Fritz J. Pichardo Marcano

I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Mast lab. I enrolled the Ph.D program in FSU on 2018. Prior coming here I have focused on floristics and biodiversity research during my bachelor's degree and later expanded my expertise towards phylogenetics and biogeography along my Master's degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I am also very enthusiastic about database and application development (with Python and R) that would help solve problems in the area of biodiversity informatics and herbarium focused research. My research interests include topics related to phylogenetics and biogeography of plants, especially in tropical ecosystems, biodiversity informatics research, and using the multiple dimensions of biodiversity (e.g., phylogenetic and functional diversity) to further understand the evolution of plant communities and create better conservation efforts.

Ph.D. Student, Teaching Assistant
Education and Employment History: 
  • 2018–2019 Curator Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University, USA.


  • 2018 MS Biology Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • 2014 BS Biology Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Contact info:

King Life Science Building: Office 2024
Department of Biological Science  319 Stadium Drive
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4295


Pichardo-Marcano, F.J., Nieto-Blázquez, M.E., MacDonald, A.N., Galeano, G., Roncal, J., 2019. Phylogeny, historical biogeography and diversification rates in an economically important group of Neotropical palms: Tribe Euterpeae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 133, 67–81.


I like developing tools that would be useful for biodiversity research and biology in general. I usually program in Python and database management systems like MySQL and MongoDB.

Please visit my GitHub page to know more of my projects:

  • 2017 Oral presentation, Phylogeny and divergence times of the Neotropical palm tribe Euterpeae, Botany 2017, Forth Worth, TX, United States of America. Authors: Pichardo-Marcano F, Roncal J
  • 2014 Oral presentation, Riparian Flora of the river Isa, San Cristóbal Province, VIII Caribbean Conference of Biodiversity , Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Authors: Pichardo-Marcano F, Guerrero A
  • 2019 Teaching Assistant, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA.
  • 2015–2016 Teaching Assistant, Memorial University of Newfounland, St. John’s, Canada. Courses: Principles of biology, Introductory Botany, Bioinformatics.