Research Team

Senior Researcher

Juliana A. Vianna, MSc, PhD

Department of Ecosystems and Environment

jvianna@uc.cl

Juliana is a Biologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Minas Gerais, Brazil, with a Master in Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She received a PhD in Biological Sciences with a mention in Ecology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

From 2005 to 2010 she worked at the Faculty of Ecology and Natural Resources of the University Andrés Bello in Santiago,Chile, and from 2010 to present at the Department of Ecosystems and Environment, Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Additionally, she currently is in charge of the Master of Natural Resources at the Faculty of Agronomy and Forest Engineering.

Lab Manager, Researcher

Isidora Mura Jornet

imura@uc.cl

Isidora is a Biologist and Master in Natural Resources from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She investigated chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) population genetic structure, as well as the morphological variation and sex identification in Antarctic penguins, using molecular tools and morphological traits.

Currently, Isidora performs laboratory administration and management tasks. In addition, she is studying the effect of geographic and environmental factors on the morphological variation of Adélie penguins (Pygoscelis adelie).

Bárbara Ramos

barbara.ramos@gmail.com

Barbara is a Biochemist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her PhD was in the Conservation Medicine program of the Universidad Andrés Bello researching adaptive aspects related to thermoregulation by studying and comparing the genomes of different species of penguins.

Currently Barbara collaborates in population genomics studies with ddRAD in vertebrates.

PhD. Students

Daly Noll Vergara

danoll@uc.cl

Daly is a Marine Biologist and Master in Marine Biology from the Andres Bello University. She completed her master thesis on phylogeography and genetic population structure of the marine fish cabrilla (Sebastes oculatus).

Currently she is a PhD student of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program at the Universidad de Chile, and researcher of the Laboratorio de Biodiversidad Molecular, where she collaborates in phylogeographic and population genetic studies of vertebrates. In addtion, Daly is responsible for administrative and managerial duties of the laboratory.

Daniela Doussang

danieladoussang@gmail.cl

Daniela is a Veterinarian from the Universidad de Concepción. Her studies have been focused on hematology and blood biochemical of wild birds.

Currently, Daniela is finishing her PhD in Veterinary Sciences at the Universidad de Concepción, where she has investigated on the distribution, prevalence and phylogeography of avian hemoparasites in South American birds.

Rocío Alvarez Varas

ralvarez03@gmail.com

Rocio is a Veterinarian from the Universidad Mayor and Master in Natural Resources from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Currently she is developing her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad de Chile.

Her Master’s thesis was developed at the Laboratory of Molecular Biodiversity where she focused on the morphological variation and phylogeographic patterns of six bird species of the genus Phrygilus. Her doctoral thesis is focused on the morphological and genetic variation of C. mydas (green turtle) in the Western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific.

Rocio is a professor in Biological Conservation and Ecotoxicology and she was director of an NGO dedicated to Research and Conservation of Sea Turtles in Chile during 5 years. Currently she is Research Assistant of the Laboratory of Molecular Biodiversity and she collaborates in phylogeographic and population genetic studies of native and invasive species.

Elfego Cuevas

elfcuevas@gmail.com

Elfego is a Veterinarian and Master in Management of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems from the University of Veracruz, Mexico. He has worked in epidemiology of vector-borne diseases in wildbirds.

He is currently a PhD candidate in the Conservation Medicine Program at the Universidad Andrés Bello. In his thesis, he evaluates the inter-annual patterns of prevalence of avian malaria, chronic effects of the disease over telomere length and MHC gene diversity in the Thorn-tailedrayadito (Aphrastura spinicauda) populations throughout a latitudinal gradient.

Rodrigo Lira Hurtado

rilira@uc.cl

Rodrigo is an Agronomist Engineer specialized in animal sciences at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has worked on research related to production systems, livestock production quality, and wildlife and environment. Also, he is a nature photographer.

Currently, he is enrolled in the PhD program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and his research topic is the genome diversity of wild South American camelids, Lama guanicoe y Vicugna vicugna. His research aims to understand wild South American camelids adaptation to extreme environments and evolution processes.

Maria Jose Frugone Wielandt

mjfrugone@u.uchile.cl

María José has a degree in Biological Science from the Universidad Austral de Chile and a Master degree in Science from the Universidad de Chile. In both programs she studied animal behavior in an ecological and evolutionary context.
Currently, María José is a PhD candidate in Biological Science with mention in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Universidad de Chile. She will develop her thesis at the Laboratorio de Biodiversidad Molecular studying the phylogeography and genomic adaptation of Eudyptes penguins.

