Dr Mauricio Diazgranados Cadelo

Research Leader


I am a Research Leader for Diversity & Livelihoods in the Natural Capital and Plant Health Department of Kew Science, part of a research group developing plant diversity approaches to support communities in locations and economies where nutritional, income and biodiversity issues are of paramount importance. In my role, I lead research projects based in tropical developing countries, primarily in Latin America, focused on studying utilised, neglected and under-utilised plants, their main threats and conservation status, and their sustainable use. I am also interested in how climate change is affecting these plants and the related ecosystem services. My projects are interdisciplinary in approach, integrating economic botany, ethnobotany, systematics, macroevolution, biogeography, restoration, and conservation biology. I have significant experience working on the páramos and Andean ecosystems and currently lead Kew's Colombia Bio Programme, which aims to support the sustainable development of Colombia’s biodiversity resources involving a robust scientific programme in partnership with various local organisations.

  • BSc, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, 1999
  • MA, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, 2005
  • PhD, Saint Louis University, 2012

Padilla-González, G.F., Diazgranados, M., da Costa, F.B. (2017).

Biogeography shapes the metabolome of the genus Espeletia: insights into an adaptive radiation.

Scientific Reports 7: 8835.   

Ávila, F., Funk, V. A., Diazgranados, M., Díaz-Piedrahita, S., Vargas, O. (2016).

Asteraceae. Pp 795-908. In: Bernal, R., R. Graddstein & M. Celis. (Eds.).

Catálogo de las plantas y líquenes de Colombia. ISBN 978-958-775-727-9. Available online

Diazgranados, M. (2012).

A nomenclator for the frailejones (Espeletiinae Cuatrec., Asteraceae).

Phytokeys 16: 1–52. 

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