• Gonzalez-Zapata F.L, Bongaerts P., Ramírez-Portilla C, Adu-Oppong B., Walljasper G., Reyes A. & J. A. Sanchez (2018) Holobiont diversity in a reef-building coral over its entire depth range in the mesophotic zone. Frontiers in Marine Science doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00029


  • Quattrini, A.M., Faircloth, B.C., Dueñas, L.F., Bridge, T.C., Brugler, M.R., Calixto‐Botía, I.F., DeLeo, D.M., Foret, S., Herrera, S., Lee, S.M. and Miller, D.J., 2017. Universal target‐enrichment baits for anthozoan (Cnidaria) phylogenomics: New approaches to long‐standing problems. Molecular ecology resources DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12736
  • de Souza, J.N., Nunes, F.L., Zilberberg, C., Sánchez, J.A., Migotto, A.E., Hoeksema, B.W., Serrano, X.M., Baker, A.C. and Lindner, A., 2017. Contrasting patterns of connectivity among endemic and widespread fire coral species (Millepora spp.) in the tropical Southwestern Atlantic. Coral Reefs (in press) DOI: 10.1007/s00338-017-1562-0


  • Sánchez J.A. (2016) Diversity and Evolution of octocoral animal forests at both sides of Tropical America Pp.1-33. In: Sergio Rossi, Lorenzo Bramanti, Andrea Gori & Covadonga Orejas (eds.), Marine Animal Forests,Springer Science. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-17001-5_39-1
  • Sánchez JA, Fuentes-Pardo AP, Ní Almhain Í, Ardila-Espitia NE, Cantera-Kintz J, Forero-Shelton M. (2016) The masquerade game: marine mimicry adaptation between egg-cowries and octocorals. PeerJ 4:e2051
  • Grajales A. & Sánchez J.A. (2016) Holobiont assemblages of dominant coral species (Symbiodiniumtypes and coral species) shape Caribbean reef community structure. Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales40 (155): 300-311. DOI:
  • Dueñas, L.F., Tracey, D.M., Crawford, A.J., Wilke,T., Alderslade, P. & J. A Sánchez (2016) “The Antarctic Circumpolar Current as a diversification trigger for deep-sea octocorals“. BMC evolutionary biology 16(1):1-17 doi:10.​1186/​s12862-015-0574-z


  • Velásquez, J. & J. A Sánchez (2015). Octocoral Species Assembly and Coexistence in Caribbean Coral Reefs. PloS one 10(7): e0129609 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129609 PRESS
  • Gómez, C. E., Paul, V. J., Ritson-Williams, M., Muehllehner, N., Langdon, C. & J. A. Sánchez (2015) Responses of the tropical gorgonian coral Eunicea fusca to ocean acidification conditions. Coral Reefs 34(2):451-460 doi:10.1007/s00338-014-1241-3  PRESS
  • Cáceres, S. M & J. A. Sánchez (2015) Growth strategies of an abundant reef-building coral in the southern Caribbean (Undaria tenuifolia). Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales 39 (152):348-357.


  • Morales-Pinzón A., Orkisz M., Rodríguez-Useche C.M., J.S. Torres, S. Teillaud, Sánchez J.A & M. Hernández-Hoyos (2014) A Semi-Automatic Method to Extract Canal Pathways in 3D Micro-CT Images of Octocorals. PLoS ONE 9(1): e85557. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085557
  • Dueñas, L.F., Alderslade P. & J. A. Sánchez (2014) Molecular systematics of the deep-sea bamboo corals (Octocorallia: Isididae: Keratoisidinae) from New Zealand with descriptions of two new species of Keratoisis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 74:15 28. PRESS


  • López-Angarita, J., Moreno-Sánchez, R, Maldonado, J. & J.A. Sánchez (2013) Evaluating linked social-ecological systems in Marine Protected Areas.Conservation Letters DOI: 10.1111/conl.12063

  • Sánchez J.A. (2013) Remarkable specialization in Eastern Pacific sea fan ectoparasites (Neosimnia). Coral Reefs DOI:10.1007/s00338-013-1049-6

  • Foster NL, Baums IB, Sánchez J.A., Paris CB, Chollett I, Agudelo CL, Vermeij MJA & P Mumby (2013) Hurricane-Driven Patterns of Clonality in an Ecosystem Engineer: The Caribbean Coral Montastraea annularis. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53283. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053283

  • Barrero-Canosa J., L. Dueñas & J.A. Sánchez (2013) Isolation of Potential Fungal Pathogens in gorgonian corals at the Tropical Eastern Pacific. Coral Reefs 32:35-41.  DOI: 10.1007/s00338-012-0972-2


  • Ardila, N.E., G. Giribet & J.A. Sánchez (2012) A time-calibrated molecular phylogeny of the precious corals: reconciling discrepancies in the taxonomic classification and insights into their evolutionary history. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:246 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-246

