Patricia Jaramillo Díaz

Senior Researcher of the Galapagos Verde 2050 Ecological Restoration Program - Botany

Patricia is an Ecuadorian researcher who came to Galapagos in 1996 to work on her PhD thesis about the “human impact on native, endemic and introduced flora on the Galapagos Islands” and since August of 1998, she became part of the CDRS staff as curator of the CDS herbarium and working for the Threatened Species Conservation Project. She is a specialist in Ecology and Conservation Biology, and has developed numerous projects of Applied Research on: threatened flora species, plant-animal interactions and ecological restoration.

She was a botany professor at the Central University of Ecuador (Galapagos headquarters). She is currently a Senior Researcher and the leader of the “Galapagos Verde 2050: Restoration of Degraded Ecosystems and Sustainable Agricultural Practices” project. Also, Patricia is the Principal Curator of the CDS Herbarium of the Natural History Collections  at the CDRS..

She has been a member of the Galapagos’ Plants Specialists Group from the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC). She has a wide collaboration network that includes Wisconsin University, University of Málaga, Hendrix College, University of Cambridge, and several Botanic Gardens around the world.

She has received the Scientific Merit medal, awarded by the Autonomous Municipal Government of Santa Cruz, as well as several scholarships and grants for research from national and international organizations such as: California Academy of Sciences (CAS), University of Cambridge, Tropical Studies Organization, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Galapagos Conservation Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew, Missouri Botanical Garden, University of Málaga and Erasmus Mundus.


Following in Darwin’s footsteps – endemic species rediscovered in Galapagos

A new study published by CDF scientists proposes a new classification of the taxa in the plant genus Lecocarpus, to comprise four different endemic species, that is, they are only found in Galapagos...

Lecocarpus species re-discovered on Española Island after decades of not being registered!

Lecocarpus lecocarpoides was last seen eight years ago, and this temporary absence led us to believe that the population of this species on this island had suffered and was on the brink of...

Galapagos in the year 2050: a vision from Galapagos Verde 2050

The following is a creative depiction of what Galapagos could be like in the year 2050, written from the perspective of someone at that time. Though we find ourselves in a global crisis with the...

4 new species of lichen discovered in Galapagos

Scientists from the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Arizona State University and the Geneva Botanical Gardens recently discovered a great diversity of...

Galapagos Verde 2050 is Starting the Process of Ecological Restoration on Española Island

Written in collaboration with Lorena Romero. Between June 21 and 28, 2017, the Galapagos Verde 2050 (GV2050) team, with the collaboration of Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, implemented by...

The Galapagos Verde 2050 Project: We Want to See a Greener Baltra!

Between September 27 and September 30, 2016 the Galapagos Verde 2050 project, together with the DPNG and with the support of ECOGAL and FAE, in order to continue the process of ecological...

Galapagos Verde 2050 Continues Contributing to Ecological Restoration of South Plaza

During May and June our team of scientists and volunteers, along with the collaboration of the Galapagos National Park Directorate, continued the initial phase in the process of ecological...

Galapagos Verde 2050 Incorporates Biodegradable Cocoon Technology as Part of the Ecological Restoration of Baltra Island

Written in collaboration with Liza Diaz Lalova and Soledad Moran. Galapagos Verde 2050 project works developing concrete actions to contribute to the process of restoring the ecological integrity...


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