Msc. Students

Bernardita Julio Kalajžić

bjulio@uc.cl

Bernardita is a Veterinarian from the Universidad de Chile. Currently she is a Master student of the Natural Resources Program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with intest in vertebrate management and conservation.

Bernardita is finishing her Master thesis at the Laboratorio de Biodiversidad Molecular, where she has studied phylogeography and population genetics of Lycalopex culpaeus y Lycalopex griseus.

Natalia Kandalaft Letelier

natalia.kandalaft@gmail.com

Natalia is a Veterinarian from the Universidad de Concepción. She is currently a student of the Master´s program in Natural Resources at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

In her master thesis, Natalia studies phylogeographic patterns of gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) using Next Generation Sequencing techniques.

Valentina Muñoz Farías

pvmunoz1@uc.cl

Valentina is a Bachelor in Marine Biology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Currently she is a Master student of the Natural Resources Program, Conservation and Wildlife Management mention at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her master thesis is focused on phylogeography of the Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) using Next Generation Sequencing techniques.

Milena Carpio Mamani

mcarpio@uc.cl

Milena is a Biologist from the Universidad Nacional Jorge Basadre Grohmann, Tacna, Peru. She worked as research assistant of projects focused on genomics and environmental quality in Tacna, Peru.

Currently, Milena is a Master student of the Natural Resources Program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her thesis is oriented to study metagenomics of edaphic mesofauna.

Undergraduate Students

Eduardo Pizarro González

eduardo.pizarrogonzalez@gmail.com

Eduardo is a undergraduate student of Biology with mention in Environment at the Universidad de Chile. Currently, he is studying the phylogenetic, structure and genetic diversity of Pudu puda (Pudu) distributed in the southern Chile.

Matías López Abarca

mvlopez@uc.cl

Matías is a Bachelor in Marine Biology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Currently he studies the genetic diversity of the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) of the three Pygoscelis species distributed in the Antarctic Peninsula, using Next Generation Sequencing techniques.

Lab Alumni

Camila Barría

ctbarria@uc.cl

Camila is an Agronomist with a mention in Environmental Management and Master in Natural Resources from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Camila has conducted research in the Barcode of Chilean reptiles and she completed her Master thesis on family relationship and extra-pair copulation in papua penguins (Pygoscelis papua).

Ignacio Acosta Bravo

Ignacio.acosta.b@gmail.com

Ignacio is an Environmental Biologist from the Universidad de Chile and Master in Natural Resources from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

In his Master thesis, Ignacio studied the demography and genetic structure of the green-backed firecrown (Sephanoides sephaniodes) populations, the most important vertebrate pollinator of the native forest of the southern cone.

Nicole Sallaberry Pincheira

nicolesallaberryp@gmail.com

Nicole Sallaberry Pincheira graduated as a Veterinarian at the University Andres Bello in 2011. She completed her Master of Natural Resources in the Laboratorio de Biodiversidad Molecular at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry with Dr. Juliana A. Vianna, with whom she worked with since 2006 to present. Her work is focused on conservation genetics of Chilean population herpetofauna and population health related with epidemiology and molecular immunology of Humboldt and Magallanes penguins.

At present she teaches classes related to zoological medicine and rehabilitation of wildlife and is responsible for the Rehabilitation Wildlife Unit at Andres Bello University. She is also part of the Board of the Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AMEVEFAS) from 2013-2016 and is an active member of the Society of Biology of Chile, Evolution Society of Chile and Herpetology Network Chile.

Mónica Mora

mopaumoca@gmail.com

Mónica is a Veterinarian at the Universidad de Chile and Master in Natural Resources from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

She has conducted research on transmission of infectious diseases of Leopardus guigna populations and also on genetics field of Neovison vison and Lontra provocax populations. At present she is working on outreach projects and scientific assessment.

Marcelo Fuentes Hurtado

fuentes.hurtado@gmail.com

Marcelo is a Veterinarian from the Universidad Andrés Bello. He received a Master´s degree in Natural Resources, Area Conservation and Wildlife Management at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Marcelo has worked with Dr. Vianna since 2006 investigating phylogeography and conservation of Pudú (Pudu puda). His master thesis was focused on the effects of the last glacial maximum on the demographics of carnivorous species threatened with moist temperate forests using niche modeling.

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