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Amanda Bernal-Carlo, Ph.D., is originally from Colombia where she studied for several years the ecology of the Andean Highlands including the Andean Forest and the Paramos. She is a scholar of Biogeography, Ecology and Medicinal Plants. In 1989, while carrying out research on biogeography of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, she became involved in the study of the Kogi Indians, their philosophy of life, and their traditional healing.

The study of the Herpetological Biogeography and Anthropology of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia is an ongoing research project over several years that lead to the publication of several papers on snakes and amphibians with the description of several new species. In 1996, she received the First National Research Prize from the Colombian government for the work she had accomplished during ten years, on the Colombian Andean Mountains.

At Hostos, Dr. Bernal is the Chair of the Natural Sciences Department. She worked on the creation of several initiatives at the college including the Honors Program for Liberal Arts students, the Summer Honors Institute, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. She is also Chairs the College Wide Curriculum Committee.