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Resume Summary

I obtained a BS degree in Biology at the Javeriana University in Colombia (1999), and a specialization in Bioethics at the same institution (2005). I earned a PhD in Biology with concentration on Ecology, Evolution and Systematics at Saint Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Garden in USA (2012). For my BS thesis I studied the vegetation structure and composition of the Chicaque Natural Park (Colombia), and I developed an index to study the vegetation. My thesis in Bioethics was about a proposal of building a two-way bridge of knowledge between Ethics and Life Sciences. My dissertation research was on the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography and climate change impact on the frailejones (+143 species, subtribe Espeletiinae, Asteraceae).

richness spp by elev200 legend613x490I did a postdoctoral research project at Saint Louis University working on the modification mechanisms of the mitochondrial genome of fungi. In addition I did two postdoctoral research projects at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. (2012–2014), investigating the biodiversity patterns of the Guiana Shield, and the response of three clades of Andean plants to climate change.

I did a postdoctoral research project at Saint Louis University working on the modification mechanisms of the mitochondrial genome of fungi. In addition I did two postdoctoral research projects at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. (2012–2014), investigating the biodiversity patterns of the Guiana Shield, and the response of three clades of Andean plants to climate change. For seven years (2000–2006) I worked as full-time Instructor (non-doctoral teacher), researcher and director of the Herbarium HPUJ at the Javeriana University, and I recently worked for almost two years (May 2014– Jan. 2016) as Director for Science at the Bogotá Botanical Garden (JBB). Under this role I led a group of 84 professionals and 135 technicians and gardeners, carrying out 73 research projects with an annual operational budget for research of USD ~$4.5 million. My research projects have mainly focused on taxonomy, systematics, biodiversity, ecology and biogeography of plants from the páramos and Andean ecosystems. My taxonomic specialization is the Synantherology (i.e. the study of the plants belonging to the Asteraceae), particularly along the Andes, and I am a world's specialist on frailejones (subtribe Espeletiinae, currently with 144+ species). I have 36 publications and 134 presentations in conferences and meetings, and I have taught 12 different subjects in three universities. During my career I have received 11 honors and awards, including a summa cum laude BS thesis, the best BS student, the best PhD student, the best doctoral paper at the VI Colombian Botany Meetings (2011), and the best doctoral paper on systematics (George R. Cooley Award) at the 2012 Botanical Society of America Meetings. My research projects have been funded by well-known institutions such as the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.

I have particular interest in the páramos, a widespread ecosystem in the high elevations of the northern Andes of South America, considered the fastest evolving biodiversity hotspot. As a critical ecosystem threatened by rising global temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns, páramos are an ideal study system for understanding not just rapid radiations but also the impacts of climate change. 

These are some of my codes and tips you might find useful:  GREP formulas  |  Dendropy.  Coming soon: R Codes  |  PAUP codes  |  Nexus for MrBayes  |  Garli codes  |  Python codes for GIS. 

Postdoctoral researcher | Botany | National Museum of Natural History | Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012, Washington DC 20013 | Phone: (202)633-0951 | Email: espeletias@gmail.com
Useful links
Interactive Digital Key for Espeletiinae

Access to the key HERE

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Gallery of Espeletiinae

With 5000 pics, this is the World's largest collection of photographs of Espeletiinae (a.k.a. frailejones). Check it out HERE!

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Recent recommended papers

Read this paper by Madriñán et al. (2013): Páramo is the world's fastest evolving and coolest biodiversity hotspot.

My latest publication

This is my latest paper (Diazgranados & Morillo, 2013): A new species of Coespeletia (Asteraceae, Millerieae) from Venezuela. Check it out!

Latest organized event

The first Symposium of Biogeography of Neotropical Plants in Colombia was a total success! (Diazgranados & Funk, 2013)