Daniel Piñero (biologist)

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Daniel Piñero
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Born8 December 1951
Mexico City, Mexico
Alma mater
  • UNAM
  • UC Davis
Known forContributions in plant population genetics
Scientific career
FieldsEvolutionary biology
Doctoral advisorRobert W. Allard
Other academic advisorsJose Sarukhan
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Daniel Ignacio Piñero Dalmau (born 8 December 1951) is a Mexican evolutionary biologist and professor at the Institute de Ecologia in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). [1][2] His main research interests lie in population genetics, ecology and molecular evolution. He has studied the evolutionary history of a diverse set of plants, animals and bacteria in Mexico, and is a pioneer in population genetics studies in Mexico.

Early life and education

Piñero was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1951. He earned his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology in 1975 at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. [3]. After that, he started his first investigations on plant ecology and obtained a master's degree for his studies on the demography and reproduction of the tropical palm Astrocaryum mexicanum at the National Autonomous University of Mexico under the guidance of José Sarukhán.[4][5][6] He then obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics with an emphasis on Population Genetics and Evolution at the University of California, Davis under the supervision of Robert W. Allard.

Research and Career

Daniel Piñero took a position at the Instituto de Ecologia in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1979. He continued his population genetics studies on Astrocaryum mexicanum , and started studying other species such as beans [7][8][9], the Rhizobium genus [10][11] and the agave [12]. He also developed research line focused on understanding the evolutionary processes driving the genetic diversity patterns of Mexican Pines.Recently he has also started investigated the process of plant domestication in Mexican crops . He has directed more than 20 bachelor degree's thesis, 15 master's degree thesis and 20 Ph.D. thesis.[13][14]

Science communication

Piñero regularly publishes science communication articles.[15][16][17]. He is also the author of two books where he explains the fields of Genetics[18] and Evolution[19] for the general public.


Daniel Piñero received a recognition award for his contributions on Ecology from the Mexican Scientific Society of Ecology.


  1. "Daniel Piñero's website".
  2. "Daniel Piñero's Google Scholar Profile".
  3. "Daniel Piñero's CV" (PDF).
  4. Piñero, Daniel; Sarukhán, José (1977). "Estudios demográficos en plantas. Astrocaryum mexicanum Liebm. 1. Estructura de las Poblaciones". Botanical Sciences (37): 69–118.
  5. Piñero, Daniel; Sarukhán, José (1982). "Reproductive Behaviour and Its Individual Variability in a Tropical Palm, Astrocaryum Mexicanum". Journal of Ecology. 70 (2): 461–472. doi:10.2307/2259915. JSTOR 2259915.
  6. Piñero, Daniel; Sarukhán, José; Alberdi, P (1982). "The Costs of Reproduction in a Tropical Palm, Astrocaryum Mexicanum". Journal of Ecology. 70 (2): 473–481. doi:10.2307/2259916. JSTOR 2259916.
  7. Escalante, Ana María; et, al (1994). "Genetic Structure and Mating Systems in Wild and Cultivated Populations of Phaseolus coccineus and P. vulgaris (Fabaceae)". American Journal of Botany. 81 (9): 1096–1103. doi:10.1002/j.1537-2197.1994.tb15603.x. JSTOR 2445471.
  8. Castiñeiras, L; Pérez Nasser, N; Piñero, D (1994). "The origin of Phaseolus vulgaris L. in Cuba: phaseolin patterns and their relationship with morpho-agronomical traits" (PDF). Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter: 25–28.
  9. Piñero, Daniel; et, al (1988). "The origin and biosystematic status of Phaseolus coccineus ssp. polyanthus: electrophoretic evidence". Euphytica. 37: 199–203. doi:10.1007/BF00015116 (inactive 2020-12-12).{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of December 2020 (link)
  10. Souza, Valeria; et, al (1994). "Genetic Structure of Rhizobium etli biovar phaseoli Associated with Wild and Cultivated Bean Plants (Phaseolus vulgaris and Phaseolus coccineus) in Morelos, Mexico". Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 60 (4): 1260–8. doi:10.1128/AEM.60.4.1260-1268.1994. PMC 201468. PMID 16349234.
  11. Piñero, Daniel; Martínez, Esperanza; Selander, Robert K. (1988). "Genetic Diversity and Relationships among Isolates of Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar phaseoli". Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 54 (11): 2825–2832. doi:10.1128/AEM.54.11.2825-2832.1988. PMID 3214160.
  12. Colunga-GarcíaMarín, Patricia; et, al (1999). "ISOZYMATIC VARIATION AND PHYLOGENETICRELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN HENEQUE´N(AGAVEFOURCROYDES)AND ITS WILD ANCESTORA. ANGUSTIFOLIA(AGAVACEAE)". American Journal of Botany. 86 (1): 115–123. doi:10.2307/2656960. JSTOR 2656960. PMID 21680351.
  13. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF) (in español).
  14. Souza, Valeria; et, al (1992). "Hierarchical analysis of linkage disequilibrium in Rhizobium populations: evidence for sex?". PNAS. 89 (17): 8389–93. Bibcode:1992PNAS...89.8389S. doi:10.1073/pnas.89.17.8389. PMC 49924. PMID 1518873.
  15. Eguiarte, L.E.; Piñero, Daniel (2018). "El humanista convertido en evolucionista o por qué el ser humano es un modelo para estudiar la evolución". Oikos=.
  16. Cacho, N.I.; González-Voyer, A.; Piñero, Daniel (2020). "Biodiversidad, epidemias y Pandemias" (PDF). Ciencias.
  17. Piñero, Daniel (2020). "La profunda revolución estadística y Mendeliana de 1918: Ronald A. Fisher". Oikos=.
  18. Barahona, Ana; Piñero, Daniel (1994). Genética: La continuidad de la vida. Fondo de Cultura Económica.
  19. Piñero, Daniel (1987). De las bacterias al hombre: La evolución. Fondo de Cultura Económica.

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