  • Herrera, S, Shank, T. & J.A. Sánchez (2012) Spatial and temporal patterns of genetic variation in the widespread antitropical deep-sea coral Paragorgia arborea. Molecular Ecology doi: 10.1111/mec.12074 PRESS

  • Escobar D., Sven Zea & J.A. Sánchez. (2012) Phylogenetic relationships among the Caribbean members of the Cliona viridis complex (Porifera, Demospongiae,Hadromerida) using nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 64: 271–284

  • Mendez J. A., J. A. Usme-Ciro, C. Domingo, G. J. Rey, J. A. Sánchez, A. Tenorio & J. C Gallego-Gomez (2012) Phylogenetic reconstruction of dengue virus type 2 in Colombia. Virology Journal 9:64 doi:10.1186/1743-422X-9-64

  • Foster, N. L.,  C. B. Paris, J. T. Kool I. B. Baums, J. R. Stevens, J. A. Sánchez, C. Bastidas, C. Agudelo, P. Bush, O. Day, R. Ferrari, P. Gonzalez, S. Gore, R. Guppy, M. McCartney, C. McCoy, J. Mendes, A. Srinivasan, S. Steiner, M. J. A. Vermeij, E. Weil, P. J. Mumby (2012) Connectivity of Caribbean coral populations: complementary insights from empirical and modelled gene flow. Molecular Ecology 21: 1143-1157. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05455.x


    Sánchez J.A. & S. Madriñán (eds) (2012) Biodiversidad, conservación y desarrollo. Ediciones UniAndes, Bogotá, 468pp. ISBN: 978-958-695-717-5

    Sánchez J.A & J. López-Angarita (eds). 2012. Perspectivas en la Ecología de Arrecifes Coralinos. Universidad de los Andes, Colección Ciclo Básico, Ediciones UniAndes. Bogotá, 348 pp. ISBN 978-958-695-825-7


  • Sánchez J. A., C. E. Gómez, D. Escobar & L.F. Dueñas (2011) Diversidad, abundancia, y amenazas de los octocorales de isla Malpelo, Pacífico Oriental Tropical, Colombia. Revista de Investigaciones Marinas & Costeras 40: 139-154.

  • Kenkel CD, Aglyamova G, Alamaru A, Bhagooli R, Capper R, Cunning JR, deVillers A, Haslun JA, Hédouin L, Keshavmurthy S, Kuehl KA, Mahmoud H, McGinty ES, Montoya-Maya PH, Palmer CV, Pantile R, Sánchez JA, Schils T, Silverstein RN, Squiers LB, Tang PC, Goulet TL and Matz MV (2011) Development of Gene Expression Markers of Acute Heat-Light Stress in Reef-Building Corals of the Genus Porites . PLoS ONE 6(10): e26914.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026914

  • Castro-Sanguino, C. & J. A. Sánchez (2011) Dispersal of Symbiodinium by the stoplight parrotfish Sparisoma viride. Biology Letters. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0836

  • Velásquez, J., López-Angarita, J. & J.A. Sánchez (2011) Benthic foraminifera as indicators of ecosystem resilience in protected and non-protected coral reefs of the Southern Caribbean. Biodiversity & Conservation. doi: 10.1007/s10531-011-0152-7


  • Eakin CM, Morgan JA, Heron SF, Smith TB, Liu G, et al. (JA Sánchez) (2010) Caribbean Corals in Crisis: Record Thermal Stress, Bleaching, and Mortality in 2005. PLoS ONE 5(11): e13969. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013969

  • Cadena N-.J. & J.A. Sánchez (2010) Colony growth in the harvested octocoral Pseudopterogorgia acerosa in a Caribbean coral reef. Marine Ecology 31: 566–573 DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.2010.00397.x

  • Mendez JA, Usme-Ciro JA, Domingo C, Rey GJ, Sanchez JA, Tenorio A, Gallego-Gomez JC. 2010. Phylogenetic history demonstrates two different lineages of dengue type 1 virus in Colombia. Virology Journal, 7:226. doi:10.1186/1743-422X-7-226 OPEN ACCESS

  • Mcfadden C. S., J.A. Sánchez & S.C. France (2010) Molecular Phylogenetic Insights into the Evolution of Octocorallia: A Review. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 1–22 doi:10.1093/icb/icq056

  • Etnoyer, P., H. Wirshing, & J.A. Sánchez (2010) Rapid assessment of octocoral diversity and habitat on Saba Bank, Netherlands Antilles. PLoS ONE5(5): e10668. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010668

  • Sánchez J.A., S. Herrera, R. Navas-Camacho, A. Rodríguez-Ramírez, P.  Herron, V. Pizarro, A. R. Acosta, P. A. Castillo, P. Montoya & C.  Orozco.(2010) White plague-like coral disease in remote reefs of  the Western Caribbean. Revista de Biología Tropical 58: 145-154

