Miguel (Miki) A. Pérez-Pérez

Ph.D. Student


Ph.D. Student


M.S. - Conservation and Management of Natural Resources, University of Michoacan, Mexico (Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo)


B.S. - Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)


Certificate in Environmental Sustainability, Temple University


The Gulf of Guinea and the Congo River Basin collectively house ~20% of all life, with a very high number of endemic taxa.  However, very little is known about the mechanisms that have created this region’s rich biodiversity, why the region has so many endemic species or how climate change will affect the region’s endemics. As a doctoral student in Biology at Drexel, Miki's research will address these issues by integrating population genetics, ecology, and geospatial analysis into my research project. His doctoral research will focus on improving the understanding about Lobelia columnaris, a threatened giant lobelia that is endemic to the remote mountain peaks of the Gulf of Guinea.


Miki's background is in ecology and botany and he spent over a decade collecting plants in a wide variety of ecosystems all over Mexico. For his Master’s research, Miki studied conservation and demography of an endemic orchid (Laelia speciosa) that grows in oak forest in Michoacan. After finishing my masters, he was hired by the National Autonomous University of Mexico to build and design a botanical garden in the Mexican state of Michoacan. In 2007 Miki moved to Philadelphia and began working at Jenkins Arboretum where he gained valuable experience as a Horticultural Assistant. His next experience was working as a Curatorial Assistant at the Botany Department of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Miki was involved with the Global Plant Initiative and had the exciting opportunity to work with the type collection of the herbarium and learn about the history of the local and national botany collections in the United States.


After four years at the Botany Department of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Miki decided to pursue my PhD at Drexel University. He became involved with the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) in the fall of 2012 when he traveled to Bioko as a student under Gail Hearn. Now Miki is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Gonder at Drexel University.


  • "Influence of host species on ectomycorrhizal commmunities associated with two co-occurring oaks (Quercus spp.) in a tropical cloud forest." (2009) M.H. Morris, M.A. Pérez-Pérez, M.E. Smith and C.S. Bledsoe. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 69(2): 274-87. (LINK).


  • "Multiple species of ectomycorrhizal fungi are commonly detected on individual oak root tips in a tropical cloud forest." (2008) M.H. Morris, M.A. Pérez-Pérez, M.E. Smith and C.S. Bledsoe. Mycorrhiza 18(8): 375-83. (LINK).


  • "Regional and local species richness of gall-inducing insects in two tropical rain forests in Mexico." (2003) K. Oyama, M.A. Pérez-Pérez, P. Cuevas-Reyes and R. Luna-Reyes. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 19(5): 595-8. (LINK).


Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABAlliance)

Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP)

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


Miguel (Miki) A. Pérez-Pérez

Drexel University

Department of Biology

3245 Chestnut St.

Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Rm. 503

Philadelphia, PA 19104


Office: PISB 503

Phone: (215) 895-6906


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