Cristian Roman-Palacios


Wiens Lab


  • University of Arizona, USA, PhD (2016–Present)
  • Universidad del Valle, Colombia, BSc (2011–2015)

Research Interests: 

I use statistics and bioinformatics to address questions at the interface between ecology and evolution. My research interests are generally related to phylogenetics, convervation biology, and the effects of climate change on biodiversity at different spatial and taxonomic scales


  • Cristian Román-Palacios, Yherson Franchesco Molina-Henao, and Michael S. Barker. 2020. Polyploids increase overall diversity despite higher turnover than diploids in the Brassicaceae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 287:20200962.
  • Cristian Román-Palacios, and John J. Wiens. 2020. Recent responses to climate change reveal the drivers of species extinction and survival. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. 117:4211–4217.
  • Cristian Román-Palacios, Joshua Scholl, and John J. Wiens. 2019. Evolution of diet across the Animal Tree of Life. Evolution Letters, 4:339–347.
  • Cristian Román-Palacios, and John J. Wiens. 2018. The Tortoise and the Finch: testing for island effects on diversification using two iconic Galápagos radiations. Journal of Biogeography, 45:1701–1702.
  • Cristian Román-Palacios, Rosario Castañeda, and Jose Julian Tavera. 2018. When did Anolis lizards diverge? A comparison of multiple dating strategies. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 127:655-668.