Dr. Daniel Gomez-Uchida


I founded the GEECLAB once I relocated to Concepción with my family in August 2011, following 10 years of studying and working abroad. I am passionate about cross-disciplinary research. A significant part of our work is devoted to understand the invasion of salmonids as a complex phenomenon with socio-economic, ecological, and ecosystem impacts. Another part of our work is devoted to study systematics, evolution and conservation of natural populations. Genomics and population genetics play a pivotal role addressing many of our research questions.  I am lucky to interact with motivated young biologists and budding researchers interested in science and education.

Dra celia A. Lima

Research Staff

Carla Muñoz-Mendoza (M.Sc.) – lab manager

Mauricio Cañas (Research Assistant)



Selim Musleh, M.Sc. (Ph.D. Management of Renewable Aquatic Resources, 2016-Present)


Mónica Nuñez, M.Sc. (Ph.D. 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 (M.Sc. Fisheries, 2016-Present): Genetic and ecological effects of aquaculture facilities 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.

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 (biologist, 2014-2016)


Francisca Valenzuela-Aguayo (M.Sc. Zoology, 2013-2015)

DSC08284Dispersion 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 (M.Sc.ecology and evolution 2014-2017): 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.

Cross-disciplinary solutions