  • Herrera, S., Baco-Taylor, A., Sánchez, J.A. (2010). Molecular systematics of the bubblegum coral genera (Paragorgiidae, Octocorallia) and description of a new deep-sea species. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55: 123–135. DOI 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.12.007

  • Cadena,N. J., Rey, C., Hernandéz-Hoyos, M., Sánchez, J. D., Teillaud, S., Árdila. N & Sánchez, J.A. (2010). Linking local to global properties in branching modular networks: gorgonian coral colonies. Marine Biology 157: 1003-1010 DOI 10.1007/s00227-009-1380-1


  • Dueñas, L. & J. A. Sánchez. (2009). Character Lability in Deep‐Sea Bamboo Corals (Octocorallia, Isididae, Keratoisidinae). Marine Ecology-Progress Series 397:11-27. OPEN ACCESS

  • Sánchez, J. A. (2009). Systematics of the candelabrum gorgonian corals (Eunicea Lamoroux; Plexauridae; Octocorallia; Cnidaria). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 157: 237-263. ERRATA-PDF

  • Dorado, D. & Sánchez J.A. (2009) Internal transcribed spacer 2 (its2) variation in the gorgonian coral Pseudopterogorgia bipinnata in Belize and Panama. Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences 38: 173-179.

  • Camargo, C., Maldonado, J., Álvarado, E., Moreno-Sánchez, R., Mendoza, S. Manrique, N., Mogollón, A., Osorio, J., Grajales, A., Sánchez, J.A.(2009). Community involvement in management for mantaining coral reef resilience and biodiversity in southern Caribbean marine protected areas.Biodiversity & Conservation 18: 935-956.

  • Guiterrez-Rodriguez, C., Barbeitos, M. S., Sanchez, J. A., Lasker, H. R. (2009). Phylogeography and morphological variation of the branching octocoral Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 50: 1-15.





  • Collin, R., Díaz, M. C., Noremburg, J., Rocha, R. M., Sánchez, J. A., Schulze, A., Schwartz, M., Valdéz, A. (2005). Photographic identification guide to some common marine invertebrates of Bocas del Toro, Panamá. Caribbean Journal of Science. 41 (3): 70.

  • Opresko, D. M. & Sánchez, J. A. (2005). Caribbean shallow-water black corals (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Anthipatharia). Caribbean Journal of Science. 41 (3): 492-507.

  • Sánchez, J. A. (2005). Systematics of the bubblegum corals (Cnidaria: Octocorallia: Paragorgiidae) with description of new species from New Zealand and the Eastern Pacific. Zootaxa. 1014: 72.

  • Sánchez, J. A., Cadena, J., Grajales, A. Porto, I. (2005). Blanqueamiento coralino: causas, consecuencias, e hipótesis” Hipotesis. (5): 12.

  • Sánchez, J. A. and H. H. Wirshing. (2005). A Field Key to the Identification of Tropical Western Atlantic zooxanthelate Octocorals. (Octocorallia: Cnidaria). Caribbean Journal of Science. 41(3):508-522.

  • Sánchez, J. A. V. Pizarro, A. R. Acosta, P. A. Castillo, P. Herron, J. C. Martínez, P. Montoya, C. Orozco. (2005) Evaluating coral reef benthic communities in remote atolls (Quitasueño, Serrana, and Roncador Banks) to recommend marine-protected areas for the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve. Atoll Research Bulletin 531: 1-66.


  • Sánchez, J. A., Tracey, D., Neil, H., Marriot, P. (2004). Coral rings in the deep ocean: Using SEM to date New Zealand’s bamboo corals. Water and Atmosphere. 12 (4).

  • Sánchez, J. A. (2004) Evolution and Dynamics of branching colonial form in marine modular cnidarian gorgonian octocorals. Hydrobiologia. 530/531: 8.  (uncorected proof)

  • Sánchez J.A., H.R.Lasker, E. G. Nepomuceno, J. D. Sánchez & M. J. Woldenberg. 2004. Branching and Self-Organization in Marine Modular Colonial Organisms: a Model. The American Naturalist 163 (3) (0003-0147/2004/16303-20458).

  • Sánchez J.A., M.F. Gil, L.H. Chasqui & E.M. Alvarado. 2004. Grazing dynamics on a Caribbean reef-building coral. Coral Reefs 23(4): 578-583. (DOI: 10.1007/s00338-004-0419-5)

  • Sánchez J.A., & S.D. Cairns. 2004. An unusual new gorgonian coral from the Aleutian Islands, North Pacific, Alaska. Zoologishe Mededelingen- Leiden 78: 265-274.

  • Sánchez J.A., & H.R.Lasker. 2003. Do multi-branched colonial organisms exceed normal growth after partial mortality? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 271 Suppl 3:S117-20 (DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2003.0708)