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Appointments

me-at-SI

  • May. 2014–Jan. 2016: Director for Science, Bogotá Botanical Garden (http://goo.gl/71mv6n). The Scientific Division had 96 scientists and 137 trained technicians and gardeners. I led 73 research projects, with an operation budget for 2015 of $ USD 4.5 million (http://jbb.gov.co/jardin/institucional-inicio). I also led the design and construction of new labs, new greenhouses for research and exhibition, and a new herbarium.
  • Sep. 2013–Aug. 2014: Post-doctoral Researcher under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Funk, Botany Dept., National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Project: Extinction risk in Andean Plants: a tale of three clades.
  • Sep. 2012–Aug. 2013: Post-doctoral Researcher under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Funk, Botany Dept., National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Project: Investigating the directional species turnover and non-directional species variation along latitudinal, longitudinal and elevation gradients in the Guiana Shield (BDG Program).
  • Jun. –Aug. 2012: Post-doctoral Researcher under the supervision of Dr. Jack Kennell, Biology Dept., Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Project: Mechanisms of fungal mitochondrial genome modifications and adaptation revealed in a horizontally acquired region.
  • Jul. 2011–May 2012: Graduate Research Assistant, Biology Dept., Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Advisor: Dr. Janet C. Barber. Project: Developing a bioinformatics approach to improve the broader impacts of an NSF proposal investigating Macaronesian Sideritis L.
  • Jul. 2010–May 2011: Graduate Research Assistant, Biology Dept., Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Advisor: Dr. Janet C. Barber. Project: Developing amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLPs) as a tool for reconstructing phylogenetic relationships within Macaronesian Sideritis L.
  • Jul. 2009–May 2010: Graduate Research Assistant, Biology Dept., Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Advisor: Dr. Janet C. Barber. Project: Inferring phylogenetic relationships within the Espeletia complex (Asteraceae) based on Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms (AFLPs) data.
  • Jul. 2008–May 2009: Graduate Research Assistant, Biology Dept., Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Advisor: Dr. Janet C. Barber. Project: Chromosomal evolution in Macaronesian Sideritis L. (Lamiaceae).
  • Jul. 2007–May 2008: Graduate Research Assistant, Biology Dept., Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Advisor: Dr. Janet C. Barber. Project: Origin and evolution of Ludwigia (Onagraceae).
  • Jul. 2006–May 2007: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Biology Dept., Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO.
  • Jan. 2004–Jul. 2004: Researcher consultant, Environment Department of Bogotá (currently SDA), Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Jan. 2003–Dec. 2003: Researcher consultant, Biosistemas Ltda., Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Jan. 2001–2006: Full time Instructor (non-doctoral teacher), Director of the Herbarium HPUJ, Biology Dept., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Jan. 2000–Dec. 2001: Researcher consultant, Ecosystems Department, Bogotá Aqueduct and Sewer System Office, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Jan. 1999–Dec. 2001: Adjunct Instructor (non-doctoral teacher), Universidad Piloto de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Aug. 1997–Nov. 1999: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Jardín Botánico de Bogotá “José Celestino Mutis”.

 

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)