Dr. Daniel Gomez-Uchida (Principal Investigator)
I founded the GEECLAB once I relocated to Concepción with my family, following 10 years of studying and working abroad. During that time I met amazing colleagues, learned new cultures, and made life-long friends with whom I keep in touch to date. Now I am lucky to work and interact with motivated young biologists and budding researchers with a passion for science and education.
MSc. Selim Musleh (DSc. Management of Renewable Aquatic Resources, 2017-Present):
MSc. Mónica Nuñez (PhD Systematics & Biodiversity, 2017-Present)
I’m a MSc in biodiversity and conservation of tropical areas from Venezuela where I studied taxonomy, systematics and molecular phylogeny of sponges and octocorals. Nowadays I’m working on Antarctic gorgonians of the family Primnoidae, a Southern Hemisphere high latitude dominant family of octocorals through an approach that integrates morphological and molecular/genomic analyses (restriction site associated DNA (RAD) sequencing). I’m looking to bring light over their hidden diversity and elucidate the phylogenetic relationships among these deep sea animals that have diversified in Antarctic waters during the last 150 million years. All this alongside my tutor (Dr. Daniel Gómez-Uchida) and co-founder Dr. Pablo López-González of the University of Seville.
Diego Cañas (MSc Fisheries, 2017-Present): Genetic and ecological effects of pisciculture center escapees on naturalized populations of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Southern Chile
Currently my research focus on population genetics of salmon and trout in southern Chile developing tools to discriminate between naturalized trout individuals and escapees from breeding centers. I’ve worked studying the genetic origin of Chinook salmon from the main basins south of the Toltén river. Besides research, I work as a monitor for the Interactive Center of Science, Arts & Technology (CICAT) and for the the Faculty of Natural and Oceanographic Sciences of the University of Concepción.
Mauricio Cañas (Research Assistant)
Camila Riffo (Undergraduate Student, 2014-Present)
Pierina Rojas (Undergraduate Student, 2018-Present)
Pablo Savaria (Biologist, 2016 – Present)
Dr. Cristian B. Canales-Aguirre (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014-2016)
My research interests focus on identifying and evaluating the underlying evolutionary mechanisms that explain population structure and species diversity patterns across several phyla, using molecular and genomics analyses and evolutionary biology theory. I am working on population genomics of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss looking at neutral and adaptive divergence between resident and anadromous forms in Patagonia.
Dr. Carlos Spano (PhD Systematics & Biodiversity, 2014-2018)
What is a species? Can we define all taxa in the same way? I try to address some of these questions through one of the simplest and most ancestral forms of metazoan animals: sea anemones. I’m interested in resolving how we determine and classify the marine biodiversity from a microevolutionary perspective; giving new elements for the conservation of a barely known fauna.
Juan Pablo Vásquez (MSc. Zoology)
Andrea González (Marine Biologist, 2016-2017)
Maria Ignacia Cadiz (Marine biologist, 2014-2016)
Francisca Valenzuela-Aguayo (MSc. Zoology, 2013-2015)
Dispersion and migration of non-native Chinook salmon in two areas of its distribution in Chile. She is now a Ph.D. student at the School of Environmental Sciences (EULA center) working with Dr Evelyn Habit on population connectivity among native freshwater fishes.
MSc. Javiera Benavente (MSc -2017): Differential patterns and processes of invasion of rainbow trout between central and southern Chile (co-supervised with Dr David Véliz, Universidad de Chile)
Marina Fuentes Navarrete (B.S. Biology, 2012-2013)
Conservation genetics of Darwin’s southern frog Rhinoderma darwinii (co-supervised with Dr Juan Carlos Ortiz, Dept Zoology, UdeC). She now works as JC Ortiz’s lab manager and assistant curator for the Zoological Museum.