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Professional preparation

IMG 8348Formal education



  • Jul.–Aug. 2006. US National Herbarium (US), National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Project: Curating the Cuatrecasas’ collections. Supervisor: Vicki Funk, Ph.D.
  • Sep. 2005–Jan. 2006. US National Herbarium (US), National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Project: Curating the Cuatrecasas’ collections. Supervisor: Vicki Funk, Ph.D.
  • Sep.–Nov. 2004. Herbarium of the University of Cambridge (CGE), United Kingdom. Project: Curating the historic South American collections held in the herbarium. Supervisor: Gina Murrell, Ph.D.


Relevant extracurricular courses completed

  • Advanced ArcGIS with Spatial Analyst and Modeling Tools. Nov. 5–6, 2013.
  • Symposium and Workshop on New Methods for Phylogenomics and Metagenomics, The University of Texas at Austin. Feb. 16–17, 2013.
  • 2009 MORPH Minicourse “Homology: Conceptual and Historical Integration from the Morphological to the Molecular. Colorado University in Boulder. Jul. 25-29, 2009.
  • Course of Multivariate Analysis. Omacha Foundation. Jun. 27–Jul. 1 of 2005.
  • Current topics and tools in Conservation of Tropical Forest. Javeriana University, Mar. 24, 2004.
  • National Course of Systematics of Andean Plants. Red Regional de Investigación en Biodiversidad y Conservación para Antioquia y el Eje Cafetero REDBIO, Universidad Católica de Oriente, Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Corantioquia, Unidad de Parques Nacionales and Jardín Botánico de Medellín. Pereira, Colombia. Feb. 6–12, 2004.
  • III Course for advanced techniques in management of Biological Collections. Alexander Von Humboldt Institute, NSF and Natural History Museum of Kansas University, Villa de Leyva, Colombia. Jun. 2–8, 2002.
  • Course about Management of Botanic Collections. VIII Latin-American Congress of Botany, Cartagena, Colombia, Oct. 14–18, 2002.


Professional Skills

  • Computer Skills: working knowledge of Unix, Windows and Mac environments, Python, Perl, C++, CAD programs, Adobe CS5, R, SPSS, Statistics, Statistica, SAS, Primer, Minitab, Diversity Pro, PHP and HTML Editors (Dreamweaver, iWeb, Joomla, Moodle, etc.), PAUP 4.0b, Garli, MrBayes, Beast, Mesquite, DendroPy, Sequencer 3.0, KML/KMZ editors and mappers, Gallery2-3, Lucid3.5, and others.
  • Advanced Techniques in Field Ecology (access to canopies, camp in extreme weather, first aid and survival techniques) and biological collections (animals and plants).
  • Molecular techniques (DNA extraction, sequencing and cloning, protein and DNA electrophoresis, PCR, AFLPs, Microsatellites).
  • Microscopy techniques: proficiency using Leica Scanning Electron Microscopes.
  • Ecological modeling: Maxent, GARP, ArcGIS 10, Fragstats, ENMtools, Geomatica 2013, Rocks64, HPC clusters shells, etc.
  • Field Experience: I have collected more than 5000 botanical specimens in different ecosystems in South America (páramos of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, ca. 3500 specimens, 1993–present; high Andean forests, ca. 1500 specimens (including flora of Chicaque Natural Park), 1997–2003; Amazon forest, ca. 1000 specimens (including flora of the Monilla Amena-Uitoyo indigenous community), 2003–2005; Pacific forest, ca. 500 specimens, 2003; Orinoco savannas, ca. 1000 specimens, 2004–2006; sub-Andean forest, ca. 1500 specimens (including flora of the Tabacal Natural Park), 2002–2004).

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!


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)