Roberto Garibay Orijel
Roberto Garibay Orijel

Roberto Garibay Orijel was awarded a UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2006-2007 to conduct research in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley under the guidance of Professor Thomas Dickinson Bruns. His postdoctoral research developed out of a larger study at the Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas (CIECO) at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) regarding the composition and structure of plant communities in the Cuitzeo basin in Michoacan, Mexico. Garibay Orijel's own research has explored the diversity and structure of ectomycorrhizal communities (ECM) in this basin, whose critical role in forest establishment, succession and regeneration is threatened by the expansion of human settlement into Morelia's natural areas. His work has been considered as groundbreaking not only for Garibay Orijel's attention to this understudied community within the forest ecosystem, but also for his application of above- and below-ground methods to differentiate ECM species based on their genetic material. Currently, he continues this research as a postdoctoral associate at CIECO, UNAM in Morelia, Michoacan. Dr. Garibay Orijel can be reached at rgaribay@oikos.unam.mx.