E-mail: roosevelt.garcia(at)

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

W253 Corson Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853



  • MSc. Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), Missouri. 2005. Linking floristic patterns to edaphic gradients and remote sensing in Peruvian Amazonia. Saint Louis. USA.
  • Certificate in Tropical Conservation, UMSL and International Center for Tropical Ecology (ICTE), USA, July 2005.
  • Field courses: Ecology of Amazonian Ecosystems (2000, Peru), and Tropical Plant Systematics,(2001, Costa Rica), Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS).
  • BSc. in Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, National University of the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos, Peru. Thesis: Composition and ecology of aquatic macrophytes in a lake of the Amazon River floodplain.

  • ter Steege et al. 2015. Estimating the global conservation status of more than 15,000 Amazonian tree species. Science Advances. 1(10). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500936.
  • Janovec J. & García-Villacorta R. 2004. Myristicaceae. In: The Encyclopedia of Forest Science Elsevier, J. Evans, J. A. Youngquist & J. Burley (eds.). Academic Press. Oxford, London.
  • Pitman, N., H. Beltrán, R. Foster, R. García-Villacorta, C. Vriesendorp, & M. Ahuite. 2003. Flora y vegetación/Flora and vegetation. In Pitman, N., D. K. Moskovits & C. Vriesendorp (eds.), Peru: Yavarí. Rapid Biological Inventories Report 11. The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. 282 pp.
  • Llerena N., R. García-Villacorta, A. Monteagudo, C. Rodríguez, H. Soplín, P. Tuesta & K. Ruokolainen. 2003. Melastomataceae composition and its relation to the forest basal area. In: Biological diversity of the Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve, Iquitos: Relationship between distribution, abundance and types of habitat. Rodríguez J. J. (editor). Folia Amazonica 14 (1-2): 11-116.


2010-2011: Nature and Culture International and Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP),Technical Advisor in Conservation and Environmental Policies, Loreto, Peruvian Amazon.

2009: IIAP, Gobierno Regional de Loreto, Nature and Culture International, PROCREL, Consultant. Identificación de los principales procesos ecológicos y evolutivos para la conservación de la diversidad biológica en la Región Loreto, Peruvian Amazon.

2007-2008: Phylogeography studies in Amazonian Ficus and their pollinators (Moraceae).

2006: Nature and Culture International, Researcher, Conservation assessment of the seasonally dry forests of Tarapoto, northeastern Peru Northeastern Peru. Tarapoto-Juanjui.

2004-2005: Missouri Botanical Garden & University of Missouri, St. Louis, MSc. Graduate Student, Plant inventory of primary terra firme forests of Loreto and Madre de Dios, Northern and southern Peruvian Amazonia.

2003: Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Field Botanist, Rapid Biological Inventory uplands forests in the Yavari basin, Peruvian Amazonia, Yavari river.

2002-2003: Center for Tropical Conservation & Duke University, Field Botanist, Tree plot inventories in the upland forests of the Napo river, Peruvian and Ecuadorian Amazon.

2002: University of Turku, Finland, Field botanist, Floristic studies in some flooded forests of the Nanay river, Peruvian Amazonia.

2002: Biological Diversity of the Peruvian Amazonia Project, BIODAMAZ, Consultant, Classification of the white sand forests of the Allpahuayo Mishana Reserve, Peruvian Amazonia.

2001: University of Leeds (UK), University of Edinburgh (Scottland), Max Plack Institute (Germany) and Missouri Botanical Garden (USA), Field botanist Botanical, Tree inventory in 10 permanent 1-ha plots for monitoring the dynamics of Amazonian forests (RAINFOR project), North of Peruvian Amazonia.

1999: Conservation International & Field Museum of Chicago, Field botanist, Aquatic Rapid Assessment Program (AquaRAP) of the Pastaza river basin, Pastaza river, Peruvian Amazonia.

Plant Field Guides


  • Principal Career Scholarship, 2011-2014, University of Edinburgh,  PhD program in Biology.
  • Future Conservationist Award, research grant, BP Conservation Programme, Birdlife International, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, June 2006
  • Amazon Conservation Association, grant ACA, 2004.
  • Christensen Fellowship, International Center for Tropical Ecology, ICTE, 2004.
  • IDEAWILD, field equipment, 2004.
  • Alwyn H. Gentry Grant for Latin-American Botanists, Missouri Botanical Garden (MO), St. Louis, USA, 2003.
  • IDEAWILD, field equipment, 2003
  • Biological Diversity of the Peruvian Amazonia, research grant, 2002.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and Peruvian      National Council of Science and Technology, Tropical Plant Systematics OTS 2001-18, July, 2000.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), Ecology of Amazonian Ecosystems OTS 2000-13, June, 2000
  • Fulbright Scholarship for MSc. studies in Missouri, USA (2003-2005)
  • Organization for Tropical Studies, OTS 2000 and 2001.


  • ArcGIS 10x for spatial analysis; ENVI for analysis of satellite images
  • Languages: English, Spanish (native), basic Portuguese
  • Extensive field-work and camping experience (Ecuador, Peru, Guyana).
  • Field and herbarium identification of Neotropical plants.
  • Methods in botanical inventories and field-data analysis.
  • Lab methods and analysis in molecular biology and phylogeography.
  • HTML, CSS, Javascript, Node.js for web development
  • Python language
  • R statistical program


  • Amazon Tree Diversity Network, contributor
  • SALVIAS, Synthesis and Analysis of Local Vegetation Inventories Across Scales, contributor
  • Peruvian Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, PCB&C, member


A botanical sketch in progress:

South America’s white-sand forests: poorly known and under threat: Mongabay