Pierre-Amael Auger Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Deborah Steele, Universidad de Concepción, Paulina Aguayo, Universidad de Concepción, Alejandro Murillo Universidad de Concepción, and Anthony Bertagnolli Universidad de Concepción, are the new post doctoral fellows who will begin their research at IMO. The post doctoral research conducted by Pedro Echeveste, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Sara Zamora Terol Universidad de Concepción, will also be supported by IMO.
The new post doctoral fellows will work on differente research lines:
Pierre-Amael Auger will work with physical-biogeochemical models that will help to understand the variability of the size distribution of the planctonic biomass in the Eastern South Pacific.
Deborah Steele's research interest is to investigate the wide range of environmental conditions in the Eastern South Pacific (ESP) using techniques such as flow cytometry, molecular analyses and pigments.
Paulina Aguayo, will develop her work in the field of marine microbiology, stydying the responses of procaryontes communities to chemical changes in the Eastern South Pacific (ESP) and identifying what kind of communities exist within it, in order to evaluate the role they play in biogeochemical cycles.
Alejandro Murillo will analyze the microbial communities of the Eastern South Pacific (ESP) using genetic molecular tools, in order to determine its diversity, taxonomy and functionality, rebuild its metabolic potential and assess the expression of this potential.
The main interest of Pedro Echeveste is the role of microbial communities in the biogeochemical cycles of aquatic environments under anthropogenic impact, analyzing the behaviour of certain metals in the Humboldt Current System (HCS).
Sara Zamora Terol, will work to improve the knowledge about mesoscale processes and the way these affect the structure of zooplancton communities in the open ocean. Furthermore, her aim is to understand the adaptative mechanisms of key zooplancton species to chemical changes in the ocean.
Anthony Bertagnolli's research interests are in the field of microbial ecology. Through molecular techniques such as "single cell genomics", sequencing of the genome of the community (metagenoma) and cultures, his research will answer questions on variability in the microbial diversity associated to a changing ocean.