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.

Cristian B. Canales-Aguirre (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014-Present)


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.

Carlos Spano (PhD Systematics & Biodiversity, 2014-Present)


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.

Maria Ignacia Cadiz (Research Assistant)


Diego Cañas (Research Assistant)


Selim Musleh (MSc Fisheries, 2014-Present): An emergent fishery in Chile—the case of Chinook salmon from River Toltén


Javiera Benavente (MSc 2014-Present): Differential patterns and processes of invasion of rainbow trout between central and southern Chile (co-supervised with Dr David Véliz, Universidad de Chile)


Mauricio Cañas (Research Assistant)



Francisca Valenzuela-Aguayo (M.S. 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.

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.