sheffieldlogo.jpg     Daniel Fernando Díaz Porras

About Oaxaca City





About me

I was born in Oaxaca City, México. My hometown is located in the region of the Central Valleys of Oaxaca State in southeastern México, 547 km from Mexico City. Oaxaca is one of the three states with highest biodiversity of Mexico. Oaxaca also has an amazing cultural diversity. Its historic centre and the archeological zone of Monte Albán have been declared by UNESCO in 1987 as "Cultural Heritage of Humanity". Moreover, in this city takes place one of the most important celebrations of the Oaxacan culture: the Guelaguetza. I am married with Leticia and have two daugthers, Daniela and Gabriela.


I studied my BSc at the Universdiad Autónoma Metroplitana-Iztapala (UAM-I) in México City. As part of my Research Seminars, I Participated in the Recovery Program of the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery, documenting some patterns of wolves behaviour, under conditions of captivity at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City. As part of my Social Service I worked with some reproductive patterns of Peromyscus spp., under captivity conditions as well.

I did my MSc at the Instituto de Biología of the Universidad Autónoma de México (IB-UNAM). At the time of my Master's degree, I carried out a research about the ecological niche and the abundance of species. The scope was to test, with empirical data, if there had a relationship between niche centroid and species abundance. MSc advisor: Dr. Enrique Martínez Meyer.

Since 2006, I have worked as Professor (BSc Teacher) at the Universidad Autónoma “Benito Juárez” de Oaxaca (UABJO) in the School of Sciences.

PhD Project

Historical Urban Ecology and Biodiversity

Advisor: Professor Kevin Gaston

Research interests

Urban Ecology and Urban Biodiversity

Dynamics of Species Distributions

Ecological Niche Theory

Personal interests

Cultural Evolution

Science and Society