 63: 1231-1242.