Leonardo Castro Cifuentes
Marine Biologist from the Universidad de Concepción, MSc in Marine Environmental Sciences and Ph.D. in Coastal Oceanography from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Professor at the Universidad de Concepción, he was Director of the M.Sc. in Fisheries, of the Doctorate Program in Oceanography, and of the Department of Oceanography. He also was Committee Member of the CIMAR-Fiordos Program, Director of the working group Biología I in FONDECYT, and Committee Member of SPACC in GLOBEC.
Along his scientific career, he has been working on subjects such as larval ecology, fisheries oceanography, reproductive strategies and carbon flux in zooplankton. Within the Plankton group in IDEAL, his research work includes the study of the role in the trophic web and the spatial dynamics of key species and functional groups such as of Munida gregaria, euphausiids and ichthyoplankton in the Patagonian ecosystem, transport/retention processes in fjords and channels, and the ecology of the early life stages of invertebrates and fishes.
- Montecinos S., L R. Castro & S Neira. 2016. Stable isotope (?13C and ?15N) and trophic position of Patagonian sprat (Sprattus fuegensis) from the Northern Chilean Patagonia. Fisheries Research 179: 139–147
- Medina G, L Castro, S Pantoja. 2014. Fatty acids in Merluccius australis tissues, a comparison between females from inshore and offshore spawning areas in the Chilean Patagonia. Fisheries Research 160: 41-49
- Castro, L.R., Cáceres, M.A., Silva, N., Muñoz, M.I., León, R., Landaeta, M.F., Soto-Mendoza, S., 2011. Short-term variations in mesozooplankton, ichthyoplankton, and nutrients associated with semi-diurnal tides in a Patagonian Gulf. Continental Shelf Research 31(3-4), 282-292.
- Castro LR, G Claramunt, H González, MC Krautz, A Llanos-Rivera, J Méndez, W Schneider & S Soto. 2010. Fatty acids in anchoveta eggs, Engraulis ringens, during two contrasting winter spawning seasons. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 420: 193–205.
- Castro LR, G Claramunt, MC Krautz, A Llanos-Rivera & P Moreno. 2009. Egg trait variations in anchoveta Engraulis ringens: A maternal effect to changing environmental conditions in contrasting spawning habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 381: 237-248.
Camila Fernández Ibáñez
Researcher at the Microbial Oceanography Laboratory (CNRS Pierre and Marie Curie University, UPMC FRANCE) and Visiting Professor in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Concepcion.
Marine Biologist from the University of Concepcion, M.Sc. and PhD in Marine Science and Biogeochemistry at the Université de la Méditerranée, France.
She has been devoted to investigating carbon and nitrogen cycles in the marine environment, the physical controls of biological productivity and biogeochemical processes at a regional and global scale. She has participated in various Fondecyt projects and is part of the COPAS South-Austral Basal Program at the University of Concepcion. She is the editor of two scientific journals, Vie et Milieu and Gayana Journal, and is the International Associate Director of the International Associated Laboratory “Morfun” which brings together researchers from different countries.
- Rain A., Muñoz C., Fernandez C. (2014) Ammonium production off central Chile (36°S) by photodegradation of phytoplankton-derived and marine dissolved organic matter. PLoS ONE 9(6): e100224. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100224.
- Cavagna A.J., Lefèvre D., Elskens M., Dehairs F., Fripiat F., Chirurgien L., Mangion P., Closset I., Laslbleiz M., Flores-Leiva L., Cardinal D., Leblanc K., Fernandez C., Oriol L., Blain S. Quéguine B. 2014 Biological productivity regime and associated N cycling in the vicinity of Kerguelen Island area, Southern Ocean Biogeosciences Discussions 1118073-18104
- Dehairs, F., Fripiatt F., Cavagna, AJ., Trull, T.W., Fernandez, C., Davies, D., Roukaerts, A., Fonseca Batista, D., Planchon, F., Elskens, M., (2014) Nitrogen cycling in the Southern Ocean Kerguelen Plateau area: evidence for significant surface nitrification from nitrate isotopic compositions. Biogeosciences Discusion 11, 13905–13955., doi:10.5194/bgd-11-13905-2014.
- Farias, L., Faundez, J., Fernandez, C., Cornejo, M., Sanhueza, S., Carrasco, C., (2013). Biological N2O Fixation in the Eastern South Pacific Ocean and Marine Cyanobacterial Cultures. PLOS One, 8(5): e63956. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063956.
- Fernandez C., Farias L. (2012) Assimilation and regeneration of inorganic nitrogen in a coastal upwelling system: ammonium and nitrate utilization. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 451: 1-14. doi: 10.3354/meps09683
Professor at the Institute of Marine and Limnological Sciences in the Faculty of Sciences at the University Austral of Chile. Oceanographer at the Superior Polytechnic School of Litoral, Ecuador, and has a PhD in Oceanography at the University of Concepcion.
Dr. Vargas studies the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere, with special emphasis on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. He relies primarily on data coming from models and satellite sensors. He also researches stratification processes in estuaries and fjords.
