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Diego Bogarín

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Email: Diego.Bogarin@naturalis.nl
Phone: 071 5 27 1910
Room number: Sylviuslab, 6.4.15A


I studied Biology at the University of Costa Rica, where I received my master degree in 2010. Since 2005, I have been working as researcher at the Lankester Botanical Garden (JBL) of the University of Costa Rica. During my first years at JBL, I participated in the project Conservation and Monitoring of Meso-American orchids, a Darwin Initiative project developed in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. I developed several projects in taxonomy, systematics and evolution of Neotropical Orchidaceae in Costa Rica and Panama. I have been a member of Committee of Representatives of the CITES Scientific Authorities of Costa Rica and Research Associate, of the herbarium UCH, Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí, Panama. Since 2015, I am a PhD candidate at Leiden University and University of Costa Rica - Lankester Botanical Garden.


Research interest

I am particularly interested in the biology, evolution and systematics of Neotropical Orchidaceae. I am working on floristic projects in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador. Botanical illustration, digital plant documentation, taxonomy, biogeography, phylogenetics and in situ conservation thorough floristic projects in national parks are also topics of my interest. I am currently a PhD candidate of Leiden University, where I study the biogeography and evolution of Lepanthes, one of the most diverse Neotropical orchid genera under supervision of Dr. Barbara Gravendeel and Prof.Dr. Erik Smets. The goal of this PhD study is to obtain more insight in the systematics, biogeography and pollination of a very diverse group of epiphytic Neotropical orchids by employing molecular phylogenetics, microscopy, and chemical analyses of orchid flowers and behavioral studies of pollinators. 


Current research topics




Available student projects



Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Bogarín, D., Karremans A.P., Fernández M. 2018. Genus-level taxonomical changes in the Lepanthes affinity (Orchidaceae, Pleurothallidinae). Phytotaxa 340: 128–136.
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Bogarin D., Fernandez M., Borkent A., Heemskerk A., Pupulin A., Ramirez S., Smets E.F., Gravendeel B. 2018. Pollination of Trichosalpinx (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) by biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 186: 510-543.
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Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Bogarín D., Fernández M., Serracín Z. 2017. Lepanthes aures-ursinae and L. vertebrata spp. nov. (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) from Panama. Nordic Journal of Botany: pending.
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Pérez-Escobar O.A., Chomicki G., Condamine F.L., Karremans A.P., Bogarín D., Matzke N.J., Silvestro D., Antonelli A. 2017. Recent origin and rapid speciation of Neotropical orchids in the world's richest plant biodiversity hotspot. New Phytologist 215: 891-905.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Bogarín D., Pupulin F., Smets E., Gravendeel B. 2016. Evolutionary diversification and historical biogeography of the Orchidaceae in Central America with emphasis on Costa Rica and Panama. Lankesteriana 16: 189-200.
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Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Igea J., Bogarín D., Papadopulos A.S.T., Savolainen V. 2015. A comparative analysis of island floras challenges taxonomy-based biogeographical models of speciation. Evolution 69: 482-491.
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Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Bogarin D., Karremans A.P. 2015. Prosthechea tinukiana sp nov (Orchidaceae: Laeliinae): an update of the Prosthechea prismatocarpa complex. Turkish Journal of Botany 39: 499-505.