Vicente Garcia

Curriculum Vitae

Vicente Fontanilla Garcia
Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720
Email: vicente at


Professional Preparation

2001-present Ph. D. Candidate, Department of Integrative Biology

University of California, Berkeley

2001 B. S. w/ College Honors, Botany (major), Dance (minor)

University of Washington, Seattle



2004, 2005 Graduate Student Instructor, Intro. to California Plant Life, UC-Berkeley

2002 Graduate Student Instructor, Medical Ethnobotany, UC-Berkeley

1999-2001 Undergraduate Researcher, Richard Olmstead Lab, UW

1999 Peer Teaching Assistant, Plant Identification and Classification, UW

1998 Undergraduate Instructor, Freshman Interest Group Seminar, UW


Grants and Fellowships

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2005

Robert and Nancy Beim Endowed Graduate Field Research Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Botany In Action Fellowship, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 2004

Integrative Biology Summer Research Grant, University of California, Berkeley, 2003/05

Integrative Biology Travel Grant, University of California, Berkeley, 2002/03

Polynesia Education and Research Laboratories (PEARL) Graduate Student Research Fellowship, University of California, Mo'orea, 2002

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2001-04

Katz Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 2001

Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship (declined), University of California, Berkeley, 2001

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 2001

Bonderman Honors Travel Fellowship, University of Washington, 2001

Ronald E. McNair Fellow, University of Washington, 2000-01

Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship, University of Washington, 2000



Clarkson, J. J., Knapp, S., Garcia, V. F., Olmstead, R. G., Leitch, A. R., and M. W. Chase. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships in Nicotiana (Solanaceae) inferred from multiple plastid DNA regions. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 33(1) 75-90.

Garcia, V. F. and R. G. Olmstead. 2003. Phylogenetics of tribe Anthocercideae (Solanaceae) based on ndhF and trnL/F sequence data. Systematic Botany, 28(3) 609-615.


Scientific Meeting Abstracts

Garcia, V. F. 2003. Phylogenetic and ethnobotanical studies of Piper (Piperaceae) taxa from the South Pacific. Botany 2003 Conference, Mobile, AL.

Garcia, V. F. and R. G. Olmstead. 2001. Phylogenetic relationships of the Australian tribe Anthocercideae (Solanaceae) based on chloroplast DNA sequences. Botany 2001 Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Garcia, V. F. 2001. Evolutionary relationships of the Australian tribe Anthocercideae (Solanaceae) based on chloroplast DNA sequences. Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Washington.


Societies with Affiliation

American Society of Plant Taxonomists

Bay Area Biosystematists

Botanical Society of America

Society of Systematic Biologists


Field Collections

2004 Thailand: Loei, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Rachatsima, Suphanburi

2003 Fiji: Viti Levu; Vanuatu: Efate, Espiritu Santo

2002 French Polynesia: Huahine, Moorea, Raiatea, Tahiti


Academic Service

2004.5Faculty Search Committee, Evolutionary Medicine, Department of

Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Co-Chair, Integrative Biology Graduate Student Association

Organizer, 21st Graduate Student Meeting, Tiburon, CA, Cal. Bot. Soc.

Graduate Student Representative, California Botanical Society


Invited Speaker

2005 Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Botany in Action

2001.3UC Botanical Garden Docent Training


Journals Reviewed



Community Involvement

Performing Member, Cheer San Francisco, San Francisco, 2003-present

Clinical Mentor, Instituto Familiar De La Raza, San Francisco, 2002-03

Volunteer, Shanti AIDS Organization, Seattle, 1998-00

President, University of Washington Ballroom Dance Club, Seattle, 1997-98

Tutor, Sacajawea Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Seattle, 1996-97

Tutor, Bryant Elementary School, Seattle, 1996-97



Arunrat Chaveerach, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Vincent Lebot, CIRAD, Vanuatu

Richard Olmstead, University of Washington, Seattle

Marika Tuiwawa, South Pacific Regional Herbarium, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji


Graduate Advisor

Brent D. Mishler, University of California, Berkeley


Thesis Advisors

Bruce Baldwin, University of California, Berkeley

Rosemary Gillespie, University of California, Berkeley

Tom Carlson, University of California, Berkeley