- Aracena, C., González, H.E., Garcés-Vargas, J., Lange, C.B., Pantoja, S., Muñoz, F., Teca, E. & Tejos, E. 2018. Influence of summer conditions on surface water properties and phytoplankton productivity in embayments of the South Shetland Islands. Polar Biol: doi: 10.1007/s00300-018-2338-x.
- Bedriñana-Romano, L., Hucke-Gaete, R., Viddi, F.A., Morales, J., Williams, R., Asche, E., Garcés-Vargas, J., Torres-Florez, J.P. & Ruiz, J. 2018. Integrating multiple data sources for assessing blue whale abundance and distribution in Chilean Northern Patagonia. Diversity and Distributions: doi: 10.1111/ddi.12739.
- Schneider, W., Donoso, D., Garcés-Vargas, J. & Escribano, R., 2017. Water-column cooling and sea surface salinity increase in the upwelling region off central-south Chile driven by a poleward displacement of the South Pacific High. Progress in Oceanography, 151: 38-48.
- Pérez-Santos, I., Garcés-Vargas J., Schneider W., Valle-Levinson A., Parra S. & Ross L. 2014. Evidence of double diffusion in Patagonian fjords and channels. Progress in Oceanography. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2014.03.012.
- Garcés-Vargas J. & Abarca-del-Río, R. 2012. The surface heat flux along the eastern Pacific coast from 10ºN to 40ºS. Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal. 62: 71-82.
Ricardo Giesecke Astorga
Professor at the Institute of Marine and Limnological Sciences in the Faculty of Sciences at the University Austral of Chile.
Marine Biologist at the University Austral of Chile and PhD in Oceanography at the University of Concepcion. Ecology of Organisms in Marine Systems and the Role of Carnivorous Zooplankton are among the main topics that he has studied.
- Giesecke R., Clement A., Garcés-Vargas J., González H.E., CaputoL.,Castro L. (2014) Massive salp outbreaks in the inner sea of Chiloe Island (Southern Chile): Possible Causes and Ecological Consequences. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research. 42(3):604-621. Citaciones ISI: 1, Imacto: 0.42.
- Giesecke R., González, H.E. (2012) Distribution and feeding of chaetognaths in the epipelagic zone of the Lazarev Sea (Antarctica) during austral summer. Polar Biology.35:689–703, Citaciones ISI: 1, Imacto: 2.071
- Giesecke R.,& González, H.E., Bathmann, U.(2010).The role of the chaetognath Sagitta gazellae in the vertical carbon flux of the Southern Ocean, Polar Biology. 33: 293-304., Citaciones ISI: 9, Imacto: 2.071
- Giesecke R. & González H.E. (2008) Reproduction and feeding of Sagittaenflata in the Humboldt Current System off Chile. ICES Journal of Marine Science.65: 359-368. Citaciones ISI: 10, Imacto: 2.525.
- Giesecke R. & H. E. González (2004). Feeding habits of Sagittaenflata and vertical distribution of chaetognaths in relation to low oxygen concentrations.J. Plankton Res. 26(4): 475-486. Citaciones ISI: 29, Imacto: 2.263.
María Andrea Piñones Valenzuela
Dr. Piñones is a Professor at the Institute of Marine and Limnological Sciences of the Universidad Austral de Chile. Researcher at The Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA). BSc. In Oceanography from the Catholic University of Valparaiso. M.Sc. and PhD in Oceanography from the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography of the Old Dominion University. She did her postdoctoral fellow at the Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) at Yale University, United States.
She has been a project evaluator for the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), the National Agency for Science and Technology Promotion of Argentina (ANPCyT) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States.
Dr. Piñones’ line of research deals with the physical and biological interactions of the marine ecosystems and how they are influenced by climate change. She is also using numerical modeling as a tool for investigating the role of ocean dynamics on transport and the connectivity of marine organisms on different spatial and temporal scales.
- Piñones, A. Fedorov, A.V. In press. Projected changes of Antarctic krill habitat by the end of the 21st century. Geophysical Research Letters 43, DOI:10.1002/ 2016GL069656.
- Piñones, A., Hofmann, E.E., Dinniman, M.S., Davis, L.B. (2016) Modeling the transport and fate of Euphausiids in the Ross Sea. Polar Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-015-1798-5.
- Piñones, A., Hofmann, E.E., Daly, K.L., Dinniman, M.S., Klinck, J.M. (2013). Modeling – environmental controls on the transport and fate of early life stages of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) on the western Antarctic Peninsula continental shelf. Deep-Sea Research I 82, 17-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2013.08.001.
- Piñones, A., Hofmann, E.E., Daly, K.L., Dinniman, M.S., Klinck, J.M. (2013). Modeling the remote and local connectivity of Antarctic krill populations along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Marine Ecology Progress Series 481, 69-92. DOI: 10.3354/meps10256.
- Piñones, A., Hofmann, E.E., Dinniman, M.S., Klinck, J.M., (2011). Lagrangian simulation of transport pathways and residence times along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Deep-Sea Research II 58, 1524-1539.