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We conduct pioneering interdisciplinary oceanographic research, addressing scientific problems in a comprehensive and collaborative manner.
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What is our main area of concern?

The eastern South Pacific Ocean is IMO’s main object of study because it has sharp hydrographic, biochemical and ecological gradients, ranging from extremely productive waters in the Humboldt Current to highly oligotrophic waters in the Subtropical Gyre.

Additionally, in the last decade, the scientific community has acquired an important understanding of the structure and functioning of the Humboldt Current. However, little is known about the vast region of oceanic waters and about the mesoscale activity connecting contrasting environments. At IMO we want to focus part of our research on this oceanic zone.

What is the impact of research in the eastern South Pacific?

It is clear that the dynamics of the eastern South Pacific have a global impact because it is a region where important Antarctic Intermediate Waters are formed. It has strong atmospheric-oceanic connections and coastal-ocean exchanges with the equatorial ocean and contains one of the world’s largest oxygen minimum zones (OMZs).

The peculiarities of the ecosystems in the eastern South Pacific make them natural laboratories for the study of the functioning of the ocean and for the prediction of the way in which ecosystems could react to future global changes. These studies will provide the basis for the management and conservation of the unique ecosystems in this oceanic region.

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Morphological and molecular characterization of digenean parasites of the Galapagos sheephead Semicossyphus darwini (Jenyns) with the re-description of Labrifer secundus Manter 1940 (Lepidapedidae) from the Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem

Systematic Parasitology | Volume 95, Issue 4, Pages 391-401

doi:10.1007/s11230-018-9787-zMay, 2018

Ñacari, L.Sepúlveda, F.A.Escribano, R.Bray, R.A.Oliva, M.E.

A new species of Proctoeces and reinstatement of Proctoeces humboldti George-Nascimento and Quiroga 1983 (Digenea: Fellodistomidae) based on molecular and morphological evidence

Parasitology International | Volume 67, Issue 2, Pages 159-169

doi:10.1016/j.parint.2017.10.004April, 2018

Oliva, M.E.Valdivia, I.M.Cárdenas, L.Muñoz, G.Escribano, R.George-Nascimento, M.

Mesozooplankton respiration and community structure in a seamount region of the eastern South Pacific

Overcalcified forms of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi in high CO2 waters are not pre-adapted to ocean acidification

Biogeosciences | Volume 15, Pages 1515-1534

doi:10.5194/bg-15-1515-2018March, 2018

Von Dassow, P.Díaz-Rosas, F.Bendif, E.M.Gaitán-Espitia, J.Mella-Flores, D.Rokkita, S.John, U.Torres, R.

Metabolic potential and in situ transcriptomic profiles of previously uncharacterized key microbial groups involved in coupled carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycling in anoxic marine zones

Environmental Microbiology

doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14109March, 2018

Plominsky, A. M.Trefault, N.Podell, S.Blanton, J. M.De la Iglesia, R.Allen, E. E.Von Dassow, P.Ulloa, O.
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