Dr Carlos Gonzalez-Orozco

Postdoctoral Fellow

Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Cauca, Colombia, 2000

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Geography, King's College London, England, 2008.


(+61) 02 6246 5846


Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research
CSIRO Plant Industry
GPO Box 1600
Canberra ACT 2601


Prior to completing his doctoral studies, from 1998 until 2004, Dr González-Orozco conducted taxonomic studies involving several expeditions to remote regions of South America, particularly in the equatorial Amazon and the Andean rainforest. His research investigated plant taxonomy/diversity and forest floristic composition.

His special research interests include:

  • phylogenetic analysis of biodiversity
  • multi-resolution and spectral mapping for landscape properties
  • application of remote sensing/geographic information systems for vegetation mapping, biodiversity, genetics, conservation and plants diversity
  • analysis of structural and compositional aspects of  forest canopies
  • tropical rainforest plant taxonomy, biodiversity and conservation
  • exploring the potential combination of new taxonomic techniques with remote sensing data (multispectral, hyperspectral and LiDAR)
  • taxonomic revision of unexplored Australian flora and their relationship to the climate and environment. 

Journal papers

Carlos E. González-Orozco, Shawn W. Laffan, and Joseph T. Miller. (2011). Spatial distribution of species richness and endemism of the genus Acacia in Australia. Australian Journal of Botany (In press)

Joseph T. Miller, Daniel J Murphy, Gillian K Brown, David M Richardson and Carlos E. Gonzalez-Orozco. (2011). The evolution and phylogenetic placement of invasive Australian Acacia species. Diversity and Distributions17, 848-860

Carlos E. González-Orozco, Andy Jarvis and Juan D. Palacio. (2011). Predicting the climatic distribution of the Colombian oak Quercus humboldtii Bonpl. (Fagaceae). Novedades Colombianas Vol 11, No (1)

González-Orozco Carlos. E , Mark Mulligan, Valerie Trichon & Andrew Jarvis. (2010) Taxonomic Identification of Amazonian tree crowns from aerial photography. Applied Vegetation Science Vol 13, Issue 4: 510 - 519.

Gonzalez, C. E. (2007) Study of plants of the Serrania de los Churumbelos. Conservacion Colombiana No 3: 12-18

González-Orozco , C. E. & Andrew Jarvis. (2003) Tree patterns distribution on the Tropical Montane Cloud Forest, Cauca, Colombia. Lyonia 3 (1): 99 -108.

González-Orozco , C. E. & Andrew Jarvis. (2002) Plants of Tambito I. Dicotyledonous. A preliminary list.

González-Orozco , C. E. (2001) A new species of Gesneriaceae (Besleria) for Colombia, Caldasia 23 (2): 401- 404.

Amaya, M and González-Orozco , C. E. (2000) A new species of Columnea (Gesneriaceae) for the Colombian Andes. Caldasia 22 (2): 185-189.

González-Orozco , C. E. (2000) Plant diversity and floristic composition in the Colombian Andes cloud forest, Departamento del Cauca, Colombia. Cespedesia, Vol. 24, (75-78): 153-175.


Gonzalez-Orozco, Carlos Eduardo & Mark Mulligan. Identifying Amazonian trees from high resolution airborne imagery: A tool for rapid forest inventory and conservation. 2009. 367 p. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Berlin


Currently investigating centres of diversity for Australian wattle trees (Acacias) and in particular, the cause for various Acacia species growing in certain geographical areas.

As part of his research he is also investigating the implications of applying phylogenetic trees to the distribution of biodiversity.

Dr Gonzalez-Orozco is also interested on combining remote sensing techniques and herbarium records of plants for exploring the origins of diversity centres in Australia.

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