Ponciano Lab

José Miguel Ponciano Castellanos

José Miguel  Ponciano

Assistant Professor, University of Florida

August 2016: Tenured, Associate Professor! 🙂

Ph.D. University of Idaho, 2006

  • Office: 309 Carr Hall
  • Phone: (352) 273-5555, Fax: (352) 392-2784
  • josemi@ufl.edu

Curriculum vitae, July 2015


Research Interests

My research focuses on the use of stochastic processes in Biology.   I view stochastic processes and statistics as the ideal language to translate fundamental questions in Biology into testable hypotheses that can be confronted with real data.  This research focus grew from the the application of stochastic processes in  Ecology, Population Genetics and Evolution, to Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology and Fisheries, to Epidemiological modeling, Microbial Community Ecology and Phylogenetics. Early in my academic formation as a Biologist (Field Ornithologist, Neotropics), I recognized the importance of Mathematics in Biology. I traded the field boots for paper, pencils, lots of erasers and countless hours of programming!  The journey has been both, fascinating and rewarding. Here you’ll find links to publications, projects and working ideas from my Lab at University of Florida. Students in my lab are either mathematicians or statisticians learning biology or biologists learning math and stats.


  • 2006-07: Postdoc at Montana State University under Mark L. Taper
  • 2006,PhD Bioinformatics and Comp. Bio., Math Dept. at University of Idaho, under Paul Joyce (see my pub in his remembrance, in TPB)
  • 2004, Ms Statistics, University of Idaho (under Brian Dennis)
  • 2001, Ms Ecology, Universidad Austral de Chile (under Carlos A. Moreno)
  • 1998, BS Biology and Licenciatura at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (under Margaret Dix)

Research Keywords

  • Statistical and Theoretical Ecology
  • Population dynamics and State Space Models
  • Stochastic processes in Ecology, Evolution and Phylogenetics

Mailing address:

Department of Biology
University of Florida
P.O. Box 118525
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320.