I am a Chilean marine biologist, the type that travels always with ziploc plastic bags and tweezers. Already early in my studies I focused my attention in the algae, a group of amazing organisms, because I understood how important they are for the marine ecosystem. Almost all animals depend either directly or indirectly on marine algae for they food supply. And their key role as microhabitat forming organisms is indisputable; not only the gigantic kelps, but also turf and subdosel macroalgae contain a rich biodiversity of organisms associated. No matter if diving underwater or looking under the microscope, the study of algae offer a fascinating pool of forms and interactions converting them into interesting evolutionary and ecological living laboratories. The development of defences and specific associations result of particular interest, because chemistry has been found to play the crucial role for those interactions with the surrounding biota. If you are interested in my research, you need some help, or you are looking for research interactions, please contact me.

Interests

Macro and microalgae

Taxonomy, distribution, ecology, chemistry and natural products, defences and interactions.

Plankton

Phyto and zooplankton sampling and identification.

Biological invasions, underwater photography

Memberships

Society of Phycology of Chile

Member

2010 - present

International Society for Applied Phycology

Member

2009 - present

Aquasendas Cultural Center

Founding Member

2004 - present

The institution’s goal is to develop knowledge to further community about preservation of natural resources through research, popular education and educational projects

Experience

Taxonomy

Sampling of algae and plankton, histological preparations, herbaria.

Microscopy

Stereoscopic and inverted microscope, scanning electron microscopy.

Culture and preservation

Macroalgae, microalgae, bacteria and fungi.

Molecular analysis

Chemical analysis, preparation of extracts

Several biological active tests

Teaching

Diving

Work experience

PhD Thesis work

Carried out in the Kieler Wirkstoff-Zentrum (KIWIZ) an IFM-GEOMAR, CAU University of Kiel.

2008 - present

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile

2006 - 2008

Assistant Professor for the courses “Zooplankton” (BMA 274), “Biological Sampling Techniques” (BMA 275) and “Laboratory of Marine Botany” (BIO 105) for Marine Biology..

Thesis work

Laboratory of Chemistry of Natural Products of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Oceanography of the Universidad de Concepción.

2005 - 2006

Assistantship

Vegetal Biology I (243207) and of Botany for Veterinary (243216). Universidad de Concepción.

2004 - 2005

Thesis work

Carried out in the Laboratory of Phycology (Faculty of Marine Sciences) and Laboratory of Environmental Gestations and Quality Control in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Universidad de Valparaiso.

2002 - 2004

Participation in Oceanographic Cruise Cimar 9 – Fjords

Puerto Montt to Puerto Aysen, Chile. Agor Vidal Gormaz. 06th-26th November 2003

2003

Practice in the JAOM Mussel Culture Center of Ilque

Puerto Montt, Chile. February.

2002

Assistantship of Biochemistry (BMR 311) and of Plankton (BMR 323).

Universidad de Valparaiso.

2001 - 2002

Personal skills and competences

Spanish

Native speaking

English

Advanced level

German

Advanced level, Sprachdiplom I, II, ZDP certificates

Diving license

Autonomous sport diving license Open Water Diver (SSI). Diving license Dry Suite Diver (SSI).