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Dr Pablo Orozco-terWengel

Dr Pablo Orozco-terWengel


+44 (0)29 2087 5206
Cardiff School of Biosciences, The Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX, Adeilad Syr Martin Evans, Rhodfa'r Amgueddfa, Caerdydd, CF10 3AX
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I have always been amazed by the diversity of animals and plants. This interest led me to study biology where I learned about population genetics and the possibility of inferring species evolutionary history using molecular markers. My work focuses on using neutral genetic markers (e.g. microsatellites) to understand the interplay between the genealogical history of populations (or species) and their distribution over space and time. However, since the arrival of next generation sequencing I've also become interested in using the power of genomics (e.g. whole genome sequencing) to search for genomic regions involved in the process of local adaptation (e.g. adaptation to temperature or diseases). Understanding how adaptation takes place is extremely important in order to develop frameworks that will help us coping with climate change and ensure species survival into the future. My work covers both wild life (e.g. Malagasy amphibians and South American bears) and domestic taxa (e.g. Iranian sheep and Moroccan goats), and uses a combination of laboratory techniques and bioinformatics.​

If you are intested in joining my research group to do a postdoc, PhD or Master,  please email me.




  • Doctor in Natural Sciences Veterinary University of Vienna (Vienna, Austria)
  • Thesis Work: Population Genetics of Drosophila (Advisor Dr. Christian Schlötterer)


  • MSc. (Honors) Universiteit van Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Thesis Work (1): Population Genetics of Dyscophus (Advisor: Dr. Miguel Vences)
  • Thesis Work (2): Detecting Natural Selection in Hybrids of Lactuca sativa and Lactuca serriola (Advisor: Dr. Danny Hooftman)


  • B.Sc. (Honors) Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia)
  • Thesis Work: Population Genetic Analysis of the Andean bear by means of 12 microsatellite polymorphic loci (Advisor: Dr. Manuel Ruiz-Garcia)

Professional experience

Co-coordinator for South America IUCN Conservation Genetics Specialist Group (CGSG)

Vice-president European Society of Tropical Ecology (Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, GTÖ)


Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University


Postdoc: Molecular Ecology Lab (Cardiff University) - NextGen: Develop optimized methodologies for preserving farm animal biodiversity in the context of whole genome data availability.


Intern at the Bill & Bernice Grewcock Center for Conservation & Research, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. Phylogeographic studies of Dyscophus species and of Malagassy ground and tree boas (Acrantophis & Sanzinia). USA.

Intern in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Axel Meyer at the University of Konstanz. Demography of Cichlid fishes. Germany.


Intern at Keygene N.V., Wageningen. AFLP analysis of hybrids of Lactuca sativa & Lactuca serriola as part of the Analysis of Gene Flow in Lettuce (ANGEL) project. The Netherlands.


Intern at the Bill & Bernice Grewcock Center for Conservation & Research, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. Standardization and analysis of Microsatellites in malagasy frogs (Dyscophus & Mantella) and tortoises (Pixis, Erymnochelis & Geochelonie). USA.


Technical Assistant to Dr. J.C.M den Nijs & Dr. D.A.P. Hooftman in the Analysis of Gene Flow in Lettuce (ANGEL) project at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The Netherlands.


Technical assistant at the Molecular Population Genetics and Evolutionary Biology Laboratory and at the Museum of Natural History of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia.

Academic experience

Population genetics and conservation. Invited lecturer 2013. Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences of the University of Debrecen, Hungary.

1999–2000: Member of the Faculty of Science's Academic Border at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Scientific advisory board member of European Society of Tropical Ecology (GTÖ)
  • Member of the Genetics Society
  • Member European Society of Evolutionary Biology
  • Member Royal Socity of Biologists
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • 2014 - present Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2011-2014 - postdoctoral researcher Cardiff Univeristy

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Outreach activities

  • Conservation of Endangered Species and Wildlife Forensics. The Wales Gene Part sixth from conference 2012
  • BBC Summer of Wildlife Event, 2013. BBC and Cardiff University
  • Royal Welsh 2013, BBC and Royal Welsh Agricultural Society
  • Panellist at film engagement event by Cardiff SciScreen
  • Talks to various community groups, e.g. Cardiff Humanis Society and West Glamorgan Humanists
  • BBC Countryfile piece about Dine Fwr's White Park Cattle genetics
  • BBC Radio Wales piece on the discovery of a new Orangutan species

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Co-coordinator for South America of the IUCN SSC Conservation Genetics Specialist Group (CGSG)

Reviewer: Molecular Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, PLoS One, Acta Biologica Colombiana, Heredity and BMC Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Genetics, Frontiers in Genetics, Proceedings of the Royal Society (Series B), Current Biology.

Editor: Conservation Genetics Resources, Ecology & Evolution, Animals, Frontiers in Genetics (topic guest editor), Ecotropica

Grants Reviewer: BBSRC, European Comission, ERA-Net, Fondecit (Chile)





















I carry out a range of teaching from year 1 to final year undergraduate, and the supervision of postgraduate master project students. Current teaching includes contributions to:

  • BI1051 Genetics and Evolution (Microevolution)
  • BI2121 Animal Diversity and Adpatation (Basics of population genetics and quantitative genetics; Module deputy coordinator)
  • BI2134 Ecology & Conservation - Part B (Methods in tropical forest ecology - Borneo fieldcourse |  Danau Girang Field Centre)
  • BI3153 Evoluation & Adaptation (Speciation process, population genetics; Module Assessment coordinator)
  • BI4002 Advanced Research Skills (integrated master)

My research revolves around questions regarding the process that maintain or drive changes in genetic variation in populations, e.g. demographic processes like bottlenecks and population structure, or natural selection related to adaptive processes to new environments. Within this context, I broadly divide my research in two areas. In one of them (conservation) I focus on understanding historical processes that lead to the observed patterns of genetic diversity, which when contextualised with current environmental trends can be used to contribute information for the generation of management strategies for species conservation. The other area is livestock genomics, where I do research to understand how the domestication process took place and the processes that have led to the current distribution of genetic variation in species such as cattle, sheep, camelids and tilapia, and use that information to contribute to the development of management plans to increase resilience and sustainability of livestock production systems.

My research uses a combination of traditional molecular markers like microsatellites and mitochondrial DNA, but also new methods from the genomics era, like SNP array data and whole genome sequencing, to generate the genetic data for analyses using population geneticslandscape genetics and phylogenetics. I analyse these data with a combination of available tools, or custom made bioinformatic tools that I’ve developed according to the specific needs of a project.


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Katherine Mullin

Research student


Nina White

Research student

Luke Davies

Research student

Naeima Hamed

Research student

Mark Butterworth

Research student

Sai Kntayya

Research student


Omar Mussa

Research student

Mr Tyler Cuddy

Research student

Ms Maz Jumail

Research student

Past projects