We conduct pioneering and interdisciplinary research in oceanography, addressing scientific problems in an integral and collaborative manner.
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What are our main areas of interest?

The southeastern Pacific Ocean (SEP) is a principal interest given that it presents sharp hydrographic, biochemical and ecological gradients, from the highly productive waters of the Humboldt Current to oligotrophic waters of the Subtropical Gyre.

An important understanding has been achieved in the last decade of the structure and functioning of the Humboldt Current system. Nevertheless, little is known about the vast region of oceanic waters and of mesoscale activity that connects these contrasting environments. We at the Millennium Oceanography Institute want to focus part of our research on this area of the ocean.

What is the impact of research into the southeastern Pacific?

It is clear that the dynamics of the southeastern Pacific have a global impact for its being a region where important intermediate Antarctic are formed, for its having strong atmospheric-oceanic connections with the equatorial ocean and coastal-ocean exchanges, and for containing one of the main minimum oxygen zones (OMZ) in the world’s oceans.

The particularities of the southeastern Pacific transform it into a natural laboratory to study the functioning of the ocean and predict how ecosystems can respond to future global change. These studies represent the basis on which to plan the management-conservation of the unique ecosystems in this oceanic region.

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Latest publications

Hypoxia effects on females and early stages of Calanus chilensis in the Humboldt Current ecosystem (23°S)

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology | Volume 498, Pages 61-71

doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2017.09.018Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ruz, P.M.Hidalgo, P.Escribano, R.Keister, J.E.Yebra, L.Franco-Cisterna, B.

Front-Eddy Influence on Water Column Properties, Phytoplankton Community Structure, and Cross-Shelf Exchange of Diatom Taxa in the Shelf-Slope Area off Concepción (∼36–37°S)

Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans

doi:10.1002/2017JC013111Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Morales, C.E.Anabalón, V.Bento, JoaquimHormazábal, S.Cornejo D'Ottone, M.Correa- Ramirez, MarcoSilva, Nelson

Local Habitat Influences on Feeding and Respiration of the Intertidal Mussels Perumytilus purpuratus Exposed to Increased pCO2 Levels

Estuaries and Coasts | Pages 1559-2723

doi:10.1007/s12237-017-0333-zFriday, November 10, 2017

Saavedra, Luisa M. Parra, Diego San Martin, Valeska Lagos, Nelson A. Vargas, C.A.

Dissolved compounds excreted by copepods reshape the active marine bacterioplankton community composition. Frontiers in Marine Science

Frontiers in Marine Science

doi:10.3389/fmars.2017.00343Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Valdés, V.Fernandez, Camila Molina, VeronicaEscribano, R.Joux, Fabien

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

Journal of Parasitology

doi:10.1016/j.parint.2017.10.004Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Oliva, M.E.Valdivia, Isabel M.Cardenas, LeylaMuñoz, GabrielaEscribano, R.George-Nascimineto, Mario
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