The Millennium Institute of Oceanography represented by its director Osvaldo Ulloa and the postdoc Alejandro Murillo participated in the Seminary called Tara Expedition Pacific: understanding the oceans and climate change. The activity was held in Santiago, at the University of Chile, on September 9.
The mission of Tara Oceans has the potential to open multidisciplinary research topics related to molecular biology, bioinformatics and genomics research lines. Tara between 2009 and 2013 toured the global ocean plankton research. Between 2016 and 2018 Tara Pacific continue its expedition in the Pacific Ocean, collecting samples of coral reefs, in order to study their evolution to climate change and anthropogenic pressures.
Alejandro Murillo made a positive assessment of the activity: "It was a good chance to know the work of Tara, especially coral reefs in the Pacific islands. also it saw an overall analysis of what has been done on the 2009-2013 expedition. It was extremely interesting to see what can be done from the multiple collaborations especially in the work of the open ocean. "
The Tara project's mission is to raise awareness and establish a link of science with the world. The panel was organized by the Universidad de Chile, the French Embassy, Congreso del Futuro and Expeditions Foundation.
Photos: Alejandra Fuenzalida/ U. de Chile